Finally, a non-dynamic post after a long time (or I should say, a *post* after a long time).. Knowing there's a way to add labels next to post titles, blog reader Amy was curious to know if there's a way to do the same with Comment links - adding the link next to the title, including the comment counter.. Since this doesn't involve a Dynamic template, you have all the reason in the world to believe there must be a way. Personally, I think this tweak could be especially handy, now that the comment link in post footer is more of a hit-and-miss thing. Without further ado, here's how..
After careful considerations and long fruitful chats with fellow TCs, I have decided that it is finally time to give G+ comments a try. This is in accordance with Google's effort to keep all their products somewhat unified and tied in a way. Seeing how important Google sees the G+ community, I think it is only fair to give this a shot. It does come with a downside though - You have to have Google Plus account to leave a comment. That, and the lack of a feature to moderate comments under a single tab is kinda off-putting. But I'll give it a whirl anyway and see how it goes. Hello Google+ Comments!
Update: Notification is not working - I'm reverting to Blogger's commenting again. I've been busy with work, and it took me several days to realise I have not been getting any notifications for the comments left in this blog. This is disastrous as it isn't practical for me to view 200+ posts one by one to look for new comments. I've decided to take a U-turn. My faith in G+ comments is seriously dented now, and it's gonna take some serious convincing if I were to switch back to G+ comments again. To those of you who have left G+ comment questions here, I'm afraid I won't be able to see your messages (please repost them once I reactivate Blogger's comment system).
You'd think there is an easy way to change the size of the font on your Dynamic View's header bar. Oh wait, there is - the option to change your font size is very much there in your Template Designer (under Advanced - Header Bar). But let's be honest here. I have not seen this working. It never had any effect on my actual template, and no, not even on my preview page. Fortunately, there's a way to manually change the font size in the header bar, and here's how.
Now that there's a fix for the Ghost Template problem in Dynamic View template, let's focus on to other areas that need some fixings. First, the Subscribe gadget. Why is it always there? How the hell do you remove it? Well, removing it might be a little tricky, but there's an easy way to just hide it altogether from showing up - and it works just as good. Here's how..
When Dynamic View templates were first introduced close to two years ago, we were awed by it's shiny design and the clean look that the templates gave us. Then we were slightly annoyed by the fact that they were not very much customisable. And then we realised that every now and then, the blog won't load in full - something I used to call the 'Ghost Template' - where only a single 'Subscribe' gadget is shown, and none of that tabs, comments and other stuffs. Turns out, Blogger included a timeout mechanism within the template itself to ensure a fast loading speed when your blog is rendered. If your contents are too large to be loaded within the defined timeout period, it'll just load a stripped down version of your full template.
Luckily, the good people at Global Nomads finally found a fix. Check out their post below.