Google's Blogger: Adds new features "Star ratings, embedded comment form and more

Google owned free blogging platform Blogger (BlogSpot.com) has got several new features, currently available in experimental version of Blogger. To try new features, just visit Draft Blogger and temporarily enable “Make Blogger in Draft my default dashboard” at the top of the page. The new Blogger post editor – comes with improved image handling, when you […]

Google owned free blogging platform Blogger (BlogSpot.com) has got several new features, currently available in experimental version of Blogger. To try new features, just visit Draft Blogger and temporarily enable “Make Blogger in Draft my default dashboard” at the top of the page.

  1. The new Blogger post editor – comes with improved image handling, when you upload an image to the new post editor it will appear as a thumbnail in the image dialog box. That way, you can upload several images at once, and then add them into your post at your convenience. The thumbnails will be available until you close the post editor. When you add an image from the dialog into your post it will be placed at the insertion point instead of at the top of the post. If you don’t like where an image is in your post, you can drag it around to another spot. If you drag it towards the left side of the editor it will float to the left, likewise for the right, and if you leave it in the center it will be centered. You can move the images inside a post and dynamically choose between different sizes of the image. The new editor is smart enough to no longer replace newlines with <br> tags when you add tables, lists, styles, scripts and objects. There's also an improved preview option that uses your template to style your content. Unfortunately, the new editor lacks many features currently available: auto-save, spell checking, video upload and the toolbar for editing HTML.
  2. Star Ratings: With new Star Ratings feature, your readers can easily rate your posts — or the things you post about — from one star to five stars with a single click, right from the post footer.
  3. Import and Export: Now you can export all of your posts and comments into a single, Atom-formatted XML file for easy backup. You can then import the posts back into Blogger, either into an existing blog or into a new one.

    To export your blog, log in to http://draft.blogger.com/ and go to the Settings —> Formatting page. You’ll see the Blog Tools links at the top of the page for importing and exporting. Once you click “Export blog” and press the “Export” button on the next page, your browser will prompt you to save the XML file for your blog. Keep it somewhere safe as a backup, or import it into a different blog. You can import one blog into another from the Blog Tools links, or when creating a new blog. Look for the “Advanced Options” at the bottom of the page.

  4. Embedded Comment Form: new embedded comment form addresses that by putting the comment form where your readers expect it: at the bottom of the post.

    To turn on the embedded comment form, log in to http://draft.blogger.com/ and go to Settings > Comments for your blog. You’ll see that the “Show comments in a popup window?” setting has been replaced with the new “Comment Form Placement” setting. Just click “Embedded below post,” save your settings, and go check out a post to see your new comment form.

  5. Webmaster Tools for Blogger: There's also a new link from the Blogger in Draft dashboard to take you directly to Webmaster Tools. If you follow it, your blogs will add to Webmaster Tools and automatically verify for you. From there, you can poke around and learn about how Google search sees your blog.

Source:→ Google System