Activating the blog and more

You have to activate the blog to see your entries, but the blog is only visible if you have linked a page to the blog in your navigation or if you have used a sidebar and activated that the blognavigation should appear there. In addition, there must be at least one blog article whose publication date must not be in the future.

Click on "Blog" in the main menu

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At the top left you will find the general options for the blog. To activate the blog, simply set the switch to "On" and then save.

If you open the options in the blog administration you will find the general settings in the upper left corner. You can set the following functions there:

 

1) Enable the blog = If the blog is enabled, then if you have a link to a blog article, you can always view this article. However, it makes no sense to activate the blog module without navigation. Below we explain where and how to turn on the navigation for the blog.

2) Enable sharing = Certainly you want visitors to your blog who read and like your articles to share them with other people. Activate the sharing bar and under each article there are icons with which your visitors can share the article. A very important tool that you should always turn on unless you have a private blog that only family members or friends are allowed to see.

3) To keep the loading time of the blog short, it makes sense not to show all articles at once. Here you can decide how many posts or entries should be shown on a page. If there are more entries, a navigation will appear at the bottom so that you can jump to the pages.

4) If you don't want people to see how many people have read your articles, you can turn off the display of views at this point.

5) As mentioned in point 2, you may want only certain people to read what you write in your online diary. To do this, you can password protect your blog. Currently it's the same password you used for protected pages. You can change it under the main menu "Options" and there under "General settings". If you only protect the content, a visitor can see the navigation and thus also the titles of your articles but cannot read them himself. Protecting the navigation is currently only possible if the navigation is in the sidebar. If you have integrated the navigation from the blog into the main navigation, the navigation points cannot be protected.

Positioning and setting up blog navigation or archive with the articles

So that the blog is also accessible, you need a blog navigation. The blog regulates what is displayed in the navigation according to your settings. All you have to do is make sure that the navigation knows where to display it. The following two options are not mutually exclusive. You can include the navigation in the main navigation as well as in the sidebar at the same time. Normally one of the two variants is selected. In the sidebar, navigation has all functions. In the main navigation only a part of it.

 

1) To make the blog navigation in the sidebar visible at all, you have to enable it here. If there is no blog navigation visible in the sidebar, you have to check two places. Here at this point in the options for the blog. If you have the switch on and still nothing is visible in the sidebar, please go to the design editor. Click on Edit Design and then on "Elements" at the top. In the middle of the dialog you will find the item "Actions" (1) and below it an option (2) to specify in which sidebar you want the blog navigation to be displayed. Make sure that the selected sidebar is visible. Below you will find a screenshot.

2) All articles are time-based in the navigation. New articles are always on top. The navigation mode allows you to choose whether you prefer to display months or weeks. Let's say you set the mode to months and write 10 articles in March, then these 10 articles are displayed under March. Months in which you have not written any articles are not displayed. If you now switch to weekly view, the system checks which articles were written in which week and displays the weeks accordingly.

3) Archive name = If you want a caption to appear above the blog navigation, you can set the text here.

Navigation in the sidebar

For one thing, of course, you need a sidebar on your side. While you used to have to select a design where a sidebar was intended, you can now use the new design editor to add one or two sidebars to any design. Hiding a sidebar only makes it invisible. The content is not lost. With the new editor you can determine which content should be displayed in which sidebar. If you have activated your blog and there is also a sidebar, but the navigation is not displayed, although you have already written articles, it may be because you have forgotten to set where the blog navigation is to be displayed or the sidebar that is intended for it is hidden.

Embed blog navigation in the main navigation

If you don't have a sidebar, you can integrate the blog navigation into the normal navigation with certain restrictions.

To do this, open the page manager by clicking on "Pages" in the main menu bar (picture left point 1) and then create a new page and link to the blog. (Figure 2 point 8) It does not matter how the page is named. However, it is helpful to take a meaningful name (1), to enter a title (2) so that the visitor sees at the top of the browser wherever he is, to use an alias name (3), so that instead of a number a real name is displayed in the link at the top of the browser. The best is a name that anyone who shares the link or receives it will know that they are coming to your blog. If you have a purchase version, you should enter your own search words and description (5). That's what Google likes. The page must be visible (6) even if the blog uses its own representation of the page. You should always open the blog in the same window (7), so that the visitor does not get constantly new windows opened by his browser and very important point, you must set the linking of the navigation to "Link to the blog" (8). Only then will the blog be called.