6 Reasons Why Blogger Is A Mediocre Platform

Blogger PlatformBlogger is a free blogging platform from Google that allows private or multi-user blogging features. Blogger was originally BlogSpot which was bought over by Google in 2003. Blogger platform can be great for new comers into the arena, it has a very simple user friendly layout, with simple widgets, simple template designer Etc. But it is just a mediocre platform for Blogging, for those who want their blog to stick out and for professional bloggers, you have to move on. So here are the 6 Reasons why Blogger is a mediocre platform for Blogging.

1. Limited Template Options

Blogger has a few templates that one can choose from while they are starting a blog and most of these templates are very similar to each other, which does not facilitate bloggers being creative and customize their blogs. There are a lot of custom templates available for Blogger, but their installation and customization to meet the needs of a new blogger, may be out of their skill level as they are relatively new bloggers. Most of these custom templates come with some small glitches that are hard for a new blogger to fix.

2. Limited Customization Options

Blogger Blogs have the basic Page Elements Page where you can move around your widgets, it has a Template Designer where you can adjust widths of the sidebar, change the color of background, text, borders Etc.Apart from this there is little else you can do in terms of customized editing. The only other way of editing a blogger blog is by the “Edit HTML” method, where you go and edit the source code of your blog, to make changes in them, I have done a lot of these changes to my Customized Tech Blog, the home page being my proud possession.But this level of Editing the Blogger HTML does not come about until you know a lot about HTML Codes, CSS Styling and have a lot of experience blogging on the Blogger Platform, so this is out of the question for new comers or even those who been blogging for a while. So editing is one huge drawback of Blogger.

3. No Plug-ins

Unlike WordPress, Blogger has no Plug ins, no SEO Plugins, no meta tags Plugins Etc. All this work has to be done manually for each and every blog post. So SEO will be a big pain if you are running a blogger blog. The lack of Plugins also makes Guest Blogging very difficult, you will have to manually receive articles through mail and only then can review and upload it as a guest article.

4. No Permalink Editing

Blogger uses an automatically generated Permalink, which uses the first 5 or 6 words of a Blog Post, but in WordPress we can alter the permalink so that we can fit in all the keywords, those who understand SEO well, will understand the importance of this.

5. CommentLuv does not work on Blogger

Commenting is a huge part of blogging and the blogging community, Blogger Blogs do not support CommentLuv or KeywordLuv Comments, this is only for WordPress, although there are some complicated hacks which may work on certain Blogger Templates, but I would not bet on seeing  CommentLuv comments on a Blogger Blog. Blogger has its own comments section and its not a pretty sight, not many features either.

6. Labels do not get Search Indexed

Labels in blogger do not get search indexed due to the pre-loaded robot.txt file which is in all blogger blogs, this makes it difficult to SEO, as you may have to optimize each and every post, which it itself is a pain as I have described above.

I would like to say that Blogger Blogs can be great for new comers, or those that are just Blogging for a few Friends or Family, but if you are a serious Blogger who wants the world as your audience, then I would suggest switching to a custom domain under WordPress.I too am going to switch to WordPress soon, so I thought I should blog about this.Even Blogging greats such as Amit Agarwal shifted his Labnol blog from Blogger to WordPress as soon as he got really serious about it.

In a future post I will concentrate on the few benefits of Blogger, so stay tuned for that!

4 Blogger Templates With Outstanding Looks

Blogger is the finest and the best blogging platform for bloggers who don’y use wordpress. The benefit of using blogger is that you never face any downtime, you can easily customize blogger templates using simple CSS and HTML. There are many blogger templates available on many sites, but we all know that only some of them are good looking and are able to fulfill our needs.

1.Platinum Blogger Template

Platinum Theme was originally created by Brian Gardner for WordPress only users but after some time the theme was converted to a blogger template by Anup Kayastha who is a web designer. Platinum blogger template is a simple magazine style blogger template which has outstanding looks, dual navigation bars and great looking features posts. The design is highly optimized for a Tech blog.

Platinum Blogger Template

Demo | Download


2. WPBoxedTech

A Great WordPress Theme for blogger users who love red color. The magazine theme has 3 columns, one simple black navigation bar, Two sidebars on the right side and much more. Perfect theme for geeks with professional tech blogs. Created by freebloggertemplate.info

TechBoxed

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3. Mash 2 WordPress Theme

Mashable is one of the top magazine blogs of the world which is read by millions of people every month. The theme has been created by bloggermint for bloggers who love the Mashable design. The Theme has been highly optimized for bloggers who want to give their blog a magazine design.

Mash 2

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4. Thesis Theme for Blogspot

Thesis Theme for blogspot has been created by anup by taking the inspiration of ShoutMeLoud Blog. The design has been created for bloggers who love the shoutmeloud thesis design, the theme is highly optimized for search engines.

ThesisPreview

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This article is written by Vikas Bhatt. He is a blogger who loves blogging. He start blogging when he was 13. Now he runs sites related to iphone and android. If you wish to write for HBB, kindly check this.

Experimental: A HTML5 Premium Blogger Template

People choose WordPress over Blogger for several reasons and the theme design is one amongst them. WordPress has lots of cool themes when compared to Blogger platform. Now we review “Experimental”, a HTML 5 Premium Blogger Template. You can grab this theme for just 15$, considering the fact that this theme provides premium features, 15$ is not a big deal. You can check the demo of this theme to get a better idea.

Experimental Blogger Template

Experimental Template Key Features

  • 2 Columns / Right Sidebars
  • Fixed and Wide Width (1200px)
  • 2 Horizontal Navigation Menus
  • 468*60 Header Ads banner
  • Search Box
  • Social Sharing Buttons/Links installed
  • Well Structured CSS
  • Embedded Small JavaScript for jQuery features
  • (Hiding/Showing Comments and Smooth Scroll to Top)
  • WordPress Style Page Navigation
  • New Design for Comment System.

In addition to all these cool features, you will also get free updates for lifetim, Premium support and also get discounts on template customizations. You can purchase Experimental Template using this direct link.

Note: Downloadable zip file comes along with complete instructions to get started with the template. For support contact bloggermint[at]gmail[dot]com along with your paypal email and item number of your purchase.

Use A Custom Domain Name For Your Blog

Which looks cool? millionclues.blogspot.com or millionclues.com? Trust me www.millionclues.com looks cooler than the .blogspot.com stuff. You can convert your blog into a custom domain like this. The following explains how to change .blogspot.com into .com.

First of all, you should have a registered domain. You can also buy one through Google, but GoDaddy is quite recommended.

You have to log into your Domain Registrar account that provided you the domain name and there, create a CNAME (Canonical Name) record for your custom domain.

A CNAME, or Canonical Name, is a record entry in the Domain Name System (DNS) that specifies where a user can find your web pages or any other URL. You’ll use this to associate your custom domain with your blog.

Note : If you registered your domain name through Google then you don’t need to create a CNAME record for this.

Creating a CNAME record in GoDaddy.com

GoDaddy.com

1. Log into GoDaddy.com account.

2. Open the Domains tab and select My Domain Names and Domain Manager page opens.

3. Select the domain that you want to use with your blog.

4. Click the Total DNS Control And MX Records link that is at the bottom named Total DNS.

5. Click Add New CNAME Record in the box named CNAMES.

6. For the Name, enter only the subdomain of the address you want to use for your blog. If you picked www.mydomain.com as your address, enter www only here.

7. Enter the Host Name as ghs.google.com and specify a TTL or use the default value.

8. Click OK and then again click ok.

For other hosting services follow the below steps…

1. Log into the hosting service account and go to Managed DNS section.

2. Since CNAME records are special DNS service, they may be in sections like DNS Management and Name Server Management.

3. Delete existing CNAME records.

4. If you chose www.mydomain.com as the address, www is the host name.

5. In the value or destination area type ghs.google.com.

Note : Keep in mind that changes to DNS records may take up to 48 hours to take effect.

Update Your Blogger Settings

Everything is over. Now we have to update the Blogger settings.

Go to your Dashboard >> Settings >> Publishing

Blogger Settings

If you are currently publishing on .blogspot then you will link offering you to switch to a custom domain. Go ahead, click it.

Now enter your registered domain name.

Now your .blogspot address becomes custom domain address.