While I have great appreciation for the opportunity to have a blog with no hosting fees with Blogger.com, I must admit that Blogger.com has a long way to go before bloggers can be truly happy and satisfied with the services provided. Sure, it’s extremely easy to start a blog with Blogger.com. Sign up for free, select a template from a small and utterly boring list, and you’re off and running. After spending a considerable amount of time searching the web, trying to find an attractive, professional looking, FREE, and easy-to-install template for my blog, it immediately became obvious that I was out of luck.
While there is no shortage of websites offering FREE Blogger templates, they are simply tweaked-and-hacked versions of the utterly boring originals, including the template I currently use. A few websites (that I won’t even bother to mention) have a small selection of templates that some woman might consider to be attractive, with lots of bright pinks and purples, but not all woman find that appealing. Many bloggers rave about the benefits and ease of WordPress, but I’d rather not go that route.
Bloggers can also spend a great deal of time checking out the various “tips, tricks and hacks” websites for bloggers, with How-To instructions for editing any number of HTML codes in their existing template to improve the look and functionality of their blog. Or better yet, Blogger.com should hurry to make some much needed improvements to the overall look and functionality of the templates offered. Here are a few things I’d like to see Blogger.com implement soon:
The selections offered when starting a Blogger.com blog are pitiful, to say the least. Please add more template options to your list, especially templates with three or more columns, for those wanting to monetize their blogs with Google AdSense or AuctionAds, or simply adding interesting widgets, etc.
Improved Post Editor:
1) Please add more standard options such as automatic Spell Checker, like on Microsoft Word, with the option to turn it on or off with each new post; 2) Add the option to insert tables of various sizes and widths, without having to manually input HTML into the post. 3) Add more font choices. 4) Add the “U” option for underlining words. 5) Add the option to allow for a Sub-Topic below the originating Title of posts. 6) Add the option to show excerpts of posts with links to the full text. 7) Add the ability to import/export other files besides just photos. 8) Add the easy option for links to open into a new window, if desired. 9) Add the ability for each new uploaded photo or graphic to be inserted where the cursor sits, rather than always at the beginning of the post. 10) Add the option to allow Sticky Posts.
Do you have any suggestions for ways Blogger can improve their services? Please let me know, as I regularly pass along requests, and hopefully they are listening.
In the meantime, I have my sights set on several templates that I like over at Template Monster and am busy widdling down the list to my top five favorites.
I hope you have found this article to be informative and helpful. If so, please do take a moment and comment, and add your requests for Blogger.com improvements.
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