Hey, have you heard? Google just enabled dynamic views on your Blogger blogs for “preview”.There are 5 dynamic templates available:

Sidebar: the default template when you add /view/ behind your blogspot URL. All your posts are displayed at the side bar, and you can easily load the post by clicking the title.

Flipcard: your blogs are neatly displayed in thumbnails, and mousing over will reveal the title and the date of post.

Mosaic: your blogs are randomly displayed in Moisaic style, and mousing over will expand the image and reveal the post title.

Snapshot: your blog images are displayed in polaroid frames, and mousing over will expand the polaroid and reveal a 5-line preview related to the post.

Timeslide: your blogs are displayed in chronological order spread over 3 columns. The first column contains on blog, the second column contains 3 blogs, and the last column contains the rest of the blogs within the specified timeline.

Which is my favourite view? It depends on what I am looking for when I am checking out the blog. Each template has its own advantages, but all of them have one fabulous consequence: rediscovering old blog posts has never been so fun. Using Timeslide, I get to scroll my past blogs based on time periods easily. Using Snapshot, I can easily view all the images I have posted on my blogs. Mosaic is a random and attractive way to showcase my blog articles, but I do not get to choose the size of each blog presence. Flipcard gives each blog equal importance as they are displayed in thumbnails. Sidebar is the cleanest as it lists all blogs on the sidebar.

According to Blogger Help, you need to do 3 things to enable this feature:

  • Your blog is public. Your readers don’t need to sign in to view your blog.
  • Your blog has feeds fully enabled. In the Settings | Site feed tab, you have enabled either Full or Jump Break for your Post Feed.
  • You have not disabled dynamic views. In the Setting | Formatting tab, the option for Enable Dynamic Views is set to Yes.
  • The last thing that you need to do is to wait. Dynamic views rely on feeds to generate the views, so if you have just recently enabled the site feeds, it would take some time for the feeds to be propagated.

    For now, the views are not customisable – guess that’s why they call it “preview”.

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