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How do I add a blog to my v6 site?

Andy
posted this on Feb 12 17:08

Ready to take the world of blogging by storm?

Well, now you can post, edit and manage a blog in glorious HTML5. Yep, no matter what you have to say, your visitors can follow your witticisms on any device they choose.

Whether you’re a veteran of the old v5 model or adding a new blog for the first time - this is where the new journey begins.

Converting a v5 blog to v6

Pretty easy this one, as in you don’t really have much to do at all.

If you have had a blog in v5 and have already converted to v6, then you may have noticed that there is a weird old blank page suddenly appearing in your menu…that’s your old blog trying to find its way home.

To help it along, just delete the page, and re-add through ‘Pages’->  ‘Add new page’-> Blog.

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Your old friend will then re-appear fully loaded with all your old posts.

If you haven’t taken the plunge into the world of v6 yet, but the arrival of a working blog has finally won you over, then you’ll need to migrate first. You can then run through the ‘delete and replace bit’ above and you’re all done too.

The functionality, of the feature is pretty much the same as the old v5 version. Existing users can jump straight in at this point. However, do feel free to stick around if you fancy a quick recap.

Adding a new blog

Right. How about you newbies?

Well, login to your website and make your way up to ‘Pages’ and ‘Add new page’. Then, when the panel loads, select ‘Blog’ from the menu and click ‘Next’.

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Add a page name (or keep the default) and hit ‘Next’ again.

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Choose to show or hide the page in the menu, and hit ‘Next’ one more time.

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Decide where to add the page in the menu running order, click ‘Finish’…

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…And ‘Apply’.

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You’ll then get a brand new blog page looking something like this:

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Now let’s go behind the scenes and see how it all works.

Settings

Go to ‘Blog’ on the top tool bar to access the ‘Dashboard’, and then choose ‘Settings’.

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This is where you set how many posts you want to show on a single page (A second page will be added when the max is reached).

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And, add the author’s name.

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And set up…

Comments

OK. This is the point where you decide whether to enable ‘Comments’ on your blog.

For anyone not familiar with comments, it simply means that anyone who visits your site can leave feedback regarding your posts.

If that does sound like something you’d like, then you have several option in their set up.

  • Comment moderation. If you want to vet any comments before allowing anyone else to see, select the ‘Yes’ button 
  • Disable comments. If you don’t want comments at all, click ‘No’
  • Email notification. And, if you want to be notified if someone does leave a comment, tick ‘Yes’.

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You can then approve, reply or delete comments sent through ‘Comments’ list on the main menu.

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Note: If you have already created posts prior to the 10th March, then you will need to edit each of those posts to enable comments. New posts will not require this.

OK. Onto…

Images. Here you can choose the position any image you upload through ‘image alignment’.

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And manage the images you upload into folders through ‘Target folder for file upload’.

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And, the final stage of the setup. Meta data.

Want your blog well indexed in Google? Well, here’s where you can add the keywords and phrases that you want your blog to be picked up on.

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Of course you can come back here and amend these settings at any time, so don’t get too bogged down right now.

Next.

Creating a post

Let’s step back now to the ‘Dashboard’ tab.

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This is where you come to create and publish your posts, and as you can see there are three options available to you.

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Text for very quick posts

Image if you just want to share an image.

And, Article for longer entries.

You can mix these up, so it is possible to add images to Text and Article posts, and you can add text to Image posts.

Here though, we’ll run you through adding an ‘Article’, so that we cover all the bases.

Click the ‘Article’ tab.

Add a ‘Title’ and type out your message in the main body area.

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With the main text you can then add styling or create a link within the text through the icons on the ‘Body’ tool bar.

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Add images through image icon.

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If you fancy posting a video, gallery or feed, you can add snippets of HTML

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Note: You can only add HTML by choosing the ‘Article’ option.

And include a ‘Read more…’ option, so that the post doesn't immediately take up the full length of your page.

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You also get another option to disable comments for individual posts. So, if you decided that you’d rather not get into a discussion over this topic make sure that the ‘Allow’ comments tag is left blank.

You also get another option to disable comments for individual posts. So, if you decided that you’d rather not get into a discussion over this topic make sure that the ‘Allow’ comments tag is left blank.

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And, finally you can add keywords and phrases that are relevant to the post.

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Publishing 

When you’re happy with what you’ve written, go to the bottom of the panel and click ‘Save as draft’, then ‘Preview’ to see how it looks to a visitor.

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Then, if you do like what you see, just click ‘Edit post’ at the top of the preview to go back.

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And, click ‘Publish now’ to set your work loose upon the world.

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Alternatively, you can set a date to publish in the future.

So, say you plan on being away, but want to keep your avid readers happy, just head up to the top right hand corner and select ‘Set date’.

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You can then manually type a date into the field shown or click the icon to its right and choose from a calendar…

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Set the time.

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And then ‘Schedule to publish’.

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The post will then be published at the specified time and date.

Post list

The last view we’re going to look at.

Go back to the tool bar and choose ‘Post list’ from the blog menu.

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This is the place to come to manage every post in your blog. 

It’s here that you can see when the post was first published, what tags you used and edit, view or delete any item through the drop down menu on the right.

Pretty straight forward.

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Happy blogging!

 
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