A content management system (CMS), like b2evolution, helps you manage your website by encapsulating different elements in easy to edit blocks. This makes it possible to change parts of your blog without messing up other parts. To better understand how this works, it is important to understand the anatomy of a blog.
1. Blog Title
The blog title is the name of your blog. The title can be changed at anytime through the backoffice. Depending on the skin, after changing the blog title, the new title should show up immediately on your blog. The blog title is used by search engines when linking to the front page of your blog. Keep in mind that most search engines only display the first 60 - 65 characters of the title, so a shorter title is preferred.
2. Blog Tagline
The blog tagline is a short description of your blog. In most skins, the tagline is displayed directly below the blog title.
Menus provide an easy way for users to navigate through your blog. Menu locations can change depending on the skin. Most skins have two default menus.The blog menu contains links to all of the public blogs and forums managed under a single b2evolution installation. Each individual blog also has a site menu with links to your pages and other areas.
Individual blogs can be excluded from the blog menu through the backoffice under the Collections > [Blog Name] > Features tab. Click on "Other" and then uncheck the box next to "Include in public blog list."
Menus can be edited in the backoffice under the Collections > [Blog Name] > Widgets tab.
The sidebar is a narrow strip on the right and/or left side of the blog that can be customized by adding and removing widgets. Among other things, the sidebar can contain navigation links, links to external blogs, advertising, categories and links to your blog’s feeds. It is fully customizable through the backoffice in the Collections > [Blog Name] > Widgets tab.
You can control how many sidebars appear on the site and on which side of the blog they appear in the backoffice under the Collections > [Blog Name] > Skin tab. Different skins have different levels of customization. Click on "Use a different skin" to see all the skins available for your blog
A widget is a small application that can be used to add various functionality to your blog. With b2evolution you have access to dozens of customizable widgets, which can be incorporated into different areas of your blog, depending on the chosen skin. You can manage widgets through the backoffice in the Collections > [Blog Name] > Widgets tab.
The search bar is a widget that allows visitors to find specific information on your site.
Categories are one of many ways to add organization to blog posts. Descriptive categories also help search engines find your blog content. Each category has its own page that lists all blog posts in that category. Categories can be added while writing a post or can be added later by editing the post.
Visitors access the category page by clicking the category name, either in the blog post or in the category list in the sidebar.
Categories can be managed in the backoffice under the Collections > [Blog Name] > Categories tab.
Posts are dated content that are organized in reverse chronological order. To create a new post, click the "+Post" button on the admin bar or go to Collections > [Blog Name] > Posts > Posts tab in the backoffice and click "+Post."
9. Post Title
The post title is a short description of the content of the post. A good post title should be creative and informative. When a search engine lists the post in its results, the post title is what shows up with a link to your site. Since search engines only show a maximum of 60 - 65 characters of the title, it is a good idea to keep the title relatively short.
10. Post Teaser
The post teaser is a short section of content that appears on pages listing posts. The teaser is the content at the beginning of the post before the
[teaserbreak] tag. To display the entire post without a teaser, do not include a
[teaserbreak] tag in the post.
11. Post Body
The post body contains the main content of the post. You can use the b2evolution WYSIWYG editor or the HTML editor to format content and add media, such as images and video.
Unlike posts, pages are not dated. They are primarily used to provide fixed information, such as an About Page or a Contact Page. Pages can be displayed in the navigation menu by adding the Page Widget to the menu. To create a new page go to the Collections > [Blog Name] > Posts > Pages tab in the backoffice and click "+ Standalone page."
13. Page Title
The page title is what appears in the navigation menu. It will also show up in search engine results. The page title should be brief and informative.
14. Page Body
While pages are static, the content they contain can still be dynamic. An example of a page that has dynamic content is the Home Page. This page updates whenever new posts are created. Page content is formatted using the same editor WYSIWYG or HTML editor used for posts.
Comments are a way for your visitors to interact with your blog. Comments can be turned off for individual posts and pages by editing the post or page and changing the settings in the "Comment" box.
Comments can be managed in the backoffice under the Collections > [Blog Name] > Comments tab.
The copyright notice is a message that appears at the bottom of each page to inform the user who owns the copyright on your blog’s content. This notice can be modified in the backoffice through the Collections > [Blog Name] > Settings > Advanced tab by editing the "Blog footer" in the Meta Data section.
17. RSS or Atom Feed
RSS and Atom feeds provide a way for you to syndicate your blog. They export your blog content into a standardized format that can be read by feed aggregators.
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