Blogger Beta: We have categories !

The Bewra Kekra informs me that BLOGGER FINALLY HAS CATEGORIES. So I might not shift to my own domain.

From Blogger Buzz:
With the beta you can:
Take the tour here. Still in beta, so it's available to only a select bunch. (I'm not one of them. Bah). You can also sign in/sign up with your google account. Here. I'm signing up to test it out. Here.

Some Changes (apart from those listed in the tour):
1. The post timing and date has been simplified. Just type it, instead of using a dropdown menu.
2. No link can be added yet to the post title
3. Just two comment options to each post - allow/don't allow comments. Simplified.
4. No option for backlinks yet.
5. You can edit the post after you've published it. No need to go back to the post listing and then editing it. Simple usable changes.
6. Drag and Drop page editing
7. Lots of widgets (they haven't called them widgets, but they're widgets all right) - lists, link lists, pictures, html/javascript.(screencap)
You can actually display external feeds! I've added one for ContentSutra
8. A WYSIWYG page editor. You can change colours of the links, background, the site by clicking on a colour in the grid. (screencap)
9. You can subscribe to RSS feeds for comments to specific posts.

So, lots of changes. What else do I want?
1. A sync with Technorati/ del.icio.us
2. A search script
3. Display latest comments on the side
4. A calendar for navigating the archives

Okay, so I want blogger to be like Wordpress...but thankfully, one can edit the blogger template, unlike the wordpress.com templates.

Update:
  • Amit Agarwal has also written about the changes.
  • Brett informs me that there's a blogger hack that allows you to add a list of comments on the current page to the sidebar. Not exactly the recent comments to the site, but it's still an option.
4 Comments:
Blogger Brett said...

You can add some code to allow for recent comments to be displayed. I did a search and it was pretty easy. To see how just go to

http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=42522

and it explains it.

August 15, 2006 10:30 AM  
Blogger Nikhil Pahwa said...

Thanks Brett. Am updating the post. What would you like added to blogger?

August 15, 2006 10:34 AM  
Blogger shyam said...

I found it to be pretty underwhelming, but you already knew that ;-)

August 15, 2006 11:52 PM  
Blogger Nikhil Pahwa said...

yeah...just an improvement. Nothing pathbreaking.

August 16, 2006 12:00 AM  

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