Greetings Christian Bloggers,
Today we are excited to announce that ChristianBlog.Com is introducing a brand new blog editor!
This new blog editor, the tool used to created (and edit) your blogs, has been in the works for the better part of 2013, and it will allow our bloggers to create beautiful and rich blogs, unlike any that they have done before!
It features a very easy to use new interface with great looking icons for bold, italic, underline,
strikethrough, and even sub and sup text! Gone are the days of clicking a button and typing your text into a small pop-up window! Now just type your blog, highlight the text you want to style, and press a button! (you can also press: ctrl+b/i/u for the corresponding styles!)
You can now align text to the center and right, easily created numbered and bulleted lists, indent your text, and even add tables!
There is an amazing "Paste from Word" feature that will help those of you use that Microsoft Word to write your blogs to paste them into this new editor and have it convert all of the crazyness that MS Word uses. The vast majority, if not all, of the styles you create within MS Word should look exactly the same, or very close to it.
Two decisions we have made is that we are not going to allow colored text and we are not going to allow changing the size of text. These two limitations are in place to make sure that the website remains as well conformed and easy to read for all of our international bloggers and readers.
This new editor has a great new smilie/emotication feature that make it very fast and easy to add smilies to your blogs.
Additionally we have added a feature that will allow you to quickly 'mention' your friends within your blog.
We have also integrated the "Media Storage" feature of ChristianBlog.Com right into this new editor! There are two small icons, a photograph with a small plus sign that will allow you to upload new photographs to your Media Storage, and a small photograph icon that does not have a small plus sign, that when you press it you will be able to see all of the photographs you have within your Media Storage, and you can very easily press a "Align Left" or "Align Right" and it will automatically add the photograph to your blog! It really is great how easily it works!
Additionally, if you are a Dropbox user there is a very easy-to-use interface that will allow you to access all of the photographs stored within your Dropbox account, and it will display the photograph url path that you can use to include the photograph using the standard photograph tool. It requires one extra step but it is a very easy and fast process if you use Dropbox.
We have also made Blog Tags a much higher priority then what we have in the past. We really want to push forward the Blog Tags feature and encourage all of our bloggers to develop a core set of a dozen or so Blog Tags. They are a very powerful and useful tool.
One of the more helpful changes we have made is that we have done away with "character limitations" and instead have switch to just "word limitations". We know a lot of you have had trouble over the years with the character counter, this is going to do away with that issue.
If you have a Tier 1 membership or higher account, you will also be able to add your new blog to one of your Blog Series, allow or disallow comments, and require or not require comments to be approved before they are displayed.
All bloggers will continue to have the option of selecting a Blog License or using one of their own, and we have now integrated the "Original Content Owner" feature that will allow you to designate if 100% of the content of your blog (and any associated/included images, video, etc) are one hundred percent owned by you, or if a photograph/image/whatever, you do not have full ownership of. This helps services like Google/Bing/Yahoo know how to properly identify content that does and does not belong to you.
Two features that the new editor does not yet have are the "Publish it Later" and "Privacy: friends/members/anybody" options. These will be merged into the new editor over the weeks ahead, along with a few other features we may introduce.
Making The Switch:
We know that for some of you change is hard. We realize that for some this change is going to be really hard, frustrating even. We are here to help you through this process, and we know that other bloggers will also help you out if they can. A few of our bloggers have been using this new editor for a few weeks and have learned the ins-and-outs of how it work.
Simply ask for some help, explain what you need help with, and somebody should be able to talk you through it. If nobody seems to know the answer within a day or two, please directly contact us and we will see if you have encountered a bug/error in this new editor or give you any guidance in solving what you are stuck on.
Perhaps the biggest challenge will be 'blog photographs'. Our new editor does not have a dedicated page/upload for having a photograph associated with your blog. This has been suggested to us and it is under consideration, but if it is introduced it will fall into the category of "delayed features" along with the Publish It Later and Blog Privacy Options. Adding a photograph is an easy process once you figure out the steps. And remember, you can always add, change, or remove any photographs within your blog once the blog has been published!
It should also be noted that there is no "preview" page now. We are so glad to see this feature gone. Now, all you have to do is click a small icon on the new editor (very top left icon) and a new window will open up that will show you a preview of your blog!
The Next Few Weeks:
Over the next few weeks we will allow all bloggers the ability to access both the old editor and the new editor. This will allow those that need to access the "Publish It Later" and "Blog Privacy" features the ability to continue to do so.
Once we are able to integrate those few feature into the new editor we will be removing the old editor from the website.
We have also cleared our work schedule for the next week to be able to quickly resolve any issues that get reported to us about this new editor. If you have any problems at all with it, please, contact us!
Thanks John for a thorough explanation. I believe the background work and time involved is beyond the scope of most people's understanding. Dealing with many people . . . that is another challenge. You are appreciated!
Over the course of the next week we will be working on migrating the "Publish It Later" feature to the new editor.
We are considering changing the "Publish It Later" feature to initiate on an hourly basis rather than a minute-by-minute basis.
We would like to know if anybody out there has any issues with us processing the Publish It Later blogs at the top of every hour, rather than on a minute basis.
I tried using this today. I had difficultly. When I posted my blog from word, part of the blog was double spaced. I could find no way to make single spacing. I switched back to the old method and see my title has a word that is wrong, od rather then of. I find no way to edit that title.
If there is a way to control line spacing, I could not find it.
After Billy had mentioned he was having trouble editing his blog from an iPhone, I checked it out on my husband's iPhone. On my computer, I can hit edit and scroll down the page and make the correction. On the iPhone it seems like I can't do that. I hit edit and the first part of the blog came up but I could not scroll down, at least, I couldn't figure out how to make it do so. I myself do not have an iPhone so I never tried testing this system on anything but my desktop.