Frequently Asked Questions
Blog - Creating/Editing
Covered in this Article
- The blog summary page
- Blog summary/feed layouts
- Adding a blog post
- Adding a post summary image
- Setting a featured blog post
- Applying categories and tags to each post
- Create categories and tags
- Changing the date of a blog post
- Adding a blog feed
- Using categories and tags in your blog feed
- Blog archive feature
- Blog author
- Default blog summary image
- Setting up blog comments
- Open Graph settings
Limecube provide a blog with all the features available to any other page within the page editor.
This allows you to complete customize your blog layouts with any kind of element Limecube has available. Best of all, it is all done within the same area as page creation to make everything very easy to use.
The blog summary page is the page that displays a set number of blog post previews for the blog posts within your site.
Understanding your blog summary page:
When there is a blog summary layout page in your site, each time you add a blog post, it will automatically appear under the blog summary page. As long as the blog post has been published, it will automatically display on the summary/feed that has been inserted into the summary page or anywhere else in your site.
Setting up a summary page
In most cases a new site being setup will already have a summary page setup. Where that is the case, you can skip the page creation step and go straight to changing any layout settings of the blog summary element. If you do not have a summary page, refer to the video below or follow these steps:
- Add a new page, and select 'Blog summary' as the layout. Click here to find out how to add pages if you do not yet know.
- You'll see a message inside the page advising you do not have any blog posts yet. Hover over and click the pen (settings) icon.
- The blog summary/feed options will popup to allow you to change the configuration of the blog summary/feed including changing the layout.
- At this point however, you may want to start adding some blog posts before you start configuring the layout.
- Each blog summary page has already been laid out to suit the theme, however you still may want to change that.
- If you are ready to add a blog post, click here.
- Once you have created some posts, return to the summary page to view the layout and make any necessary changes.
This help video shows you the basics of changing the blog summary layout.
Below are some examples of different layouts (not your only options) that can be achieved by playing around with the blog summary/feed settings.
This help video takes you through how to add a blog post. A blog post behaves almost the same as an other page in Limecube, and can contain any type of element you can use on any page in Limecube.
The exception being that blog posts can only reside under a Blog Summary page, and automatically insert date and author to the post.
To add a summary image to your blog post (as displayed in the blog feeds and summary page):
- opening up the blog settings and
- selecting the browse button next to 'Summary image' to choose the image you want displayed.
- click Apply.
Also see this help video below.
A featured blog post is a blog post that that pushes to the top of your blog summary page and feeds. Even when you add more recent posts, the featured post will always be first.
- Only 1 featured post can be set
- Where you already have a featured post, and which to set another post instead, applying the featured checkbox to the new blog post automatically switches off the existing featured post.
- The video below shows a tiled layout blog summary page. In the tiled layout the summary image is 4 times the size of a normal blog post.
- On other blog layouts, the featured post will stay in the same format as other posts, simply fixed to the top.
This help video below shows a featured blog post, and how to set it.
This help video below shows you where to set tags and categories against each blog post.
This help video shows you how to add categories and tags to your blog. Categories and tags can be used to help your users find specific types of content faster, and they are also available through your blog feed to match tags and categories to the page they are on.
The publish date of the post can be changed by:
- opening up the blog settings and
- selecting the 'publish date' and
- choosing the new date.
This help video takes you through how to add a Blog feed to any page on your site, as well as control the feed layout.
The help videos below shows you how to use your blog feed to match tags and categories to the page they are on.
This is a very useful feature for times when specific types of blog posts match your page content providing your users with a richer user experience and blog posts only geared towards the service page content they are interested in.
For example, you may be a financial company offering:
- home loans
- debt consolidation loans
- personal loans
In your blog you have articles on all of these topics, as well as others such as a category for 'Choosing the right property'.
On the home loans services page, insert a blog feed, and in your blog feed categories, you could select the categories:
- Home loans
- Choosing the right property
The feed will now only display blog articles relating to these 2 categories, and no others.
This help video shows you how to create the blog archive feature. The Archive feature automatically shows all the years containing blog posts on your site, based on the date set against each blog post.
The author that shows against a blog post is taken from the profile page under your account. Changing the name under your profile automatically updates all blog posts. At this time only one author can be attributed to blog posts.
A default thumbnail image can be set for your blog posts. This is useful for when you do not upload an image thumb for the summary page view of each post. The default image will load automatically instead.
You can do this by going to:
Administration > Settings > Miscellaneous > Scroll down to 'Blog' and upload your image.
And press 'save all' after you have.
There are a few steps involved in getting your blog comments setup and active. While unfortunately it does require a little bit of work to get this going, your security is most important, and the way this has been setup is for security and to stop spammers. Unfortunately spammers love to target blog comments and without this protection, it can literally mean you have a thousand spam comments in a few hours.
The good news is you only need to set these up once.
The first thing you need to do is setup Google reCaptcha under your settings. Google reCaptcha protects both website forms on your site as well as blog comments spam particularly from bots posting automatic comments..
Instructions for setting up Google reCaptcha can be found here.
- Go to Blog settings: Top menu > More > Administration > Settings > Blog
- Scroll down to ‘Comments’ settings
- Click ‘Activate comments’
- Select Approval type (please note you can switch these at any time):
- Automatic: this is where a comment will automatically appear on the blog
- Admin required: this is where you will need to review a comment before it appears live
Step 3 is setting up social login buttons. Click here to find out how.
Open Graph settings are important for blog posts being shared on social media.
To find out how to apply Open Graph settings to your blog post click here.