Comments that SUCK Less! A Hack for Blogger Users
I think I may have found the Holy Grail for setting up Blogger comments. I know it’s not exactly inline comments but in my opinion this setup offers the best compromise for Blogger users.
Not long ago I complained about how much Blogger comments suck and that it was the last straw for me deciding to move over to Wordpress. I’m still considering that move but in the mean time I stumbled across a fix that at least makes Blogger comments more
It all started when readers Andy Beard and Blog Blonde brought to my attention a problem that they were experiencing with my comments. Andy told me the pop-up window was too small to write in and Kuanyin said that she couldn’t open the pop-up on her browser.The fix that I’m going to show here involves forcing the comment box to open automatically in a new maximized window so that:
- There is plenty of room for commenters to work in,
- Your browser will not attempt to close it because it no longer acts as a pop-up, and
- It doesn’t look like the optional comment window Blogger offers that is extremely ugly.
The fix is very simple and involves making minor changes to your template. I haven’t tested this method with Classic Blogger so at this time I’m stating this fix is for New Blogger users only (until proven otherwise).
Remember, as always be sure to backup your template by downloading it to your desktop before making any changes.
Ok, here goes… in your dashboard under the “Template“, “Edit HTML” menus, click on the “Expand Widget Templates” box and search for this code in your template:
Change that code to this:
So what’s going on here Bloke?
When I first tried this by just adding the target=’_blank’ code to make it open in a new window, it didn’t work. It was still opening in a small pop-up window, so I had to change the comments data tag to make it work.
One more thing before you go. In your dashboard go into your “Settings” menu and click on “Comments“. Scroll down the page and look for “Show comments in a popup window?”. Click on “Yes“.
And that’s it. Enjoy!
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