Showing posts with label blogger templates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogger templates. Show all posts

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Blogger Buster is Back!

One of my go-to places for learning Blogger tips, tricks, and hacks is Blogger Buster. For the last year or so it was fairly dormant. In the last couple of weeks, it has come back to life with a bunch of new tips and tutorials. It's also a good place to find custom templates to use with your Blogger blog.

Applications for Education
If you're having students use Blogger to maintain their own blogs or digital portfolios, you may have some students who want to customize the look of their blogs to make them stand-out from the crowd. For those students, Blogger Buster could be a great place for them to find hacks to customize their blogs in their own unique style. In trying these hacks your students will also learn a bit about HTML and CSS.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Google to Unveil New Blogger Editor

Blogger, Google's popular and easy-to-use blogging platform, is soon to get a make-over. Google announced today that soon all Blogger users will be switched over to a new post editor. The new editor looks a lot like the Google Docs document editor. It's not clear from Google's announcement what the benefit of this change is, but I'm guessing that it will enable easier editing of posts that contain multiple media elements. I think the most important thing about this announcement is, as Robin Wauters at TechCrunch pointed out, that this indicates that Google hasn't forgotten about Blogger or is going to let it fade away like Google has done with other services in the past. (Some of us still aren't over the demise of Google Notebook).

The video below is an overview of all of the updates to Blogger that have occurred in the last year.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

How to Remove the Navigation Bar from New Blogger Templates

Last winter I posted some instructions for removing the navigation bar from Blogger blogs. Since that time Blogger released a new template designer and slightly modified the code that defines new Blogger templates. This made it easier to customize most Blogger templates, but put the navigation bar back at the top of all blogs. The good news is that it is still easy to remove the navigation bar. I've posted directions in the slideshow below.

Why You Might Want to Remove the Navigation Bar.
The navigation bar that appears by default at the top of Blogger blogs can be useful for searching the content of your blog, but that "next blog" link can potentially lead your students to blogs containing content that is not appropriate for school.

Disclaimer: Before you go and remove the navbar, keep in mind that some people consider removing the navigation bar to be a violation of the Blogger terms of service. That said, it's a gray area as many bloggers have removed the navbar and continue to use Blogger. You can read the TOS and make the decision for yourself.  

View the slideshow in full screen for greater clarity of images.

Something a lot of Blogger users aren't aware of is that for just $10/year you can have your own custom domain for your blog. For that $10 not only do you get to drop the .blogspot on your url you get access to all of the Google Apps like custom branded email. You can learn more about that option in this video created by Google.