Blogger (service)

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Blogger
Logo Blogger
Web addressblogger.com
Commercial?Yes
Type of siteBlog host
RegistrationOptional, Free
Available language(s)See below
OwnerGoogle Inc.
LaunchedAugust 23, 1999[1]
Alexa ranknegative increase 60 (April 2014)[2]
Current statusActive
 
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Blogger
Logo Blogger
Web addressblogger.com
Commercial?Yes
Type of siteBlog host
RegistrationOptional, Free
Available language(s)See below
OwnerGoogle Inc.
LaunchedAugust 23, 1999[1]
Alexa ranknegative increase 60 (April 2014)[2]
Current statusActive

Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com. A user can have up to 100 blogs per account.[3] Up until May 1, 2010 Blogger allowed users to publish blogs on other hosts, via FTP. All such blogs had (or still have) to be moved to Google's own servers, with domains other than blogspot.com allowed via custom URLs.[4] Unlike Wordpress, Blogger cannot be installed in a web server. One has to use DNS facilities to redirect a custom URL to a blogspot domain.[5]

History[edit]

On August 23, 1999, Blogger was launched by Pyra Labs. As one of the earliest dedicated blog-publishing tools, it is credited for helping popularize the format. In February 2003, Pyra Labs was acquired by Google under undisclosed terms. The acquisition allowed premium features (for which Pyra had charged) to become free. In October 2004, Pyra Labs' co-founder, Evan Williams, left Google. In 2004, Google purchased Picasa; it integrated Picasa and its photo sharing utility Hello into Blogger, allowing users to post photos to their blogs.

On May 9, 2004, Blogger introduced a major redesign, adding features such as web standards-compliant templates, individual archive pages for posts, comments, and posting by email. On August 14, 2006, Blogger launched its latest version in beta, codenamed "Invader", alongside the gold release. This migrated users to Google servers and had some new features, including interface language in French, Italian, German and Spanish.[6] In December 2006, this new version of Blogger was taken out of beta. By May 2007, Blogger had completely moved over to Google operated servers. Blogger was ranked 16 on the list of top 50 domains in terms of number of unique visitors in 2007.[7]

Redesign[edit]

As part of the Blogger redesign in 2006, all blogs associated with a user's Google Account were migrated to Google servers. Blogger claims that the service is now more reliable because of the quality of the servers.[8]

Along with the migration to Google servers, several new features were introduced, including label organization, a drag-and-drop template editing interface, reading permissions (to create private blogs) and new Web feed options. Furthermore, blogs are updated dynamically, as opposed to rewriting HTML files.

In a version of the service called Blogger in Draft,[9] new features are tested before being released to all users. New features are discussed in the service's official blog.[10]

Screenshot of blog post compose window of Blogger, April 2012

In September 2009, Google introduced new features into Blogger as part of its tenth anniversary celebration. The features included a new interface for post editing, improved image handling, Raw HTML Conversion, and other Google Docs-based implementations, including:

In 2010, Blogger introduced new templates and redesigned its website. The new post editor was criticized for being less reliable than its predecessor.[11]

Available languages[edit]

Blogger is available in these languages: Arabic, Bengali, Indonesia, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Norwegian, Oriya, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu Vietnamese. Nepali, Farashi.

Country specific blogger addresses[edit]

Starting in February 2013 Blogger began integrating user blogs with multiple country specific URL addresses i.e. exampleuserblogname.blogspot.com would be automatically redirected to exampleuserblogname.blogspot.ca in Canada, exampleuserblogname.blogspot.co.uk in the United Kingdom etc. Blogger explained that by doing this they could manage the blog content more locally so if there was any objectionable material that violated a particular country's laws they could remove and block access to that blog for that country through the assigned ccTLD while retaining access through other ccTLD addresses and the default BlogSpot.com url. However it should be noted that if a blog using a country specific URL was removed it is still technically possible to still access the blog through Google's No Country Redirect override by entering the URL address using the regular BlogSpot.com address and adding /ncr after the .com.[12]

Available designs[edit]

Blogger allows its users to choose from various templates and then customize them. Users may also choose to create their own templates using CSS. The new design template, known as Dynamic View, was introduced recently. It is built with AJAX, HTML5 and CSS3. The time for loading is 40 percent shorter than traditional templates, and allows user to present blog in seven different ways: classic, flipcard, magazine, mosaic, sidebar, snapshot, and timeslide. Readers still have the option to choose preferable views when the blog owner has set a default view.[13] Some of the widgets (e.g. Labels, Profile, Link List, Subscription Links, Followers and Blog Archive etc.) are available for Dynamic Views. Other templates are chosen by the blogger.

In April 2013 Blogger updated its HTML template editor that has some improvements to make it easy for the users to edit the source code of the blog. The editor was updated with syntax highlight, number line and jump to widget button for ease of editing the code.

For over half a year dynamic views users were suffering from a bug causing custom CSS and page navigation often not to load properly. This happened because a JavaScript routine rendered the page before it was loaded. A blogger user fixed the template and published the fix.[14]

Screen shot of Blogger showing the dynamic design view

Integration[edit]

Blogger on mobile devices[edit]

Blogger has launched mobile applications for users with mobile devices. Users can post and edit blogs, and also share photos and links on Blogger through their mobile devices. Not only advanced mobile devices, such as smartphones, are being considered, since users can also post blogs via traditional cell phones by SMS and MMS.[18]

Screenshot of Blogger app on iOS

The major two mobile operation systems that Blogger focuses on are Android and iOS.[19][20] Blogger allow users to edit blogs anywhere through the app and either publish the blogs or save them as drafts. Quick navigation from posts and drafts is accessible from a list. Users can attach photos by taking a picture with a Blogger app or selecting pictures from their photo galleries. Sharing current locations on posts is also possible by tabbing My Location bar and adding locations. Users can also share photos and links directly to Blogger.

Blocking[edit]

Blogger has been blocked for various periods of time in the following countries:

Blocking of *.blogspot.com domains by keyword-based Internet filtering systems is also encountered due to the domain containing the substring "gspot."

Limitations[edit]

Blogger has the following limitations on content storage and bandwidth, per user account:[23]

On February 18, 2010,[27] Blogger introduced "auto-pagination", which limited the number of posts that could be displayed on each page, often causing the number of posts on the main page to be less than that specified by the user and leading to a hostile response from some users.[28][29]

Private blogs are limited to only 100 members.

Support[edit]

The official support channel is the Blogger Product Forum.[30] This on-line discussion forum, delivered using Google Groups, is visited by Blogger users (of varying skill levels), and receives some monitoring from Google staff. "Top Contributors" are community-members nominated by the Google staff, who have additional rights which let them manage discussions and get direct access to the Google staff. There is likely to be a Top Contributor or other knowledgeable person reading the forum almost all the time.

A number of people, including some Top Contributors, run personal blogs where they offer advice and post information about common problems.

StackExchange's Web Applications forum[31] has a tag for "blogger", which is used for questions about various blogging platforms, including Blogger.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Story of Blogger". Blogger.com. October 8, 2003. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Blogger.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ "the limits on my Blogger account". Google. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Buzz.blogger.com". Buzz.blogger.com. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "How to Move a Blogger Blog to Your Own Domain: Tips and Tricks". Tips and Tricks. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Blogger Beta: Feature Complete!, The official Blogger Buzz, November 2, 2006,.
  7. ^ "Top 50 Domains - www.TheLifeMovie.blogspot.com Ranked by Unique Visitors"” September 2007.
  8. ^ "Blogger Buzz: The New Version of Blogger". Buzz.blogger.com. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Draft.blogger.com". Draft.blogger.com. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Bloggerindraft.blogspot.com". Bloggerindraft.blogspot.com. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Critique and Criticism of the New Blogger Post Editor - Experiment Garden". Experimentgarden.blogspot.com. June 26, 2008. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ Why does my blog redirect to a country-specific URL? (ccTLD)
  13. ^ "All about Dynamic Views for Readers"” Google. November 6, 2012,.
  14. ^ "Fixed: Blogger Dynamic Views Fails to Load Properly". Retrieved June 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ Help.blogger.com[dead link]
  16. ^ "Buzz.blogger.com". Buzz.blogger.com. Retrieved December 25, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Blogger / Amazon integration is finished - what are our options now?". Amazon Integration is Over - what are our options now?. September 23, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Blogger on the Go "
  19. ^ "New and improved Blogger mobile apps". November 13, 2012,.
  20. ^ "Google Mobile" 2011.
  21. ^ Rosen, Jeffrey (2008). "Google’s Gatekeepers". The New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2008. "Over the past couple of years, Google and its various applications have been blocked, to different degrees, by 24 countries. Blogger is blocked in Pakistan, for example, and Orkut in Saudi Arabia." 
  22. ^ "Полосатый тормоз "Билайн" заблокировал сайт "Доброй машины правды"" (in Russian). Lenta.ru. July 27, 2012. Retrieved September 9, 2012. 
  23. ^ "What are the limits on my Blogger account?". Retrieved December 21, 2009. 
  24. ^ "Blogger Pros and cons". Shoutingblogger.com. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  25. ^ "Storage Space Limit For Images In Blogger". 
  26. ^ "How does Blogger Mobile work?". Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  27. ^ Vardhman Jain, "Auto Pagination on Blogger", Blogger Buzz, February 18, 2010,.
  28. ^ "Problem Rollup: Auto Pagination for blogs with Classic templates", Blogger Help Forum (Retrieved March 1, 2010,).
  29. ^ "Problem Rollup: Auto Pagination for blogs with Layouts templates", Blogger Help Forum (Retrieved March 1, 2010,).
  30. ^ "Google Discussiegroepen". Google. Retrieved 2013-01-31. 
  31. ^ webapps.stackexchange.com

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