Thursday, June 11, 2015

How to add emoticons in Blogger

If you search for HTML codes for emoticons so that you can use those HTML codes in your Blogger posts, you may find various websites giving you the codes. However most codes would not work with Blogger such as
1. https://code.google.com/p/emoticony/wiki/Emoticons (looks promising as it is from google.com but didn't work out
2. http://character-code.com/emoticons-html-codes.php (some supposedly works with Safari browser but my Safari for Windows browser could not interpret, perhaps Safari for Mac may work but I don't know since I don't have a Mac computer.

The one I found:
3. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys-taunting.php
gives you HTML code to use with Blogger post editor in the HTML mode
but as tested at Testing emoticon codes for some reason didn't work with Blogger post editor rejecting it as
Your HTML cannot be accepted: Closing tag has no matching opening tag: A

The way around the above problem is to
Method 1:
Copy their emoticon URL then use the url in an img tag like
<img src="emoticon url" />

Drawback will be your emoticon will remain as long as that website remains online. If they remove that emoticon, your emoticon will become an empty box

Workaround. Copy-paste their emoticon URL into the browser address bar. This will display the emoticon on a webpage. Right-click on the emoticon, select SAVE IMAGE AS then safe in gif format in your computer.

Open Blogger post editor in HTML mode, click the UPLOAD PICTURE icon from the toolbar, select the newly saved .gif image, then upload and publish.

You can see some result at Testing emoticon codes

Monday, May 11, 2015

How to enable meta description for blog and posts

Meta description for both blog and post for Blogger is disabled by default. It is good for SEO as well as increasing the chance that people searching for something related to your blog or posts will click on the search results to get to your blog and posts.

With this default set, when you compose a post, you will not see an option to enter search description for a post and typically this screenshot would show the missing field for search description in the right sidebar of the post editor:

Blogger Search Description for post not enabled

You will see a change when you enable meta description for your blog as shown below.

When you sign into www.blogger.com
Dashboard > Settings > Search preferences
you will see that meta tag for description for the blog is disabled:

Blogger enable meta search description for blog

Click EDIT, the tick ENABLE SEARCH DESCRIPTIONS? (.) Yes, then enter a suitable search decription for the blog then click SAVE

Now when you open the post editor to compose a post, you will notice a difference in the right sidebar. A new section for SEARCH DESCRIPTION will be added for you to enter a suitable search description for the post (see screenshot below):

Blogger Search Description for post enabled

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

How: embed calculator into blog post or sidebar

It is easy to embed a working calculator into a blog post or the sidebar. Just copy the calculator gadget/widget code below into the post editor in the HTML mode or log into www.blogger.com
Dashboard > Layout > Add a gadget > HTML/Javascript gadget
and paste the following code into the HTML/Javascript gadget field making sure to change the width and height values (highlighted in red) to values suitable for your blog main column width or the sidebar width, publish or save and it is done:

<iframe width="590" height="390" src="http://web2.0calc.com/widgets/horizontal/" scrolling="no" style="border: 1px solid #silver; ">
</iframe>
<br />
<a href="http://web2.0calc.com/">Web 2.0 scientific calculator</a>

Sample:




Web 2.0 scientific calculator

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to put AdSense ads in Blogger blog

Once you have an approved AdSense account, there are 2 ways to add AdSense ads in your blog

Method 1: Direct via Blogger Adsense gadget

Sign into www.blogger.com
Dashboard > Layout > Add a gadget > Add an AdSense gadget

Blogger Adsense gadget

Then in Layout, drag the newly added AdSense gadget to wherever you want and SAVE.

Method 2: Indirect via AdSense codes

Sign into google.com/adsense and click MY ADS at the top left, then +New ad unit, then select the ad unit you want.
After selecting the ad unit, at the bottom, click SAVE AND GET CODE

Now go to www.blogger.com
Dashboard > Layout > Add a gadget > HTML/Javascript gadget
Paste the AdSense code into the gadget
Drag the gadget to where you want and save.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How to change email address for Blogger login (New GUI)

Let's say, you want to change the email address for a blog from email A to email B. For this task, it is best to use 2 different browsers
Browser A for email A
Browser B for email B

First, in browser A sign into www.blogger.com using email A to get to the Dashboard of the blog
Dashboard > Settings > Basic
Scroll to the bottom to the PERMISSIONS section, type in email B then click INVITE AUTHORS

Blogger permissions section to add blog author

Second, in browser B, sign into email B and look for the invitation email, click on the link to accept invitation, then in BLOGGER, accept invitation.

Third, go back to browser A, to www.blogger.com
Dashboard > Settings > Basic
then in the PERMISSIONS section, you will see email B added as Author.
Click the down arrow and make email B as ADMIN

Now if you wish, you can go back to browser B
Dashboard > Settings > Basic
and in the PERMISSION section, make sure you have email B as admin, then if you wish, you can remove email A

Monday, March 16, 2015

Embed Youtube video direct via Share to Blogger tab



Test embedding direct from Youtube via Share > Blogger rather than copy-pasting into the post editor in the HTML mode This video was originally intended for a post in the Robotics for Children blog titled Command motor turn in 41 languages.

However, I noticed that the width of the Youtube video was automatically changed such that it slightly overlap to the right sidebar.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

How to embed Youtube video to Blogger

In the COMPOSE mode of Blogger post editor there is a video upload icon video upload icon which you can click to upload video. However, we have found that to be messy and if you want videos in your blog, it is far better to upload them to Youtube then embed into your blog.

After you have successfully uploaded a video to Youtube.com, then below the video click SHARE > EMBED to get the embed code. The code will look something like this (you don't need to understand the code in order to use it):

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HEVBWRzU5SA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Then if you want to embed the video into a blog post, then click the orange pencil icon to open the post editor. Note that you have to be in the HTML mode. Note also the width of the video above is 560px and this may be wider than your blog post column width. To change, click the SHOW MORE below, select CUSTOM SIZE

Youtube embed video custom size

Click in width field and type a number suitable for your blog post column width then click in the HEIGHT field. The height will automatically be added such that the aspect ration is maintain so video wouldn't be distorted.

If you want to embed the video in the sidebar, go to Dashboard > Layout > Add a gadget > Add a HTML/Javascript gadget, paste the code into the field and save. Note: if you don't know the sidebar width, go to
Dashboard > Layout > Template Designer > Adjust width
and you can see the sidebar width there (also total width - sidebar width = blog post column width)

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