Google+ Comments launched just 2 weeks ago yet it has garnered lots of good reviews and a positive response from the Blogger user community. This move is a part of Google’s ongoing initiative for plusification of its products but its a clear sign that Blogger is still and will remain a indispensable product in Google’s arsenal. G+ Comments are also a clear challenge to the FB Comments , Disqus and other commenting systems even though it is yet to launched outside of Blogger officially. The presence of unofficial implementations for Drupal and WordPress establishes the fact that its being liked by everybody out there. So if you one of those people who are still not convinced of using it on your blog then here are Five Solid Reasons that will surely make you change your mind 1. Connected with everybody ( Literally !! )
Lets think of a dream scenario , Somebody , Somewhere on the Web shares the link to your newest article and you are thanking them for doing it the very next minute. In reality other than when you get traffic from some popular website , many conversations about your blog on social media are ignored by you or you have no way to know that they are even happening out there. G+ Comments takes a dig at this problem by making sure that if-and-when a link to your article is shared on Google+ publicly it will appear in the Comments sections with all its +1’s and comments that were done on the original thread. Even though this is a small innovation yet it will help keep the conversation about your article either on the blog or social media in a single place
2. Privacy Conscious
The power of Circles from Google+ is used to make sure that your privacy is never compromised . May it be a comment on your favorite Technology blog while you are working in office or a comment directed towards the author alone for fixing that typo you should be rest assured that you will not be caught by your boss or shame the author publicly for that silly mistake of theirs respectively . Another aspect is the ability to see comments custom-tailored to you. So your Best Social Friends comments will be visible to you on the top irrespective of the fact that when they were posted
3. Mention People
Well its not new , Disqus and Livefyre have similar features but the thing here to consider is that you can easily send a notification to Google+ users without much hassles and get them involved in the conversation right away
4. Edit , Delete , Report Spam and Share on Google+
All the standard Moderation tools that every blog owner wants with a small yet impactful addition of social sharing right into the core of the comments structure. This small feature will increase exposure to your content on Google+ many folds and increase engagement with your readers and reader’s friends exponentially. A sure shot way to effects those Social Signals and increasing your search engine ranking organically
5. Threaded Comments
Even though this is common place now and not a very big deal , but being able to reply to specify comments is always a great UX move. Considering just last year it was introduced in Blogger officially , its pretty big deal that its inherently present from start in this comment system. It gives more organized feel to your comments sections and makes it many times easier for you to manage the comments.
Bonus Reason : Migrate Comments
If you are a Blogger user , then you will not have to worry about losing all your previous comments that your blog received till now as all those comments will get automatically migrated as-and-when you choose to switch to Google+ Comments and reverse will also be possible soon if you think of switching back to the old comment system . One thing to note though is that the old comments cannot be marked as spam or deleted easily. (This bug will surely be fixed soon )
Active development is in full swing and lots of features might be coming out soon. If you have any feedback regarding any problems that you face while using G+ Comments , then without hesitation report it in the Blogger Product Forum.
So take the chance and Try Google+ Comments
We have switched to G+ Comments but we have still allowed you to comment via the old comment box if you like that one more
Infinite Scrolling refers to the ability to continuously load new content on a page without refreshing it which gives an appearance of endlessness. It is used by major sites like Google+ , Facebook and Twitter and pretty successfully at that. The biggest benefit being exposure to more content and faster browsing . We will see how to integrate it into our Blogger blog by using Infinite Ajax Scroll jQuery plugin
+1 , Tweet and Like Buttons will be loaded after every AJAX request , so if you have these social sharing buttons beneath every post then don’t worry about them not showing
When the new post is loaded beneath a post ( If you choose the first option ) , then the Threaded comments in the newly loaded post will not work
To replace the Loader image , just search for .gif in the Widget code and replace that whole URL with another Image
To change the number of times before the user is asked to load more pages , search for triggerPageThreshold: and replace the numeric value ahead of it , if for example you set the value as 4 then the plugin will load new content four times before it asks you weather you want to see more content or not
onRenderComplete:function() function is used to tell the plugin what to do after the page has been successfully loaded , Here I have added a snippet which tells Google Analytics that a new page is loaded so that GA registers every AJAX request as a New Page visit
loaderDelay: tell how much milliseconds to wait before the new content is actually added to the page
For information about all the other options available in this plugin visit IAS Options
If you face any troubles in implementing , feel free to ask me via comments
This is my 3rd IndiBlogger Blogger Meet and it was nothing less exciting and fun-filled than any previous one. We reached the venue just when synchronized clapping and tapping had started , there were some awkward hiccups but it set the mood for the rest of the meet.
After that started the introductions and entertaining challenges moderated by our very own Prateek Shah or rather ‘Prateeksha’
Then came the most awaited presentation explaining the features of HPConnectedMusic
Here is a brief overview of the Features
1. More than 1 Million Songs available to choose from
2. Ability to Download and Play Music Offline
3. Online Streaming and Internet Radio
4. Meridian Powered Desktop Application for HP laptops
5. Intelligent Playlists , Custom Filters and Constantly changing Album covers
6. Supports advanced playback technologies like Beats Audio
7. Extensive Search Features with Artists , Tracks and Albums Listings
8. Common Trivia and Latest News related to each artists integrated within the service
9. Take part in competitions and Win Tickets to concerts worldwide
Showroom is inspired from Tumblr template of the same name by Mixpanel. It has a eye-catching design and comes inbuilt with Related Posts widget , Infinite Post Scrolling and 7 Post types using Labels. It integrates with the Blogger Template Designer seamlessly and also adds custom fields which make editing Tags , Menu and Search Box easier. Search Engine Optimization has been done to Page and Post Titles as well as a Google PageSpeed score of 97% makes it ultra fast.
Infinite Post Scrolling
7 Post Types using Labels
Lazy Loading Share Buttons
SEO Optimized Post and Page Titles
97% Google PageSpeed Score
Related Post Widget
Blogger Template Designer support
Customized Label Design
Eye-catching Sidebar design
Using Web Fonts Noto Serif and YesterYear
Supports Google+ Comments
Fallback Comment Design
Cross Browser Compatible
And Much More…
Features in Detail
Infinite Post Scrolling
Using jQuery and AJAX , an unending number of Posts can be loaded without leaving the page. This is by default functional on the HomePage , Label Pages , Archive Pages as well as Search Pages.
Blogger Template Designer
Custom options to easily change the background color and text color of Search Box , Menu links and Tags.
SEO Optimized and Ultra fast Load Times
7 Post Types
Using a bit of clever CSS and some Blogger Data tags , each post can be assigned a special post type with the help of Blogger Labels. The supported Blogger Labels are Image , Link , Blog , Chat , Video , Music and Quote . Each of these categories will have a separate Label Icon assigned to it .
Lazy Loading Share Buttons and Related Post Widget
Tweet , Like and +1 buttons are present under each Post , as well a Related Post widget which relies on the Blogger Labels to recommend blog posts that are likely to interest the readers.
Google+ Comments support and Fallback Design
The template supports the newly released Google+ Comments for Blogger and In case you don’t want to shift now , there is a Attractive Fallback Comment design as well . If you use Google+ Comments for your Blog , then the comment count will by itself update to show the numbers of comments received by Google+ Comments as well.
I am thankful to MixPanel for allowing me to port this theme to Blogger. Soon I will be writing a tutorial to implement MixPanel Event based Analytics into Blogger , stay tuned for it.
The first major update to the Blogger Template Editor since 2006 . Loosely referred to as Edit HTML , it has gone though a complete makeover. The previous Editor appeared as a lightbox-style window and was pretty similar to the version available before Blogger switched to the new look back in October 2011. This update is a full-blown overhaul with build from scratch approach bringing a whole new set of features to the table
The Technology Behind the Editor
The New Editor is aimed at making Creation & Editing Blogger Template a lot easier for user with less experience in coding HTML/CSS/JS . Some of the specific additions are
1. Jump To Widget
Finding code related to a specific widget has become very easy , Just open the Jump To Widget Dropdown and select the widget of your choice. By making jumping to specific Widget Code block, it becomes easier for users to add code to render widget on specific page (Earlier it was a bit overwhelming to go through a lot of code to add those conditional tags )
2. Expandable Code Segments
The ability to exapand code makes the Template Editor look less cluttered and more clean. Current once you expand the code , there is no ability to collapse it again . May be they will add that in the future
Update : As Samantha Schaffer , one of the Google Intern responsible for creating this new Editor has mentioned in the comments , after expanding the code block ,the triangle disappears but if that specific area is clicked again then the code collapses and the triangle reappears
3. Inline Preview Template
Giving a option to preview the template in the same window is well thought UX move , keeping the continuity of the Google UI and not at all compromising with the testing of the template. It will surely improve the workflow of many template designers.
4. Format Template
If you are like me , trying to squish every whitespace out of your template to hyper-optimize for the smallest HTTP request size , then this might not be a feature for you. Jokes apart as you can see in the above image it can be a nightmare to edit a Template like that. A click of Format Template will indent your code in the most human readable form as seen in the image below . Just a word of caution though , for heavily modified template this might cause some problems , so Preview before saving any changes.
5. Find , Replace and Replace All functions
The Editor has its own Find , Replace and Replace All functions. This might seem a little off in the beginning as the Browsers Own Search will not work in the Editor but once you get used to it , it will come naturally. Especially the addition of Replace (CTRL+SHIFT+F) and Replace All (CTRL+SHIFT+R) , a must in code editors, will come really handy if you fiddling with the template a lot ( Especially with multiple similar items ) .
Here is a video demonstrating all the features (No sound but background music)
This will give many people a reason to shift their Blog on Blogger and make editing templates for current users much easier and more welcoming. This also fizzles out all the rumors going around after Google’s Readers close-down about Blogger being next in the line to be closed down – HELL , if that was the case then these array of new developments would not be happening. Blogger is one of the oldest blogging platform and is here to stay for a long time. Also don’t forget to check the officialannouncement
Update : This update appears to be rolled out for all the users and there seems to be no option to revert back to the old Template Editor
This pretty much explains everything and I suppose we can expect it to be released soon to the public . This was a much needed step as all the Blogger users were dependent on third party contact forms . On a positive note , this is a sign that active development is still ON in Blogger and closing it down is not happening in the near future atleast . The Official Google+ Stream gadget for Blogger was also found out by us but its still not implemented yet
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Inspired from the the recently released Flat UI Kit from DesignModo FlatUI Blogger Template is a fully responsive and feature-rich template. One of its main advantages over other Blogger templates is the ease with which you can customize the various components via the Blogger Template Designer. Many custom options have been added to the Template Designer to make it simpler to modify from a single location.