The blog module is basically a page content module that’s streamlined for blog posts. Where it diverges is its ability to define the author, post videos, show the post date, and use hashtags. I’ll cover everything in further detail as outlined below:
Making a New Post
Previewing Your Blog Post
Searching for a Blog Post to Edit
How to Use the Search System
The Edit Button
Making a New Post
To get started click on the “Add New” button right beneath and to the left of the title “Blog Posts”. There you’ll see something like that which is depicted below this paragraph. As you can see there’s a “Return to Blog Posts” button which as you may have guessed takes you back to your list of blog posts. There’s also an “Add a New Blog Post” as well. This is useful if you’re writing many blogs consecutively. No need to think about that now though. For now let’s just fill out the Title field with what you’d like to make the title of the blog post. Next we have the status. There are two options that you have. The first option is “Draft” which is also the default. It will only let it be seen by those that are working with it in the module. The other option is “Published”. This makes the page viewable by anyone.
In “General Information” there’s a lot of fields that make your blog more bloggy.
Page Name - This refers to the URL that you want the page to have. Like this :
Allow Comments () - This checkbox determines whether comments will be allowed on this specific blog post or not.
Post Date - This simply allows you to change the date that the blog post was posted.
Author - Define who wrote the article here.
Video Type / Video URL - Here you have the choice of two video services: vimeo or youtube. You then simply find a video that you want to post copy the URL and paste that into the “Video URL” field.
General Image - General Image allows you to set a photo that will represent the article. This is best explain through a screenshot. The image shown on top are the “General Image”s. This image will also show at the top of the blog post.
Page content consists of three fields: “Content (Short)” field , “Content” field, and “Tags”. Let’s go over how to use them.
Content (Short) - This is part of the meta tags for your post. If you write a description of this post that reflects its contents it will help your SEO standing.
Content - This is simply where you add the actual content to your post. In a previous KB article I covered how to work with a similar interface. If you read the part on how to work with the Page Content interface you should be perfectly apt to work with the blog “Content”.
Tags - Inputting the tags is a little bit finicky. So let’s go over some steps:
Type in a your tag
Click anywhere (that isn’t a link/button) outside of the tag field
Your tag should appear now in a blue box.
Repeat this process for all tags that you’d like to add
“Blog Comments” is a full system in which you can view and edit the comments of your blog post. In this section we’ll go over what I’ve mentioned previously but first we’ll look at how a user comments on the blog.
Viewing Comments - Here you can see that we have a many fields on top from which we can search from. A similar search system can be found in the Page Content KB article. If you’d like to learn about how to use this search system please refer to that article. Here’s a link to that article:.
The “Blog Log” is something that allows you to view a lot of information about changes made to your Blog Post. You can also search through the changes using the search fields on top.
Searching - Searching is done in the same way that was shown in the Page Content KB article. Read about it here if you need a refresher.
Edit - This allows you to view the changes made over time. Click on a magnifying glass to see the changes that were made at that time.
Category - This tells you what type of change was made
Payload - This is the actual content that was added in the change.
IP Address - Knowing the IP address can be important if you are worried about security. If you see a foreign IP you know something went wrong. Good thing our system blocks those IPs… All local IPs are not blocked so if you see an IP that isn’t your business or home network of you or one of your workers then you’ll know you have a breach.
Create Date - This simply logs the time at which the changes were made.
Previewing Your Blog Post
After you click “Save Blog Post” you will see this green box appear at the top of the page. Click it if you want to view your blog.
Search and Sort
When you click on the Blogs module or go back to the blogs list from creating a new Blog you should see something like this:
The use of these types of searches are covered extensively in the Search and Sort KB article here.