Blogging became one of the most important drivers in the internet development in the last years. Some projects only focus on blogging while others use a blog as an additional source of information and for SEO (= search engine optimization). One way or another: More and more websites rely on a blog feature - and Sitejet offers blog functionalities too. With Sitejet you can create a Blog in just a few simple steps.
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Add a blog to your website
In the main menu, hover over "Add content" and then click "Extensions".
The extensions panel contains a collection template called "Blog". Drag this into the editor where you'd like to see your blog entries listed as an overview.
We're asked to name this new collection. The default name is "Blog". The element containing a Blog is called a collection container and this container - which is prepopulated with some dummy items - is added to our page.
Modifying sort and filter options
The editpanel on the left opens, where we can access sort and filter options and convenient settings that make our blog work. Maybe we want to sort our posts by category or you might click to add a filter to see only posts authored by "John Smith".
Creating and changing blog posts
Create and change blog posts by selecting "Manage items".
The items manager tab shows a listing of all blog posts. Select any post to change a blog post. Every post comes with the following fields: Name, URL/Slug, Description, Content, Category, Author, Image, Publishing Date and Status. Create a new post, by clicking "New item" in the upper right.
- Name is the title of your post
- Slug is a human- and search-engine-readable part of the URL used to identify particular posts. The slug is auto-generated but it can be edited
- Description will be used within the Blog Overview linking to the post
- Content is the actual blog post content, which will be shown on the post's page. Compared to all other fields this will be edited in a separate tab, providing all CMS functionalities, so there's no limit in customization for your posts
- Category is your post category. Click ⚙ to modify the available categories
- Author is the post's author, in case multiple authors are writing on your blog
- Image is the main image of the post to be shown on the overview page and the post's page
- Publishing Date By default, the Blog Overview only shows posts that were published in the past. Set this date into the future to auto-release posts in the future
- Status By default, the Blog Overview only shows posts in status "Published". Set this to "Draft" if you are still writing on your post and set it to "Published" when you are ready
By clicking Fields on the top right you can always add and remove fields as you desire.
Blog Post Page (Collection Item Template)
The template for a blog post is added the first time you create a Blog. If closed, you can access it again by double-clicking the blog collection container and clicking Open Collection Item Template.
This template will be used for all posts within our blog. Using the dropdown menu on the top, we can switch the view and check the appearance of any post.
In addition to previewing posts, we can also edit the template itself. For example you can edit the headline that displays the post's category and change it to show the author's name instead.
You can also add new elements and show contents from the blog post. Just copy-paste an existing element or create a new element and assign content from the Blog's fields.
The same also works on the collection container.
Sitejet Blogs are designed to be easy to create and manage. I hope you enjoy using this feature and have fun using Sitejet!
The purpose of a blog in general is mostly to provide an easy way to add content to a website. If you had to add blog posts on your own instead of letting your customers add them this would break with the principle behind Sitejet: To reduce your workload.
That's why your customers can edit blog posts themselves through ther Customer portal.
Once you added a collection to the website your customer will be able to add, remove and edit blog posts by entering the Customer CMS. The Customer CMS is a light version of Sitejets Website Builder where your customer can only edit those elements you set to be editable by your customer.
The collection items are editable by default, so you don't have to take care of that.
In order to edit blog posts (collection items) your customer has to click "Collections" in the top of the Customer CMS.
After clicking "Collections" your customer gets to the same view you saw in Creating and changing Blog Posts. In this view your customer has the same functionalities that you have.
If you want your csutomer to be able to edit the design of the collection page or the collection container you have to make the field editable by
- Right-clicking the element,
- Hovering over "Editable for Customer" and then
- Clicking either "This element", "All elements of this type ", or "All elements on this page" depending on the access you want to grant to your client.