Jul 12, 2011
Blogger's New Interface Available in Blogger in Draft
Blogger's updated user interface mentioned in The Amazing Changes Coming to Blogger, is available in Blogger in Draft. To access the new interface and to set it as your default interface, before it is released to everyone, log into Blogger in Draft. Everything is pretty much the same, just with a face lift, and works as you're accustomed to. Some of the changes include a cleaner Dashboard, your blog stats available in the dashboard, and the current selection of links whittled down to three. The links to post, stats, comments, templates and settings are nested under the arrow next to the icon of the house.
If you hate the size and styling of the current post editor, feast your eyes on the new post editor! The box where you type in your posts has been centered, and the whole interface is much cleaner, resembling that of Google Docs. Sometimes choosing a label for a post requires unnecessary scrolling in the current interface. So I really appreciate the post options being moved to the right of the screen instead of keeping them below the box where you post.
Overall there's not much to fear in the new user interface for Blogger that we will all have to use soon. Sure, some of the choices may be organized in a new way and it may take you a minute or two learn where to click, but I think it works pretty well. So far there doesn't seem to be anything revolutionary being done, just a general aesthetic overhaul to bring Blogger in line with the rest of the Google brand and make it look like Google Plus, the new "Dense" theme available for Gmail, and the homepages of Google Image search.
Anything you like about the new interface or absolutely can't stand?