4 Other Reminders


  • On Windows, use FireFox browser for editing.  Explorer seems to have problems.
  • On Mac, FireFox may be slightly better than Safari.
A. Backing Up Blog (more on Pg 5)
  • 'Settings' tab, then on first line  "Blog Tools", and link "Export blog" -- see Blogger Export Blogs Help Page .
  • Resulting ".xml" file saves only text, not photos.  When you build the blog page, however, Blogger automatically stores a copy of your photos in a Google Picasa album, accessible by your userid.
  • Backing Up A Single Page:
    Create or find an empty post, then copy the contents of the page to be backed up onto the empty page.  Now you have a 'duplicate' of that page.
B. Saving New Posts First Time (more on Pg 7)
  • Recommend giving short title (01, 02, or aa, bb, etc), then save.
  • Reason:  The 'first-saved' title will be part of the URL for the page, so a long title makes a cumbersome URL.
  • After the 'first save', then change the title.  The URL won't change after the 'first save'. 
  • NEW PAGES:  Same idea; use a short, simple title (example "about") for the "1st save", which will establish the URL.
C. Adjusting Post Date (more on Pg 3 at bottom)
  • Newest dated post will be the home page -- positioned at the top of 'Edit Posts' window.
  • If a page you save 1st time jumps to the top  -- and thus becomes the home page when you don't want it to -- you can give it an older date to make it not-be the home page.
  • To do so:  Edit that page, than at the bottom click the "Post Options" link, and set the date to an older date.
D. Updating Links Within The Blog
  • In the 'Edit Posts' window, click the 'view' link for that post, then copy the URL to the clipboard.
  • Click the screwdriver/wrench icon to open the edit links window.  Paste the URL from the clipboard to the page location you want to edit.

E. Adding New Link List On Right
  • Click 'Layout' tab, then click 'Add a Gadget' on right, then about the 8th item down in the window that opens, select 'Link List'.
F. Viewing Photos In Picasa
  • Photos you upload with your own ID, will be automatically also stored in a Picasa album.  ((Default settings will make them inaccessible to the public.))
  • To view these photos, go to picasaweb.google.com , and login with the same ID you use for Blogger.
  • Note that if photos were uploaded by a different blog author and not you, then those photos will show up in HIS Picasa album, not yours.
G. Misc:
  • Fake Registrars:  Ignore letters to renew domain name from anyone other than your actual registrar (will be with GoDaddy.com or 1and1.com).  Seems to be lots of people trying to trick you into paying for "domain services" you don't need.
  •  Author Privileges:  Note we can optionally add an ID with limited "author" privileges (as compared to unlimited "admin" privileges), that can only edit 1 or 2 pages, and not change other settings.
H. From The Emails

The following notes are copied from Message #10, Paragraph 4, in Billtown Web Yahoo group archives.

a) Multiple Users:  Blogger allows multiple users.  So you can add "administrators" or remove "administrators".

* b) Content Management (sort of):  If you give a person the lessor "author" privilege, they can only change their own pages.  They cannot edit anyone else's pages, or otherwise change the website. 

**So, as an example, you could set up a website so John could edit 2 pages, Mary could edit a different 3 pages, and so on.   So this "author" feature functions a bit like a crude  "content management system".
    ((To do this:  Click the "Settings" tab, then click the "Permissions" subtab, then you can use the "add authors" feature to invite people to join the blog.))

* c) Backing Up:  Backing up the contents of the website may be easier with Blogger than some of the other free services.

** Backup Method 1, xml: Blogger has a method to back up the website to a ".xml" file.  If data gets lost, you can import that  ".xml" file to a new blog website or into an existing blog website, to recover any or all of the lost pages.   
((To do this:  Click the "Settings" tab, then click the "Basic" subtab, then select the first link on the page which says "Export blog".))

** Backup Method 2, pdf:  You can also temporarily set it so all the pages appear on 1 page, then use a Mac to "print to pdf"
(or Windows with a pdf app added) and save the whole website to a PDF file.  This essentially captures the contents of the website, since you can copy text from a PDF file. 

((To do this:  Click the "Settings" tab, then click the "Formatting" subtab, then change the first "pulldown" menu on the page from "1 post on the main page" to "99 posts".  After you print to PDF, change the 99 back to "1 post on the main page")).  Examples: Open the directory track2.com/backups  .  Inside the folders, you can find .pdf files, where I backed up some of the early websites as .pdf files.

Note: This PDF method will NOT save "pages", only "posts".  So you need to copy the contents of "pages" to a "back up" type of "post", in order to "capture" the text on the pages.

* d) Photos:  When you upload photos, you can select "small" or "medium" to get them to fit the page.  But if a reader clicks on a photo, it opens the FULL size that you uploaded it.  I usually upload photos about 1200 to 1600 pixels wide, so that if a reader clicks the photo, it's nice and big.  EXAMPLE:  View KaraffaConstruction.com , go to page 2 or page 3, and then click on one of the photos to see it open much larger.  ((The "back" button should return you to the web page, but this does not always work.)) 

You can also use the same Blogger ID to create an easy-to-use Picasa photo album.  EXAMPLE:  Click here to view Pine Summit RR photos .

This page updated 10/17/2010 by James R. Ingram