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9/8/12
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Chuck Croll

[Problem Rollup] V2: I do not like the New Blogger Interface because ...

The New Blogger Graphical User Interface (aka the "New Interface") is being aggressively installed to many Blogger blog owners, starting April 2012.  There are many reasons why this is not a popular change - and just as many reasons, even so, why this change is necessary.

This is a continuation of a previous Problem Rollup - I do not like the New Blogger Interface because ... which is now closed.  Blogger Support is aware of the problems reported, so far - and is not unsympathetic to our concerns - but we need to let them know what our concerns are.

Right now, you can return to the Classic GUI, by selecting "Old Blogger interface" in the pulldown menu from the Gear icon.  This option won't be available, forever.  The New Blogger Interface will, eventually, become The Blogger Interface.  It's going to happen, with - or without - you describing your concerns.

If you now find yourself using the New GUI - or having found it necessary to switch back - please provide some objective feedback about what specific features motivate you to continue using the Classic GUI.  Do this while there is still time - before everybody's dashboard has a Gear Icon, with no menu entry "Old Blogger interface" anywhere.

Please provide some details about you, and your use of Blogger.  Any of these details may be relevant to your needs.
  • Browser name, and version.
  • Country where you live.
  • Language which you speak, natively.

Please, keep your comments brief, on topic, and polite.  Consider the realities of this discussion.

  • Blogger Support does read your comments.
  • Blogger Support is working on the problems identified - even if they do not post here and tell you which problems they are working on.
  • The problems mentioned won't be fixed immediately.  Blogger code is complex.  Very few problems can be fixed, reliably, in a couple hours.
  • Just because your concerns have been observed by someone else does not make your observations useless. The problems mentioned by more people may be the problems fixed sooner.
  • How you say it matters as much as what you say.  Objective and polite beats snappy and snarky, any time.

This discussion is now closed, and replaced by [Problem Rollup] V3: I do not like the New Blogger Interface because ...

Ongoing Details and Updates:

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2012/05/new-gui-2011-is-here-and-is-not-going.html

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2012/05/new-blogger-gui-is-still-not-ready-for.html

http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2012/04/better-get-into-new-blogger-gui-soon.html

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kateva
5/18/12
kateva
In blogs with thousands of posts, navigation to old posts is extremely inefficient.
DarkUFO - Blogger Top Contributor
5/18/12
DarkUFO - Blogger Top Contributor
Thanks Kateva.

Could you explain in detail what you need to do differently in the New UI compared to the Old UI so I can understand the difference. I can then pass this onto Google.

On Friday, May 18, 2012 2:02:47 PM UTC+1, kateva wrote:
In blogs with thousands of posts, navigation to old posts is extremely inefficient.
BloggerHAT
5/18/12
BloggerHAT
Setting the post-date to several years ago is painful:  I have to click back month-by-month.   (And when I was trying a week ago, the selected date was not actually being retained).

Why is it valid to do this?   Well I'm converting a community choir from an old website to a new one made with Blogger.   We want to use the site to store our archive material- old photos and posters included.  Some of it dates back to 1998, and I don't want to give this currentpost dates.
BloggerHAT
5/18/12
BloggerHAT
The colours on the interface are very low contrast:   people who are seriously visually impaired will have screen readers etc, but people who are just a little older with slightly not-so-good sight probably won't have it, and will be struggling.
BloggerHAT
5/18/12
BloggerHAT
The current work-around to navigating back to the old post that I've just edited seems to be for it to be selected once I return to the post-list.  Now I know I watch out for this, but before that I managed to delete an old post be accident:   I edited it, returned to the post list, selected several others and clicked delete - all including the one I'd just edited were gone.
BloggerHAT
5/18/12
BloggerHAT
It is not possible to choose to display zero posts on the home page.
Lee County Clowder
5/20/12
Lee County Clowder
" . . . and just as many reasons, even so, why this change was necessary."
 
Are these reasons listed somewhere I can see them? Anywhere?
 
I still haven't found anything anywhere in the new interface that is actually new. (I don't consider replacing several buttons with a pulldown listing the same options as anything new)
 
Factor in that the new interface has serious problems in accessibility and usability and reliability, and the real question is: Why on earth did Google bother? What possible problem was Google trying to solve?
 
Maybe the biggest question of all: Why won't Google admit the new interface is an utter failure, and scrap it?
Adam the Apple Blogger
5/21/12
Adam the Apple Blogger
A related issue is the way these light pastel-toned elements (including text) are distributed across the plain white background. The column widths and the extreme amount of padding between related elements makes the entire screen even harder to read and interpret and requires more scrolling (clicks).

This is further exacerbated by the steeper link hierarchy (more clicks required) and the opaque icons (instead of text) and the use of elements that are hidden until mouseover.

These defects will persist even once the functionality bugs are fixed.

Hard to believe that AJAX must equal bad design, or that these design choices are in any way intrinsic to Blogger's business objectives.
Adam the Apple Blogger
5/22/12
Adam the Apple Blogger
Another related issue is font choice. The new version uses fonts designed for print, the old for computers and mobile devices. (Note: The new help forum has the same defect!)

This is not rocket science. Print fonts such as Arial and Helvetica are harder to read onscreen than internet fonts such as Trebuchet or Verdana. I give this advice regularly to newbies on this help forum.

It's no wonder that so many bloggers are tearing their hair. It's as though Blogger has been hacked by a bunch of clueless script kiddies.

So many ways that Blogger could wow us--so many ways it does. And then stuff like this.

Trebuchet:
Another related issue is font choice. The new version uses fonts designed for print, the old for computers and mobile devices. (Note: The new help forum has the same defect!) 

Verdana:
Another related issue is font choice. The new version uses fonts designed for print, the old for computers and mobile devices. (Note: The new help forum has the same defect!). 

Adam the Apple Blogger
5/22/12
Adam the Apple Blogger
Note that my Trebuchet and Verdana samples above got turned into Ariel/Helvetica when posted.

Don't know what that is about, but my point stands even if I can't demonstrate it graphically.
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AlGoreRhythm
9/8/12
AlGoreRhythm
The New Google/Yahoogle is all about the look, not the functionality. This is evident in Groups, Blogger, Gmail, Reader, and many others. Groups is arguably one of the few where the new version is an upgrade, but that's mostly because the old version hadn't seen any advances since its inception, and any improvement is becoming overshadowed by the absolute lack of support.

And, while the new Groups itself may be better than the old, the migration of support from the old Google Help platform to Groups is a significant downgrade in ease-of-use and availability of help.

The bottom line is that the Emperor is so impressed with his new clothes and hell-bent on putting all of Google's eggs into the G+ basket that by the time anyone in the plex has the guts to point out the error of his ways, it will be too late.
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