Blog

If you want to maintain an online diary on your site, or regularly publish articles on a subject and automatically present them in a chronological order, then you need a blog.

A blog module can be added only to the first-level pages that do not have subpages. Within blog posts, you can use text, images, embedded videos and scripts. Each blog post can have its distinctive page description and meta information to be used by search engines. Note that blog posts are not listed on the Pages tab.

To let your visitors comment on your blog posts, you need to register with Disqus, a free third-party service that provides commenting functions for your sites and keeps all comments.

To add a blog to your webpage:

  1. Go to the Modules tab, select Blog, and drag the module to the page.
  2. In the module properties, specify the following:
    • Number of blog posts to show on the page.
    • Specify whether the site visitors will be able to leave their comments.
  3. Click OK.
  4. To enable commenting, click the link Click here to add each new blog post.
  5. Click within the gray information box at the bottom of the blank blog post.
  6. To register with Disqus, click the Register button. A registration form will open in a new browser window or tab.
  7. Specify the following:
    • Your site's URL, desired name and shortname (unique ID). You will need to specify this site ID (shortname) later in the Blog module settings to enable commenting.
    • Comment moderator's username, password, and email address. A confirmation message will be sent to this email address, so be sure that it is valid.
  8. Click Continue.
  9. Specify your language and other settings, and click Continue.
  10. On the last step of the registration form, no further action is required. Just log out of the Disqus site.
  11. Check your email inbox for the confirmation message from Disqus. In this message, click the link to verify your address.
  12. Return to the browser window where you have the Presence Builder editor with the Blog module properties opened.
  13. In the box titled Apply here the website ID (shortname) received during registration, type or paste the site ID that you specified during registration with Disqus in step 7.
  14. Click Apply.
  15. Click OK.

Now your blog can accept comments from visitors, and you can make the first post.

To add a blog post:

  1. Go to the website page containing a blog module.
  2. Click the link Click here to add each new blog post (might also appear as New Post Title).
  3. Type the post title and content.

    If you want to change the date of posting, click within the field Posted dd.mm.yy and then select a date from the calendar.

    If your post is lengthy and contains numerous text blocks, images, and embedded videos, you might want to show only a portion (beginning of the post) to site visitors in your blog's main page. To do this, while editing a blog post, move the divider element (containing the line -------- Read more --------) to the desired area.

  4. Click OK.
  5. If you want to view, edit, or remove a concise description of the page that will be displayed on search engines results pages and the keywords by which the page will be found by search engines, click in a blank area to the right of the post title, and then click the SEO Settings tab.

    Note: Post link name is a required field. Meta description and Meta keywords are optional fields. If you specify keywords for a page, they should be separated by commas without white spaces.

  6. To return to the blog's main page, click the Back link below the post you have just created.

To remove a blog post:

  1. Go to the website page containing a blog module.
  2. Place the mouse pointer over the post title and click Remove.
  3. Click Yes to confirm removal.

To edit a blog post:

  1. Go to the website page containing a blog module.
  2. Click the post title.
  3. Make the required changes and click OK.

To remove a blog with all posted content:

  1. Go to the website page containing a blog module.
  2. Place the mouse pointer over the link Click here to add each new blog post and click Remove.
  3. Click Yes to confirm removal.
 

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