Sunday, 20 March 2011

Google Profiles Gone Secure & Blogger Getting A Facelift

Google have recently updated the profiles pages to secure. They have also introduced a new interface which is cleaner and easier to update and navigate than the old interface. If you're using the non-secure profile link on your blog or website, it will now automatically forward users to your new secure profile page.

Another, but not quite so noticeable change is with Blogger. When uploading images within a post, the URL to the image now starts with "https" rather than "http". Why the need for the images to be secure I'm not entirely sure but it could be something to do with Picasa Web Albums as all images uploaded via Blogger are automatically stored on this platform.

There will also be another major change sometime this year with Blogger. In a recent post on Blogger Buzz, Chang Kim, Product Manager announced that Blogger is getting a brand new design that is not only cleaner and more modern, but it also uses Google Web Toolkit, delivering the latest in web technology.

According to Chang, they'll also be showcasing the new content discovery feature that lets you uncover interesting and related content based on the topics of the blog you’re currently reading. More features will be unveiled throughout this year.

This is exciting news and the changes mentioned so far can only improve what has become a solid and reliable blogging platform.

What do you think?

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5 comments:

  1. nice sharing...i'm so excited about a new blogger interface...

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  2. I'm looking forward to the upgrade as well! I wish they'd give a more clear indication as to when these changes will take place, rather than just a vague "coming soon!" teaser. I also hope that the new design options will give us ability to customize in greater detail. I've never been a big fan of templates that have us all looking like one another, but until I can afford to hire a designer to revamp my blog page, I have to work with what exists in the design tool options.

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  3. Thank you Dawn for your comment...I always look forward to your comments as you probably know :) I also want to thank you for your kind reply to my comment on your Healing Morning blog...I wish you every success!

    Right, back to the topic at hand... :)

    I know how you feel with regards to Blogger’s new design announcement. However, I don't think they can clearly give a date as to when these changes will be implemented with it being in the early design stages. There will probably be some Beta Testing as well before these changes finally take effect.

    With regards to templates, Blogger was designed to be a platform for anyone wishing to start a blog without the need to be a savvy at web design. Yes it can be limited at times, especially for people like myself who understands HTML and would like to adjust some aspects of my blog, but I’d rather have this way than causing problems for the inexperienced users.

    We can always go use WordPress Dawn if we want more freedom in our blog’s design, but given I’ve just spent a month updating the blog to the new domain, I’ll give it a miss for now :)

    Derek

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  4. Wow thanks for sharing Derek, I think blogger needs a new modern update. I have recently thought of going to WordPress. But been so busy haven't had the time to start playing with it etc. So for now I will stick with blogger.

    I have added the Earthquake badge to my site. Thanks for making it so much easier for bloggers..

    Love what you do thanks!!

    Deb~

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  5. Thanks Debbie and thank you for supporting the Japan Earthquake Relief Effort.

    You're correct in saying Blogger needs a new modern update and these exciting changes looks as though it will provide that. I would stick with Blogger for now and see what happens :)

    Thanks again Debbie for your support.

    Derek

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