NOTE: Blogs as they existed up to Metro Publisher Release v3.0 are no longer a current feature and will eventually become deprecated. Blogs should be built with the current v4.0 Release as their own Section or Subsection using the v4.0 Layout Section Editor. Please always stay up-to-date on our newest developments by visiting the Announcements Section of this support site.
Blogs are generally understood by your readers as being slightly different than other content. Often blogs are created around topical issues like "local culture" or "design" and, sometimes, you see blogs that have only one author. As such, blogs can be thought of like columns in a newspaper which contain an ongoing series of articles.
Technically speaking, in Metro Publisher blogs are just sections with a few extras. You can have as many as you want and the workflow for creating new blog is nearly identical to that of creating a new section. The only difference between blogs and sections is that a blog has some standard elements you may not necessarily need in a section page. For example, blogs, like sections, typically have an overview page that aggregates and displays the latest blog entries in sequential order. Generally though, blog overview pages also contain additional information about the blog such as a blog description, author contact info, tag cloud, and latest entries. Blog overview pages are like a "homepage" or a "section" page for a particular blog.
So, when creating a new blog in Metro Publisher, think of it as if you are creating a section but with some additional features.
Creating a New Blog
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Blog Admin Page
To create a new blog, you must first log in as an Admin. Then go so Sections > Add Blog.
- Blog Title: Create a name for your blog.
- Blog URL Name: By default, Metro Publisher will create a URL for your blog which will be derived from the blog title in all lower case letters with each word separated by dashes. In most cases this will be sufficent. But, in some cases, you might want to change the URL so that it is easier for a human to remember or to get rid of unwanted extra dashes.
- Relative URL: This is the path you can use to connect to this blog.
- Meta Title: You may choose to write your own meta information. By default, the meta title will be derived from the blog title.
- Meta Description: You may choose to write your own meta information. By default, the meta description will be derived from the blog description.
- Meta Keywords: You may choose to write your own meta information. Keywords have become less important over time, but you can enter your own keywords here.
- Show Previous/Next Links: A common navigation item on blogs, links to the previous and/or next blog entry will be inserted into your content if you check this option.
- Tag Cloud Sprocket: This option displays a tag cloud of all the tags that have been used in this Blog. Put in a title and the maximum number of tags to display.
- About Sprocket: This option creates an HTML Sprocket with some basic information about this blog. Put in a title and some descriptive text. If you would also like to include a contact email, you can do that here. The Email Text is the actual text that the user sees as a link on the page. The Email Address is the actual email address that will be embedded in the page (ex: firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Recent Posts: This option adds an automated list sprocket that shows the latest entries to this blog. Specify the maximum number that is displayed.
Once you have input all of the above information and hit Save, your blog will be created. Then, you will need to switch to the role as an Editor to perform the daily management of your blog.
Adding or Editing a Blog Entry
Blog entries are a special case. Basically, blogs are like columns in a newspaper, an ongoing series of articles. Blog entries, therefore, can be either an article OR a review but will be displayed sequentially within their respective Blog. In other words, a blogger could write a simple entry (which would be an article) or they may write a restaurant review, for example. Whatever type of entry an editor/author chooses, that entry will appear in the blog to which it has been assigned.
To add or edit a blog entry:
- Log In: Log in as an Editor and go to the Content tab in the main navigation.
- Filter by Blog: One the Content Overview page, you can filter by blog.
- Add or Edit Entry: Then you can either Edit an existing blog, or you can Add a new blog entry.
- Select Blog: Add all the information you would for a normal article and Select the Blog to which this new entry belongs.
- Then click Save.
For more information about the specific elements of an individual blog entry, go the Content Types Overview.