Our 10 Reasons:
- Does not support Adsense Integration - Now supported
- No Widget Support - Slight widget support
- (3a) No Edit HTML Option- Point still valid
- (3b) Dynamic views are not SEO friendly - Luckily now spiders can crawl and index Ajax controlled and iframe controlled commenting systems. Robots can even index and crawl Facebook comments and Disqus and intense debate.
- Loss of Page views and Page impressions - No more now because now the entire page load upon refresh or page switching. Instead the recent updates have shoot up Pageviews thus skyrocketing Adsense revenue!
- Browser Compatibility issues - Works fine now on IE8+ and latest browsers
- Jump Break Does not work - Point valid but read Antin's reply to this for knowing why
- No Professional Touch - Point still valid if you are looking forward for attracting direct advertisers and long term blog promotion for commercial purpose.
- Can not add Custom drop down menu: Point still valid although you can display default list menu
- No Favicon support - Fortunately favicon can now be easily changed.
Blogger Reply To Above Points:
Hi. Thanks for taking the time to produce this list, and we've been working hard to address many, if not most of your concerns. In fact I think 1, 2, 3b (you had two 3s), 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 are all resolved.
However before I go through the list, let me first reassure everyone that the other templates are not going away. We will not force anyone to use a Dynamic View, and while we feel they have a lot to offer, we understand that they are not for everyone.
We will continue to improve and add to Dynamic Views, much as we continue to improve and add to the rest of Blogger. Pick whichever template you like the most, or customize one from scratch.
#1 No AdSense DV has AdSense support, and has had it from the start. If you have set up AdSense the various views will incorporate ads for you, generally two for each post.
#2 No Widget support We added widget support earlier in the year, and have continued to roll out more widgets:
#3 No Edit HTML Unfortunately not with these templates. We're looking at ways to enable this, but for the moment they are a little more restrictive. As I say, the other templates are not going away so if this is important they are the best option for the moment.
#3 Not SEO Friendly It seems you had two points for 3... the good news is this is not, and has never been, an issue. We made sure that the DV works well for SEO, by implementing Google's recommendations for AJAX-crawling:
We have also carefully annotated the template with schema.org which will help with snippeting when sharing to social networks like Google+.
#4 Loss of Pageviews due to AJAX As you infinite scroll or click on posts we send beacons to both Google Analytics (if you have enabled it) as well as the Blogger Stats. Rest assured, all the impressions are being tracked for you, and perhaps even more accurately than before.
#5 Browser Compatability Dynamic Views is tested on the two most recent versions of each major Browser (eg both IE8 and IE9). It should behave correctly on all modern browsers, and we recommend using a mobile template for smartphones.#6 Jump Break does not work Dynamic Views requires that your blog be set to enable "full feeds". It uses the feeds to get the post content. If you do not have full feeds enabled we cannot get the full post via AJAX, but if you do use jump breaks we try and respect them on views like Magazine and Timeslide that use snippets.
#7 No Professional Touch I like to feel that we have applied a professional touch for you, but I think what you are getting at is there is not a large amount of customization? Yes, that is undeniably true. You can tweak a lot of things through the Template Designer, both colors, but also with custom CSS.
As I say, DV is not for everyone, but a lot of people do not have the time, or inclination, to make a custom design, and we have tried to help by providing some interesting (and dare we say 'dynamic') ways to present your blog.
#8 Not SMO friendly (other social networks) We have supported the biggest social networks, and would love to extend to more as we continue to find ways for you to customize DV. In the interim however we did not want to overly clutter the blog.
#9 Cannot add Drop Down Menu
I do not really understand how this differs to the custom HTML complaint. Although you can add navigation through custom pages, or the various list widgets.
#10 No Favicon, No logo Again, DV has had this since launch. You can change the logos through the Template Designer (set a Header Image), and the Favicon through the settings:
Shall you switch to Dynamic Views Now?
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