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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Blogger Beta Hack Round Up
As expected, Blogger Beta has kicked up a storm of blog hacking activity. It's appropriate to start the round up with the irrepressible Ramani at Hackosphere. Buoyed by being listed as a Blog Of Note, he's been burning the candle at both ends, calling in sick and leaving the phone off the hook in his efforts to roll out hack after hack.

First off is the multi-style label widget. This button lets your readers choose how your labels are presented to them - list, drop-down or cloud. It doesn't get much more flexible than that!

If you like clouds for your label, you might want to check out the Blogger Beta implementation of clouds at Phydeaux3. This is a great looking hack and while it takes a bit pfaffing about the end-result looks pretty sweet.

Not satisfied with that? How about using your labels as tabs. That's right, tabs running across the top of your blog that let your readers select content. Hoctro has the write up (via Hackosphere). I've just discovered Hoctro's blog - causing quite a bit of buzz amongst the blogoscenti - where there's also a post on re-conceiving your labels as a breadcrumb trail. That's two fresh takes on labels. Hence the buzz. Check it out.

Ramani's also been a busy boy with the post content too. He has an article on how to show only post titles (expandable with a single click of +/- button), or show only post summaries (linking to the full content with a read more ... link). Or, both at once. This packs a lot more information per page on both the main/archive pages and the label results pages.

Lastly, if you're still struggling to corral those pesky comment feeds into your sidebar widget, take a page out of 失踪's book and employ Dapper to scrape your comments for you and turn them into an sidebar-ready RSS feed. Neat.

We know this is just a taste of some of the work going on out there - if you've got hackage to share, we'd love to hear about it so please leave a link below.

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Posted at 10:07 PM by Greg.
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Anonymous tinay53 said...
Such an interstig blog. Keep us updated all the time of the latest.

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Blogger Singpolyma said...
Great stuff coming out! Too bad school is so getting in my way :P I'm still working to translate all my old hackology. So far I've got the first versions of a BETA template and FreshTags going :) Plus FreshRolls (if that counts).

http://singpolyma-tech.blogspot.com/2006/09/first-blogger-beta-template.html
http://singpolyma-tech.blogspot.com/2006/09/freshtags-singpolyma-2.html
http://singpolyma-tech.blogspot.com/2006/09/freshrolls-wrinks.html

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Blogger Peter Chen said...
Some has replaced the Blog Header with a graphic by first removing the Header Element, then using "Add a Page Element" to add in a graphic to replace the header. But this has implications on search engine ranking as it removes the Blogger tag $BlogPageTitle$. I have done it another way. I have kept the Header, but added an extra "Add a Page Element" to the Header, and used that to add a graphic to the header. The result can be seen here:
Guide to Malaysia. The method to do it is described here:
Adding graphic to your blog header. In this way, it leaves the blog search engine friendly.

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Blogger Peter Chen said...
Forgot to add, the above is for Blogger Beta.

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Blogger Avatar said...
and here is the slacker way to do it:

http://bloggeratto.blogspot.com/2006/09/blogger-v30-how-to-add-image-to-your.html

a one minute deal. i previously did it just like you peter.

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Blogger Singpolyma said...
Uhh... you are all aware that you could just modify the Header widget to use an image and add style="display:none" to the existing text part of the widget?

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Blogger Avatar said...
@singpolyma:

you have to read the post to understand the why of it.

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Blogger vin said...
There were a lot of posts enquiring how to add Adsense Ads. within a Beta Blogger post. While it is not possible to do exactly that I have a way to add the Ad. on top of or between posts. See it at :

http://allblogtemplates.blogspot.com/2006/10/how-to-put-adsense-in-beta-blogger.html

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
follow this advices, which suggests the legal way of putting adsense code in beta blogger template without tampering the adsense code

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hoctro's tab/label's are great, but there is no way, as far as I can tell, to reorder the tabs to my liking. They are automatically in alphabetical order!

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