Blogger Test Drive

In the past I have only used Blogger/Blogspot briefly. I had a small garden blog as well as a  blog for one our dealerships that used the Blogger CMS. When I started this site I thought Blogger has some limitations and therefore decided to go with WordPress. As such, I have become very acclimated to the ways and workings of WordPress and like it very much. WordPress offers robust plug ins, themes and is very customizable.

A project I am working on right now seemed to be better suited to using the Blogger CMS so I figured it was time for another Blogger Test Drive and I have to say there has been a LOT has changes since I last used it with any regularity. Most significantly, Blogger now has Dynamic View Template, which in essence allows the reader to switch between Classic, FlipCard, Magazine, Mosaic, Sidebar, Snapshot and Timeslide Views. Which is pretty damn cool. As browsers and readers of content, visitors are able to switch depending on what they like or what they are browsing your blog on.

I still think that WordPress offers a more robust system to manage and run a site or blog from but after a week or two I have to say, I am warming up to Blogger.

One bug with Blogger that is very frustrating to me is that with Chrome and Firefox when you try an customize your theme, whether it is changing background image,Blog title Font, blog color palette, etc… and hit Apply Changes. It does not apply changes.

This was my first and so far only stumbling block using Blogger’s Dynamic Views template. So I did a quick Google search and learned that it was a known bug and that the blogger team was working on a fix. Cool. But I needed to customize my site now…

So I dug a little deeper around the the google product discussion threads and learned that while the Apply Changes bug affects Chrome, Safari and Firefox. The lowly ( in my opinion) Internet Explorer is not affected.

Sweet! I fired I my Virtual Box on my Mac Book Air and went to Blogger on IE8 and although it ran a little slow, it accepted my updates.

It is a little painstaking to have to run a VM and use IE to get the updates done but the end result is what I truly care about. Hope to release my new blog to wild in early January.