Monday, April 2, 2007

GRRRR!!! ARGH!!!

I'm sorry, but even for a FTP user, Blogger is getting more frustrating to use by the day. I use Windows Live Writer to write my blog drafts and publish them straight to my web site. Unfortunately, it outputs in HTML, so using Blogger's "expanding articles" workaround doesn't work properly when publishing from WLW. I went to edit the last post so that it wouldn't take up so much space on the page, and Blogger just timed out when republishing the entry. As a matter of fact, Blogger's publishing has been doing that A LOT lately (which is weird, because WLW publishes my blog entries as soon as I press the "publish" button). It's so bad that many people post numerous topics on the Blogger Help Group and bump them repeatedly hoping for Blogger techies to read their cries for help. It's disappointing that FTP users don't get to use the nifty widgets that help create the new layout pages offered with Blogspot hosting, or even dynamic publishing (that's reasonably not supported for non-Blogspot hosts), but it's worse that we can't use the service that's offered to us by default. We can work around using old web site templates, but we as Blogger members that opted to be hosted elsewhere shouldn't have to put up with not being able to publish to our own servers. We don't get all of the glitches and migration problems that Blogspot users get, but if we can't even simply publish our blogs, then what is the point of using this system? Blogger is great when it can actually manage to publish my writing. But I may have to look elsewhere for a blogging solution. CutePHP is looking really good right about now.

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Blogger Ron Southern said...

Uh oh, sorry about that! You do good work answering questions on the Blogger Help Group, I had no idea you were having such troubles yourself!

Ron (otherwise, Rat)

4/03/2007 9:17 PM  
Blogger Lexi said...

Well, getting my stuff to publish or republish is really my only gripe. I've never ever used any of the templates Blogger has to offer, and there are usually the existing Old Blogger workarounds/hacks that could help with further customization. I don't have to worry about drafts going missing, because I make backups in either Notepad or Windows Live Writer. Disappearing pictures doesn't exist for me because of being hosted elsewhere other than BlogSpot. I'm pretty much set. But publishing has been such a pain as of late. It takes me several tries to get anything published. I'm going to do a bit more troubleshooting on my end. So far all of my ftp clients work with my host, as usual, and Windows Live Writer publishes without fail. I doubt it could be my browser, but anything is possible at this point.

4/03/2007 10:02 PM  

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