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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Migration to the New Blogger (previously beta)

I finally made the decision to migrate my old (classic) Blogger account to the new (formerly beta)
account dispite many horror stories of not seeing blogs in the Dashboard, problems editing post,
taking hours or even days to migrate, etc. Fortunately the migration went smoothly and this blog is now in the new Blogger account, but still using the classic template. The reason why I am still using the classic template is partly because of my test of how the sitesearch bar will turn out if I use Ramani's 3 column fixed width template. I did a test blog: Test Ramani's Template. As you can see, the result
is unacceptable.

However, there is a pleasant suprise. In the old Blogger account, each time you change settings, you have to republish. With the new Blogger account, even though I have not migrated to the new Blogger template, I don't need to republish. Further, I can now add labels to my posts, though I still do not know how I can use this feature without Layout (which is only available with the new Blogger template). Probably, the labels will only be shown at the bottom of the post, but I will probably not be able to add a list of labels in the sidebar. We will see what happens when I publish this post.

Well, after publishing, I see the label "test" and "migration" at the bottom of the post. If only there is a way to get the list of labels into the sidebar without having to migrate to the new Blogger template.

UPDATE 22 January 2007: See post Advantages of migrating to the New Blogger (formerly beta) even if you keep the old (classic) template

15 comments:

  1. Hi Peter
    Thanks for stopping by at my Kevin the Collie blog, and for all your help. I wrote a post reviewing your blogs, I wonder if you can see why my new template is not working in Internet Explorer? the second and third columns are showing below the first.

    Cheers, John

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  2. Hi Kevin,

    I think you have a duplicate comment at Blogger template tutorial: 3 column template. I have addressed your concerns there in the comments section.

    Peter aka Enviroman
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  3. Thank you for your immensely helpul blog. I have a question about Blogger beta.

    Is there a way to center the blog posts?

    I have removed all page elements because I want posts only.

    Now I have a blank space to the right or left.

    It doesn't necessarily have to be full screen width, but I want photos with titles above and captions below, one photo per post, running straight down the center of the page.

    Is that possible? Thank you!

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  4. Hi Ningen,

    Thanks for the compliment. I will answer you with a post in this blog. Watch out for it. It is in the process of being prepared.

    Regarding empty space on both side of your blog, do you know that it is possible to change the width of the sidebars and the main column by altering the CSS. Have a look at this post: How to change the width of the main column and the sidebars.

    Peter aka Enviroman
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  5. Peter, I missed your first suggestion about changing the sidebars. That looks really helpful as well. Thank you!

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  6. Hi, do you know where to add the adsesne code to generate a banner at the top of the page in the new blogger? I cannot seem to figure it out. It would be nice if I could paste adsense into a page element that is centered at the top of the page.

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  7. Do you also know if there is a way to add a pulldown menu (like one in MS Word) as a widget on the right side of a beta blogger page? For example, I would like to have an archives or "best posts" pulldown sindow where someone could click on the pulldown window to select the arcived month/best post.

    This is an issue with old blogs that have many old, but relevant, posts. It can take a lot of space to list them all.

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  8. Depend on what you mean by top of the page. If you mean in the Header, then look at this post New Blogger: Adding a graphic, etc. to the Header. See the searchbar I put in the header of this blog Blogger Tips and Tricks.

    If you mean at the top of the main column, then refer to New Blogger (formerly beta): How to add AdSense ads, searchbar, "sticky post", etc. to the top of the main column and to every page of the blog

    See this post, for example, which have ads at the top of every page in the blog Business, Travel and Leisure. It has adsense at the top of every pages of the blog, or this one Good Health Information which have both a graphic header and a link unit in the Header, and a searchbar at the top of the post.

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  9. To Movie Fan,

    For drop-down menu for archive, see post Tip: Putting archive into a drop-down menu.

    Peter a.k.a. Enviroman
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  10. I'm looking for information so that I can use my personal videos on my fishing blog. The clips i have transferred will not open and play. I'm being told I need a vedeo host.

    Info on this and how to do Please!

    Thx Dave

    My blog is:mn-fishhousechronicles.blogspot.com

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  11. Upload your video to
    http://www.youtube.com/
    then copy a script from there to embed into your post. Very easy.

    Peter a.k.a. enviroman
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  12. Hi steelheader,

    I tested embedding of a video in my test blog Testing embedding a video in a Blogger post. You can check it out yourself.

    Peter a.k.a. enviroman
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  13. Thank-you Peter I transferred a script and was successful...I appreciate your expertise and will add your site to my favorites...

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  14. Appreciation and link greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    Peter a.k.a. enviroman
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