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• Loading/Opening a Web Page

We view a web page within a web site using a program called browser. The act of displaying web pages in a browser by fetching them from a web server is called loading a web page or opening a web page in the browser.

• Entering a Web Site

The act of viewing a web page within a web site for the first time is also sometimes called entering the web site.

• Web Site's » Home Page

It is usual that a web site has many pages. To those users who enter or accesses the web site without mentioning the name of the web page (file) they want, the web site would send a page called the home page. This page is called the web sites home page.

• Browser's » Home Page

A web sites home page is different from the browsers home page. The page that is displayed when you open the browser program for the first time (or a new window of the browser program) is what is called the browsers home page. This can be a page on the internet or a page on your computer also.

Blogger Home Page  
 

http://www.blogger.com/

You can access the blogger.com home page by entering blogger.com or www.bloger.com or http://www.blogger.com/ in the address bar of your browser and clicking the GO button to the right of the address bar or pressing the ENTER key on your keyboard.

You will be redirected to the URL http://www.blogger.com/start. You can notice this in the browser's address bar. The blogger home page with a login box to the top right corner is displayed.

If you have a blogger user account and have not yet converted it to the new google account, click the "Claim you Old Blogger account" link present above the login box.

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User Account  
 
For using the various services provided by blogger.com, you need to have a user account. The user account for using the services provided by blogger is nothing but a google account. If you already have one, you can login with that account and use the blogger services.

• Why a User Account?

For doing anything at Blogger.com you need need to login to your user account. A user account is needed to create, edit, delete blogs or postings within the blog. It is also needed for updating the user profile, allowing others to join the blog community etc.

• User Account for Reading Blogs

In the new version of blogger, you can restrict access to a blog for reading even. If such a restriction is imposed on a blog by its creator, then only those who are permitted by the blog creator would be able to read them. The blog creator can permit anyone with a google user account to to read the blog.

In the older version of blogger, there is no restriction on reading blogs. For reading a blog created in the older version of blogger or a blog created in the new version of blogger on which no restriction is imposed, you don't need any user account.

Log/Sign in/out  
 

• In

Logging in to your account amounts to registering your presence on the blogger web site. To create new blogs or edit the existing blogs, one has to be logged in to the blogger web site.

Each browser is considered separately for this purpose. Say if you have signed in to your blogger (google) account by accessing the blogger pages from within internet explorer. You are assumed to have been "not logged in" as far as fire fox is concerned. Therefore, if you want to access the pages for the same account from within "Fire Fox" you have to log in again from within fire fox.

Because of this, you will be able to log in to two or more different blogger (google) accounts at the same time from a computer, one using internet explorer and the other using fire fox, another using opera etc.

On the blogger.com home page, enter the email id related to the google user account and the related password and click the "signin" button.

• Google Account

The user account in the new version of blogger is nothing but a google account. Having a google account is having a user account that you can use with new blogger. Note that the user name in a google account need not be a GMail id it can be any valid email id.

If you have a gmail account, it would work as a google account as well. But, any other email account has to be registered with google for it to work as a google account.

• Out

Logging out of a web site implies informing the website that you have completed your task and are quitting. This would result in the website recording that you have logged off. The next time you want to either post to or edit an existing or create a new blog you have to login or signin again.

After you have log in to your account, every page that allows you to administer your blog would display a sign out link at the top right corner to enable you to log out of the current session with the blogger program. Just click on the link to log out.

Where you have singed in to your account in two different browsers, you have to sign out from the two browsers separately.

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Dashboard  
 
If the information you have entered is appropriate, the login process would be successfully completed and a web page containing the dashboard related to the user account is displayed.

In olden days where carriages were drawn by animals (horse carriages) there used to be a board or panel at the front of an open carriage to protect the occupants from mud or dirt cast up by the hoofs of the animals. Dash (= Hurling or thrusting hastily) and Board gave it the name Dashboard.

Subsequently as vehicles became power driven (automobiles), the dashboard evolved as a place to provide information (in the form of various meters) and tools (in the form of switches) to aid the person controlling the vehicle (the driver) in accomplishing his/her task. The word dashboard has evolved to mean a user interface that organizes and presents information in a way that is easy to read. Dashboard, thus became the control panel for the vehicle.

A user on the blogger.com website will have editorial access to all his/her blogs, to the user profile page and settings pages that enable him/her to manage his/her blogs from the dashboard. In addition to these the dashboard page also displays Blogger News, Recently Updated Blogs, and Blogs of Note.

Making a Website Remember your login details  
 
By default the blogger program treats the user to be signing out every time the user closes all the blogger pages (such that none is open) of a particular browser.

• Remember Me!!

If you want to stay signed in till you sign out by clicking on the signout link (even if you close all the browser pages displaying the blogger pages), you can use the "Remember ME" option near the log in box on the blogger home page.

If you choose this option while logging in g in to an account, the blogger program would treat you to be logged in even if you close all the browser windows. If you access any of the blogger pages subsequently you can notice that you are considered to be logged in by the blogger program.

The blogger program would treat a user choosing this option to be logged in for a period of two weeks from the time the user logged in first. After the expiry of the two week period, the program would ask the user to sign in again. If the users chooses "remember me" again and does not signout using the signout link, he/she would be assumed to be logged in for another period of two weeks.

Even this feature is influenced by the browser you are using. If you have chosen this option from within an Internet Explorer window, then you will be treated as logged in, only if you access the blogger pages from within internet explorer. If you open the blogger pages from another browser say firefox, you will be asked to log in, if you have not chosen the Remember Me option at the time of logging in from within that browser.

• Clearing Cookies amounts to signing out

Even where you have chosen the remember me option, if you are clearing/deleting the cookies stored by the browser, it amounts to signing out of the blogger web site. If you access the blogger web site after clearing the cookies, it would ask you to login again.

• Beware » Anyone can log into your account

This feature may be useful, if you are the only person using this computer. Please refrain from using this feature on multi user computer. Say, you have chosen this option while logging in g in and thereafter some other person opens the blogger website, he/she will be receiving your blogs administration pages (as if you have logged in to your account).

• Make it a habit to sign out

Even if you have chosen the "Remember Me" option, you can deliberately signout by clicking on the signout option every time you complete using it. This would make the blogger program to force signout and the next time you access the blogger web site, you will have to sign in again.

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Cookies  
 
Cookies are text files containing a very few lines of text which is a code that the web server uses to identify the client. When you log in to the blogger web site, it writes this file onto your computer within a folder that is designated to store cookie files. Don't mistake cookies for unnecessary files that enter your computer without your intention and permission. They are necessary and useful.

When you check the "remember me" box and log in to your account, the blogger program would create a code for your account on its computer, send a copy of the code in a small text file (called a "cookie" file) to your computer . The next time you accesses the blogger pages using the browser, the blogger program looks for cookies on your computer. If it finds one, it would verify the details available in the file and based on that, it would either assume you to be a particular user logged in or ask you to sign in again.

Each browser [Fire Fox, Opera, Internet Explorer, etc] manages its cookies independently and thus has its own specific folder to store cookies.

You can see what cookie files are stored on your computer and can view the content of the cookie files stored by the browser.

• FireFox [Menu Bar Option]

  ⇒ Tools | Options ... | Privacy | cookies [Tab]

• Internet Explorer [Menu Bar Option]

  ⇒ Tools | Internet Options ...
        | General[Tab] _Temporary Internet Files[Frame]_Settings...[Command button]
            | Settings[Dialog Box]_View Files...[Command button]

Making the browser remember your login details  
 
The browser has a feature which allows you to record and remember the user name and password for each site. This feature is different and independent of the "Remember Me" option on the blogger.com web site.

If you enable this feature, the browser would record and remember the user name and passwords of all the users for all the web sites. If more than one user name relating to a site have been stored this way by the browser, it will display a list of user names thus stored for you to choose from.

To display the list double click in the "user name" box. Click on a user name to choose it. Once you choose a user name, the password related to it is automatically filled in the password box.

To access the browser options for remembering passwords

• Fire Fox [Menu Bar Option]

  ⇒ Tools | Options ... | Privacy | Passwords [Tab]

• Message Enabling you to Choose

The first time we use a user name in relation to a web site, the browser would display a confirmation dialog box. You can choose to make the browser store the login information that you have entered.

You may also instruct the browser not to store the login information for the current web site at all. This site would be added to the list on the "Never for this site" [Tab] on the "Password Manager" dialog box. You can also make the browser ignore storing the data for now and make it try storing the information the next time you access the same web site and try using the same user name (the confirmation dialog box would be presented again that time).

• Internet Explorer [Menu Bar Option]

  ⇒ Tools | Internet Options ... | Content [Tab] |
      Personal Information [Frame] | "Autocomplete ..." [Command Button]

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