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Blogger Enters The Modern Age

Everyone's favorite punching bag Blogger has rolled out a new version. They've done a pretty good job addressing many of the deficiencies that have caused serious bloggers to abandon Blogger in droves. Based on a quick look around and some tinkering at an old BlogSpot site I have (Spigot) the new features seem to work well. If you have yet to desert Blogger, you may not have too.

What's New

  • Comments - Built-in comments, with a few different levels of control. The comments have e-mail notification. They have a pretty good walk-though on adding comments to your blog.

  • Individual Archive Pages - Individual posts can now have their own URL (i.e., individual web page). This is a huge improvement.

  • Titles - Your posts can have titles. The Titles can be permalinks as well.

  • Templates - They've add a bunch of new professionally designed templates, which seem to work in IE6.

  • Syndication - Atom (XML) feeds are now integrated. Turn these on, so that your blog can be read by Atom enabled newsreaders.

What's Missing

Trackbacks - There is no built-in trackback support. If you want trackbacks you'll have to use HaloScan.

My new policy in regards to links to Blogger sites is that you must be using the Individual Archive page feature to get a link. The same goes for my blogroll - If you run a Blogger blog and have not enabled Atom feeds you will be dropped from my blogroll.


Comments (6)

Hmmmm... looks like I'll ha... (Below threshold)

Hmmmm... looks like I'll have to go play with my old Blogger blog just to see the new features.

Thanks, for the heads up :-)

One thing I have found out ... (Below threshold)

One thing I have found out is if you user commenting or individual archive posts it seems to increase the disk space used by my blog by a factor of several times - more than the space I have. So for now, I can't use these features unless I buy more hard drive space at my host.

Actually, the Titles and At... (Below threshold)
CT:

Actually, the Titles and Atom syndication were already implemented months ago at Blogger. The main thing the revamp brought was the comments and per-page archiving, along with the pretty new templates.

Trackback would be good to add as well, and I don't think it would be a strain for them to implement (comments probably are more a bear to host). Also a built-in search function, Google-based of course (as Google owns Blogger), and categorization. But I realize you can expect only so much from a free service, so no complaints.

not sure it's going to be e... (Below threshold)

not sure it's going to be enough to keep me there, but it's a move in the right direction.

My new policy in regards... (Below threshold)
Boyd:

My new policy in regards to links to Blogger sites is that you must be using the Individual Archive page feature to get a link. The same goes for my blogroll - If you run a Blogger blog and have not enabled Atom feeds you will be dropped from my blogroll.

Jeez, you're turning into a real "toughguy," Kevin! Good thing I turned on Atom a while back, and converted to Postpages last night. I'm still mulling over the comments functionality, since Haloscan is works quite well, and covers the trackbacks, as you mentioned.

The Dave Winer RSS gang wil... (Below threshold)

The Dave Winer RSS gang will probably be upset about the Atom-only option. Not that I care, I just like watching tech geeks get upset.




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