Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Google Search Tools

Google has recently introduced some clever search tools that you can use on your blogs. Just add the code that is generated on the Google Search wizard sites (links below) and add them as side bar elements:

These tools no longer exist


Friday, March 23, 2007

Getting Labeled with Ajax/Prototype

So far adding copied code or pre-made widgets to the 'Add Page Element' feature of Blogger has been simple. If you are not familiar with web-coding at all, a little trial and error is probably all that is needed for most additions.

I came across a wonderful script on Blogger Hacked today which I thought would be perfect to add to a page element. The article in question AJAX Labels Reloaded is well written and easy to follow - and I had to follow the instructions to a T being unfamiliar with such coding.

The resulting code is now proudly displayed on this page (feelings of self-worth have soared). The effect is hiden initially. Click on any of the Label tags in the left menu and, instead of being taken to another page, a snippet of the postings for that tag are delivered above the posts in the current page. The current postings are temporarily dispatched south until you either click on the 'click to close' or return to the home page after reading posts of interest.


Labeling Old Blogger Posts

Creating categories/labels in the old blogger was a matter of using one hack or other. The new Blogger has an inbuilt labeling feature which is a much simpler and quicker method. Your old posts will not be automatically labeled using this feature of course; you will have to add them manually. Thankfully you do not have to go into each post and label them one by one.

In the 'edit post' window you will see a checkbox beside each post, above which is a drop down 'label action' box. Click the checkbox next to each post that you want to add a particular label to. Choose an existing label or new label from the drop down box.

Still a little labor intensive if you have a lot of posts and labels but far quicker than opening each post and adding tags individually.