I am used to working on the classic template, but have found the beta template so different that I am having difficulties (I am not a programmer, but have learn a little bit of Fortran programming and have some familiarity with HTML, CSS and Blogger tags) and I am afraid that what I can do now I may not be able to do later, unless I really take time to learn how the new template works. For those want to see how a beta template looks like, surf to this post: How a Blogger Beta template looks like. (close new window to get back to this page)
My solution is to do the following and it is also my advice to others. Backup the template each time I do any customization. Back up the template even if no customization is done. Many readers of this blogs are relatively new to Blogger and may not know how to backup a template. If you are one of them, see post Backing up Blogger template, changing template, etc.. (click "back" button to get back to this page)
Blogger beta says you will be able to revert to your last saved classic template if you don't want the beta template. Near the bottom of this post is described how to do that: Switching from Blogger Beta to Blogger classic. (Close new window to get back to this page). However, don't depend too much on that. If you are the cautious type, save the templates in your computer. You can also save it online as there are online file hosts, etc., in addition to saving it on your computer. When the forced migration come and I find too much problems, I will most likely revert to the classic template for my blogs. I can live without the labels (categories) features as I already have workarounds for that, and others have plenty of hacks for that yet. See the following posts (click "back" button to get back to this page):
Blogger categories step-by-step (a summary of the following two methods)
Blogger categories: Simple Method
Blogger Categories: Easy Method
Blogger beta have "Newer Post", "Home", "Older Post" at the bottom of their individual post page (permalink) at the bottom of the page. However, I have a work-around to add that to my Blogger classic blog too. See post How to have "Previous" and "Next" links at the bottom of your Blogger blog. (click "back" button to get back to this page). That post uses table, and actually uses "Newer Post" and "Older Post" and also does not have "Home", and someone commented that he doesnt like table. If I have the time, I will redo that post or do a new post and redo all the "Newer Post" "Older Post" without using table, and also include "Home" for this blog if I have the time.
I think I can live without their Layout too. I believe reverting back to classic template will enable me to continue doing the things I am used to if I find that what I want to do can't be done in the beta template.
UPDATE: Read a post where someone who have 2 classic blogs (completely different) with different identities got the 2 blogs merged into one when migrated. So if you have 2 blogs you want to keep them separate (I have some environmental blogs and some blogs about blogging, and I have separate profile for them), do make sure they have different gmail or Google accounts, or make sure that any email addresses associated with them are not similar gmail addresses.
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