Hi, I’m Jason from Dash Media. In this video we’ll be covering creating and editing blog articles.
As you can see here we’re already on our blog page. If I just scroll down to our articles container we can see that we already have two articles in our blog. Let’s go ahead and create a new one by clicking on the “New Article” button. Creating a new blog article is essentially the same as creating a new page anywhere on your website only some of the labels will be a little different.
Here we can see an “Article Title”. This is the name of our blog post.
The “Summary” section here will actually be used on the blog listing page beneath the heading as a short introduction to the blog post. The content we enter here should actually make the user want to read more. The summary text will also be used across social media. Anytime somebody links directly to one of your blog posts it will actually pull the summary text for that blog post and display it next to a thumbnail.
Beneath that we’ve got the “Content” section which is pretty self-explanatory.
We also have a field called “Featured Image”. Essentially this is an image that will also be displayed on the blog listing page. That will show up with the summary. It won’t actually be displayed on the individual article’s page, but again, across social media if somebody links directly to this page the featured image will be used to create the thumbnail which is visible to people on their Facebook walls or Twitter feeds.
On the right-hand side we have “Publishing Information”, which we’ll actually cover in our next video.
Beneath that we have “Article Options”, which is your URL alias, which is the same as alias’ on other pages.
Also another section called “Categories”. Here we can just add this blog post to any number of categories we like. For example, you can type in “Test Category” and click “Add”. You can also just press enter if you like, or if we have a few that we want to enter at the same time we can just put commas between them and then press enter when we’re done. Then beneath that we’ll be able to see all the categories that this blog post has been attached to. If I want to remove any categories I can simply just click the x’s next to each category and that will take the blog post out of that category. Once we’re done we can just click “Save”.
You’ll notice that in this example I didn’t fill out an alias, but the blog has prefilled that based on the article’s title. We’re also still currently unpublished. This won’t be visible on our website at the moment.
If I close this page and go back to our main blog page, here we can see our example, the training blog post and it’s currently unpublished. The main benefit of this is that the blog post can just sit on our website without being visible to the public for as long as we need it to be. We can click “View” to open it on the website and we will actually be able to see it because we’re logged in to the MODX manager. General visitors to the website won’t be able to see the blog post.
Once we’re happy with our blog post we can just click the “Publish” button and that will instantly make the blog post available on the website and we’ll be able to see that the “Published On” date has been filled out. We can also click the “Unpublish” button if we’d like to remove the blog post from being visible on our website.
In our next video we’ll cover scheduling, which allows us to set future dates to automatically publish and unpublish articles.
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