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How Do I Create/Edit a Blog?

Bryan Young
posted this on September 21, 2009 10:32 AM

As an added supplement to this written help file, watch this video on how to create a blog on your website.

Creating a New Blog

  1. Navigate to Site Administration.*
  2. Open Site Controls and click on Site Features. Check the checkbox to enable Blogs and save.
  3. Back at Administration, open Content Controls and click on Blog Administration. You will be directed to the Blog Administration page.
  4. Click the New Blog link at the top right of the page. You will be directed to the Blog Edit page.
  5. Enter a short Title which describes the blog.
  6. Optionally, enter a Subtitle.
  7. Optionally, enter the name and e-mail address to display as the Author.
  8. Enter the Description of the blog, this will be displayed in the side panel of the blog page.
  9. Optionally, enter a Category and Subcategory.
  10. Choose the Comment Mode.
  11. Choose the Comment Moderation.
  12. Optionally, add a Shortcut and upload a Thumbnail (under the Display tab)
  13. Click the Save button.
*If you would like to create a blog for a particular ministry, click on the ministry you'd like to add it to under Ministry Controls in Administration before you complete step 2.

Subtitle

The subtitle is used in the RSS feed for the blog. Most RSS readers will not use the subtitle, but iTunes uses this field for Podcasts. The subtitle can be a short description of your blog. You might consider "The Preaching Ministry of XYZ Church" or something similar.

Author

Blogs can have one or many authors. This value is displayed on the blog page as well as in the RSS feed and will be shown in iTunes if made a Podcast. The author's e-mail address may be included or omitted. If included, all comments will be sent to that address when received.

Category/Subcategory

These fields are used for Podcasts to determine how the podcast will be classified. Most churches and ministries will use "Religion & Spirituality" as the category and "Christianity" as the subcategory. Make sure you enter the category and subcategory exactly as they appear within iTunes or your Podcast may be placed incorrectly.

Comment Mode

This value determines who is allowed to add comments to blog entries. It is probably in your best interest to set this value to "Registered Users Only" or "No Comments" otherwise you will be unable to hold users responsible for comments.

Comment Moderation

This determines whether comments are visible to your site's visitors immediately when added (unmoderated) or whether they must be approved by an administrator first (moderated). Visit the blog entry an click the "approve" or "unapprove" icon next to each comment in order to toggle the current value.

Adding Entries to a Blog

  1. Navigate to Site Administration.
  2. Open Content Controls and click on Blog Administration. You will be directed to the Blog Administrationpage.
  3. Click the [Entries] link corresponding to the blog you wish to populate. You will be directed to the Blog Entries page.
  4. At the top right of the page, click the New Blog Entry link. You will be directed to the Blog Entry edit page.
  5. Enter the Subject of the entry. This will be part of the subject line of the e-mail which is sent.
  6. Enter a Body. This will be the body of the e-mail which is sent.
  7. Optionally, enter any keywords.
  8. Optionally, click Browse... to load an enclosure.
  9. Optionally, load a Thumbnail, Shortcut, Highlights (under the Display tab).
  10. Select a Post Date and time.
  11. Click the Save button.

Keywords

Keywords are used by iTunes and your site's search engine to help locate a specific blog entry. Use 3-5 keywords or phrases separated by commas which describe the contents of the blog entry.

Enclosure

A Podcast is simply a blog with audio files "enclosed" with each entry. Use the enclosure to load an audio (mp3, m4p or wav) file to make any given entry a Podcast. Many bloggers intermingle Podcasts with other blog entries. Enclosures are included in the blog entry page as a link allowing for another way to access the Podcasted files. See the Podcasting help file for more details.

If you are having difficulty loading the audio file or it is timing out on you while attempting to load, try encoding the file at a lower bit rate. A 45 minute sermon message, for example, that is strictly audio, should be around 14 MB in size when encoded at 32kbs or 48kbs. Our current maximum is 25 MB.

Post Date

For blogs, the post date and time determine when the entry will be visible on your site. Blogs, by their very nature, are meant to be available indefinitely. For this reason, no expiration date is available for blog entries.

Editing a Blog

  1. Navigate to Site Administration.*
  2. Click the [Blog Admin] link. You will be directed to the Blog Administration page.
  3. Click the blog title which you want to edit. You will be directed to the Blog Edit page.
  4. Edit the properties of the blog.
  5. Click the Save button.
*If you would like to edit a blog for a particular ministry, click [Ministry Admin] to select the ministry before you complete step 2.

Deleting a Blog

Click the delete button () corresponding to the blog you wish to delete.