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Make a Blog Page

You've already set up your blog, created your first blog post, and read about ways to display blog posts on your site, but you just want a simple, traditional Blog page to be added for your website. This tutorial will help!  


Let's walk through the steps:

1. Add a new page to your navigation

After logging into your website, hover over the top navigation menu and press the Edit Navigation button.


Add a new page by using the blue button or by duplicating an existing page (the two overlapping rectangle icon).


Call the new page something like "Blog" or "News." 


2. Set up the basic page content

Whenever you add any new page to your website, you should be consistent with how you set up the page, especially at the top.


We recommend placing a large Heading Element as the first element on each page. A short block of introductory text in a Text Element is also helpful. Some people like to add a Horizontal Line below their Heading as well. Whatever setup you choose, be sure to do the same thing on each page to keep your website looking more polished and professional.


3. Add a Blog Display Element to the page

You will need to activate the blog on your website and create a blog post before you see the Blog Display Element in the Elements Menu.


4. Set the Blog Display options

You can choose to display full posts or teasers (excerpts) in your Blog Display Element. We recommend using the teaser option and pushing people to read the full blog post on its own page. However, if you are not using comments and just want the stories to all appear on one page, displaying full posts is fine.


You can show up to 100 posts on a page in Jimdo; however, we suggest limiting it to no more than 20. Displaying more than that can slow down your website. If you have a lot of posts, you can always set up a blog archives page on your website as well. 


To show all blog posts, keep the Tags field empty in the Blog Display settings area.


And that's all there is to it! Your website's blog page is now up and running. As you write more blog posts, they will automatically appear on your page.


Create Category Pages on your website

In addition to creating a main blog page for your site by adding a Blog Display element and setting it to show teasers for all of your posts, you can also do the same thing just for particular categories.


Start by making subpages of your blog page in Edit Navigation. In this example, there are three category pages (News, Events, and Recipes) that are all subpages of Blog. Use the arrow icons on each line to indent the pages as necessary.


Then make sure to add tags to each of the blog posts you have created. You can do this when you first create the blog post, or you can go to the Blog area in the Menu and click on each blog post to edit it and add the tags. 


Finally, navigate to the new category pages you created and add a Blog Display Element on each one. In the Blog Display settings, choose the tag(s) you want to display. Every tag you've used for a blog post will be visible when you click in the Tag area of the Blog Display settings.


You can use this same technique to create blog archives for your website.


Create each page with the Edit Navigation menu
Create each page with the Edit Navigation menu
Add Tags to Blog Post Settings
Add Tags to Blog Post Settings
Use Tags in Blog Display Element to view only those posts
Use Tags in Blog Display Element to view only those posts