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Introduction

A Blog (also referred to as a Web Log), can be used in a variety of ways; it is largely used as a medium for posting stories or journal entries online. People who read Blog entries can also make comments on the posts you have made.

The blog wizard

Step 1: Blog Profile Management

In this step, you will enter basic details for your blog.

In the "blog profile" section, you need to provide the following information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email Address: for visitors who may want to email you.
  • Website URL: for visitors who may want to visit your main website.
  • Upload an avatar: an avatar is a picture that is displayed beside your posts. Personal avatars are usually a picture of one's self, or some other image, logo or symbol. Use the "browse" button to locate a picture on your computer that you wish to upload as your avatar. You are not required to upload an avatar.

The "blog details" section allows you to input some general information concerning your blog:

  • Blog Title: this is the main title of your blog.
  • Description: a short description of the purpose or theme of your blog.
  • Time Zone: so that blog entries are time stamped with times that are the same as the time zone you are in, select a GMT offset. For example, Eastern Standard Time (North America) is GMT -5:00.
  • Posts per page: the number of posts which will appear at one time on the blog. For example, if you set this drop-down to "10", then your latest post, and the previous 9 posts, will be featured on the first page. Older posts will be displayed in batches of 10 on other pages.
  • Comments: you can set your blog to automatically add comments from viewers on your blog, or require all comments to be viewed and approved by you before they appear on your blog. For the latter, an interface is provided in this application to preview and approve, edit, or reject comments posted by visitors.

The "categories" section allows you to set up various categories under which you can place you blog entries.

  • To add a category, click the "add" button at the top of the list. A space will appear at the bottom, allowing you to enter a name for the category; click the "apply" button below the area where you entered the category name to save it to the list.
  • To delete a category, click on the deletion icon to the right of the category that you want to delete. The icon will change to indicate that the category has been queued for deletion. You can click again on this icon to remove it from the queue. It is possible to mark multiple categories for deletion. When you are done selecting categories to delete, click the "apply" button immediately below the list.
  • To edit a category name, click on a category. A text box will appear below, allowing you to edit the name. When you are done, click the "apply" button below the area where you edited category name to save your changes.

When you are finished entering information on this screen, click the "next" button near the top-right corner.

Step 2: Presentation

In this step, you will select a template to use for your blog. Each template provides a distinctive look and feel to every aspect of your blog.

You can scroll through a thumbnail list of available templates on the left. Clicking on a thumbnail will display a slightly larger preview of the theme on the right. To use the template you have selected, click "apply".

When you are finished, click the "next" button near the top-right corner.

Step 3: Add-ons

EasyBlogBuilder comes with a wide variety of plug-ins and add-on functionality, which you can select in this step. These add-ons will display along the side of your blog, in the order in which they are listed under "active add-ons".

To activate an add-on, click on the arrow beside the add-on you wish to use from the list on the left. It will appear to the right under the "active add-ons" list.

  • Please note that some add-ons will require additional configuration before they can be used. Add-ons that require additional configuration will have a magnifying glass icon beside them when they are in the "active add-ons" list. Clicking on this icon will display additional fields for configuration. Click "apply" below these additional fields to save your add-on settings.

To deactivate an add-on, click the arrow beside the add-on you want to remove from the "active add-ons" list. It will be moved to the list on the left.

  • Please note that any additional settings that may have been required to use the add-on are deleted; if you re-activate the add-on at a later date, these settings will have to be re-entered. As a safety measure, you will receive a warning if you attempt to deactivate an add-on which required additional configuration.

To change the order in which add-ons are displayed in your blog, click on the name of the add-on that you want to move in the "active add-ons" list, then click on the up or down-arrow buttons located to the right of the list.

When you are finished, click the "next" button near the top-right corner.

Step 4: Blog Editor

In this step, you can compose a blog entry. You can compose additional entries later by clicking the "blog editor" button at the top of the screen. If you do not wish to compose a blog entry at this time, you can safely skip this step by clicking "next".

To compose a blog entry, enter a title (subject) and then the blog entry itself in the spaces provided. You should also select what category you would like your blog entry to be published under, using the drop-down list located below the composition area of the editor. The toolbar above the composition area provides the following functions:

  • Select Font/Size: these drop-down lists allow you to select the font and font size of your text. It is possible to use multiple fonts and font sizes in your blog entries.
  • Insert image: this option opens a window which allows you to insert an image in your blog entry. All inserted images are referenced by URL (e.g. http://domain.com/image.jpg); if you have an image on your computer that you want to use, you will have to upload it first using the File Manager in WebsiteOS or an FTP program. You can also reference images which are on other websites. If you are linking to an image that is on another website, please be aware that the image may be copyrighted; you should obtain permission from all copyright holders before linking to these images.
  • Undo: undoes the last change you made.
  • Redo: reverses an undo, i.e. allows you to cancel your last undo.
  • Bold/Italics/Underline: Allows you to format text so it is in boldface, italics, or underlined.
  • Font color: allows you to change the color of the text. Please be aware that some font colors will not be visible on some templates, if it is close to or the same as the background color.
  • Insert Hyperlink: highlighting text and then selecting this option allows you to turn that text into a link. In the window that opens, you can indicate the type of link (http, https, or mailto), and the URL that the text should link to.
  • Bulleted list: allows you to create an indented, bullet-point list.

If you have composed a blog entry and are finished, click "apply" to post it.

Click the "next" button near the top-right corner to proceed to the next step.

Step 5: View your blog

This step indicates that your blog has been successfully created and is up and running. You can go to your blog by clicking on the link provided on this screen.

The layout manager

Manage: Blog profile

In the "blog profile" section, you need to provide the following information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email Address: for visitors who may want to email you.
  • Website URL: for visitors who may want to visit your main website.
  • Upload an avatar: an avatar is a picture that is displayed beside your posts. Personal avatars are usually a picture of one's self, or some other image, logo or symbol. Use the "browse" button to locate a picture on your computer that you wish to upload as your avatar. You are not required to upload an avatar.

Remember to click "apply" to save any changes you have made.

Manage: Blog details

The "blog details" section allows you to input some general information concerning your blog:

  • Blog Title: this is the main title of your blog.
  • Description: a short description of the purpose or theme of your blog.
  • Time Zone: so that blog entries are time stamped with times that are the same as the time zone you are in, select a GMT offset. For example, Eastern Standard Time (North America) is GMT -5:00.
  • Posts per page: the number of posts which will appear at one time on the blog. For example, if you set this drop-down to "10", then your latest post, and the previous 9 posts, will be featured on the first page. Older posts will be displayed in batches of 10 on other pages.
  • Comments: you can set your blog to automatically add comments from viewers on your blog, or require all comments to be viewed and approved by you before they appear on your blog. For the latter, an interface is provided in this application to preview and approve, edit, or reject comments posted by visitors.

Remember to click "apply" to save any changes you have made.

Presentation: Themes

In this section, you will select a template to use for your blog. Each template provides a distinctive look and feel to every aspect of your blog.

You can scroll through a thumbnail list of available templates on the left. Clicking on a thumbnail will display a slightly larger preview of the theme on the right. To use the template you have selected, click "apply".

Add-ons

EasyBlogBuilder comes with a wide variety of plug-ins and add-on functionality, which you can select in this section of the layout manager. These add-ons will display along the side of your blog, in the order in which they are listed under "active add-ons".

To activate an add-on, click on the arrow beside the add-on you wish to use from the list on the left. It will appear to the right under the "active add-ons" list.

  • Please note that some add-ons will require additional configuration before they can be used. Add-ons that require additional configuration will have a magnifying glass icon beside them when they are in the "active add-ons" list. Clicking on this icon will display additional fields for configuration. Click "apply" below these additional fields to save your add-on settings.

To deactivate an add-on, click the arrow beside the add-on you want to remove from the "active add-ons" list. It will be moved to the list on the left.

  • Please note that any additional settings that may have been required to use the add-on are deleted; if you re-activate the add-on at a later date, these settings will have to be re-entered. As a safety measure, you will receive a warning if you attempt to deactivate an add-on which required additional configuration.

To change the order in which add-ons are displayed in your blog, click on the name of the add-on that you want to move in the "active add-ons" list, then click on the up or down-arrow buttons located to the right of the list.

Remember to click "apply" to save any changes you have made.

The blog editor

Posts: Create new post

In this section, you can compose one or more blog entries.

To compose a blog entry, enter a title (subject) and then the blog entry itself in the spaces provided. You should also select what category you would like your blog entry to be published under, using the drop-down list located below the composition area of the editor. The toolbar above the composition area provides the following functions:

  • Select Font/Size: these drop-down lists allow you to select the font and font size of your text. It is possible to use multiple fonts and font sizes in your blog entries.
  • Insert image: this option opens a window which allows you to insert an image in your blog entry. All inserted images are referenced by URL (e.g. http://domain.com/image.jpg); if you have an image on your computer that you want to use, you will have to upload it first using the File Manager in WebsiteOS or an FTP program. You can also reference images which are on other websites. If you are linking to an image that is on another website, please be aware that the image may be copyrighted; you should obtain permission from all copyright holders before linking to these images.
  • Undo: undoes the last change you made.
  • Redo: reverses an undo, i.e. allows you to cancel your last undo.
  • Bold/Italics/Underline: Allows you to format text so it is in boldface, italics, or underlined.
  • Font color: allows you to change the color of the text. Please be aware that some font colors will not be visible on some templates, if it is close to or the same as the background color.
  • Insert Hyperlink: highlighting text and then selecting this option allows you to turn that text into a link. In the window that opens, you can indicate the type of link (http, https, or mailto), and the URL that the text should link to.
  • Bulleted list: allows you to create an indented, bullet-point list.

When you are finished composing a blog entry, click "apply" to post it.

Posts: Manage posts

In the "manage posts" section, you can view, edit and delete any post you have made. You can also search through your posts to locate ones that deal with a specific subject.

To search through your posts, enter a keyword, a search month, and a category using the fields provided and then click "search". If there are any matches, they will be displayed in the list below.

To view a post, click on the [view] link to the right of the post you want to see. Your blog entry will load in a new window.

To edit a post, click on the inspection icon, location immediately to the right of the [view] link. You will be taken to the "create new post" screen, but the blog entry you selected will be preloaded into the editor. After you have made your changes, click "apply" and your blog entry will be resaved.

Manage categories

The "categories" section allows you to set up various categories under which you can place your blog entries.

To add a category, click the "add" button at the top of the list. A space will appear at the bottom, allowing you to enter a name for the category; click the "apply" button below the area where you entered the category name to save it to the list.

To delete a category, click on the deletion icon to the right of the category that you want to delete. The icon will change to indicate that the category has been queued for deletion. You can click again on this icon to remove it from the queue. It is possible to mark multiple categories for deletion. When you are done selecting categories to delete, click the "apply" button immediately below the list.

To edit a category name, click on a category. A text box will appear below, allowing you to edit the name. When you are done, click the "apply" button below the area where you edited category name to save your changes.

To delete one or more categories, click on the deletion icon to the far right of the categories that you want to delete. You can select multiple categories for deletion; clicking the icon a second time will deselect it from the deletion queue. When you have selected all the categories you want to delete, click "apply"

Manage comments

This section allows you to view, edit and delete user responses (comments) to your posts. If you have elected to approve all comments before they are displayed in your blog, then a list of comments which are pending approval are also shown.

If you have elected to approve comments before they are posted, you can review and approve comments using the "awaiting approval" list.

    • To view comments waiting approval, click the [view] link beside the comment you want to see in the "awaiting approval" list. The comment will appear in the “view comment” box directly beneath the "awaiting approval" list. Note: you cannot edit comments that are pending approval.
  • You can approve a comment by clicking the "approve comment" icon (!) beside the comment you wish to approve. The icon will change to (P), indicating that it has been queued for approval. If you click a second time, it will remove the comment from the approval queue and revert to (!). You can select multiple comments for approval in this fashion. Click "apply" to approve all comments you have selected for approval.
  • You can delete comments that you do not want to approve by clicking on the deletion icon to the far right of the commentns that you want to delete. You can select multiple comments for deletion; clicking the icon a second time will remove it from the deletion queue. When you have selected all the categories you want to delete, click "apply"

To view and delete existing comments, use the "comments" list.

    • To view comments, click the [view] link beside the comment you want to see in the "awaiting approval" list. The comment will appear in the “view comment” box directly beneath the "comments" list.
  • Comments can be queued for deletion by clicking the deletion icon to the far right. You can select multiple comments for deletion; clicking the icon a second time will remove a comment from the deletion queue. When you have selected all the categories you want to delete, click "apply".

User Management

The "user management" interface allows you to view, add, modify or delete registered users of your blog.

To delete one or more users, click the deletion icon to the far right. You can select multiple users for deletion; clicking the icon a second time will remove the user from the deletion queue. When you have selected all the users you want to delete, click "apply".

To view or edit a user's information, click the "inspection" icon, located beside the deletion icon. The users information will appear in the fields to the right of the list. If you make changes to any of this information, click the "apply" button in the bottom-right corner to save your changes.

To create a new user, click the "add new user" button above the user list. The fields to the right will become active, allowing you to enter information about the new user. When you are done entering user information, click "apply" to save the new user.

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