Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Nitecruzr Dot Net Supports True Multi-Lingual Blogging

As a recognisition of the reality of global languages, Nitecruzr Dot Net now announces the Cumulus "In Your Language" Non English Translator Gadget.

Now, if your blog is published in any of 7 different non English languages, you can provide your readers the convenience of the Cumulus Translator Gadget.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Where's The "B"?

In 1984, the Wendy's hamburger chain asked
Where's the beef?
Today, thanks to the inconsistent deployment of the Template Designer in Production Blogger, I'm going to ask
Where's the "B"?

The "B" logo is so inconspicuous, yet so useful. And, thanks to the schizophrenic "Design" link, could be even more useful - if it were part of the Template Designer, which it is not.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

What's In The Boxes?

Depending upon what browser you use, how you use the browser, and how well publicised your blog is, you may or may not be able to access or "find" your blog (or your friends blogs). The complaint
I can't find my blog!
can have dozens of base causes. Many of the boxes, in your blog or in the browser, have no name or predictable location - or even predictable existence. Misuse or unavailability of these unnamed boxes can cause panic, to the uninformed.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Get Into The New Post Editor And Designer Templates Slowly, Or Quickly

How you start using the new post editor, and the new designer templates, is up to you. You can go slowly, or quickly - just know the possibilities, and the issues that affect your choice.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The New Designer Templates - Helping Drive Internet Bandwidth Requirements

If you're a regular viewer of any of the Nitecruzr Dot Net blogs, maybe recently you've noted hesitance or sluggishness when downloading or scrolling through my articles. I now have 4 blogs - see the Tab Bar above - The Buzz (this one), Blogging, Kitchen, and Musings - converted to designer templates. Each one uses a full size, 24 bit colour photo as background, with each photo using 6 - 8 M RAM. The hesitance or sluggishness is not your imagination.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

See The Tabs Above?

That used to be a Pages gadget, which could only index static pages. If you replace the Pages gadget with a linklist, you have a Tabs Index with new possibilities.

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Missing "Template Designer" Link

Not everybody yet understands that the new Designer Templates are only available from the Blogger In Draft dashboard. Neither the Customize link in the navbar, nor any other shortcuts, will get you to the Draft "Page Elements" wizard - even if you are logged in to Blogger In Draft as your default.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Customising The Designer Templates

Since setting up this blog with a Designer Template, I've made a couple tweaks to the layout. One tweak removed the white background behind the posts - that took a brief few seconds, to find and use the GUI "Transparent" option. A second tweak involved centering the blog header (Title and Description, above) - and for that there is no GUI control, though the change still required only a brief few seconds.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

PTC / PTS And Other Frauds

We've seen a few blogs recently confirmed as spam, which appear to be focused or named around Pay To Click / Pay To Surf advice content. So, I did some thinking, and reasoned why PTC and PTS should have no place in the Blogosphere.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Adding The Jump Break To Older Templates

Did you just add the "Jump Break" feature to your blog, following the instructions from Blogger, to add the extra snippet of code? Are you observing odd behaviour, such as the legendary post / sidebar alignment problems, or photos disappearing / being oddly placed in the post?

It's possible that the instructions as provided by Blogger, when taken literally, may be causing such odd behaviour.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Blogs With Classic Templates Receive New Lease On Life

For any of you publishing a blog that uses a classic (HTML) template, Blogger made a major improvement yesterday. A long requested option, the "Newer Posts" / "Older Posts" links, was added to the classic template meta language.

So now, if your blog display is segmented by Auto Pagination - even if your blog uses a classic template - your readers (and the search engines) can access all of the posts in your archives.

Friday, April 9, 2010


In an idle search today, I discovered that Nitecruzr Dot Net, and all blogs in the domain, are now considered safe, by various website monitor programs. Both SERPs in Google Search, Google Safe Browsing, and McAfee SiteAdvisor, now show Nitecruzr Dot Net in green.
We tested this site and didn't find any significant problems.

So now, you may enjoy all Nitecruzr Dot Net blogs in assurance of perfect safety. Spammers, note: We will continue to moderate comments, ruthlessly. "Nice Blog" spammers need not apply here.

And in other news, we are seeing noticeably less reports about hijacked blogs, in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Gadget Based Malware Attack Continues

This week, we note that the hijacking of Blogger blogs, observed earlier this month, involving maliciously coded third party Blogger Gadgets, has resumed.

On a positive note, we see that Blogger has now taken responsibility of the problem.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Avoid Custom Domain Problems

Having written my somewhat popular guide Troubleshooting Your Custom Domain Problems, I have learned that many problems addressed in the guide can be better solved by being avoided.

So, I'm now writing Setting Up A Custom Domain, as an overview to avoiding what can be avoided.

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Well, Blogger finally did it.

In Draft, today, you'll find the new Blogger templates. 3 column templates, templates that use transparency overlays, 4 column templates, even 3 and 4 columns, with split sidebars. And some very shiny backgrounds.

This will keep all the artistic types busy, for a good while. And there will be less damaged templates, from importing third party code.

From the Draft Blogger dashboard, select "Layout". From the navbar, "Customize". Then, "Template Designer".

So that's the end to boring Blogger templates. What you have now is a combinable inventory of 4 exciting styles, with separately selected layouts (2, 3, and 4 columns, split sidebars, left / right variations), a background library with colour palette, and adjustable column widths. Enough choices to keep many bloggers busy choosing.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Social Engineering Attacks Against Blogger Blogs

This month, we are seeing what appears to be the fourth identified social engineering attack against Blogger blogging, in as many months.

In December 2009, we saw a "blogoholic.info" hijack.

In January 2010, we saw a "smashingfeeds.com" / "searchinvented.com" hijack, most commonly involving a "Tweet This" accessory.

In February 2010, we saw a "sendptp.com" hijack, most commonly involving a "falling snow" / "falling hearts" (for Valentines Day) gadget.

This month, we are seeing a "deplayer.net" hijack, apparently involving various "visit counter" / "countdown timer" and "music accessory" gadgets.

Each month, some reports also mention gadgets identified in previous months, also redirecting to the hijack of the month URL. This makes the observed activity very likely to be part of an organised, persistent attack.

The most recently identified attacks use aggressively protected code, and may require manual de install procedures.

Please, be careful of any non Blogger accessory. If you (your blog) are the victim of any such accessory, and can identify where you got the accessory, or where it was recommended to you, your information could be valuable here.

It appears that some malware may be included in some gadgets installed by the Blogger "Add a Gadget" wizard. If you find removing any Blogger gadgets to provide you any relief, please report your findings in my article Some Hijack Malware Is Being Claimed To Be Blogger Provided. Your details, provided there, would be greatly appreciated.

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