Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Simple Solutions for Computer Problems
Since Sarah and several others are having troubles publishing blogger posts on their computers, I thought I'd offer a few quick fixes for common problems with the Blogger interface.

Blogger supports several computer browsers, but they only recommend Firefox. So do I. It's free and full of features. You'll be hard-pressed to find a tech anywhere who endorses Internet Explorer.

Sometimes a connection issue can be resolved by closing your browser window and restarting . This starts another browser session, grabs (hopefully) different internet hops along the way, and may connect with a different blogger server. Try this first!

Make a backup of your template! Several people have reported corrupted templates in the past few weeks (apparently, Blogger is still having database issues.) Go into your dashboard, click the template tab, then copy and paste everything you see there into a notepad file. Save the file with a name unique to the backup date. Exit blogger without saving any changes to the template (just close the window.)

To restore from backup, delete everything in the old template, paste your backup copy in the window, then save and republish the entire blog.

Often your sidebar links will slip to the bottom of the computer screen. This is usually caused by uploading an image too large for the DIV, or by using an unwrapped text anchor link that extends beyond the limits of the DIV for your particular template. To fix this, click your previous posts until the problem goes away. Identify the one post that is causing the trouble with everything else on the page, then edit - paying particular attention to photos and links.

posted by Carl Bryant @ 3:26 PM   6 comments Literary Shirts

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At 9:56 AM, Blogger Writing Blind said...

Witty, poetic, and computer-literate. A true renaissance man.



At 2:14 PM, Blogger Carl Bryant said...

Did you know that I can also type with my tongue? Just watch:

hhii myy name is ccarrl

Damn - library keyboards taste nasty.



At 3:23 PM, Blogger michi said...

just think what you could catch, carl - all the other people before you typing with their tongues, toes, noses! make sure not to french kiss anyone before you have washed your mouth! *G*



At 4:29 PM, Blogger Writing Blind said...

All that talent contained in one tiny brain. Truly, is it possible?



At 7:02 PM, Blogger Dirty Butter said...

I never know what I'm going to find when I look at your blog ;)! From poetry to tech tips. What a guy.

Thanks for reminding me to get a fresh copy of my templates.

I voted for you on BLOG VILLAGE today.



At 8:02 PM, Blogger Carl Bryant said...

Thanks, Jackie.

Maybe one day I'll beat that poodle and dog lady.



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