Do the new ‘Dynamic Views’ put Blogger ahead of WordPress.com?

Blogger blogs have had a pretty dramatic makeover – almost a kind of ‘appification’ – here’s the announcement.

And here are the new looks:

It’s a pretty interesting move by Blogger, a platform that has arguably seen the least innovation in the entire field since it’s acquisition by Google back in the day.

Especially so, from my perspective, as we’ve been having some really interesting internal discussions at Incsub regarding web v app v web app, stemming from this article by Firefox co-creator, Joe Hewitt.

Very much of interest though will be how – or if – Automattic and WordPress.com respond to the move.

Along with whether (or, indeed, when) we’ll see these kind of themes and options coming out of the WordPress premium theme market.

So, what do you reckon – do the new designs give Blogger the edge over WordPress.com?

12 Responses

  • Am I missing something? This gotta be the stupidest template ever. Is the user supposed to figure out the best layout for the content and choose it? Isn’t the creator of that content better suited to just select one layout and optimize both the content and layout around each other?

    • Good question – it’s a bit like the old theme switcher on amphetamines!

      However, they are a bunch of sexy themes I reckon, and the capacity they provide each publisher to display their content in interesting new ways is – well – really rather nice.

      I assume you can choose which one you’d like to start with too.

      BTW did you read this – would be v interested in your thoughts on it n relation to WP: http://joehewitt.com/post/web-technologies-need-an-owner/

      • Thanks for that link, James.

        I agree with Joe Hewitt on some things. I prefer native apps to web-based apps. Google Docs feels slow and clunky to me. The same goes for WordPress Visual editor, which I’ve always ditched in favor of Windows Live Writer. Even Facebook and twitter seem buggy and slow these days. The combination of technologies that power the HTML-web is pretty difficult to master.

        But I don’t know how native apps or Facebook and twitter and YouTube or their kind are going to replace blogs, forums, or newspapers. Most people still want and (can only) express themselves in basic ways, i.e. text, audio, video. But sometimes they don’t want to be limited to 140 characters, tiny text, or 10 minutes. If the WordPress software, for example, becomes easier to use, more fun, and interconnected, there’s no reason it couldn’t become more mainstream than the centrally-controlled alternatives.

        It doesn’t take a genius to see how basic and dull most of the web is. But it’s cheap and reliable. HTML and company hold backward compatibility and accessibility sacred. Web pages that worked 15 years ago, still work the same today. That cannot be said about iOS, Android, Twitter, or Facebook apps. How old are these things anyway, 4 years? They’re all fads.

        Take IMDB, for example. If they stopped development on both their website and iOS app right now, their website will continue to work for a long time into the future, but their iOS app will probably become obsolete in a couple of years.

        And I’m tired of hearing that mobile is the future. The online mobile world isn’t new. But after many years of stagnation, the iPhone came out and the U.S. caught up. And now they think mobile the future…Anyway, I’m not gonna go into that…

        What do you think? Perhaps you should open up the internal discussion that you guys had? ;)

      • So my friend was telling me about his disappointment with webOS, but how cool it is to be able to port apps from one platform to another using PhoneGap, which relies on web technologies. I asked him about his opinion on Joe Hewitt’s piece, and he seemed to be firmly in the HTML-is-the-future camp, even Windows 8 will support native apps built with web technologies…

        An hour later, this gets tweeted: http://www.readwriteweb.com/mobile/2011/09/how-facebook-mobile-was-design.php So, basically, Facebook “native” app is not all that native. It’s using web technology + PhoneGap, too!!

  • I was once a Blogger user back in the day but it just seemed outdated as time went on which is why I moved to WordPress. Now that I’ve spent years getting to know the ins and outs of WordPress and I feel comfortable with it there’s no chance of me going back to Blogger. WordPress has enough customisation options to satisfy my needs and I don’t think anything will be able to draw me away from it for a very very long time.

    – Steven Noble
    Graphics Cove
    http://graphicscove.com/

  • Sure an attractive make up for the casual blog. Considering how many people just like to share their content with the rest of us, without dealing with a lot of technicalities, this looks like an interesting development to me.

  • It all looks pretty enough but, until it’s properly customisable by the blog owner, it’s of limited use. For instance, if you use it all your gadgets disappear, plus it does leave everyone’s blogs looking pretty anonymous.

  • Looks pretty cool. I still have one blog on Blogger, which I was planning to move to WordPress (and probably would have, if the WordPress Blogger Importer worked properly).

    Now I probably will just leave it there for the time being.

  • One of the things that I love about WordPress is its control and flexibility but from a users point of view the thing they love is its stability.

    You feel at ease (usually) on a WordPress site because of the familiar environment it tends to create.

    If your visitor is at ease they are more likely to read more and return to develop a relationship. Plus some of the wow factor in this video is accessible by WordPress in different ways anyway.

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