Setting Up Your Blog

There are various reasons as to why you should host a blog on your website. Firstly, it adds credibility. Once your visitors visit your site and go through your blog, they are able to easily determine whether or not they want to hire you or make use of your services just by seeing your knowledge through your blog. If you talk utter nonesense, you will be less likely to make a sale. So if you need to write on a topic you’re not too familiar with, do your research and don’t be afraid to leave the links to the sites where you got the info from just to show your audience you’ve put the time and effort into providing them with solid information. Secondly, it drastically improves your Google ranking over time. If you search for info on the web you can be assured that a blog of some kind is going to pop up. So with a blog, your organic traffic will increase for free!

With the why out of the way, let’s dive into the how.

To start you need to log in. If you’re unsure on how to do this, read Accessing Website Builder & Choosing Themes.

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Once logged into your website builder, click on “Pages” in the panel to the left of your screen as circled in the image above. Find the Blog page listed in between the rest of the other pages, necxt to it, it will read Default Blog Page (or something along those lines). If you don’t have a blog page at all skip this step and continue from the next one. You should now delete this Blog page as you can’t customize it and we don’t want it to look dull now do we. To the right of the “Blog” page tab you will notice four icons and since we don’t want to View, Duplicate or Edit this page, we’re going to click on the trash can icon that will delete this page and move it into the trash.

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If you’ve deleted the incorrect page, you can recover it from the trash by clicking on the circled button named “Trash” and you will be met with the below screen.

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To the right you have checkboxes which will allow you to manage each page individually or all at once. Once you’ve selected the page you would like to Restore or perhaps Delete Permanently click on the drop down box named “Options” and select an action.

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The old blog page has now been deleted and we are now going to create a new one. To the left of the image above you can see the “Add Page” tab under Pages in that panel. Once you click on it, you will be redirected to edit the page it is now busy creating so don’t be too worried if it takes 10 seconds or so. The loading time also varies depending on your internet connection.

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Now that the edit screen has loaded, the first thing we’re going to do is rename the page. In the top center of the image above and on your screen you will see two fields. Page Title and Page URL. Page Title is what will be the name of the tab in your navigation bar and the Page URL will be displayed in the URL bar when visiting the page. Since this will be a blog page, we’re going to name it “Blog” and “blog”. Do not use spaces, special characters or capital letters in the Page URL. To rename any other page on your website, you can follow the same procedure. Open the page and change the Page Title and Url. Now, hit the “Update” button in the top right corner as this will save your work. None of this will yet be visible to the public until you click “Publish”.

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Next, we’re going to add a page title to the page itself. To the top left of the omage above I’ve circled the “Title” box. What you’re going to do is click, hold and drag it onto where it says “Drag Objects Here” in the middle of the image above.

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You’ll see the cursor flickering so now type what you’ve typed into the “Page Title” here as well. Which in today’s case is “Blog”. You can also, while you’re here, change the font and size as you see fit. We suggest keeping all headings the same font and size so find something you like and make sure to add it to all the pages, it looks much more professional if your website looks the same right through. It doesn’t seem to fit so we’re going to edit it a bit. Let’s center it with the page first.

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Just click the center function on your edit tab that appears above the text you’re editing. There are two editing tabs. One is as you see in the above image and if you want to edit the text, this is the one you want. To get to it, click on the text you’d like to edit, twice. If you click on it once, the below edit tab will appear.

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Both of these editing tabs do differant things as you’d imagine. Let’s demonstrate. Notice how the title is overlapping the navigation bar? Here’s how we’ll use the above displayed editing tab to fix that.

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As you can see at the top of this editing tab, are two tabs. Settings and Style. Clicking onto style and scrollong down allows us to adjust the space around it which by default is “none”. We space it out evenly and it looks great. With that done, let’s construct the page. What this means is we’re now going to determine where the blog posts will be displayed when you post one and we’ll do this by dragging and dropping some Blog Widgets.

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As you can see in the image above, I’ve scrolled down on the Widget/Features panel and right at the bottom are the blog Widgets. Today, we’re only going to use three. Categories, Posts Grid and Posts Slider.

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So we’ve dragged and dropped the Categories widget underneath blog and is market with the top left circle in the above image. Right next to it, to the right, is your Posts Slider and below both is the Posts Grid. Yours will not yet look like this because you might not have a blog post yet. So let’s do that quickly but before we leave this screen, let’s click the green “Update” button in the top right corner. After it has saved, you can now click on the “Close” button also in the top right corner.

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Once closed, you will be redirected back to your Pages screen. Here, click on the “Blog” tab in the left panel.

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In the left panel again, click on “Add New”.

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Now you’re met with your blog screen where you can write your blog. Let’s change the name quickly, we’ll change it the same way as you would the Page Title. So, top center of your screen, change the field “Post Title” to the name of this blog. I’m going to change it to “Demo Blog” as you can see in the below image.

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Now, let’s add content. I’m going to add a Paragraph, an Image and another Paragraph. I’m simply going to drag the widgets from the left Widget/Feature panel onto the Blog Page.

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The space between the Image and the Paragraph was too little so I added some as you can see in the above image. Now, we’re going to add it to a category.

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The category I want it in is not made yet, so we’re going to add one as well. As in the image below, I’ve typed the category name, clicked add and selected that category before saving.

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We’re done. All you have to do now is click on publish in the top right corner and it will appear on your blog page.