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Blog | Journals, News and Updates

Veronica
posted this on February 19, 2010 13:03

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Blog | Journals, News and Updates

A blog is a great way to keep your site fresh with news and updated content. Whether it’s a news page for a business or organization, or a personal blog for your family, the Blog App can be an essential addition to your web site.

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Installing the Blog Application

Depending on what kind of site you signed up for when you first created your site account, you may already have the Blog App installed. You can check this in your Site Manager under “My Pages.”

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If you don’t already have the application installed it’s easy to do so. From your Site Manager, just click the green “add a new page” button and select “Blog” from the pop-up. By default, it will be named “Blog” but you can easily change the name on the spot.

Once you have the Blog App installed, you can start posting entries!

Your First Blog Entry

It’s easy to start blogging right away. (If you’re not ready to start posting and want to continue setting up your Blog, you can skip down to the Blog Settings section of this article.)

After installing the application, you’ll be directed to the main Blog page in your Sitebuilder. Click the “post new entry” button to get started.

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When you post a new blog entry, you can give the entry a title and up to three categories. Click “more options” to change the time stamp for the entry, or schedule the entry to be posted on a future date. “More options” will also allow you to control who can see the post.

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Formatting Your Text

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You may already be familiar with most of the formatting options in the toolbar, but there are a few tools you can use that will greatly enhance your blog posts.

Insert Image: Insert images from your File Manager, a hosted URL, Photobucket or upload a new one.

Insert Video: Insert videos from your File Manager, Youtube, or upload a new one. you can also use the video tool to upload an audio player.

TIP: When using the Youtube option and you want to post a specific video, insert the URL of the Youtube video in the search box instead of keywords.

Edit HTML Source: By clicking this button, you can toggle to view the raw HTML of your blog post. Use this option to fine tune your edits using standard HTML formatting.

WARNING: Exercise caution when adding custom or third-party HTML. Not all coding is compatible with the editor and may cause editing or viewing errors.

Click the “publish” button once you’re done posting. You can always go back and make changes with the “edit” option.

Blog Settings

You can get to the Blog Settings page by clicking the “settings” button from the main blog page in the Sitebuilder. In Settings, you can edit the description of your blog as well as decide who can comment, post, edit categories, and how the blog will be displayed.

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Member Posting

If your site is powered by the Member’s App, you can use the options in Blog Settings to define how you and your members collaborate on your blog. You can allow members to post new entries as well as manage categories.

Leaving these settings as “administrator” will prevent regular members and moderators from posting new entries or managing categories only if you have not promoted any of your members to an administrator.

When your members log into the site, they will see a “post new entry” button on the main blog page.

NOTE: Only Site Owners can upload images and videos using the Blog application.

Blog Categories

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To get to the Manage Categories page, just click on the “edit categories” button from the main blog page in the SiteBuilder.

Categories allow you to tag your blog entries. Add a New Category or manage your existing categories. Categories appear in the sidebar of the blog and allow you to filter to blog entries posted on a specific category.

Multiple Blogs

Each site can only have one Blog Application. However, you can create the appearance of multiple blogs by by linking to categories in your navbar.

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From the main blog page in the Sitebuilder, choose an entry that is tagged with the category you want to add to the navbar. Scroll to the bottom of the entry and click on the category tag.

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When you arrive at the Sitebuilder page for that category, click "Add to Navbar". This will create a link directly to that category, which can act as its own blog.

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Questions about the Blog App? Check out this topic in the Webs Support Community:

 
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