December 31, 2010

Last chance to get 25% off my new eBook - Building Websites with Blogger

Use discount code BBXMAS25
The introductory offer for 25% off Building Websites with Blogger ends at Midnight tonight!

Use discount code BBXMAS25 to get yours for only $9.95 $7.46 (including 3 Bonus Blogger templates).

For more information about Building Websites with Blogger, please take a look at the dedicated eBook page which includes a free preview to download.

December 29, 2010

Using Google Code to host scripts for your Blogger Template

Many methods used to customize our Blogger templates require the use of JavaScript. At present, we can only upload images and video to Blogger. So if we need to use JavaScript we must find alternative hosting for these files.

When using JavaScript in my own Blogger templates and customizations, I prefer to host the required scripts using Google Code's Project Hosting. In this post, I'll explain the methods and best practises for using Google Code to serve JavaScripts for your own Blogger tweaks.

December 25, 2010

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!

December 23, 2010

New eBook Released: Building Websites with Blogger (Plus a Limited 25% Discount)

I'm thrilled to announce the release of my new eBook, Building Websites with Blogger.

This premium guide explains the process of design and maintenance of a beautifully crafted Blogger-based website for a personal portfolio, business presence or eCommerce outlet.

Including details of Blogger's latest features and based on original content, Building Websites with Blogger is illustrated throughout and beautifully laid out. As an added bonus, this eBook is bundled with three exclusive Blogger templates which can be used for both personal and commercial projects.

Mobile Templates available for Blogger

Blogger Buster, Mobile View
Although our Blogger sites can be viewed on most mobile devices, it can be difficult to effectively read blogspot sites due to the small screen size.

To enhance our readers experience of Blogger blogs when viewed on Smartphones (and similar devices), the Blogger Team have enabled Mobile Templates as an opt-in setting through Blogger in Draft.

December 22, 2010

A New Format for Blogger Post Feeds

Blog feeds offer a means of reaching a wider audience and allow our readers to stay up to date with the latest posts.

Until recently, we had little control over how our feeds were presented using the Short or Long feed options available in our Blogger dashboards. Short Feeds display only the first 400 words, stripping that content of HTML and images, while Long Feeds display the entire blog post.

Now the Blogger team have added a third choice to the length of our feeds, which we can use to display item content in feeds up until the Jump Break in our post. This enables any HTML-based content (such as images and links) will be displayed for each feed item, with a link to read the full item on summarized posts.

December 21, 2010

Sneak Peek at the new Blogger eBook - Building Websites with Blogger

Update: Building Websites with Blogger is now available to purchase for only $9.95

For the past few weeks I've been working like crazy on a new eBook, Building Websites with Blogger.

This will my first premium eBook, featuring exclusive customization, maintenance and promotional techniques using Blogger's latest features.

Bundled with three gorgeous Blogger templates (one of which you'll learn to design using this guide) and beautifully laid out, I'm sure you'll agree this was a labour of love and will enjoy reading it as much as I have in development.

Preview of the Template #1, built to accompany the eBook

December 20, 2010

Blogger dubbed the Most Reliable Blogging Service

Though I'm very busy finishing off the my ebook today, I couldn't let the day pass without posting this.

Royal Pingdom have found Blogger to be the most reliable blogging service on the web. Without question.

Of all the blogging platforms monitored, only Blogger delivered 100% uptime. Here's the full article for your perusal.

Thank you Blogger Team!

(Via Blogger Buzz)

December 13, 2010

Free Template - Blogger Buster Christmas

Just in time for the festive season, I'm happy to release my latest Free Blogger template, Blogger Buster Christmas:

Demo | Download

December 12, 2010

Preview the Christmas Blogger Template

I've just finished work on my latest template which I'll be releasing for free download on Monday.

Here's a preview screenshot:

Check back Monday for full details and to download this free Christmas Blogger Template and let me know your initial thoughts in the comments section below.

December 07, 2010

How to set up your Blogger Custom Domain (Redux)

One of Blogger Buster's most popular posts explains how to set up a custom domain. While this post is still highly relevant for those publishing to Blogger, there have been many updates to this service in the three years since my post was published.

Here is an extract from my forthcoming ebook, Building Websites with Blogger: an updated tutorial to help you learn how to set up custom domains.

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All existing posts are still available to view while I'm working on the site, albeit seen in a much simpler interface. Feel free to browse through the archives to find tutorials, templates and articles to help you build a better blog:

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