The other day, I quoted a guy on the awfulness of the new Gmail. Twilight came in, quite rightly, with the awfulness of Blogger:
Blogger (linked to Google) is also parading a new interface and causing many bloggers to threaten emigration to WordPress.
I understand that Google is trying to create a uniform “look” to all their their enterprises. Fortunately we can still toggle between old Blogger interface and new, but that is going to cease at some point in coming months.
Same kind of objections have arisen for the new Blogger look as those mentioned in the post about G-mail. Too much white space, font not bold enough, stuff moved around for no reason but to create “change”. Re-inventing the wheel by making it square.
Quite right but it’s even worse than that, so I discovered.
WordPress itself has “done a Blogger” and wrecked what was once good. Its Menus don’t work with many themes, its new image resizing doesn’t work, comments don’t work with older versions of Firefox and there’s a problem with spam reported from many quarters. Google will not interface with old Firefox – it simply doesn’t allow comments using its new mechanism. Go over to Safari – piece of cake.
Regulars at my place will remember the horrific time I was having with comments and spam a year ago – regulars were being spammed for no reason, all sorts were going on. Now it isn’t happening. I’m still with WordPress and still with exactly the same theme.
So why is it working now and didn’t before?
Simple – I downgraded to an old version of WordPress. End of problem. Whenever I do images for OoL, for example for Mark Wadsworth, it can’t be done at OoL. I do the images at N.O., resize there, take the html and go over to OoL.
The newer versions of WordPress are c**p but even that’s not the end of the story.
My novel[s] are on Blogger. Formerly, if I wanted to edit, it was simple – change it in Word, Control+A, Control+C … take the html over to Post Edit [html mode] in Blogger, Control+A, Control+V, Publish.
All done. As many times as I liked … and I liked many times.
Now they’ve applied the new abomination and here’s how it goes. First part in Word’s OK … take the html over to Post Edit [html mode] in Blogger, Control+A, Control+V, lose all formatting – all of it!!!! One massive slab of text, no paragraphs, no italics, no blockquotes – nothing!
OK, the only way around it is to go to Compose, which formats for text but not for other html, such as for pics and links, take the html for every pic and link, one by one and put in Html mode in Edit Post. Switch to Compose mode. Take the text body only from Word and put it in to Edit Post in Compose mode. Now highlight the text only in Edit Post but not the pic or link html and go to T in the menu. Select Normal, as it is preset to Small [meaning tiny]. Go back to Html mode to tidy up, Publish.
Oh and you’ll have to reformat every pic now which was there before. Each and every time you wish to edit – it’s a total nightmare. And don’t even think of manually resizing pics. The only way you can do that is to go into automatic and specify new Large and Medium. You can get it to manual but you can’t see it change before your eyes – you have to guess, Publish, look, reopen Edit and do a little more, Publish … and so on.
This has to be the worst “upgrade” I have ever seen from any company – the coding is kindergarten, there are so many issues which haven’t been considered – simple things people with any sort of formatting ability above an amoeba will need – plus it looks awful. They have no aesthetic sense and no coding ability.
They need to be summarily sacked.