Sunday, 7 February 2010

Be Sure To Backup Your Templates

Yesterday Blogger decided to muck about with the template for my book blog. I posted a blurb for Along The Penistone Line and then re-freashed the page so I could see the new post. Bizarrely while the main layout was fine the layout of each post had changed dramatically. On that blog I've always had the number of comments below the post and floated to the right, and the post title has had a background image, but for some reason these and a whole bunch of other things had changed.

I tried editing the template but each time I clicked save it reverted back to the previous version and lost my edits. I tried it from a number of different web browsers (Firefox, Chrome and Opera) so it was definately an issue with Blogger and not caching or cookies on my machine. In the end I renamed the post section from Blog1 to Blog2 which had the effect of deleting the post widget from the template and adding a new default one. This finally allowed me to edit the layout again.

I still don't know quite what the issue was, and even having spent a few hours I'm still not convinced that the layout is exactly as it was before. So the moral of this story, as with any story relating to computers, is to take backups. If you go to the Edit HTML tab of the layout editor Blogger will allow you to download a copy of your layout as an XML file. Everytime you change the layout save a new copy of this file so that if things go pear shaped you have a solid place to start from when repairing the damage.
9 February 2010 at 22:07 , GB said...

When I started I backe up my templates and the blogs as well. I haven't done that since I've been in NZ. In fact I can't recall when I last did it. Thanks for the reminder.

11 February 2010 at 09:47 , GB said...

Arising out of this posting I went and had a look at Opera. I use IE8, Safari, Chrome and, most of all, Mozilla. I think Opera is superb particularly as I can use it for all my emails as a substitute for Outlook Express which has been abandoned by Microsoft in favour of Windows Live Mail. As I have a lot of email addresses I need something like OE. I used to use Thunderbird but it is cumbersome. But Opera's POP or IMAP mail capability is easier to use and superior to OE and Thunderbird by a factor of hundreds.

The tutorials are a model of clarity as well.

What a find.

Having said that I have already found an apparent bug. When using Blogger in the New Post > Compose format and wish to add an image the Add an Image pop-up doesn't provide a way of uploading images when that box is ticked. I must find the Opera reporting bugs place tomorrow and tell them.

11 February 2010 at 17:05 , Mark said...

I never thought of suggesting Opera for e-mail when you asked for ideas before. Hope it turns out to be useful.

As for the issue you are having with blogger I'm not sure I understand. I certainly couldn't reproduce the problem. There was a choose button next to the text box so you could select an image to upload when adding a new post, editing an old post and in both the normal view and the blogger in draft editor.

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