How to add a latest comments list in blogger

February 12, 2008

 I’ll try to do this for wordpress.com, too, as part of my experiment here is to see which one I like better (blogger vs. wordpress)

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So, one little nifty (?) blogger trick is to include a quick way to see comments without logging in. Of course, this means everyone can see them, too. 😉

I had to search around a bit to find the feed for the comments, so I thought I’d post it a hopefully easy place:

All comments:
http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/comments/default

Per post comments:

http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/IDOFPOST/default

Okay, so let’s do the ‘all comments’.
Login into your blogger account.
Go to the Dashboard.

Settings >Template

Choose Add Page Element

Choose Feed.

Save Changes

Then Save your template.


Migrating/exporting from ee

January 11, 2008

I promised the friendly folks over at textpattern that I would write something about exporting entries from expression engine.
This link in the ee wiki MOSTLY covers it. I say mostly, because you’ll need to make some modifications which are not listed but that I am including. Additionally, you will need to be careful to do all of the steps in order, so I’m just going to go step by step. Also, if you have used subcategories, I haven’t found a way to capture that hierarchical structure. So, depending on what kind of software you are importing these into, you may need to tweak your categories. In textpattern for example, all of the categories go to multiple unfiled categories. It’s easy enough to then just update them in textpattern. This will export everything in Movable Type (MT) format.
Figure out your blog’s name before you start. In expression engine>CP Home › Admin › Weblog Administration › Weblog Management
Edit Preferences>Short Name
The short name is the actual name of your blog. Make a note of it, as you will need it later.
STEP 1: Create an export template group
Login to the control panel.
Click on templates.
Click on “Create new template group” button.
NOTE: You must start with a new template group.
Name your template group:
Template Group Name

The name must be a single word with no spaces

(underscores and dashes are allowed)
Type in Export
Duplicate an Existing Template Group?
Choose> Do Not Duplicate a Group
Make the index template in this group your site’s home page?
Whatever you do, DO NOT CHECK THIS box. This will override your template design for your blog.
Click Submit.
Okay, step 1 is finished. We’ve created a template group, but we now need to create the templates. NOTE: Do not skip any steps.
STEP 2: Create the export template for comments
At this point, you should be back at your list of templates. In the left column, under the header, Template Management, you should see a list that includes all of your template groups.
Under Choose Group>Click on Export
In the column to the right of Choose Group, you should see a list. Click on New Template.
Now we will create templates for the comments and the entries. NOTE: Do not skip any steps.

Template Name

The name must be a single word with no spaces

(underscores and dashes are allowed)
Type in Comments
Choose Template type> Webpage

Default Template Data

None – create an empty template

Click Submit.
We are back at the list.
Click on Preferences (in the column to the right of Choose Group, under the Export header)
The ONLY things to change here are
Allow PHP? Y
PHP Parsing? Input
Note: This must be set for this to work!
Click Update.
We are now back to the list of templates.
Okay, now we have to add the code to make this work.
Under Template Name / Edit
To the left of Comments>Click on>View
Copy & paste the code below into the blank area. Note change “yourblog” to the shortname of your blog. Your blog’s name is not what appears in the title bar of the html page. It is what you have listed in Admin › Weblog Administration › Weblog Management > Edit Preferences>Short Name
The short name is the name of your blog.

updated: 8/08:  I think I’ve fixed the wonky wordpress display with the code.

<?php

global $IN;
$IN->QSTR = ‘{embed:the_entry_id}’

?>

{exp:comment:entries weblog=”weblog1″ sort=”asc”}COMMENT:
AUTHOR: {name}
URL: {url}
DATE: {comment_date format=”%m/%d/%Y %h:%i:%s %A”}
{comment}
—–
{/exp:comment:entries}
Click Update and Finished.
STEP 3: Create the export template for index
At this point, you should be back at your list of templates. In the left column, under the header, Template Management, you should see a list that includes all of your template groups.
Under Choose Group>Click on Export
In the column to the right of Choose Group, you should see a list. Click on New Template.
Now we will create templates for the comments and the entries. NOTE: Do not skip any steps.

Template Name

The name must be a single word with no spaces

(underscores and dashes are allowed)
Type in Index
Choose Template type> Webpage

Default Template Data

None – create an empty template

Click Submit.
We are now back to the list of templates.
Okay, now we have to add the code to make this work.
Under Template Name / Edit
To the left of Index>Click on>View
Copy & paste the code below into the blank area. Note change “yourblog” to the shortname of your blog. Your blog’s name is not what appears in the title bar of the html page. It is what you have listed in Admin › Weblog Administration › Weblog Management > Edit Preferences>Short Name
The short name is the name of your blog.
Also note: If you have used the summary instead of the body then you will need to capture that info, too. I am including the summary because at some point, my blog posts switched to being in the summary. I probably did this out of laziness. 😉
Note: This only includes the first 999 blog posts. If you have more blogposts, try changing the number in limit to encompass all posts. If your export file truncates (doesn’t include all posts) then you may need to do this in two batches.
{exp:weblog:entries weblog=”yourblog” limit=”999″ rdf=”off”}
AUTHOR: {author}
TITLE: {title}
STATUS: Publish
ALLOW COMMENTS: 2
CONVERT BREAKS: br
{categories}CATEGORY: {category_name}
{/categories}
DATE: {entry_date format=’%m/%d/%Y %h:%i:%s %A’}
—–
BODY:
{body}
—–
EXTENDED BODY:
{extended}
—–
SUMMARY:
{summary}
—–
{embed=”export2/comments” the_entry_id=”{entry_id}”}
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{/exp:weblog:entries}
Click Update and Finished.
STEP 4: Test the export!
We are now back to the list of templates. Check to make sure that you are right area.
Under Choose Group> Export
Next to index there are 2 Views listed. To the left is view template (it is under the header: Template Name / Edit. This is not the View you want. Under the header, View, which is to the right of the Template name Index, is a second View. Click on this view
If everything worked well (give it a second or two) , you should see a large kind of garbled looking file with your posts- this means the export is working. We will format it and save it in a minute. If you are having problems at this point, delete your templates and start over.
IF you are still having problems, drop me a line and I’ll see if I can help you.
Now, to format and save it.
Go to View/ View source in Internet Explorer or Firefox (control + u). Save as index.txt
PROBLEMSOLVING:
Templates not working at all: Check your blog name. In expression engine>CP Home › Admin › Weblog Administration › Weblog Management
Edit Preferences>Short Name
The short name is the name of your blog.
Missing info:
Take a look at your formatted export file. If you are missing your posts or comments, now is the time to fix it. You will need to work on the export code to correct these.
Carriage returns/page breaks
If the code doesn’t work, delete the extra spaces and then just do carriage returns.
Diacritics and special characters like & ‘ etc.
You may or may not need to correct these before you migrate into your new system. I opened the text file and corrected them all before I imported my entries into textpattern.
best of luck. Remember this export file is in MT (Movable Type) format. When you import it into a new software, if there is no import for MT then you may need to do some additional work.


display only selected blogger labels (tags)

September 15, 2007

For those of you who use blogger and use labels/tags, just a heads up, if you delete posts that you have labelled or try to remove labels, it may not work properly. If you need help deleting labels, check this post.

A few ways around displaying all labels (and it would seem that this would be a feature in blogger at some point):

Use a html links list. Create a html links list to just the labels that you want to display. This approach works well if you want to display just a few labels.

Use del.icio.us ! Tag the labels you want to display using del.icio.us (ah! del.icio.us — my friend!)
http://del.icio.us/ and then use a del.icio.us link roll to a generate the script for you. Very easy.

1. Click on each of the labels you want to include in your list. Add the url for the label to your del.icio.us account. However, you’ll want to do a couple of unique things for these links:

      • Description: [blogger label name]
      • Tags: [Give your blog labels a unique tag — this should be the same for all of the blogger labels… I used blogger_labels in my experiment)
      • Save.
      • Do this for each blogger label that you want to display in your label list.

2. Go to the del.icio.us link roll creator http://del.icio.us/help/linkrolls

      • Make any choices you want but to only display the blogger labels:
      • Under Display options, check => Use only these tags (choose your unique blogger tag, in my example, blogger_labels )

3. Copy and paste the script into your blogger template or using Add page element, click on text option. Give your labels a name and copy + paste the code in.
Voila!

Using method 1 or 2, you can choose labels based on any particular criteria: your favorite topics, etc.

Looking for a way to limit blogger labels in a tag cloud? Read this.


deleting unused labels in blogger

September 12, 2007

For those of you who use blogger and use labels/tags, just a heads up, if you delete posts that you have labelled or try to remove labels, it may not work properly. You’ve removed the label from all posts, yet there it is in the label list, with a post count. Clicking on the post count, shows no posts associated with it. What to do?

I kept thinking about this, until I came up with a few workarounds. After much searching around at blogger groups, basically, the answers were create a list manually (the obvious!) or just create a “fake” post so that the missing label would match something (and no worry about the post count). I didn’t like that idea AT ALL; however, I did find that you could create a blank post and then delete links that did work:

If you end up with a label which has no posts associated with it, try this:

Create a post (no title, no content) with the label
Publish
Edit post/Save it as draft

Under the batch edit, delete the post.

If your unused label has a post count of 3, you will need to do this 3 times. I know, a pain, but it does work. 😉

Somehow it seems like this might be causing something to resync? Not sure, but worth a try…

If you are looking for a way to show selected blogger labels, check out this post.
Looking for a way to limit blogger labels in a tag cloud? Read this.
and of course, the peramalink for this post is here: