Thursday, March 11, 2010

Teh Blogger got teh Templates

Google has gone and made some updates to their blogging platform, Blogger.

You might know that Blogger, which is the platform we use here at this little blog, is owned by Google. I started up this little blog on teh Blogger back in 2004. I moved to TypePad for nearly a year, then to WordPress for nearly 4 years, then, last summer, moved back to Blogger.

They've added some cool features over the last 5 years. Recently, they added Pages, a welcome feature.

Now, they've added customizable templates. This is a lot more than the new template setup they added a few years ago. The new features? Here's how they describe some of them:
  • 15 new, highly-customizable templates from our design team, split into four families: Simple, Picture Window, Awesome Inc, and Watermark
  • One-, two-, and three-column layouts for each template, with complete control over the size and arrangement of the columns
  • Hundreds of background images and patterns from iStockphoto, the leading microstock image marketplace
As cool as it is (and it is), there's a catch. It's in Draft. As in "Blogger in Draft." Which is where new features are tried out. Like a beta version. So, things could go wrong. But it does work. Well. Very well. I'm thinking it won't be that long before it rolls out to standard Blogger.

If you blog on teh Blogger, you might want to check it out. If you've been thinking about starting up your own blog, this might be the thing that convinces you to start.

I've not regretted moving back to teh Blogger from WordPress. And I'm still not regretting it even more.

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