What You Can Do with the Blog and Blog Post Managers

Use these tools to:

Create a New Blog

To create a blog, select the CREATE link from within the Blog Manager. Follow the instructions in the online ePublishing Tools Guide: How do I create a blog?

Our online Tools Guide provides an overview of key steps in creating blogs. Here are additional notes about functions not covered in the online guide:

  • Indexable:  Check this box to indicate whether the blog’s contents can be included in  internal search results.
  • Is active:  This checkbox indicates whether the blog appears on the website. If unchecked, the blog exists, but is not visible on the website.
  • Title: This field should not contain special characters because the blog’s title is a part of the SEO friendly URLs for the blog and all of its posts.  
  • Author: The available authors listed here are fed by the Author Manager. Select the author or authors responsible for adding posts to the blog. Learn how to add new authos here: How do I create a new author?

Add a Promotional Image to a Blog

Add an image to your blog, which will appear at the top of the blog and is controlled by Blog Manager > Image field.  Add a thumbnail image to the blog image file in the Media Manager to promote the blog on pages throughout the site.

Create a New Blog Post

To create a new blog post, select the CREATE link from within the Blog Post Manager. Follow the instructions in the online ePublishing Tools Guide: How do I create a blog post?

Our online Tools Guide provides an overview of key steps in creating blog posts. Here are additional notes about functions not covered in the online guide:

  • Indexable:  Check this box to indicate whether the blog’s contents can be included in  internal search results.
  • Is active:  This checkbox indicates whether the blog appears on the website. If unchecked, the blog exists, but is not visible on the website.
  • Title: This field should not contain special characters because the blog’s title is a part of the SEO friendly URLs for the blog and all of its posts.  
  • Author: The available authors listed here are fed by the Author Manager. Select the author or authos responsible for adding posts to the blog. Learn how to add new authos here: How do I create a new author?

Search and Manage Comments

View or edit comments to fit your website’s guidelines. Mark comments as offensive or spam, or edit, delete, deactivate or refresh a comment. View the commenter’s name, IP address and the date and time of the comment.

Access and manage comments for your blogs in three spots:

  • In the Blog Post Manager within an individual blog post, click Comments under Edit.
  • In the Blog Manager within an individual blog, click Search Comments under Edit.
  • Access all comments for your website in the Comment Manager in the main navigation under Editorial.

To narrow search results, enter a date range, or filter by type of comment, including offensive or inactive. Learn more about using the Comment Manager in: How do I manage comments?

Note: A commenter’s IP address is recorded based on the IP address provided to common Web server logs. If a user is using IP masking, spoofing or other methods to hid their IP addresses, the system cannot identify fraudulent users.

Add Blog Navigation

Use navigation to create or modify navigation unique to a selected blog.  This includes blog rolls and intra-blog navigation to take users to an About page or a popular topic. Click NAVIGATION under Edit in the Blog Manager to access existing Blog Menus.

  • Individual Blog Navigation:  This must have the exact same name as the blog and commonly appears under the blog’s promotional header image. This is frequently used to link users to specific posts as determined by the blogger. This is a great place to feature links such as About Me, important blog topic landing pages, or high-traffic posts. For example, see the Rewired Blog Topics menu below on the left.
  • Blog Roll Navigation: This navigation must have the exact name of the blog with the term Blog Roll at the end. This is not commonly used, but has been used to share links with fellow bloggers or make it easy for readers of the blog to access like-minded blogs.

Blog rolls and blog navigation both have precise names that must be used. The actual blog name (for example: Hot Topics) must be combined with either Blog Roll or Main Menu. So the full name of a blog roll would be Hot Topics Blog Roll, and the full name of a blog’s main navigation would be Hot Topics Main Menu. If you don’t follow this naming convention when setting up blog rolls or navigation, they will not appear on your website.

Here’s an example of Individual Blog Navigation (left) and Blog Roll (right):

Add Blog Navigation

Within the navigation tool:

  • Menu Selection: Radio buttons allow the blogger to select a menu to edit.
  • Create a navigation menu:  Create new navigation for a blog.
  • Edit menu:  Modify the name of the menu or delete the menu.
  • Menu:  Create subnavigation, reorder navigational items, and show/hide navigational items.  
  • Display / Hide:  Show or suppress the navigation.
  • ID:  The ID for the selected item.
  • Title:  The title that will show in your navigation.
  • URL:  The full or relative URL to access the desired page.
  • Site Placement:  Site Placement taxonomy is highly site-specific. Blogs generally do not make use of this. Site documentation may indicate if this is needed for blogs.
  • Image:  Some navigation is image based.  In those cases, the navigation image can be uploaded here using the Media Manager.

After clicking on the menu item you’d like to edit:

  • Create Child Link: Create a new record that is a sub-menu item of the original.
  • Display:  Make the selected item visible on your website. You may also open the item and click the SHOW/HIDE button.
  • Refresh: Quickly update the menu item based on changes that have been made.
  • Delete:  Remove an obsolete menu item.

Create or Modify a Blog Menu Item

Add new blog menu items in the Blog Manager. Click NAVIGATION under Edit in the Blog Manager to access existing Blog Menus.

  • Click on the Blog Roll for you’d like to add a menu item; right-click and select Create Child Link. Or if you are modifying an existing menu item, click on that menu item and edit the Title and other details to the right accordingly.
  • For new menu items, the new link will appear at the bottom of the list of menu items; it will default as hidden, or unpublished.
  • Select the new menu item and enter a new Title and URL, which can be internal or external. For example, http://www.google.com.
  • Site Placement and Image selections are based on the individual website’s design. Most websites don’t use these tools.
  • Click SAVE. To activate your new menu item, click DISPLAY.

Delete a Blog Menu Item

There are two ways to delete a blog menu item.

Long Method:

  1. To delete a menu item, click NAVIGATION under Edit in the Blog Manager to access existing menus.
  2. Click on the section of the tool that shows a file folder next to the name of the menu.
  3. Select the menu item you’d like to delete.
  4. When the item’s details appear on the right, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click DELETE to permanently remove the menu item.

Short Method:

  1. Follow step 1 above.
  2. Select the desired menu item.
  3. Right-click on that item to bring up a secondary menu.
  4. Click DELETE to permanently remove the menu item.

To add or remove an item from your blog’s navigation, use the Blog Manager. You may also access these menu items in the Navigation Manager from your dashboard, but the Blog Manager navigation will directly associate your new or removed navigation with your selected blog. Without this association, you may need to contact ePublishing support to make the update.

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