Creating and managing your blog is simple and easy. You're just a few clicks away from developing an online readership that can subscribe to your RSS feed and comment on your blog posts.
- How do I add blog posts?
- How do I edit and delete existing posts?
- How do I allow or turn off blog commenting?
- Can I moderate my blog comments?
- How does the RSS feed work with my blog and how to people subscribe to my blog feed?
- What different settings are there for blogs? Can I adjust comment notification emails and more?
- What are blog tags?
- What are the blog Meta Descriptons?
- Can I import a blog to my site from a Wordpress blog?
- How can I preschedule a blog to post live when I'm not around?
How do I add blog posts?
Access and edit the page where you would like to add a blog page part. Once you have installed the blog page part to the page, click the 'New Post' button to begin a new blog post.
How do I edit and delete existing posts?
Each post's Title within the blog page part is displayed as a link. This link will allow you to access and edit the blog post if you need to. To delete a post, check the box to the left of the post name and click the delete button.
How do I allow or turn off blog commenting?
First you will need to decide if you would like to moderate the blog comments. If you do not want the website visitor's comments to instantly post to your blog entries, you will need to turn the approval process on in your blog page part's settings. Access the blog page part and click the 'Settings' link. Next, turn on or off the 'Comment Settings' as you would like.
As you create or edit each blog post, you have an option for allowing or turning off blog commenting. To allow blog commenting, check the box for 'Allow comments on this post'. If you only want to allow your website members to post comments, check the box for 'Only members can comment'. To turn off blog commenting, uncheck the 'Allow comments on this post' option. If you have commenting turned on, you still can moderate the comments before they post live.
Can I moderate my blog comments?
Yes. Access the page that your blog page part is installed and click on the 'Comments' tab. You will see a listing of comments whose titles are hyperlinks. Click on the title of the comment that you would like to review to see the full comment. To approve or delete the comment, select its check box and click the 'Approve' or 'Delete' button.
Or click on the comment to approve or delete it.
When your blog readers leave a comment, they must answer an anti-spam question to submit their message. Depending on your comment approval settings, they might see this message.
How does the RSS feed work with my blog and how to people subscribe to my blog feed?
Website visitors that load a page on your site that uses a blog page part, using a supported browser or feed reader, will be notified that a RSS feed is available. This allows them to subscribe to the feed so as you make updates or new posts, they get notified. This allows you to grow an online readership in the online community. In the screenshot below, using Safari on a Mac, when the RSS button is clicked, the feed would be rendered and would allow the subscription to take place. Most browsers or feed readers would display the actual URL at this point so you could copy the url and post it for use manually on your site. For example, you may have a graphic that says RSS feed that when clicked goes straight to the url. The url that you copied could be inserted on the image as a hyperlink so that users can click and go straight to your feed.
What different settings are there for blogs? Can I adjust comment notification emails and more?
There are numerous settings you can set for each blog page part. Access and edit the blog on your page that you are wanting to work with and click on the 'Settings' tab. This will allow you to adjust settings such as the email addresses that you want to be notified when visitors post blog comments, options for displaying blog summaries, number of posts, and more.
Several settings allow you to further customize your blog. These include:
- Display Blog Summary: When checked, this options shows a 'snippet' of your content and readers must click a 'read more' link to see the blog entry's full description.
- Display Blog Archives in side bar: When checked, this shows a listing of months that you have blog posts in allowing your viewers to browse your blog archives.
- Display Blog Tags in side bar: When checked, all blog tags are displayed allowing viewers to search your blog entries by an associated tag.
- Limit the # of posts on my front page: Set the number of entries you would like to start with on your blog page part.
What are blog tags?
Blog tags are keywords that you can associate to each blog post. This allows you to 'tag' a post with one or more keywords that can be used for searching later on by your viewers. You can display a list of your tags in your side bar (sub menu) automatically so that your user's can search by these tags. This is done in the 'Settings' area of your blog page part.
Create tags or apply existing ones to your new or existing posts. To add a new tag, type in the field and select "Add." To apply an existing tag from your global tags available on the site, start typing in the field to pull up existing tags or select the drop down arrow to reveal all. Then select "Add." You know the tag is really applied once it looks like a button with an "x" in the corner. To delete a tag, simply select the "x" on the tag to remove it. Learn more about managing global tags.
What are the blog Meta Descriptions?
The Meta description is the description that goes below the Page title and URL, like so:
Meta Descriptions explain the search result to a user, and it serves as a kind of "selling point" to draw your web users into clicking on your blog post. For blogs, that means you have the advantage to tell the users what the blog is about, so that when it shows up in searches, the user knows what to expect when they click. If there's no meta description in place, or that text beneath the Title and URL is pulling from a general sitewide meta description, you risk the description being inaccurate and causing a higher bounce rate.
Can I import a blog to my site from a Wordpress blog?
Yes. This is a beta function that allows you to import your blog from Wordpress into your blog page part on your site. This will import the blog entries only. Comments to blog entries will not be imported.
First select the 'import' tab when working on your blog page part.
Next, using the .xml file that was exported from Wordpress, find and select that file to be imported into our system.
Note: This does not sync with your Wordpress blog. As you make edits or new entries within our system, it will not update your Wordpress blog. Overall, this function is handy if you'll be using our blog page part and need to migrate all of your entries from Wordpress over to our system without having to rebuild them from scratch.
How can I preschedule a blog to post live when I'm not around?
- Go to your blog page part directly or through the page
- Edit an existing post by clicking on the blog name, or create a New Post
- Set the "Publish date/ time" and keep in mind it's set to Central Standard Time, no matter where you are located!
- Set the Expiration date/time if needed, although this is not required.
- At the very bottom of the post next to the save button is a checkbox for "Publish." Check that box.
- Save the post.
By selecting the "Publish" checkbox and by setting the date for the future, you are telling the blog post to go live as a published blog at the intended date and time.