I upgraded this blog to beta.blogger 2 days ago. So far so good, I beginning to like this new Blogger platform. Ok, the new beta.blogger requires you to log in with your Google Account - if you don't have one, it's easy to register.
Here's a quick review on the new beta.blogger platform.
It is definitely faster. I can update the layout(new name for template) and the change is immediately reflected on my post. The page generation is very fast compared with the old platform. I can tweak the layout and see the change almost instantaneously. Previously, I would have save the template and wait for the pages to be re-published. Sometime, it just got stucked and I will need to re-login and re-publish a few times before I can see the changes.
You can organized your posts in categories. Label your post with the appropriate tags and your post will be organized in categories list at the end of each post.
Tweaking the MainPage, ItemPage and ArchivePage individually. Unlike the old version, the layout is define in XML format. I cannot see how you can tweak the template as much as before so that you can have different appearances(layout) for MainPage, ItemPage and ArchivePage. To me the is the main drawback and I don't like this 'cos I need to re-learn how to do it all over again. The answers to my questions would probably contain in this page.
Save your HTML template with one-click. You can conveniently save the HTML template to your computer or upload your favorite template. With the old platform, I will have to use the Ctrl-a and Ctrl-c and Ctrl-v key sequences to select all, copy and paste the template to the text editor to save the template.
You can now make your blog private. I wonder why people want to blog online and keep it "private". I mean how private can it be when what you wrote is stored in other people servers. For heaven sake, it you want make it private, keep a paper dairy and locked it away in your private physical space.