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Sick fires
15 01 13

Bloggerrrrr

Okay allow me to vent here for a second.

It’s no secret that I’m working on a project that involves Blogger. The blogging platform, yeah. While I admit it’s a pretty nice and robust system (hell, I’d even go so far as saying it’s powerful, if you’re willing to dive into the internal code), it’s just so infuriatingly limited sometimes.

Example case: you want to change the format of the comment timestamps (which is, oddly enough, set to display the date mostly in text) to fit the rest of your blog. Sure, there’s a setting for that, right? WRONG. There isn’t, and it seems to be pretty difficult to change in the Blogger widget code as well. You end up just getting rid of the timestamps on comments. Not like you needed them anyway.

If you even went to the “template” section of your blog’s settings, and tried editing the HTML for your template, you may have noticed the “expand widget templates” checkbox in the upper left. Checking it expands all widgets, including the ones that are used to display your posts. Find your way through all the newfound mumbo-jumbo, and you’ll be able to make some really neat (often small) changes.

Blogger’s real powerful, too bad most of the power is lost on the majority of the users. Can’t think of a single reason for a casual user to expand widget templates, after all.

Step up your game, Blogger. Customization is the future, and we want the future now.
~ Fang

Comments

  • 16/01/2013 (1:55 AM)

    I’ve managed to insert a few nifty little things by expanding the widget templates. I don’t think everyone is so craving your future though, a lot of people are quite happy to not have much customisation. It’s one of the good things about Blogger. For the most part it’s very simple and accessible, with customisation options for the people who want them.

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