It's a good time to move to Blogger Beta since it will allow me to incorporate features that I find helpful in developing a working blog i.e. labels.
I have done extensive testing on a new blogger template that incorporates hacks developed by others. I've adapted it to have a fluid design which expands and contracts based on the users monitor resolution.
Here are some things to look for:
- It is now a 3 column blog with a left and right sidebar.
- The blog is 'fluid'. If you minimize the window you'll see the columns adjust. This works for monitor resolutions greater than 800px wide.
- My favorite feature is LABELS. I've added a few. You can test them by clicking any of the 3 images under 'MULTI-STYLE LABELS' in the left sidebar. Each is a different style: an alphabetized list, a drop-down menu & a cloud-like list relating font-size to the number of entries.
- Choose one of the labels and it'll bring you to another nice feature called 'peek-a-boo posts'. Each post will display only the title with a [+/-] for expanding and collapsing.
- Both this post & the post 'Central Park: Looking South 9-Nov' have 'Read More...' at the bottom of the posts. Click 'Read More ...' to ... read more. This is more elegant than the old way.
- At the bottom you can 'Collapse...' the post and it will bring you to the top of the entry again. A nice set of hacks I found on the web.
- The 3-column Blogger Beta version of Minima which I converted to Minima Blue along with the hacks for Multi-style Labels & Peek-a-boo Posts goes to Ramani at Hackosphere. Here's Ramani's page for other Blogger Beta hacks.
- Han's at Beautiful Beta worked with Ramani on peek-a-boo posts.
- The idea for incorporating the fluid design is from Annie at Blog U.
Let me know what you think.