Blogger (service)

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Blogger (service)_table_infobox_0

BloggerBlogger (service)_table_caption_0
Type of siteBlogger (service)_header_cell_0_0_0 Blog hostBlogger (service)_cell_0_0_1
Available inBlogger (service)_header_cell_0_1_0 See belowBlogger (service)_cell_0_1_1
OwnerBlogger (service)_header_cell_0_2_0 GoogleBlogger (service)_cell_0_2_1
URLBlogger (service)_header_cell_0_3_0 Blogger (service)_cell_0_3_1
CommercialBlogger (service)_header_cell_0_4_0 YesBlogger (service)_cell_0_4_1
RegistrationBlogger (service)_header_cell_0_5_0 Optional, FreeBlogger (service)_cell_0_5_1
LaunchedBlogger (service)_header_cell_0_6_0 August 23, 1999; 21 years ago (1999-08-23)Blogger (service)_cell_0_6_1
Current statusBlogger (service)_header_cell_0_7_0 ActiveBlogger (service)_cell_0_7_1
Written inBlogger (service)_header_cell_0_8_0 PythonBlogger (service)_cell_0_8_1

Blogger is an American blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. Blogger (service)_sentence_0

It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. Blogger (service)_sentence_1

The blogs are hosted by Google and generally accessed from a subdomain of Blogger (service)_sentence_2

Blogs can also be served from a custom domain owned by the user (like by using DNS facilities to direct a domain to Google's servers. Blogger (service)_sentence_3

A user can have up to 100 blogs per account. Blogger (service)_sentence_4

Up until May 1, 2010, Blogger also allowed users to publish blogs to their own web hosting server, via FTP. Blogger (service)_sentence_5

All such blogs had to be changed to either use a subdomain, or point their own domain to Google's servers through DNS. Blogger (service)_sentence_6

History Blogger (service)_section_0

On August 23, 1999, Blogger was launched by Pyra Labs. Blogger (service)_sentence_7

As one of the earliest dedicated blog-publishing tools, it is credited for helping popularize the format. Blogger (service)_sentence_8

In February 2003, Pyra Labs was acquired by Google under undisclosed terms. Blogger (service)_sentence_9

The acquisition allowed premium features (for which Pyra had charged) to become free. Blogger (service)_sentence_10

In October 2004, Pyra Labs' co-founder, Evan Williams, left Google. Blogger (service)_sentence_11

In 2004, Google purchased Picasa; it integrated Picasa and its photo sharing utility Hello into Blogger, allowing users to post photos to their blogs. Blogger (service)_sentence_12

On May 9, 2004, Blogger introduced a major redesign, adding features such as web standards-compliant templates, individual archive pages for posts, comments, and posting by email. Blogger (service)_sentence_13

On August 14, 2006, Blogger launched its latest version in beta, codenamed "Invader", alongside the gold release. Blogger (service)_sentence_14

This migrated users to Google servers and had some new features, including interface language in French, Italian, German and Spanish. Blogger (service)_sentence_15

In December 2006, this new version of Blogger was taken out of beta. Blogger (service)_sentence_16

By May 2007, Blogger had completely moved over to Google-operated servers. Blogger (service)_sentence_17

Blogger was ranked 16 on the list of top 50 domains in terms of number of unique visitors in 2007. Blogger (service)_sentence_18

On February 24, 2015, Blogger announced that as of late March it will no longer allow its users to post sexually explicit content, unless the nudity offers "substantial public benefit," for example in "artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts." Blogger (service)_sentence_19

On February 28, 2015, accounting for severe backlash from long-term bloggers, Blogger reversed its decision on banning sexual content, going back to the previous policy that allowed explicit images and videos if the blog was marked as "adult". Blogger (service)_sentence_20

Redesign Blogger (service)_section_1

As part of the Blogger redesign in 2006, all blogs associated with a user's Google Account were migrated to Google servers. Blogger (service)_sentence_21

Blogger claims that the service is now more reliable because of the quality of the servers. Blogger (service)_sentence_22

Along with the migration to Google servers, several new features were introduced, including label organization, a drag-and-drop template editing interface, reading permissions (to create private blogs) and new Web feed options. Blogger (service)_sentence_23

Furthermore, blogs are updated dynamically, as opposed to rewriting HTML files. Blogger (service)_sentence_24

In a version of the service called Blogger in Draft, new features are tested before being released to all users. Blogger (service)_sentence_25

New features are discussed in the service's official blog. Blogger (service)_sentence_26

In September 2009, Google introduced new features into Blogger as part of its tenth-anniversary celebration. Blogger (service)_sentence_27

The features included a new interface for post editing, improved image handling, Raw HTML Conversion, and other Google Docs-based implementations, including: Blogger (service)_sentence_28

Blogger (service)_unordered_list_0

  • Adding location to posts via geotagging.Blogger (service)_item_0_0
  • Post time-stamping at publication, not at original creation.Blogger (service)_item_0_1
  • Vertical re-sizing of the post editor. The size is saved in a per-user, per-blog preference.Blogger (service)_item_0_2
  • Link editing in compose mode.Blogger (service)_item_0_3
  • Full Safari 3 support and fidelity on both Windows and macOS.Blogger (service)_item_0_4
  • New Preview dialog that shows posts in a width and font size approximating what is seen in the published view.Blogger (service)_item_0_5
  • Placeholder image for tags so that embeds are movable in compose mode.Blogger (service)_item_0_6
  • New toolbar with Google aesthetics, faster loading time, and "undo" and "redo" buttons, also added the full justification button, a strike-through button, and an expanded color palette.Blogger (service)_item_0_7

In 2010, Blogger introduced new templates and redesigned its website. Blogger (service)_sentence_29

The new post editor was criticized for being less reliable than its predecessor. Blogger (service)_sentence_30

Available languages Blogger (service)_section_2

As of late 2016, Blogger is available in these 60 languages: Afrikaans, Amharic, Arabic, Basque, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (United Kingdom), English (United States), Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Zulu. Blogger (service)_sentence_31

Country-specific Blogger addresses Blogger (service)_section_3

In February 2013, Blogger began integrating user blogs with multiple country-specific URLs. Blogger (service)_sentence_32

For example, would be automatically redirected to in Canada, in the United Kingdom. Blogger (service)_sentence_33

Blogger explained that by doing this they could manage the blog content more locally so if there was any objectionable material that violated a particular country's laws they could remove and block access to that blog for that country through the assigned ccTLD while retaining access through other ccTLD addresses and the default URL. Blogger (service)_sentence_34

If a blog using a country-specific URL was removed it is still technically possible to access the blog through Google's No Country Redirect override by entering the URL using the regular address and adding /ncr after .com. Blogger (service)_sentence_35

In May 2018, Blogger stopped redirecting to ccTLDs and country-specific URLs would now redirect to the default addresses. Blogger (service)_sentence_36

Available designs Blogger (service)_section_4

Blogger allows its users to choose from multiple templates and then customize them. Blogger (service)_sentence_37

Users may also choose to create their own templates using CSS. Blogger (service)_sentence_38

The new design template, known as "Dynamic View", was introduced on 31 August 2011 with Dynamic Views being introduced on 27 September 2011. Blogger (service)_sentence_39

It is built with AJAX, HTML5, and CSS3. Blogger (service)_sentence_40

The time for loading is 40 percent shorter than traditional templates, and allows user to present blog in seven different ways: classic, flipcard, magazine, mosaic, sidebar, snapshot, and timeslide. Blogger (service)_sentence_41

Readers still have the option to choose preferable views when the blog owner has set a default view. Blogger (service)_sentence_42

Some of the widgets (e.g., Labels, Profile, Link List, Subscription Links, Followers and Blog Archive etc.) are available for Dynamic Views; other templates are chosen by the blogger. Blogger (service)_sentence_43

In April 2013, Blogger updated its HTML template editor that has some improvements to make it easy for the users to edit the blog's source code. Blogger (service)_sentence_44

The editor was updated with syntax highlight, number line and jump-to-widget button for ease of editing the code. Blogger (service)_sentence_45

Integration Blogger (service)_section_5

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  • "Blogger for Word" is an add-in for Microsoft Word which allows users to save a Microsoft Word document directly to a Blogger blog, as well as edit their posts both on- and offline. As of January 2007, Google says "Blogger for Word is not currently compatible with the new version of Blogger", and they state no decision has been made about supporting it with the new Blogger. However, Microsoft Office 2007 adds native support for a variety of blogging systems, including Blogger.Blogger (service)_item_1_8
  • Blogger also started integration with Amazon Associates in December 2009, as a service to generate revenue. It was not publicly announced, but by September 2011 it appeared that all integration options had been removed and that the partnership had ended.Blogger (service)_item_1_9
  • Open Live Writer (formerly Windows Live Writer, originally part of the Windows Live suite) can publish directly to Blogger.Blogger (service)_item_1_10

Blogger on mobile devices Blogger (service)_section_6

Blocking Blogger (service)_section_7

Limitations Blogger (service)_section_8

Blogger has the following limitations on content storage and bandwidth, per user account: Blogger (service)_sentence_46

Blogger (service)_unordered_list_2

  • Blog description – 500 characters max; Hyper Text Markup Language not supportedBlogger (service)_item_2_11
  • Number of blogs – 100 blogs per accountBlogger (service)_item_2_12
  • Number of labels – 5,000 unique labels per blog (an increase from the original 2,000), 20 unique labels per post (with at most 200 characters)Blogger (service)_item_2_13
  • Number of pictures – Ordinarily, up to 1 GB of total storage, shared with Picasa Web. If you've upgraded to Google+, your photos will be stored in Google Photos, where you have 15 GB of storage space shared with Gmail and Drive. However, if one has signed up for Google+ account, images less than 16 megapixels (4920 × 3264) would not be counted to this storage limit. For users not signed up for Google+, 800 × 800 pixels and below images would not be included in this storage space.Blogger (service)_item_2_14
  • Number of posts – There is no limit on the number of posts one can have in one blog. However, only 50 posts can be published per day before a user is required to go through a check process.Blogger (service)_item_2_15
  • Size of pages – Individual pages (the main page of a blog or archive pages) are limited to 1 MBBlogger (service)_item_2_16
  • Size of pictures – If posted via Blogger Mobile, limited 250 KB per picture; posted pictures are scaled to 1600pxBlogger (service)_item_2_17

Blogger (service)_unordered_list_3

  • Number of pages – There is no limit on the number of pages you can have on one blogBlogger (service)_item_3_18
  • Team members (those who can write to a blog) – 100 invitations per blogBlogger (service)_item_3_19
  • Favicon – Any square image less than 100 KBBlogger (service)_item_3_20
  • Account suspension: if a site is violating any terms of service, it may be suspended by Blogger without any notice. Repeated violations may lead to Google account suspension.Blogger (service)_item_3_21

On February 18, 2010, Blogger introduced "auto-pagination", which limited the number of posts that could be displayed on each page, often causing the number of posts on the main page to be less than that specified by the user and leading to a hostile response from some users. Blogger (service)_sentence_47

Private blogs are limited to only 100 members. Blogger (service)_sentence_48

Support Blogger (service)_section_9

The official support channel is the Blogger Product Forum. Blogger (service)_sentence_49

This online discussion forum, delivered using Google Groups, serves Blogger users of varying experience, and receives some monitoring from Google staff. Blogger (service)_sentence_50

"Top contributors" are community-members nominated by the Google staff who enjoy additional privileges including managing discussions and direct access to Google staff. Blogger (service)_sentence_51

There is likely to be a top contributor or other knowledgeable person reading the forum almost all the time. Blogger (service)_sentence_52

A number of people, including some top contributors, run personal blogs where they offer advice and post information about common problems. Blogger (service)_sentence_53

StackExchange's Web Applications forum has a tag for "blogger", which is used for questions about various blogging platforms, including Blogger. Blogger (service)_sentence_54

See also Blogger (service)_section_10

Blogger (service)_unordered_list_4

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