Up until now, when we preview a post we are writing for our Blogger powered blogs, we have seen only a white, format-less version of our musings, with none of the formatting and visual style which is added by our template and CSS.
With this new feature in place, we can see preview exactly what the post will look like when published, including any style attributes generated by our template code.
How it works
The updated post preview feature is available to those using Blogger in Draft to publish their posts, though as it seems to be working well for everyone so far I imagine it will become available to those using the regular editor soon enough.
This enhancement works similarly to the preview system offered by the Edit HTML template editor; rather than have a pop-up display, the preview is generated in a new browser tab (or page, depending on which browser you are using). Simply click the "Preview" button, which now appears beneath the post editing section to see this new feature in action:
This works even with an immensely customized template such as mine. It's seamless and works beautifully right out of the box, and is a welcome addition to the series of enhancements we've seen the Blogger team push through over the past few months.
A note for Blogger hackers:
The only possible problem you may face when using this feature is if you customize the display of posts on the home page (for example, if you use conditional tags to add content/alter the layout of posts as I do for Blogger Buster).
As the post preview works in the same way as the template preview, you will see how your post would appear on the home page of your site, not on an individual item page. So if your template features customizations which affect the display of posts, you may not be able to see properly how your post will be formatted.
For most Blogger users, this will pose no issues at all.
Do you use the new template preview? What do you think?While this enhancement is subtle, I find it immensely useful when writing and previewing my blog posts. What are your experiences with this? Have you had any problems editing and previewing your posts, or do you find this as useful as I do?
Please feel free to leave your comments and opinions below.