Has anyone noticed that there are certain bugs in the Blogger editor? Of course you have! Ever noticed that if you format text after typing in something, and then go on to type something else, the same formatting persists. Maybe because the editor is too simplistic, only designed to add, and then close the HTML tags required (I know, it’s becoming a bit jargonish, but hey, it’s required!). Comparatively, the Yahoo! Color and Graphics editor in Yahoo! Mail (web version), even the Gmail advanced editor (from Google’s own stable) are better. My guess is that in trying to make Blogger compatible across more browsers, the developers designed a simple editor. Why not follow the example of Yahoo! Mail and Gmail (remember, Google owns Blogger) in having an advanced editor for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape and Safari (O.K., Yahoo! doesn’t support others except IE in advanced mode) and a simple (bug prone) editor like this one. After all, the majority is still stuck with IE.
Own a blog or a website and don’t know how to add cool add-ons (nice rhyming words, ain’t it?) like a guestbook, poll, latest news, event manager, user feedback etc. etc. and that sort of stuff? No need to fret, here’s a nifty website that will help you tide the crisis. Part of the Lycos network, it was basically meant for Tripod (Yahoo! GeoCities, Lycos style) users but can be used by everyone now. You can choose the ‘gear’ you want and customise it the way you want to. Take my tip, preview your gear before saving it to see if everything is in the dimensions you want, etc. However, bear in mind that previewing some gears (like the headlines gear) and then going back to the preferences page deletes your settings, so be careful. After saving your gear, you can modify it anytime, which is a good thing if you want to clean up any bloopers afterwards. You will be given the HTML code. Just cut ‘n’ paste to your template, and voila, you’re done! Basics HTML knowledge is required, but if you don’t have it there are help pages.