Hi, I’m Jason from Dash Media and in this video we’ll be doing a quick tour of MODX Blogs.
As you can see on the left-hand side of our resource tree we’ve got a document called Blog and it has a little coffee cup as a logo. That’s MODX’s way of letting us know this is a blog. If you click it you will see that you’ve opened a blog document and we have a lot of the same things you’d expect of a normal page on our website, only, some of the titles might be a little bit different.
The “Container Title” is the same as the main heading on the page. By default this will be used in menus and it can also be shown on the page above our article listing. If for whatever reason you want to change the name of this to be something longer but also have a short menu title you can use the “Menu Title” field to the right of the “Container Title” field. You don’t have to use it if you’re happy for the container title to be the same title on the menus.
As with normal documents we also have an alias. This will be where on the website that this page will be accessible from. For example this says “blog” so it would be accessible from yourwebsite.com/blog.
We also have optional “Link Attributes” which you don’t have to worry about as well as SEO descriptions which should always be filled out.
Nothing here is really new but when we scroll down we see that we have a listing of articles. There’s an article named “Test Article” that was published on the 25th and an article published on the 26th. A couple things that are nice to know about this is just beside each title is a grayed out number in brackets. This is actually the document ID number. You might need that somewhere else in the website if you’re trying to link to this page directly. This section also gives us the categories that this blog article has been placed in to. For this example we can see that the “Test Article” is part of the “Examples” category and the “Test” category.
Beneath the heading of each blog article we also have a couple controls. Here we have access to editing the article, or if we click “View” this will actually open the article on a new page so we can see how this will look on the website. We can also delete and unpublish or publish articles.
We can see here that both test articles are published just because the 4th option says “Unpublish” and we also have dates, but if I click the “Unpublish” button we now see that the “Published on” date is done and our “Unpublish” button has been replaced with a “Publish” button. This is useful when you’re creating new blog posts and you just want to make sure everything is okay before it’s available on the website. We can also just click the “Publish” button and that will instantly publish the article to our website and it will also change the “Published On” date to the current date and time.
Back at the top of this page you’ll see that there are a couple tabs that we don’t have on other pages. We have a “Develop Settings” tab. Now, you should never touch anything in here, this is all set up by us when we create your website and this is all specific to your site. Changing anything in here will break your blog.
There is also an “Advanced Settings” section. This just contains a bunch of settings that the blog will use, but again, nothing on this page should ever really be changed.
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