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Create a new blog

Overview

The instructions here give an overview of creating a new blog publication.

Before You Begin

Before diving into creating a blog, you should have an understanding of:

  • Creating a Publication 
  • Understanding Publication Configuration Options and Default Modules
  • Creating a Tag
  • Using the Add & Arrange Modules section

Steps

1) Create The Blog Modules

If your site already has blogs, you will likely already have these modules. Perform a quick search in the Content Manager to ensure you have the following three modules. The modules should be titled similarly to how they are noted here, if not exactly the same. If you do not have these modules available in your Content Manager, create them using these instructions.

Note: The same three modules are used on all blogs. You do not have to create separate modules for each blog.

  1. Publication Single Blog Roll module for the blog homepage. Create a Publication Single Blog Roll module. Title it Publication Blog Roll - Blog Homepage or something similar. Add a category if you would like. Use the following settings:
    1. Relative to host blog? Yes
    2. Show posts only from the current issue? No
    3. Show all posts? Yes
    4. Number of blog posts in the list: You can put whatever you feel is appropriate. The list will be paginated, and this value will determine how many posts will show up per page.
    5. Image Width and Image Height: You can set these to a percentage, whatever you feel is appropriate. Suggested percentage is 30%.
    6. Note: You can ignore the "Select Blog" drop down, as this is ignored by the selection of "Relative to host blog."
  2. Publication Single Blog Roll module for the blog issue pages. Create a Publication Single Blog Roll module. Title it Publication Blog Roll - Blog Issue Pages or something similar. Add a category if you would like. Use the following settings:
    1. Relative to host blog? Yes
    2. Show posts only from the current issue? Yes
    3. Show all posts? Yes
    4. Number of blog posts in the list: You can put whatever you feel is appropriate. The list will be paginated, and this value will determine how many posts will show up per page.
    5. Image Width and Image Height: You can set these to a percentage, whatever you feel is appropriate. Suggested percentage is 30%.
    6. Note: You can ignore the "Select Blog" drop down, as this is ignored by the selection of "Relative to host blog."
  3. Blog Sidebar Module for the sidebar on the blog homepage, blog issue pages, and blog articles. Create a Blog Sidebar module and title it "Blog Sidebar" or something similar. Add a category if you would like. In this module, you can add titles for each section of the blog sidebar. Generally, the section title will be the same as what you see in Rivista - i.e. About This Blog and Recent Posts. However, you can name these sections differently if you would like. If you would like the same section to have a different title on different blogs, you will have to create more than one Blog Sidebar module. 
    Note: You can select whether or not each section shows on a blog in the Blog Editor, explained below. 

2) Create Your New Blog Publication

Effective immediately, the initial creation of New Publications will be managed via GTxcel. While we understand that this may be considered a significant change for some of our customers, the impetus for this change is to ensure that customers do not inadvertently adjust their existing Rivista implementation without understanding that they may incur additional charges.

Going forward, if you have a desire to create a New Publication, please take the following steps:

1. New Publication which is accessed via Subdomain or New Domain...

Customer Action: Speak with your Account Manager for a quote.

For example, if your current Rivista implementation is located at www.awesome.com, and you wish to create a site located at new.awesome.com or www.totallyawesome.com, please speak with your AM.

2. New Publication for use as a "Microsite" on the current main domain

Customer Action: Speak with your Account Manager for a quote.

Microsite will be defined as: A publication with its own design(CSS) and/or navigation.

3. New Publication for use in any other capacity (New Blog, New Section, New Article Wrapper etc)...

Customer Action: Please log a Support Ticket to GTxcel, and they will set one up for you right away.

 

* If you have questions or concerns about a new Publication which you created is not currently covered by your contract and want to discuss support and pricing options for that site, please reach out to Account Management.

 

3) Provide The Basics For The Publication  

  1. Fill in the Publication Information. Leave the Abbreviated Name field blank for all blogs. Never use an abbreviated name for a blog.
  2. Fill in the Configuration Options. Usually, you can simply copy the Configuration Options of an existing publication. Opening your main publication in a new tab or window and copying the Configuration Options is the easiest and most reliable way to set up this section. 
    Note: You may need to have the proper Theme enabled for your new publication. You must contact support for this step. Your blog may not function correctly if the Theme is not set.
  3. Set the Default Modules for the blog under the Module Configuration tab. 
    • Default Issue Modules: In the middle position, place the Publication Single Blog Roll - Blog Issue Pages module. In the right position, place the Blog Sidebar module and any other modules you would like on the right side (for instance, an ad).
    • Default Article Modules: In the right position, place the Blog Sidebar module and any other modules you would like on the right side (for instance, an ad).
  4. Save your new publication. Use the Update button to save and create your publication, and you will stay on the publication's setting page for the next step. 

4) Set The Blog Homepage Modules

  1. Click on Edit Page Layout to access the page settings for the homepage of the blog.
  2. Set the page template to index.tpl. Under the Page Configuration section, select whether page tools, breadcrumbs, and the page title should show on the page. Generally, the page title should be off, but the breadcrumbs and page tools are up to your discretion. 
  3. In the Add & Arrange Modules section, move the Publication Single Blog Roll - Blog Homepage module. In the right position, place the Blog Sidebar module and any other modules you would like on the right side (for instance, an ad).
  4. Click Save & Done to save your changes. 

5) Create A Blog Tag

  1. Create a new tag and assign the blog publication in the Publication dropdown. Leave the Parent Tag dropdown blank.

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    Figure 2: Create a blog tag under Tags.

  2. Create a Feed Name and check off the appropriate checkboxes if you would like this blog to have a feed. Note the Feed Name you created as you will need it in the next step.
    Note: You can create child tags for your blog tag if you plan on using the Categories function on the sidebar.

6) Create The New Blog In The Blog Editor

From within the Publishing tab in Rivista (Figure 3: A), click the Blogs option on the navigation menu on the left (Figure 3: B). Click the New button at the bottom of the page (Figure 3: C).

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Figure 3: Create a new Blog under Blogs.

  1. Select your blog from the Publication dropdown.
  2. Enter a Blog Tagline if you would like. This is a short sentence that identifies the blog. The Blog Tagline is displayed under the title of the blog in modules and on the blog pages.
  3. Enter a Description. This serves as the About This Blog content. HTML content is supported.
  4. Enter a Feed URL. Use the Feed Name from the tag. Note that spaces are not allowed in this field - if you see a space, it will be filled in with a + sign. For instance, if the Feed Name is "Food Drink," the Feed URL will be "Food+Drink." If the Feed Name is "Food," theFeed URL will be "Food." 
    Note: Only put the Feed Name here - you do not have to put in a relative link, like /feeds/Food+Drink.
  5. Select which Blog Rail Modules you want to display on the blog's sidebar, and specify the order in which you would like them to show.  
    • About This Blog: Typically shown in the top of the right column, displays the description of the blog as set in the field described above.
    • Recent Posts: Displays the 10 most recent articles and the number of comments on each article if any.
    • Categories: Displays a list of the tags used in the articles of the blog with the count of articles using that tag. Tags are linked to the archive list of all the articles with that tag.
    • Archives: Displays the last 10 issues with a link to the archive for each issue.
    • Feed: Displays a link to the RSS feed for this blog.
  6. Add a Header Image if you would like to use an image in place of the blog title. Images are typically best at 250 px wide and 50 px tall.
  7. Update the Articles Per Page setting if needed. This field determines how many articles show at a time on the blog homepage.
  8. Save your new blog entry. Select Update to save your blog and remain on the Blogs screen to continue working on the blog settings. Select Save & Done to save the blog settings and go back to the main Blogs page.

7) Create New Blog Articles

Create new articles under your new blog publication. You may create the articles as standalone articles or you may create issues for the articles. Be sure to select the blog tag or any of its child tags when creating the article. 

Troubleshooting Tips

The incorrect blog articles are showing on the blog homepage/blog roll.

Check you blog tag. Under Tags, make sure the blog tag is assigned to the blog publication and does not have a parent tag. 

Why isn't my new blog article showing on the blog homepage/blog roll?

Double check your article to make sure it is tagged properly. Check your blog tag under Tags to make sure it is assigned to the blog publication. Ensure your blog publication and issue are published.

The categories on the blog sidebar are not linking anywhere.

You will need to set up an article archive page in order for the categories to link properly. You can create a new page for the blog, or you can use the existing archive page for your main publication. Set the link to either page under the Configuration Options tab in thePublication settings, in the Article Archive field. 

The blog homepage looks terrible - broken styles, nothing is showing correctly. 

There could be several issues here. Check that your blog does not have an abbreviated name in the Publication Information tab for the blog publication.

You may also want to check that your custom.css sheet is being applied to the blog. To do this, go to the Content Manager, and search for "css" or set the module type to filter by Global Publication Content. There will be a module titled something like "GPC - Custom CSS." Open that module, and check the Include in all Publications? setting. If it is set to "Yes," the CSS will be applied to your new blog. If it's set to "No," check off your new publication in the list of publications.

If you have checked both of these items and they are both correct, please contact the support desk as you may need the proper theme enabled.

My new blog is not appearing in a blog roll on a landing page/homepage.

If you use a separate blog roll module on your homepage or on another landing page, you will have to add your new blog to it. To do this, open that module through the Content Manager and check off your new blog in the Select Blog(s) section.

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