How are you liking the new Blogger Dynamic View?

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Earlier this month Blogger/Google launched the Blogger Dynamic view, to allow readers access to your other post, since reader usually don’t bother accessing old post, since previous post are no longer displayed on the homepage.

There are 7 different Dynamic views that you can choose from.

  • Classic (Gmail): A modern twist on a traditional template, with infinite scrolling and images that load as you go
  • Flipcard (M loves M) – Your photos are tiled across the page and flip to reveal the post title
  • Magazine (Advanced Style) – A clean, elegant editorial style layout
  • Mosaic (Crosby’s Kitchen) – A mosaic mix of different sized images and text
  • Sidebar (Blogger Buzz Blog) – An email inbox-like view with a reading page for quick scrolling and browsing
  • Snapshot (Canelle et Vanille) – An interactive pinboard of your posts
  • Timeslide (The Bleary-Eyed Father) – A horizontal view of your posts by time period

Blogger even created a tool to check how you’re Blogger blog will look like if you switched to dynamic view. I’ve embedded the tool below.

Enter the name of your favorite Blogger blog below and click Preview to check it out with Dynamic Views.
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If you want to see live blogs using dynamic views, just visit the different Google Official Blogs like Gmail Blog, Blogger Buzz, Google Voice Blog, and Docs Blog. For Blogger Users, you can visit Stacey Avenue, which is one of the blog that I read.

Of all the view, I prefer the flipcard view, which is like the metro version of your blog. Since my blogger blogs are using heavily customized template, Blogger’s dynamic views is not available for me, but if you are already using Dynamic View, can you share how it has affected your blog and readers?

Last modified: October 26, 2011

One Response to :
How are you liking the new Blogger Dynamic View?

  1. IDYAz says:

    I did give it a try by creating a new blog – http://idyaz.blogspot.com (don’t want to risk my existing ones) and I will give it a mixed review.

    Things I like:

    1) Built with the latest in web technology (AJAX, HTML5 and CSS3), Dynamic Views does offer a unique/fun browsing experience (even older entries will surface and seem fresh again)
    2) Loading time is fast (Google claimed that it’s 40% faster than traditional templates)
    3) Navigation is clean, simple yet interactive

    Things I hate:

    1) Weak support for customization (currently you can pretty much only change the font, hence every blog that adopt the dynamic view look pretty much the same)
    2) Weak support for adsense (no / very little control over ad type and placement)
    3) No support for gadget
    4) No support for iPad (it will show the non-dynamic view instead)

    I’m sure it’s still at early stage and lots of bug fixing and new features will be on their way. Some tips for people who are interested in switching:

    1) Dynamic views are best suited for media/image rich blogs (if yours is text rich, it may not benefit as much)
    2) Remember to backup and save your current template / customization before switching (Google claimed that it is as easy as changing your template, trust me it’s not, and it may mess things up)
    3) You may find little bugs here and there, check the google forum and you may find some band-aid fix

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