Creating & managing blog posts
To write a new blog post, log in to your Jimdo site and open the Menu on the side. When you click on the Blog icon, you'll see two sections, Main and Settings. Under Main, you'll find Posts and Tags and you'll see General and Status under Settings.
Post Management View
Under Posts, you can manage your blog posts. When you've written a blog post, you can edit the title and date directly from here. You can also fix any typos in the title, set the date and publish it all in the same place. On the right-hand side, you will be able to copy, delete or write a new post.
To start a brand new blog post from scratch, you'll need to click on the “Write a new post” button. This will open up a new blog post where you can set the title, tags, date, and more. Then, start adding elements.
Each post acts just like a new page of your site and will get its own URL (website address) once you publish it. In order to share the post with your visitors, you can provide them with the direct link to your blog. Or you can send them to the Blog page, that was created when you activated the blog feature, where they will see your blog teasers.
You can also display your blog post on a specific page of your website with the Blog Display Element.
If you already put some work into your blog, take advantage of our copy feature to duplicate an existing post. This is a great way to make your own blog post templates. If you decide that you no longer want a blog post, you can easily delete it. You will need to confirm that you want to delete the post since you wont' be able to undo the action. Instead of deleting permanently, you can also toggle a blog post between being published or a draft, so feel free to keep extras around as drafts.
Tag Management View
When you click on Tags, you will see an overview of all the tags you’ve used and how many blog posts you have under each tag of yours. You can also create, rename, and delete the tags for each post accordingly.
Under Blog > Settings > General, you’ll see three options, Comments, Commenting System and Share Buttons. Read below for more details:
You will find a global switch to turn comments on/off for all new posts. When you activate comments, visitors can comment on all your blog posts. You can then activate or deactivate this setting for individual blog posts. You can also choose this for your existing posts by checking the box 'Apply to all existing blog posts.'
You’ll see a drop down menu choose between two commenting systems - Jimdo or Disqus. When you choose Jimdo as your commenting system, you’ll see your comments at the bottom of your blog post.
If you decide on using Disqus, you’ll need to add your "Shortname " from your Disqus account to connect it to your Jimdo website. After it’s connected, you can start managing comments from a Moderation Panel where you can approve, delete or mark comments as spam.
Share buttons is a great way of getting your content on social media. Under the Share Buttons settings, you’ll see the option to turn share buttons on/off automatically for all new posts. You can also apply this to your existing posts by checking the box 'Apply to all existing blog posts.'
You can choose among different display styles such as Alignment, Shape, Size and Style. The settings you choose will be applied to all your share buttons so it looks consistent throughout your blog posts.
Under Status, you can activate or deactivate your blog or your automatic blog page.
Blog post settings
Once you create a new blog post, you will see the blog post settings appear on the left-hand side. You will see two tabs, Basic and Advanced. Under Basic settings, you can set or make changes to the title, date, and the blog post preview which includes the summary text and the preview image. Complete them as necessary, press the Save button. When you’re ready to make your blog post public, you’ll just need to flip the switch next to Published.
Under the Advanced tab, you’ll see Custom URL ending and Tags. More on this later.
Blog post title
This is obviously the title of the blog post. It will appear at the top of the blog post, in any automatic links to the blog post, and in the actual URL of the post. The title you choose will have a big influence on the eventual search engine ranking of your post, so pick carefully and try to incorporate some relevant keywords. You’ll also see an option to ‘Copy Blog Post URL’. With this, you can copy the URL directly from the Menu without having to search around.
You can update the title at any time however, the URL will always be set to the original title you post, so think carefully. Alternatively you can choose a custom URL ending (a slug).
Date and Time
These fields allow you to set the displayed posting time and date for your post. If you do not set anything, it will default to the current date. The date information will also be used in the URL string for your blog post (the address of the page). You can update this after publishing either directly from the Blog post or from the Blog post settings under Menu > Blog, but the URL string will not change after the initial posting unless you make a copy of the post and then publish that one with the new date or if you want to completely hide it then you can use a custom URL ending (a slug).
By default, all new posts are in draft mode. In the Post Management View, under Menu > Blogs > Post, you’ll see an eyeball. If the eyeball icon with the slash through it is activated, this means that your blog post is in draft mode and no one can see it publicly yet. When you’re ready to make the post visible to the world, click the eyeball icon. You can also go to the blog post itself and flip the switch next to Published under settings on the left-hand side.
Once you make a post public, it's unique URL (web address) becomes live. It will be then displayed on your Blog page or you can create hyperlinks to the post or display it using the Blog Display Element.
Blog Post Preview - Summary and Preview Image
You can write your own blog post summary up to a character limit of 500 words. Along with this, you can upload your own custom preview image. This will appear on your automatic blog page instead of using a default image taken from your post.
You can always make changes to the summary text and preview image from settings.
Custom URL ending
To set a custom URL ending, you’ll need to head over to the Advanced settings tab under Blog settings. You can type a completely different URL name, add your keywords and save it. The new URL will automatically remove any invalid characters and change spaces to dashes.
Over here, you’ll also see an option to ‘Copy Blog Post URL’. You can use that to copy the URL directly from the Menu, without having to search around, in to your browser.
Under the Advanced settings tab, you’ll find the Tags field. You can add as many tags as you like. When you add a tag to a blog post, it appears at the bottom of the blog page.
The great thing is that these tags are clickable and when you click on the tags, it will take you to any posts where you’ve used the same tag, basically creating a tag filtered blog page. Once you click on a tag, the blog page will then filter all the posts that you’ve created with that specific tag so you can see them all in one place. This also means that your visitors can easily browse through the various tags you’ve set up.
As best practice, we recommend adding at least two tags for each post. The first one should be a category for that post. You’ll be able to use this to make category blog pages if you like. The second tag recommendation is a single tag that combines the month and year (i.e. Jan2017). Then, you can easily build your own blog archives using these tags. One important note about tags is that each word will be a separate tag, so if you want to have multiple words, you should smush them together or separate them with hyphens ("blueshirts" or "blue-shirts" instead of "blue shirts").
You can choose between between two commenting systems - Jimdo or Disqus. With Disqus , you can have more advanced commenting features like threaded discussions with your readers. Alternatively, you can also choose to use Facebook commenting.
Writing blog posts
Once you’ve got all your settings entered, it is time to build out your blog post. You do this the same way you build pages for your website—element by element.
Display your content by adding headings, lists, columns, photos, videos, and galleries. Remember to keep the text scannable. Your readers will appreciate the richer experience and will be more likely to want to come back and read more posts in the future.
What you don't want to do is write your entire blog post in one long Text Element. Instead, break it up into smaller Text Elements so that the teaser on your Blog page displays it nicely and you can also add more variety to each post. Breaking up your blog post into smaller Text Element will also be helpful when you use the teaser feature on Blog Display Elements.
Once you are done preparing your post, click on its title from the Post Management view and then switch the visibility to public.
With your blog post published and visible for the world to see, you'll see it on your Blog page. Or you can promote it on your website using Blog Display Elements or hyperlinks.