Blogs guide

Viewing blogs

Click on ‘Blogs’ in the main menu to view the Blogs directory. You can view:

  1. All sites
  2. My sites

The Sites (Blogs) directory

Creating a blog

In the main menu select the ‘Blogs’ tab, which will bring you to the Blogs Directory page. Click the ‘Create a site’ button next to the heading.

OR

In the top gray navigation menu, select My Sites > Create a site!

  1. First choose a domain name for your blog (this will be your unique URL). The title of your blog can always be changed, but you cannot edit your domain name (URL) later.
  2. Then enter a title for your blog.
  3. To keep your blog out of internet search results, check the No button under Privacy. If you choose NO, your blog will NOT appear in the blogs directory on OH Connect!.
  4. Click the ‘Create Blog’ button. Congratulations, you have just created a blog!

The Dashboard

The Dashboard is the administrative area for your blog.

Any time you are logged in to OH Connect!, you can reach the dashboard in the top gray navigation menu by selecting My Sites > Name of the blog > Dashboard.

In the left menu in your blog’s dashboard you will find these options:

  • POSTS: create and edit posts, edit post categories and tags
  • PAGES: create and edit pages
  • MEDIA: add images or edit existing images
  • PAGES: create and edit pages
  • COMMENTS: manage comments left by visitors to your blog
  • APPEARANCE: edit your blog’s look, widgets that appear in the sidebar and footer, and main menu
  • USERS: Add and edit users (OH Connect! members with special rights on your blog)
  • SETTINGS: adjust your blog settings, including privacy

dashboard

Blog settings (very important!)

We HIGHLY recommend you take some time to adjust your blog’s settings to make sure it works the way you want from the start, and so you know what options you have, in case you change your mind about how you want your blog to work in the future.

To make these changes, go to Settings in the dashboard menu. There you will find:

GENERAL
You blog’s name, URL, administrative email address, timezone and more.

WRITING
Set your default post settings.

READING
Set what appears on your blog home page and on pages with lists of posts.

DISCUSSION (very important!)
Adjust post comment settings and user avatars (profile images).

To AVOID SPAM in post comments and to AVOID RECEIVING NUMEROUS EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS from your blog, it is important to adjust discussion settings. We recommend the settings seen in the image below.
Discussion settings

With these settings:

  • By default, all of your posts will have a comments area where readers can leave comments. In individual posts, you will still have the option to disallow comments on that post.
  • Only registered members of OH Connect! will be able to comment on your blog posts.
  • The first time someone comments, their comment will be held for moderation and you will receive an email notification asking you to approve it. Once approved, this user will be able to comment without moderation.

PRIVACY
Determine if you prefer your site appear in search engine listings and in the OH Connect! site directory.

If you choose: Allow search engines to index this site
Your blog is completely public and will appear in the OH Connect! blog directory.

If you choose: Ask search engines not to index this site…
You can give people the URL of your blog and they can view it but it will NOT appear in the OH Connect! blog directory, or in search engine results.
Privacy settings

 

Themes

The theme of your blog determines its layout, font, colors and other aspects of its overall appearance.

To change your blog’s theme, go to Appearance > Themes in the dashboard menu.

Widgets

A widget is a ‘gadget’ that can be added in certain predetermined locations on your blog. Examples of widgets are search bars, a list of your post categories, or a list of your post tags.

To add or remove widgets in the sidebar and footer of your blog, go to Appearance > Widgets in the dashboard menu.

Tags and categories

Each post is filed under a category. Thoughtful categorization allows posts to be grouped with others of similar content and aids in the navigation of your blog.

A tag is a keyword which describes all or part of a post. It is like a Category, but smaller in scope. A post may have several tags, many of which relate to it only peripherally. Like Categories, Tags are usually linked to a page which shows all posts having the same tag. Unlike Categories, Tags can be created in the moment, by simply typing them into the tag field on the edit post page.

By placing the Tag Cloud or Categories widget in your blog sidebar, a list of your tags and/or categories can be displayed alongside your posts when people read your blog. This allows people to see what topics your blog is about and quickly see all posts related to just one topic.

To edit your categories and tags, go to Posts > Categories or Posts > Tags in the dashboard menu.

Pages and posts

A post is a chronological, journal style entry that has a date and time. A page is a more static type of entry and has the feel of a traditional website. Most blogs have posts on the homepage, but on OH Connect! you can assign one of your pages as the homepage. This will allow your blog to look more like a website.

To adjust what appears on your homepage, go to Settings > Reading in the dashboard menu.

To create and edit pages, go to Pages in the dashboard menu.

Users

Want to add a user to your blog? No problem, just follow these simple steps…

  1. Navigate to the ‘Users’ tab located in the left navigation bar of your dashboard and select ‘Add New’.
  2. Enter the member’s username (this can be found on their profile page). Only existing members of OH Connect! can be added to a blog.
  3. Enter the member’s email address.
  4. Set the role of the new user to: Administrator, Editor, Author, Contributor or Subscriber.

That person will be sent an email asking them to click a link confirming the invite. New users will not need a new username or password to log into the blog — once they log into OH Connect! they will have access to the blog under ‘My Sites’ on the top navigation bar.

A bit more about user roles:

  • Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features.
  • Editor – Somebody who can publish posts, manage posts as well as manage other people’s posts, etc.
  • Author – Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
  • Contributor – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish posts.
  • Subscriber – Somebody who can read comments/comment/receive news letters, etc.

New users will not need a new username or password to log into the blog — once they log into OH Connect! they will have access to the blog under ‘My Sites’ on the top navigation bar.

Editing posts and pages

To edit posts or pages, click on Posts or Pages in the dashboard menu. You will come to a page like the one in the image below.

Notes:

  • When editing a page, you will not see the Categories and Tags boxes.
  • If you do not see all of the boxes seen in the image, click Screen Options in the top right corner of the page to add them.

Post editor

THE PUBLISH BOX

In the Publish box in the top right corner you can adjust these post settings:

  • STATUS: Make your post a draft, published or scheduled for a future time you select under ‘Published on’ (See below).
  • VISIBILITY: Make your post:
    • Password protected – you will enter a password that you will then share with whomever you wish to view your post
    • Private – which means that only blog Editors and Administrators will be able to view your post
  • PUBLISHED ON: Change your post’s publish date; set a future time to schedule your post to automatically publish then.

ADDING IMAGES or FILES

To add images to a page or post, when editing the page or post,

  1. Click the   icon above the text editor. You can choose one of these tabs:
    • From computer: Upload a file from your computer
    • From URL: Place the link to an image found on the internet
    • Media Library: Insert a picture you previously uploaded
  2. Once the file is selected or uploaded, click ‘insert in post’ to add it to your page or post.

These file types can be uploaded using the media uploader icon:
jpg
jpeg
png
gif
pdf
doc
docx
xml
xmlx

To add a link to your page or post that allows users to download a document:

  1. Upload the file as you would an image (described above).
  2. In the upload window, look at the link URL field. Click the ‘file URL’ button seen below this field. Copy the link that appears in the field.
  3. Return to your post or page and insert a link as usual, using this URL.

Deleting a blog

Go to Tools > Delete Site in the dashboard menu and follow the prompts.

 

Other guides:
Getting started guide »
Members guide »
Groups guide »
Frequently asked questions »