|AND OTHER VERY SERIOUS PEOPLE WHO TRY TO USE BLOGGER AS SOMETHING DEPENDABLE:|
|Hell, don't do it! |
There will be no guarantee that Blogger will keep the blog online and available all the time. There are glitches and gremlins and other problems that individuals may overlook (just barely), but, at any rate, they have no money at risk, just their own ego and pride.
People who have money at stake become a different kind of beast. If you plan to start insisting on the UTTER SERIOUSNESS of your blog and of your need to keep that blog up and going 24-7, you will sometimes be out of luck, just like the individuals who blog here.
People who have business blogs often cry and scream that their readers MUST have access to the blog, but Blogger is usually not going to JUMP into action. I don't even have much sympathy for you, and I know how heartless Blogger can be! Whatever their excuse for it, neither civilians nor businessmen get instant fixes. So don't hang your life and soul on Bloggerand certainly not the Bottom Line of your business that you can't live without.
In general, you get what you pay for. I've gotten more than I paid for, but I'm just one person, and I have low expectations.
AT PRESENT, ALL USES OF "READ MORE" ON THIS BLOG ARE DYSFUNCTIONAL, SO THE FULL POSTS ARE SHOWING FOR NOW!
Most Frequent Blogger Questions
USEFUL BEGINNER'S LIST (30 Posts)
This blog outgrew the original intended 20 Questions & Answers and is now approximately 210 Q&A. I never did figure out which were the 20 most important ones.
|I don't know more than I know--sometimes I know even less!|
All The Things I Don't Know!
If some portion of this blog is unreadable in Firefox, Internet Explorer, or whatever, tell it to go to hell then try another browser!!!
BLOGGER PROBLEM REPORT FORM http://help.blogger.com/?page=troubleshooter.cs&problem=&contact_type=bug_with_blogger_beta&Submit=Submit
The Blogger Wishlist feature no longer exists.
Blogger hasn't said why or if it'll ever return.
|Kick-starting The Blog|
| 1. Refresh (F5) or Ctrl-F5
2. Clear cache (delete temporary Internet files) and cookies in Tools-Internet Options.
3. Add a question mark to the end of your blog's internet address in the address box and see if it will show the latest update. (Can also be done with other people's url's in the address window.)
4. Republish (if in classic Blogger)
6. Log out and log back in again (may change to an untroubled server)
7. Change or reload the browser (IE, Firefox, others)
8. Try a different computer, or see if you can duplicate the problem or avoid it in a post in another blog (make a test blog, whether in the same account or a second account, that's not public so nobody will see you screwing around!)
---Not necessary to do all of these at once!---
Blogger may make problems for some computers about accepting cookies, especially when you are using the new versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox browsers. Difficulties with accepting scripts may be caused by security systems, antivirus programs, firewalls, and some add-ons. Check all your settings.
You may need to change your browser settings, or to list www.blogger.com and blogger.com as "trusted sites" in your Internet Options-Security so that scripting can occur.
USEFUL BLOGGER HELP FILE
[For Newbies or anyone else who gets lost in the rain in Juarez.]
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
|Adding code or text to every post|
|If adding a bit of code to every post is sufficient to do a certain job, why bother with Copy and Paste? Why not use the Post Template? You can use CSS for some things, but it's more difficult in some cases. If you're new to Blogger, it's easier to wrap your brain around the Post Template! |
|Below are items of code or text you might want in every post and can put it in every new post with the Post Template. These are only examples, not meant as literal recommendationsafter all, I don't know you well enough! |
The Post Template will not help you with existing (old) posts, only with ones you create after the Template has been created.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
|<A HREF="link.html" TARGET="_blank"> text</a>|
To make a link open in a new window, you will have to write the HTML in this "anchor" format, shownwith slight presentation differences, in case one is more clear to Newbiesboth above and below this paragraph. The one below is more clear to me.
<a href="URL of target site" target="_blank">Anchor Text</a>
If you put the following code (with real info substituted) in your own post or sidebar, you'd get my other (very irreverent) blog, "The Rat Squeaks", opening in a New window:
<A HREF="http://rodentia.blogspot.com/" TARGET="_blank"> THE RAT SQUEAKS </a>
|1. go to Dashboard.|
2. Click Settings,
3. Click Comments.
4. You'll find several options concerning comments.
5. The second entry is for "Who can comment?.
6. Select the one you want.
(if you have more than one blog, each one is controlled separately, so you're not committing any other blogs to this choice.)7. After making your one or several changes, scroll to page bottom and click Save Changes.
| Who can comment?|
Friday, July 04, 2008
| It's too bad that new Bloggers cannot more readily see what the "crossest tools" (screwdriver and wrench) are for. They are convenient Quick Edit tools, visible only to you and only when you are logged in to that blog. |
Neither these nor the Quick-Edit pencil icon under each post can be seen or used by others.
We all worried about someone else being able to edit our posts or page elements for a few minutes when they were first introduced, so you're not alone if you panicked! But forget it now and you'll soon enough find something serious to worry about in Blogger! It's full of real bugs and glitches.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
|-- AMPERSAND CODES can be used in short sections to show the code itself (which is what I might do to show single nonbreaking space.|
HTML Ampersand Character Codes
-- For longer sections that need to be "translated" or if you're lazy, the programs below convert html code for you. Both work well, though Postable's first screen is a little less intuitive.
The code above would be displayed first in the post as code, then on screen here like this (converted by Quick Escape):
<a href=\"http://www.accessify.com/tools-and-wizards/developer-tools/quick-escape/\">Quick Escape</a>
Normally that anchor code would be executed as a link, not shown on screen.