Use our built-in blogging capability to create and edit posts right on your site.
To add a blog, click the Blog option in the left menu and select “Add Blog.”
When you add a blog, you will be directed to the the Manage Posts menu, where you will find 3 demo posts. The demo posts help to understand your post layout, how to access and edit posts, and to add placeholder posts to the All Posts widget. Feel free to delete the demo posts if you like.
Within the Manage Blog menu you will find the following options:
- + New Post
- Manage Posts
- Blog Settings
- Edit Layout
- Import Posts
+ New Post
Click this orange button to begin writing a new blog post. Add in the title, subtitle, content, and images, then ensure you click “Save” or “Publish.”
Publishing and Scheduling Posts
- Create a new blog post.
- When you’ve completed the blog post, you may click the Publish button to publish the post immediately.
- If you would like to schedule the publishing of the post, click the Done button in the top menu. This will save the blog post draft.
- In the Manage Posts section of the blog, click the gear icon.
- Click the Schedule Post link.
- Select a date.
- Click Save. Your blog post will be published on the day and time you selected.
The Manage Posts area is the main area for accessing and editing all of your blog posts. Use this option to open and update existing posts, access post settings like metadata, duplicate posts, or delete posts.
Use Blog Settings to access your blog name, description, thumbnail, RSS feed information and more. Keep in mind that these settings apply to your entire blog (all posts). Settings for individual posts can be accessed through the Manage Posts page.
Consider using the meta title option. Meta titles help search engines understand what a specific web page is all about and can improve SEO by making it easier for people to find your posts.
This option sets the layout of every blog post. As you design and update this layout, each blog post will use this layout for current and future blog posts. This means that formatting will be consistent from post to post, and will speed the process of creating new posts since you don’t have to create a layout each time.
Widgets can be added to the layout, just as you would on any other page. We’ll take a look at a few key widgets that are included in the default blog layout below.
The All Posts widget is a great widget to place on your blog layout (it will be in the layout by default). It shows every post on your blog and encourages site visitors to explore other posts. Using the content and design tabs you can alter the layout and elements of this widget.
The Search Posts widget allows visitors to search for relevant articles. Using the content and design tabs you can define the field text, as well as the style and spacing.
You can import existing blog posts from an RSS feed. This will import all posts, including text, images, videos, author names, publish dates, and Disqus comments, however, elements that are not supported will not import.
Once you have imported, these posts will remain in draft until you publish.
Note: if your RSS feed isn’t importing properly, there may be issues with the link or the format. First, ensure the URL is correct, then check the file to ensure that the feeds use content tags, as opposed to description tags. Another common issue is that the feed doesn’t give access to the next page; this will prevent Architect from pulling in all posts.
Select this section to manage overall settings: thumbnail, name, title, description, and URL. Adding keywords to these sections can help with your SEO, making it more likely that your blog shows up to potential visitors.
You can also create a backup for your blog here, which is separate from your site backup. Site backups will not backup your blog posts so this is an important step.
You can use tags to categorize blogs posts, making it easier for visitors to find relevant content. Within the Manage Posts option, find the relevant post and select “Post Settings.”
Scroll down to “Post Tags,” enter the relevant tag and click save.
Every tag you enter will be saved. When entering tags on future posts, saved tag names will autofill, revealing a list of previously used tags in a dropdown menu. This allows you to select previously used tags, which creates consistency.
Once you have added tags, you can filter posts based on tags. In the Edit Layout area, click to open the content tab and select a tag from “Filter posts by tag.”
Linking To Blog Posts
If you would like to link directly to a specific blog post from anywhere else on the site, you can do this by clicking the Blog post option when using any widget that offers a button or link.