From April 1st The New Blogger Dashboard Will Become Default




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New Blogger Interface Design
When checking back i was very surprised to see it was almost a year ago since Blogger introduced the new design on Blogger In Draft.April 20th 2011 to be exact as i explained in the post The New Blogger Dashboard And Design Is Live.After a few months in draft Blogger offered the option to use the new interface on the main blogger site.While some people took up the option and have become familiar with it, many including myself have continued to use the old dashboard.On the first of April however the new design will become default and we will all be using the new GUI.Over the last week I have been trying to familiarize myself with the layout and options of the new interface and it ain't been easy.

One of my main worries however is that hundreds of Blogger tutorials here on Spice Up Your Blog were wrote with instructions for the old dashboard.I have decided to edit all those posts over the next week and all future Blogger tutorials will be aimed at the new design.

On their part the Blogger team are constantly tweaking the new design and a send feedback link is placed in the bottom right of the page for your suggestions.If you remember when Facebook and Twitter changed their designs users were not happy but eventually seen the advantages I think it will be the same in this case.So whats your opinion and what changes would you like to see ?

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47 comments:

  1. I've been using the new one for quite some time now & have noticed that I can't get to some features in the Comments section... I was having to switch to the old dashboard & make the changes, then switch back. I just checked my dashboard & the option to switch to the old isn't there anymore! I can't remember which feature it was, but it had something to do w/ comment verification... I was going to switch back to see exactly what it was & how it was worded, but, I can't... oh well.

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  2. "I have decided to edit all those posts over the next week"

    You're going to be busy! I started re-writing mine months ago, and am still only half way there. Found it was really helpful to make some generic posts (how to edit your template, how to add a gadget) and just refer to them instead of repeating the same info over and over.

    Good luck with your week.

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  3. The new blogger has more features and looks better I think. I guess it just takes time to get use to. The new blogger is not missing any features?

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    1. lol what!??? you work for google or somthing, come on, it sucks and you know it

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    2. where is the stats button? I have wasted a lot of time this evening looking for it and I was looking for it for a really good reason!

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  4. Hi Paul, let me say first that I love your blog and really appreciate all the info you share with us. The thing I am most concerned about with the mew interface is that there is no way to access the old minima template and actually use it. Have you heard if Blogger is going to make that template available to us after the change over. I really don't like the new templates and use the minima in all of my blog design. I have found a way to customize the new templates but I still don't like them. I find them messy, because if a person places an image either in their post or their sidebar that is too large for the space, it just spills over into the next column instead of just getting cut off, and the new sidebars are next to impossible to make everything center nicely. Anyway, that was my question. Sorry for ranting on. Have a great day!
    Karen Valentine

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  5. Wow, I've been using the old blogger interface as well. Guess I'm going to have to get used to the new UI very soon! :)

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  6. The only gripe I have is that, counter-intuitively to the whole idea of having fewer clicks to get to a destination, they've added an extra click to many things by clumping a lot of stat pages and layout/design pages into a drop-down menu. Not a big deal overall, but why? Maybe having all the links there on one page like the prior design didn't work in the 'big airy text' style that seems to be all the rage. I dunno. Other than that, everything's still there and pretty much works the same, just arranged and colored differently.

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  7. I am too still on the old interface . The new interface looks really good but one of its biggest shortcoming is the error-prone template editor.

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  8. Honestly I think it's a terrible decision. They're forcing all of their "improvements" just like Facebook. One of the reasons I stayed with the old version is because it's easier to code and design with that layout. Unless Google plans to fix it so that it works the same way, I and many other users won't be very happy with the change.

    But I am glad that this site will keep up with those changes so hopefully it won't be as bad as I fear.

    ~ Kieli ~

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  9. I used old interface until now.It was easy than new GUI but we have to embrace the change.Say good bye to old blogger interface forever.

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  10. I prefer the older dashboard, cause when i edit some templates BX errors happens at the new one. I don´t know what Blogger will make about this (Happens to others too). And it´ll be Google Blogs? xo

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  11. I have tried the new layout several times but I can't seem to get use to it. On top of that it seems to not work so well with small screens. I use an HP Mini and have a 10 inch screen, and the new interface just doesn't work well with small screens. I have gave feedback to blogger many times where I voiced my concern, but I have never heard from them. I didn't really think I would though. However, I have been using a 100% free service and I can't complain too much I guess. I have been moving away from blogging with services like Blogger and Wordpress and developing my own pages from the ground up. Granted it takes more time but it helps me learn writing code better since Blogger etc does a lot of stuff in the background that we don't have access to. Anyway, I wish we could keep the old layout interface.

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  12. Although I use the new dashboard most of the time, I do find myself switching back to the old dashboard for editing HTML. For some reason I get a lot of BX errors when making changes to a template's HTML in the new dashboard, so not having access to the old interface is a worry.

    I was showing a few people how to setup blogs last week and some found the interface counter-intuitive and confusing.

    BTW thanks for the tutorials!

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  13. how do i get a floating share buttons attached o each post, just like ona ll your posts on the left hand side? when i scroll, it follows me on the left but not in the post, on the border of the post.
    looks great, i want it :)
    great site, very helpful.

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  14. Im not looking forward to figuring out how to use a new dashboard! OY! RANDOM QUESTION: I LOVE the hover over 'subscribe' buttons that you have on this test blog of yours ( http://test-blog-test-12346.blogspot.com/ ) and was wondering if you would kindly point me in the direction of that tutorial?? I looked and looked on your site and couldnt seem to find it! THANK YOU for all of your awesome tips/tricks :0)

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  15. It's fine with me. The new interface works best for me. And I like it better than the old one.

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  16. Yep!It sad story as Blogger new Dashboard is irritating while writing post as always < br /> tags gets inserted/

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  17. Your Share button is cool how did you install it.

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  18. I usually write my post in MS Word and copy into Blogger and adjust things using HTML. Have you seen the HTML when posting? It all runs together.

    I don't know about this change. I began messing around with my dormant Wordpress account today...

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  19. Hate the new layout.
    And BTW...I still hate the Facebook and Twitter changes as well.

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  20. the new look is very complecated and its bad lokking

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  21. Well so far I cannot see the advantages. The message I get is my browser (Internet Explorer) is no longer going to work with blogger and I should change to Google Chrome. But I wish to stay with the browser I'm used to, why should I be forced to change?
    When writing a post only half the symbols can be seen and the box to write the post in is about a third the size it was previously (I'm not the only blogger who has found this).
    Why can't things be left as they were or at least let people have a choice.
    Carol

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  22. I did not like it at first at all. I am getting use to it but I HATE the problems I am having with captioning photos, font sizes changing spontaneously and spacing issues. Seriously no matter how many times you try to correct it you can't. Even the changing of the html code does not correct it. There is no rhyme or reason for the switching back and forth with line spacing and font sizes, and the captioning is the worst.

    Also you should be able to drag and drop your photos to the space on the post you want them without having to cut and paste. And you should be able to place your captions where you want them with the space you want on top and bottom.

    The single most ridiculous thing is you get it just right on the draft, press publish and it looks so unprofessional and has ignored your editing completely. Argh. Heaven help us.

    I am a Mac user and am beginning to wonder if this is not compatible with the Mac. If so heaven help Blogger too.

    Thanks for any help you can give. I have nearly two thousand posts under my belt with the old system so I am not a beginner.

    Bonnie

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    1. Bonnie make sure to leave feedback and tell Blogger of your issues..

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    2. I just want to agree with this post. I stuck with blogger over Wordpress because their interface and code were easy to figure out, and I could lay my posts out EXACTLY the way I wanted them to look, controlling the size, location, margins, text colors, etc. with great precision. Now, it seems impossible. Not only is Google inserting breaks and god knows what else, but it seems to be using CSS or something – but not to do what I WANT it to do. If I'm going to have to learn a lot of code, I'd prefer to use Wordpress and keep more of my privacy, thanks.

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  23. I used to be able to add a link in the LINK box underneath the TITLE field of a new post. CAN'T DO IT NOW!!!
    How could I simply add a link?

    Embedded closure links is not the problem I'm pointing out here.

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    1. Thats a big loss to me as well, make sure to leave feedback and tell blogger about issues your having...

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  24. When I Click the View Blog button on the new dashboard - it takes me to my blog - and then straight back to the dashboard! After being in the dashboard the only way to go to my blog and stay there is to close IE and reopen it,then go straight to my blog. I've gone back to the old dashboard and get no trouble.

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  25. I will have to stop blogging if forced to use the new interface. It is just too difficult. Not user-friendly. I tried it and couldn't do anything. Hope they let us have a choice.

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  26. One day into being forced to use it and options such as centering images and posting larger versions of images do not work. The option to do that, under the images appears, but it does not actually do anything when selected. HORRIBLE.

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  27. is there anyway to get the old blogger back? I am utterly confused, and don't have the time to figure out a new way. I have used blogger for over three years and am greatly disappointed! Please help me to know how I can go back to the stable blogger. I have over 300 parents depending on this blog, as their children are doing volunteer work for our church, and look forward to it everyday.

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    1. At the moment you can still get the old blogger back..if you click the Gear icon in the top right of the page and you will see the old blogger dashboard option..

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  28. It's appalling. I find it staggering that a bunch of people sat around in a room and honestly believed that the new interface was an improvement on the old one.

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  29. I can't figure the new interface out AT ALL. It really sucks, why not leave it the hell alone and let everybody get on with it? Why do they have to keep messing with stuff? Do they think that everybody has the time to sit down all the time and figure it all out, plus REDO everything to fit the format? It's bull.

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  30. I have been using the new interface until recently (I was hesitant at first but eventually upgraded when it happened) and all of a sudden, for no apparent reason (starting yesterday!) I keep getting BX errors and my post lists are GONE! I managed to find a way to convert BACK to the old interface...errors be gone! The old interface has NO issues and my post lists ARE there on the old interface. It warns me though that the old interface will be removed in the coming months...so i'll end up getting the errors again and having no post lists? Seriously? I need a post list to save things as drafts before being published and done! I used the new interface problem free for a few months, now it's full of issues for no reason! The old interface works perfect! I wish they'd keep the one that WORKS!

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  31. Hello, I am glad I found you. I switched to the new interface about 2 months ago. After writing a post,my blog does not recognize my e-mail. Well, I have no way to access my dashboard. What is going on? In essence my own blog is treating me like a visitor, not the host?

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  32. Like many people, I don't have any problems with the new interface except that I use the Minima template for everything. I taught myself enough HTML code to personalize my blogs, but the new templates are set up differently. Making those personal touches will take me way too much time now. I've tried and tried, but I can't change the template to Minima. HELP!

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  33. I left the previous comment. Please email me with any help at www dot cookienut at ymail dot com Thanks

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  34. Well, here we are AUGUST and the new interface STILL SUCKS - has anybody done anything about it besides bitch? I HAVE:
    I wrote this ----
    http://dave-lucas.blogspot.com/2012/04/enter-raven-new-blogger-interface-never.html

    I hope you will share it with your readers!

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  35. today new interface took over - how do i get old one back. its awful!!!!!!! stark white, no edit option, all posts had in draft are gone

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  36. I HATE the new interface.
    It's actually enough to make me stop using Blogger.
    Why fix something that ain't broke?

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  37. I can't even write posts and pages and edit them in the new interface. My pages don't load properly even when I refresh the pages. I have sent feedback numerous times and they aren't doing anything about it. Two days ago I was able to switch back to the old interface and make and edit posts. I can't go back to the old interface anymore. I have gone to the help page and the forums and can't seem to get any help. I am miffed to say the least.

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  38. im appalled at the new dashboard and feel google blogger does nothing to listen to its loyal users. the picture alignment and shuffling of images is dreadful, the colour scheme i've had on my blog for 6 years has just disappeared and my template is off kilter. not impressed and bitterly disappointed we are not given a choice to remain with the old and practical dashboard that not only looked better than the new one - but it also worked.

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  39. I am trying to change background color and font and I keep getting an error message - bX-lcbzu1-
    How can I change the background and font, I wemt tp advamced like it said to do, but still didn't work.

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  40. Some blogs did not change!!
    Is there a way I can have my old dashboard back????Please!!!!!!!!!!
    The 'new' one is not functional like the one before!

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