Blogger Upload Challenges

Has anyone had success uploading a Freeway Blog to the Google Blogspot site? I’ve built a Blog page and tried uploading it, but I got an error message back saying FTP Server Not Responding.

I’m uploading it to an FTP site and the server is 60secondmarketer.blogspot.com, which is the name of my site on Google’s service.

Any suggestions on why it’s not working?

Thanks,
Jamie


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Hi Jamie,

You need to upload the site to your web server (what you are really
doing is uploading the images so that they can be used in the blog)
and then copy the code that the Action generates into the Edit HTML
section of the Blogger settings.

I hope this helps.

Joe

On 8 Apr 2008, at 10:38, Jamie Turner wrote:

Has anyone had success uploading a Freeway Blog to the Google
Blogspot site? I’ve built a Blog page and tried uploading it, but I
got an error message back saying FTP Server Not Responding.

I’m uploading it to an FTP site and the server is
60secondmarketer.blogspot.com, which is the name of my site on
Google’s service.

Any suggestions on why it’s not working?

Thanks,
Jamie


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Hi, Joe –

Thanks for your help on this. I appreciate it.

I’m still having a little trouble here. When you say, “You need to upoad the site to your web server…” do you mean I need to create a blog page within my existing site, upload that to my regular web host and then copy the code from there?

I tried that and it didn’t work. But I suspect I must’ve goofed on what you were asking me to do.

Maybe what you meant was that I was supposed to upload the site to the Google Blogger server, but that’s the problem I’m having – when I’ve tried that, it doesn’t work.

Thoughts? Suggestions?

Thanks,
Jamie


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What Joe means is that you first design out your blog-site in Freeway and by “upload the site to your web-server” he means any remote images or external CSS file (if used) are to be put on a server space either you own or use for storage (not on blogspot.) For instance some ISP’s give you web-storage-space to use if you use their service like I have Comcast and I get 1 gig of online web-storage.

To get the “code”, click on any of the blogger actions used on the non-master page (after you’ve published) and you’ll see a button that says “Copy To Clipboard” and after hitting that a dialog box comes up saying where to place this copied code (which is under “edit html” in your bloggers “layout” tab)

Hope that helps.


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Hi, Mitchell and Joe –

Thanks for your help.

I think I did what I’m supposed to. I created a blog page on my site then uploaded the blog page to my hosting server. From there, I clicked on “View Source” and copied that onto my clipboard. Then, I went into Google’s Blogger site and clicked “Edit HTML.” I pasted the HTML code into that.

Unfortunately, it said something like “We can’t execute the code because it’s missing a skin” or template or something (sorry I can’t remember the exact phrase).

Since it didn’t work out, I’ve ended up just customizing the Blogger template in Google to look somewhat like my site, but that’s less than ideal. What I’d really like is to figure this out so I can do this the way it was intended.

If you have any final thoughts or suggestions, I’d appreciate it. It would be great to get this figured out.

Thanks,
Jamie


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You don’t actually upload any page to any server, just the “CSS” folder (if external is set) and your “Resources” folder. Also, upload that PNGBehavior.htc file if you’re using PNG’s graphics on your site. Upload these files to your hosting server.

Then in Freeway 5 click on a non-master page and then on any of the blogger actions and down in the actions palette (after a final publish) you should see “Copy To Clipboard.” You get a little dialog that says it’s been copied and where to paste it. That’s what you paste into your blogspot “Edit HTML” section.

Things also to make sure is that the address in the “Upload” area is your hosting server and not your blogspot address. So for instance if your files were at “http://www.yourdomainname.com/blogspot/” you’d put that in your “Upload / Web Address Section.” Then when you “copy to clipboard” it’ll set the BASE HREF to locate your CSS folder and your Resources folder off your hosted server.

So remember, upload just the CSS folder and the Resources folder to a folder on your hosting server. Leave the index.html and such to the site folder. Use “Copy To Clipboard” in the actions palette and then paste that into blogger’s “edit HTML” under the Layout tab.

And wahla! It should work. Post again if it doesn’t.


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Hi All

Hope you don’t mind me jumping in on this one but I’ve got a similar problem.

Built a very basic blog page that I have uploaded via FTP from Google’s blogger.com site. I followed the instructions on the 'Create a Blogger Template" and all worked well. Went to blogger.com and after ftping the code got the following ‘Your blog published successfully’

My problem is, you can’t see the blog. If you go to - http://www.brutontown.co.uk/Community/Blog/brutonblog.html - you’ll see what I mean. All you get is the cream blogger bar at the top (You can view other blogs from there.) and the Bruton Town image and the sites nav bar (they work)

I have doubled check all the settings and all seems O.K.

What have I done wrong???

Regards
Lee


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On Apr 13, 2008, at 6:06 AM, Gray Owl wrote:

My problem is, you can’t see the blog. If you go to - http://www.brutontown.co.uk/Community/Blog/brutonblog.html

  • you’ll see what I mean. All you get is the cream blogger bar at
    the top (You can view other blogs from there.) and the Bruton Town
    image and the sites nav bar (they work)

FWIW, I see the Lorem ipsem and the Pellentesque quis and the general
skeleton of the blog underneath the picture and nav bar.

Jim


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Hi Jim

Thanks for that. I’ve changed it, so that the ‘blog post’ area now has a border around it.

When I look at the blog page all I see is the boarder and nothing else. No text at all.

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FWIW, I see the Lorem ipsem and the Pellentesque quis and the general
skeleton of the blog underneath the picture and nav bar.

Jim

Hi Jim

Thanks for that. I’ve now put a border around the ‘blog post’ and thats all I can see when I go on line to look at the page. No text at all.

May have to send this problem to blogger.com & Google to see what they have to say.

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Lee


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Hi

Disregard my last two post’s. What I’m getting now is what Jim is seeing, plus the other change’s that I’ve made.

I’m getting there.

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I had a go using the blogger actions and I’ve gone back to Wordpress for now.

the instructions on the Softpress site as regards where to upload what are about as clear as mud and are vague to say the least, I don’t confess to know as much as I might but I can follow instructions and after experiencing the same problems as Jamie I have given up for the moment - perhaps when Softpress rewrite the instructions for dummies version I will try again

Gary

I will try again using the method described by Mitchell


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Hi Gary

This is a real pain. I loaded a blogger template and it worked. Had all me test post’s showing. Removed the blog page from the site and server, redesigned it, did everything that the instructions say, and still it does not work.

What’s Wordpress like to work with. Does it need any MySQL & PHP or anything like that??

Thanks for your input
Regards
Lee


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Hi, everyone –

I know Joe and the rest of the Softpress gang are working very hard to try to clarify how to use this new action. I suspect they’ve got a lot on their plate with all the new FW5 launch and all.

I’ve had to use a work-around for the time being, which is basically to use Google’s template. I’m sure once the Softpress gang gets past the initial phase of the FW5 launch, they’ll have plenty of good updates.

Not to be a cheerleader or anything, but I’m grateful to Softpress for inventing a web design program that costs several thousand dollars less than what you’d have to pay if you bought Dreamweaver, Fireworks and the other programs necessary for stuff like this.

– Jamie “Yes, I admit it, I’m a Freeway fan” Turner


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I posted a tutorial (w/file) for everyone in the Tutorials section of this site.

(http://freewaytalk.net/thread/view/31133)

Any questions regarding it, post in there and I will respond to it.

Enjoy!


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On 13 Apr. 2008, 5:04 pm, Gray Owl wrote:
What’s Wordpress like to work with. Does it need any MySQL & PHP or anything like that??

Hi Lee,

Wordpress is fine if you have access to a hosting company with a one click install system as it is quite tricky to install it all yourself, I use James at Have host and the cpanel system uses Fantastico de luxe to install it on your webspace, ( many other hosts provide similar systems ) then you log into Wordpress where you can choose one of loads of templates, many of which you can customise via the control panel, all the php MySql stuff is handled by the system, you can dabble inside it if you know css to customise it even further. and it is free and ad free too. Plus there are many plugins to add functionality. it is incredible popular and the people who contribute to it are working hard to improve it constantly.

I really would like the Freeway + Blogger system to work because ( and in reply to Jamie ) I also think Freeway is the best thing since sliced bread and I know that the team will get it right in time. the idea of complete control ( more or less ) over the layout is the killer feature.

I would like to thank Mitchell for what looks like a good amount of hard work in compiling his tutorial and I will work my way through it asap ( the link to your site does not appear to work though M )

Cheers

Gary


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Mitchell the link does work when you remove the closing bracket from the url - looks like there was no space between the url and the bracket and the two are working as one,

It looks great btw and if I can get mine to work the same I will be very happy

Gary


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Sorry for any confusion.

I’ve added a part two to the mix, with a more advanced template and more files to show what you need to do while in Blogger, plus a quick FAQ.

http://freewaytalk.net/thread/view/31133

Enjoy Part Two!


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