Blogger has finally gets an update. Snippet from bloggers blog — “We’ve been hard at work here at Blogger headquarters and the time has come to share with you all the new features and goodies we’ve been creating. The features below are only available with Blogger in beta, so you’ll need to switch in order to get them. (It’s still free, though – that’s one thing we’re not changing!)”.
Dynamic Serving: The biggest change of all is perhaps the least immediately visible, but it affects the entire underlying structure of Blog*Spot. What used to happen was that Blogger would create static HTML files on your Blog*Spot account every time you published, and those files would remain there unchanged until your next update. In the new version, adding a new post simply updates your information in our database. Then, when someone wants to see any of the pages on your blog, those pages are created for them dynamically, on the fly.
This makes the process of updating your blog much simpler and faster. You don’t have to remember to republish anymore, or decide whether to do a “republish index only” or “republish all.” The instant you save a new post, template design, or settings change, your blog is updated. No more waiting for the publishing indicator to creep its way up to 100%.
Note: Naturally, people publishing their blogs to their own servers will not be able to take advantage of dynamic serving on Blog*Spot. Read more about using Blogger in beta with externally hosted blogs.
Access Control: If your blog is relatively private, you can choose who you want to be able to view it, and restrict access to everyone else. Share your family reunion photos with only other family members, for instance, or just keep your private thoughts and feelings in your own private blog. For more information, check out the new access control settings.
Labels: Organize your posts with labels to add an extra dimension to your blog. Instead of just browsing chronologically, you’ll be able to dynamically display all posts from any given category, and visitors can zero in on the topics that interest them most. For more information, read about how to use labels.
Layouts: You don’t have to deal with HTML and CSS when you edit your template. Using the new layouts feature, you can drag-and-drop to move parts of your page around, and choose new fonts and colors with just a few mouse clicks. When you change colors and fonts, you’ll see a preview of the blog in real-time, so it’s easier to decide what’s the best choice.
More Site Feed Options: We’ve added several new options to your site feed settings. In addition to the usual feed of your blog posts, you can have a feed for all the comments on your blog, and even individual feeds for all the comments on each separate post. Your visitors can use these feeds to find out if someone responds to their comments, or to follow discussions on your blog. The default format of the feeds will be upgraded from Atom 0.3 to Atom 1.0. Also, for you die-hard RSS fans out there, you’ll be able to optionally get all feeds in RSS 2.0 format instead of Atom. For more information, check out the new site feed settings.
Improved Dashboard: The dashboard is a bit more convenient and clear now. For instance, you can access your “View Blog” and “Template” links right from this page now, without having to click through to another page first. Also, we’ve replaced some of the icons with text links, which should be clearer and easier to use. You’ll notice a bit of a change to the Edit Posts page, as well, with a spruced-up look and better support for scrolling back through your older posts.
Google Accounts: Your account won’t just be a Blogger account any longer, but a full-fledged Google Account, with all the extra security and convenience that provides. If you already have a Google Account, you can merge your Blogger account with it when you switch. If not, you can create a new one for free. Learn about switching to a Google Account here.
The new Blogger version will be available as invitation-only for the moment. “The Blogger in beta program is going to start out small, so only a low percentage of people who log in to Blogger will see the option to switch over. If you’re one of them, you’ll see a blue box in the sidebar of your dashboard highlighting the new Blogger in beta.”
PS: If you’ve got some cool ideas of your own, add them to the wishlist.
The New All New Blogger