Thursday, July 14, 2011
New GUI - Blogger in Draft - Settings - Blog Authors (Permissions)
The Settings screen we used to know as Permissions, does not get a mention in the New GUI - it doesn't even have its own screen!
The section we used to know as Permissions is included on the Settings - Basic screen in the New GUI and it is simply referred to as Blog Authors. Of course, there is an option to change who can read this blog - called Blog Readers (see: Image 8.)
Image 1. shows the Settings - Basic screen and the Blog Authors list ...
Image 2. shows the option for changing the Status of a Blog Member. I'm sorry to say this, but, as there is currently NO 'Save Settings' button on the Settings - Basic screen, you can't save your changes to the Blog Author Status! I reported it on the fancy Feedback form available from the Gear Wheel in the top right-hand corner of the screen, which I hope everyone does - for whatever reason.
Image 3. shows what should happen when the Status is changed (in Image 2.)
Image 4. Adding an Author to your blog is very easy, as it was before. The screen turns grey (gray), and a pop-up box appears, which is slightly different to before.
Image 5. tells you that there is an Open Invitation to an invited Author, which has not yet been accepted.
Image 6. An Invitation to join a blog can only be used once. An interesting observation in this test was that whilst I was unable to convert an Admin to Author, I could convert a newly invited Author, which is the default status, to Admin status! Go figure! I will also be doing a post, shortly, on the Invitation, and an age-old security worry.
Image 7. To 'Remove' a Blog Author, or Admin, (a Member) of the blog, used to be a little more 'Formal' than clicking on a big 'X', but not any more. In Production Blogger, there actually is a button titled 'Remove'. The icing on the cake is that, like with the changing of a Members Status (above), it doesn't work - (yet)! I tried, using Firefox 4 and Chrome Browsers.
Image 8. shows, the Blog Readers option, which I believe is straight forward enough. This is how you choose who can see your blog. Together with the last options on this screen, that of Listing on Blogger and Visible to Search Engines.
Image 9. Privacy. This screen allows you to decide whether, or not, to have your blog listed by Blogger, or to have the Google Search Engines crawl your blog.