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Monday, December 25, 2006

To Beta or Not To Beta

That is the question.

Now that Blogger is supposedly "out of beta" for the new version, it keeps trying to get me to convert to the dark side new version. I have to say, I did make a new blog (good luck trying to find it) and used the beta, and liked the new toys, like the sidebar customizer. But I have otherwise not been too impressed with the new version (why does it keep asking me if I want to see the non-secure data?) and it seems unstable to me.

Of course, as an added incentive, "old Blogger" seems to have some new quirks, like the new feature that quits your browser altogether when you try to add a picture to a post you're working on (grrrrr).

So what do you guys think? Switch or not? And will it totally screw up my sidebar links?

25 comments:

~ Sarah ~ said...

i'm too scared of losing the layout of my blog if i switch over. i reckon maybe wait a bit longer till they work out and fix the kinks and bugs in the new version and hope that the old version behaves for you!

Anonymous said...

My old template wouldn't work on beta blogger. I like the sidebar widget things better in beta, I like the labels, and there is less browswer crashing in beta. I'm glad I switched. Even though my new template is extremely boring, I like it's 2 column layout and easier to read.

You probably will have to redo your sidebar though.

Anonymous said...

Not a thing happened to my blog when I switched, as far as I am aware. I figured I'd have to switch eventually anyway as they phased out the old version completely. The only annoyance I've been experiencing is when I comment on blogs. If I forget to sign in before I comment, it erases the comment as I sign in.

outofAMMO said...

why risk it?

Jack's Shack said...

I tried to switch, but then it said that one of my blogs didn't qualify. So for now I am going to stay with the old tried and true.

Anonymous said...

I switched, and while the change was pretty innocuous, it gave my blog a kinda unfamiliar feel. My template didn't change TOO much, but some nuances were affected, and it felt way off. But this turned out good in the end, as it allowed me to personalize it a bit with a self-made banner.

Also, most of my links remained intact, but for some reason, a few of them disappeared, and I had to re-enter them.

But now I've been invited to a blog, and I can't join because I'm in new blogger, and the blog is in old blogger. If you are in another old blogger blog, you probably shouldn't switch.

Anonymous said...

I switched, and it let me keep my old template.

PsychoToddler said...

Hmmm...I really don't want to screw up my template...not that it's going to win any awards, but it has all the features and links that I want. I guess I could just back up my template and manually cut and paste any code that gets lost.

However, I am on a bunch of blogs like Jack and I suspect I won't be allowed. I'm just worried that blogger will resort to the same tactics as Roxio and Microsoft and Paint Shop Pro and all the other companies that try to get you to upgrade every year--start introducing bugs into old versions so they stop working right.

EG right now, my roxio DVD maker crashes every time I try to author out of a .wmv file. This didn't use to be the case. Grrrrr.....

Ezzie said...

I'm terrified to switch. I don't want to lose anything... plus, I'm not only on a number of blogs, but have a number of people on my own. If I switch, they ALL have to.

Doctor Bean said...

I don't blog anymore!!! Woohooo! Not an issue!!! Aaaahaaahaaaa!

Now I write notes to myself on PostIts and put them on my walls.

Anonymous said...

Hey. Don't let that Bean fella give you any ideas.

Join the beta . . come over to the dark side . . .

I started blogging so recently that they almost immediately prompted me to sniff the beta, so any "differences" are not really palpable to me, they're just what I'm used to. Besides, I was taught to be a good girl and listen - they asked me to, so I did it.

As for deleting comments if you forget to log in, if it's a long comment I type it on the word processor first, or for shorter ones, I just highlight and copy it as a security measure.

Good luck making the choice.

Anonymous said...

It ate my comment - there are still a few bugs to work out, but I've switched to the dark side. You can keep your old template, but if you want to be able to move things around you'll have to give up the customizations.

I'm personally waiting for google to take over the world, that or just merge with microsoft and then big brother will be complete...

Anonymous said...

I'm on the "Beta" (now regular flavor) Blogger. Nothing you can't live without. If you do want to switch, I guess you could build a new blog and then edit your old template to do an automatic redirect from this blog to the new one.

It is easy to add sidebar material in the new Blogger. Basically, the templates are modular. You add an "HTML / Java" module to your sidebar, positioned as you see fit.

Anonymous said...

Aidel - Google is poised to take over the world. Their spreadsheet and word processing programs look good and cost a lot less than Microsoft. (I think you'll find those under Google labs or some such thing.)

Anonymous said...

Bite the bullet an change over. Some of the features are fun. I just changed my Blogroll into a Poppyseedroll.

Sheyna Galyan said...

I switched one of my two blogs over to beta and it promptly removed all formatting (like spacing between paragraphs - rather necessary!) and ate my sidebar. Fortunately, I had backed up my template. But as I was trying to re-do the blog to look like its former self, I kept running into problems: photos wouldn't post correctly, profile info couldn't be changed and saved, Blogroll wouldn't work...

So I moved the whole thing into WordPress and that pretty much solved the problems. For that blog.

My personal/writing/Jewish blog is another story. It's still on old Blogger but having some formatting issues, Blogroll issues, and timeout issues while publishing. I'm considering moving that one to WordPress and keeping the old blog as a bookmark to direct folks to the new one. I dunno... But I'm not real happy about my experience with the new no-longer-beta version.

All I can suggest is that if you switch, do so with great caution awareness of risks. B'hatzlecha!

Shira Salamone said...

Well, if Shayna (my blogroll guru) had trouble switching to beta, you can imagine the trouble that Ms. Lost in (Cyber) Space would have. I'm not going anywhere. Good luck, Mark.

Jewish Blogmeister said...

Don't do it man! If ain't broke don't be fixing it dude!Ya hear! ( breathing deeply)

Anonymous said...

come over for shwarma

Shifra said...

I'm not switching - I can finally access my own blog at work (mostly)and I don't want to anything that will screw that up.

kasamba said...

Stick with the old- better the devil you know!

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

I'm scared of the change. I feel a bit offended and manipulated by it asking me if I want the old blogger every time I log in.

PsychoToddler said...

The overall consensus seems to be don't fix what ain't broke. Which is how I tend to practice medicine, btw.

I agree, Neil, I think they're trying to make us feel bad for sticking with "Old Blogger."

rabbi neil fleischmann said...

unrelated related question - sometimes i feel like i'm not (bli ayin hara) forceful enough with doctors - if i have certain discomforts, they tend to be brushed off - where does one draw the line? might it not be a good idea to check and recheck for things?

Bagel Blogger said...

In a word terrified.

"The new version of Blogger now has all the original features you're used to, plus new post labels, drag-and-drop template editing, and privacy controls. And, it's a lot more reliable."

Well then howcome Mr Blogger every one that has a customised blog has been Caveat scr*w*d over by you?

Why isn't it reversable?
Why isn't it possible to only change one of your blogs?
Why can't you establish another blog and 'get it right' before you're Forced to change your main blog?

There's nothing friendly about this change, its a one size fits all, with a 'if you have any problems dont call us we don't care.'

Caveat Lector! There's no going back

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