The seven views are: Classic, Flipcard, Magazine, Mosaic, Sidebar, Snapshot and Timeslide.
Announcing the new Dynamic Views on the Official Google Blog, software engineer Antin Harasymiv said:
Dynamic Views is a unique browsing experience that will inspire your readers to explore your blog in new ways. The interactive layouts make it easier for readers to enjoy and discover your posts, loading 40% faster than traditional templates and bringing older entries to the surface so they seem fresh again.
“Dynamic Views is much more than just new templates,” says Harasymiv. “With just a couple clicks, you’ll get infinite scrolling (say goodbye to the ‘Older posts’ link), images that load as you browse, integrated search, sorting by date, label and author, lightbox-style posts for easy viewing, keyboard shortcuts for quickly flipping through posts, and one-click sharing to Google+ and other social sites on every post.”
Google provided some links to display the new views on real blogs…
- Classic (Gmail): A modern twist on a traditional template, with infinite scrolling and images that load as you go
- Flipcard (M loves M) – Your photos are tiled across the page and flip to reveal the post title
- Magazine (Advanced Style) – A clean, elegant editorial style layout
- Mosaic (Crosby’s Kitchen) – A mosaic mix of different sized images and text
- Sidebar (Blogger Buzz Blog) – An email inbox-like view with a reading page for quick scrolling and browsing
- Snapshot (Canelle et Vanille) – An interactive pinboard of your posts
- Timeslide (The Bleary-Eyed Father) – A horizontal view of your posts by time period
To add a Dynamic View to your blog: Log in to Blogger, click on the Template tab on your dashboard, and select whichever view you want to set as your default. Although this is the way your blog will first appear, visitors can still choose a different view by selecting from the pulldown in the upper left of the screen.
Do you use Blogger for your blog? Is giving your visitors their own control over how they view your blog a good thing? Should WordPress be worried?