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Saturday, July 19, 2014

How to create a new blog

There had been a few askers at the Blogger Help Forum who don't know how to create a blog, with some thinking they have to type in their email address etc. This post is to help clarify matters.

To start a new blog, after signing into (Dashboard), click the NEW BLOG tab. A pop-up will appear requesting you to enter the blog title and the blog address (url):

Blogger: create new blog

The title is not so important and you can type in anything you fancy as this title is not unique and can even be same as other existing blogs. What is important/unique is the blog address which cannot be the same as any existing blogs. You can type in alphanumeric and also a dash - into the field preceding


etc. until you have found an available address. Since had been in existence for a long time, many address would have been taken by other bloggers and you may have to be creative to get an available address (url). Example, add some adjectives like new, good, best, etc.

You will be asked to choose a template. Don't worry, you can choose any template you fancy as you can change the template anytime without affecting the content.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Blogger Post Editor HTML mode and COMPOSE mode

To write a post and upload photos etc., first sign into (Dashboard). Then either click the orange quick edit pencil icon Blogger orange quick edit pencil icon to open the Blogger post editor.

The Blogger post editor has 2 mode, the HTML mode or the COMPOSE (WYSIWYG) mode. Below is a screenshot of the post editor in the HTML mode:

Blogger post editor HTML mode

If you click [COMPOSE], it will then change to the COMPOSE (What You See Is What You Get) mode with a more comprehensive tool bar:

Blogger post editor COMPOSE mode

You can toggle between the COMPOSE mode and the HTML mode by clicking on the respective tab at the top left of the post editor.

At the top of the post editor is the toolbar. Mouse over the icons and a tool tip will appear telling you what the icon is for. For example, mouse over the icon that looks like a picture and a tool tip "INSERT IMAGE" will pop up:

Blogger insert image icon

In the above screenshot next and to the right of the upload photo icon you will see a "movie clapper" icon which is the video upload icon. This and many other icons will only appear in the COMPOSE mode.

To upload a picture, just click on the insert picture icon, browse to the picture you want to upload in your computer, after uploading, click on the uploaded picture to select it, then chose whether you want it centered, aligned left or right, etc.

There will also be other text formatting icons. Below are the various icons, from left-to-right:

Font size
Font color
Background color
Justify text
Ordered (numbered) list
Unordered (bullet) list
Spell check
Upload image
Remove formatting from selection

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Publishing HTML special characters the easy way

If you want to write a post displaying HTML tags, you cannot write them in the post editor as is direct. If you do, after publishing, those HTML tags will be interpreted as HTML codes and the HTML tags will not be displayed as is.

To display HTML tags after publishing you will have to encode/convert them as explained at How to post special characters.

An easier method is to use HTML encoder/converter, among them:

HTML Special Characters Converter

HTML encoder

Here is one more. I not only encodes HTML charcters, it also decodes:

HTML encoder and decoder

Friday, May 10, 2013

How to leave Google Group

Blogger which is owned by Google do not have direct support for users. This is also true for the majority of other Google's products. User support is provided via public forums using Google Groups where volunteer Google Top Contributors assisted by Google Employees help out. For Blogger, the public forum is at Blogger Help Forum.

It would be wise to become member of this forum and if you have already joined, to stay a member. However, if you for your own personal reasons wants to leave, the way stop membership is not so simple or direct.

To leave, you would first click on MY GROUPS at the Google Groups homepage.

Google Groups

You will then be presented with a list of all the Google Groups that you are member of. To leave group, simply click on the LEAVE GROUP tab as shown in the screenshot below (click on screenshot to enlarge):

How to leave Google Group

Monday, April 22, 2013

Custom domain advice: save blogspot URL (address)

Have you registered your own domain and converted your blogspot blog to custom domain? If so, I highly advise you to record the original blogspot URL (address) in some place safe and easily retrievable.

Reason: if ever your blog is wrongly identified as a spam blog or for TOS violation, the original blogspot URL will come in handy because you cannot use the custom domain URL to request for review.

Do not assume that custom domain are immune to deletion?

For more details, refer to ADVICE: Custom domains - ensure you record blogspot URL

Friday, March 01, 2013

How to post special characters

This is how to post special characters like † ‰ ♠ ♣ ♥

1. sign into Dashboard
2. refer to LIST or to this LIST2 or for HTML entities refer to LIST3
3. type the codes for the characters where you want them.
4. click Preview to make sure the characters appear as you want them to be
5. if so, save.

For example, if you want to display <a href="X">A</a>, you will have to type the following into your post editor:

special character
and if you want to display ♠ ♣ ♥ you will have to type the following into your post editor:

spade club heart

Note that it is possible to use these HTML codes to display special characters in post titles as proven by a test - Test displaying special characters in post title.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Solution: Text jumbled up in one big paragraph

The default of previous versions of Blogger is for every depression of the ENTER key to result in a line break in the post editor. This is good as it is instinctive to most people. However, in the latest version of Blogger, Google has for its own reasons changed the default where you need to type the HTML line break tag <br> in order to make a line break.

Many who just started with Blogger (and even the seasoned ones in the beginning) will blissfully unaware and compose a post just like using a type writer, ie, to press the ENTER key each time we wants a line break. The unaware after publishing a post find to their horror all the text jumbled up into one large paragraph.

The solution is simple. When you open the post editor to prepare a post, click OPTION in the right sidebar of the post editor. Then tick the option for
(.)Press "Enter" for line breaks
(see screenshot below)
and then things will be as usual. You will not need to repeat as now that becomes the default/

Blogger line break options

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