Use the blog editor to set up a new blog and add posts. Two editing modes work together seamlessly so you can design the perfect blog for your business and update it easily with new posts that look great, have the content you want, and are optimized for SEO. The two editing modes are “Layout mode” and “Post mode”.
IN THIS ARTICLE:
- Layout Mode
- Post Mode
- Connected Elements
- Manage Posts
- Webhooks integration
- Blog Settings
- Add Blog Widgets
- Blog Backup
Layout mode is where you set the structure for all of your blog posts, both current and future. In this mode, you set the layout for elements that appear in every post, such as blog title, author, main image, and so on. These elements are connected to the content of individual posts, so all posts have a consistent structure. This is important for SEO and makes your blog easier for visitors to read.
As for the content of each post, the space designated for this in Layout mode is the content placeholder. While you cannot edit the content here, you can add elements around it. For example, you can add columns, rows and sections above, below and adjacent to the content placeholder.
Any changes you make in Layout mode are updated in all posts. For example, if you add a section under the content placeholder in Layout mode, this section appears, exactly as it appears in Layout mode, in every blog post.
To use Layout mode, in the left panel, click “Blog”, and then click “Edit Layout”.
For changes in Layout Mode to be visible online, you must republish the site.
Post mode is where you go to write individual blog posts. You have complete freedom over the content of each post (contained within the content placeholder section that is visible in Layout mode), and can add any widgets that you want. Editing a post is just like editing a page in the editor.
When you are in Post mode, add any elements that you want to a specific post. For example, if you are working on a post that has multiple images, you can add several Image widgets. If a specific post requires a map, add a Map widget here.
To use Post mode for a specific blog post, in the left panel, click “Blog”, and then click “Manage Posts”. Click a blog in the list, or click the “Edit” icon to open the blog in Post mode.
For changes in Post Mode to be visible online, you must republish the post.
Connecting elements are what give your blog power and ease of use. These elements ensure that every blog automatically contains important details including title, author and image, and that these details appear consistently in every post.
You’ll be asked to enter the main post details as soon as you create a new post. You can change this information later, but adding it from the start keeps your posts organized.
By default, post title, author and background image are connected. You can remove these connections or change them in Layout Mode, but we recommend keeping them to ensure your posts have all the information they need for SEO and to be found easily by users.
If you disconnect an element, you can reconnect it or connect it to a new element.
Changing Connected Elements
There are two ways to change connected elements in your blog: By changing the content in Post mode or by changing the connection in Layout mode.
Changing Connections in Post Mode
Change the content of connected elements in one of the following ways:
- Via the Settings Menu: Click to open the post details and then edit.
- Click the connected element (for example, post author) and edit the text in the popup that opens.
Changing Connections in Layout Mode
You can replace connected elements, or remove them altogether, in Layout Mode. To replace the connected element, click on the blue Connected Data icon to open the Connect Data popup. From here, choose the connected element you want to use for this connection and then click “Done”.
To remove the connection altogether, click “none”. This will remove this connection for all posts in the blog, and the element will no longer appear.
For more information, see Connected Data.
Manage Posts allows you to do the following:
- Create new posts
- Access post settings via the gear tool
- Search posts by title and author
- Sort posts by status – draft or published
- Preview, duplicate or delete posts
- Edit posts by selecting the editing tool, clicking on the post name or clicking on the post thumbnail
- Publish or republish posts
There is infinite scrolling and a search function here, so posts are easy to find.
Access the Post Settings for any post via the gear tool that appears beside the post name in Manage Posts. From here, you can scroll between posts via the arrows at the top of the page.
Post Settings is divided into three sections: Post Status, Post Details and Post Metadata.
Using the Webhooks integration, a notification can be sent when a blog post is published. A publish can also be triggered inside the SiteBuilder editor.
When you create a new blog, a pop up appears that prompts you to name the blog and set a thumbnail, title and description for it. All of these details can be changed later in Blog Settings. This information is also used in RSS feeds. For more information, see Blog Settings.
Permissions for the blog work the same as on other pages.
|Full editing||Full editing allows access to both Layout Mode and Post Mode|
|Blog only||No access to Layout Mode, access to Post Mode
User can edit connections to post settings
No access to other menus within the site editor
|Limited editing||No access to Layout mode, access to Post Mode
User can edit connections to post settings
|Site Comments||No access to Layout Mode, access to Post Mode|
Once users are added to a site, their names display in the author list.
Add Blog Widgets
The following blog widgets are available: All Posts, Recent Posts and Search Posts. These widgets make your blog accessible from any location on your site.
Any blog widget can be added to any post on your site. For example, you can add the All Posts widget for your home page and to your blog.
Blog content is backed up when your site is backed up. If you restore a backup, the blog will be the one in the restored version of the site. Note that you will not see the restored version until the restored site is published. Until then, the run time and editor will look different, as with any site backup. For more information, see Backup Sites.
A post on a non-published restored version of a blog is not live until the restored site is published (unlike with regular posts, which do not require the site to be published again for the post to go live).
As always, a new backup version is automatically created when restoring a backup version.
- Draft or unpublished posts are not visible in the SiteBuilder editor.
- Draft or unpublished posts are not visible in the All Posts widget.