Friday, December 08, 2006

[Blogger Beta] Change is gonna come

I logged into Blogger a moment ago and was greeted with this:

Your new version of Blogger is ready!

The new version of Blogger now has all the original features you're used to, plus new post labels, drag-and-drop template editing, and privacy controls. And, it's a lot more reliable.

After you switch you'll need to sign in with your Google Account, but your blogs will stay the same. Their content and layout will not change.

(And a link to switch me over)

Um, what if I don't want to because I am still not sure if I'll lose my spot in FBS and I like everything just fine, thanks?

I don't recall if we ever decided what would happen if there was a switch, only that folks in Beta can't accept the invite to FBS. Has any existing member switched and retained their membership?


Sam said...

afraid, I am very afraid.
I guess we need to set up a test case.

Kalyn Denny said...

I feel the very same way. When I saw it I yelled "No" at the computer. I would love to hear from anyone who's switched recently (after they said it was done and took off the beta) as to whether it really didn't change anything.

I have a student blog that I can switch if I ever get a spare minute and if I do I will report back.

cookiecrumb said...

I still haven't been invited to switch over. Which puts my nose out of joint, even if I choose not to switch --but maybe it's better if I just sit back and watch for a while.

Meeta K. Wolff said...

I too have not received the invitation. But I think I would hesitate too. Sam, I understand you being afraid - I am too!

But Kalyn has a great idea if anyone has an additional blog and could test for us by switching that would be great.

Trig said...

The switch is OK - I've tested it out already on a test blog that I use to check layout, with the aid of the code for hiding the navbar that Mae provided.

And it looks very good - you have an option to work with the new drag-and-drop interface for novices, or revert to an html template if you are more experienced.

The problem is that Google won't allow group blogs to upgrade yet, so none of us will be able to upgrade now unless we all drop out of FBS. I suspect that this would not work either - i.e. that if we quit FBS temporarily and upgrade we won't be able to rejoin until FBS is upgraded.

Susan Voisin said...

I didn't receive an invitation, but just now when I published a post, I saw a little note off to the right side of the Your Blog Published Successfully screen that says "Now, you can do even more with your blog! Add post labels, set up privacy controls, and enjoy instant publishing with the new version of Blogger in beta." It may have been there before and I just didn't notice.

I'm also afraid to make the switch. I've gotten so used to working on my template as it is, I don't want to take the chance things won't work right.

Julie said...

I just got invited last night, and the offer was still there this morning when I published a post. I just logged back into blogger a minute ago and wanted to try the switch. Well, the invitation isn't there anymore! I don't get it. I also think a few other things are out of whack at the moment because I went to the link to read about signing up for adsense and that didn't work either. I'm willing to take the plunge, but they don't make it easy!

Anonymous said...

I tested out a beta blog and old users can still comment and be invited to post it simply asks them to use a gmail address if they don't have a beta blogger account.

Anonymous said...

Oops...let me amend that...anyone can comment on a beta blog, but for invites to publish they must use a gmail address (if they're not a beta blogger).

Anonymous said...

I've switched to the new beta but left my template in the "classic" blogger format. The one annoyance is that Previous Posts doesn't work properly.

Previous posts is now a static display showing the last 10 posts of your blog.

Kalyn Denny said...

Haalo, thanks for the report.

I'm afraid the option to switch has now disappeared from my student blog and my own blog too. Very strange. I will switch the student blog if it ever comes back.