Setting Up a Blog
An overview of blogging with Jimdo
Blogging is a great way to regularly publish new content on your website. Having a constant stream of new material on your site is a great way to boost your search engine rankings. This article will discuss a few small preliminary items to set your website up to be a blog. After taking care of these steps, move on to learn about the two main components of blogging on Jimdo: creating blog posts in the Jimdo and displaying blogposts with the Blog Display Element.
Here are some quick spoilers to get you in the right mindset:
- Every blog post you create is just like a page of your website, but it doesn't appear in the navigation menu.
- You use hyperlinks and Blog Display Elements to direct your visitors to your posts.
Selecting the right template for a blog
If your blog is just a small addendum to your website, you can probably ignore this short section. If your blog is the central piece of your site, then definitely take a moment to consider if the template you are using is the best one possible for a blog. A very active blog will need areas for an archive and maybe even a search function. You might also have categories that you want your visitors to easily be able to access.
If you want links to these areas to be visible at all times, you will want a template with a sidebar on the left or right side, like Reykjavik, Milano, or St. Petersburg. Alternatively, if you are using your blog to showcase images and need a wider area, consider a template like Zurich, Berlin, or Singapore.
Activating the Blog feature
The first step to starting a blog on your Jimdo website is to activate the feature. After logging into your site, click on the Blog icon in the Site Admin on the right of the screen. This is where you will see your list of published blog posts and drafts. If you’ve never used the blog before, you will first need to press the Activate Now button. Next, you will be prompted to write your first post.
Deactivating the Blog
If at any time you decide that you would like to remove your blog from your Jimdo website, go to Settings > Website > Deactivate Blog. This will hide all of your posts and Blog Display Elements, and remove your RSS feed.