Save a post if Blogger’s Publish button isn’t working

This article is about how you can save a post even if the Blogger Publish button does not allow you to save your work.

Imagine you have been working on a Blogger post for several hours. It’s finally ready: you have the wording exactly right, everything is formatted with bold, italics and bullet-points, your pictures and links are all correct, etc.

But then your internet connection stops working. Or click on the Publish button – and get a message like “Post could not be saved due to HTML error”. You may not know how to solve the problem, and you need to stop working now!

This may seem like a disaster – lost hours of work.

But, luckily, there is a very easy way to save your work, and tools to help diagnose the problems.

Save your work and retrieve it later

How to save the post you wrote

  • Switch to HTML mode (This is a tab in the upper left corner of the editing window.
  • Select all text in the window (Ctrl / A does this in most browsers)
  • Go to somewhere outside of Blogger that you can save the text: :
    Maybe a text editor like Notepad, or an email message formatted in plain text. Even a word processor like MS Word can work, as long as you remember to save your file as text. Or you may want to use a source code editor – see the section below on correcting code errors.
  • Pasta in the content you copied earlier.
  • Switch to Compound mode (this is optional – I usually recommend it so you don’t get confused the next time you go back to Blogger and see the “fun codes”)
  • get out the Blogger post-editor closing the window – say “ok” if the system asks if you really want to leave the page without saving.

Get your work back later

This is the reverse of what you did to save the work: open the text file, copy the content, go to Edit HTML mode in Blogger and paste.

Then you should be able to go into Compose mode, and see the post as it was when you stopped working.

At this point, if the HTML is good and you have solved the problems with your Internet connection, you can publish your post.

Fix problems with your HTML

If there are problems with the HTML, then you need to find it, and fix it. Usually, fixing them is easy, once you find them – but finding them can be difficult if you have a large and complicated post.

Sometimes Blogger will tell you what the problem with your HTML is, and show where it happens putting in the “wrong” code. reverse text when you try to Publish: this is easy to see if you scan the HTML for the post.

However, sometimes Blogger doesn’t show you where the problem is – I’ve noticed this more often recently when using IE 9.0 on complex posts. Instead you get an error message like

Your HTML cannot be accepted: Closing tag has no matching opening tag: SPAN

or whatever the specific problem is, but none of your code is highlighted. This can make it difficult to track down and fix the problem.

A low-tech way to find the problem is to paste the code from the saved file into Blogger’s Edit HTML window in smaller sectionsand Publish to work out if the problem is in the code that you just pasted: if all in the first section of code can be published, but there is an error message for the next part, then you know in which section the error. .

A major disadvantage of this approach is what you need publish the post several times, and the first time will definitely not be “finished”. that’s fine if you Use a pre-publishing blog to prepare your postsbut if you do not do so, it can cause your RSS subscribers to form a bad impression of the quality of your posts.

A best option is to use a source code editor such as Notepad++ (free, Windows only) or XMLSpy (30-day free trial, much more complex code editor), which has tools to help you find and fix problems with your code.


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