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Adding a Blog Post - Step by Step

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Blogging is a great way to add fresh content to your website. This article will walk you through the steps of adding a new Blog Post in your Blog Posts Library. Not where you want to be? Check out these other Blog Post articles for more step-by-step guides:


Blogging regularly increases the vitality of your website, which in turn can help increase your website’s SEO benefits. Search engines favor websites that add content regularly. You can link to pages within your website to showcase information, products or services, or you can link to other websites that feature topics relevant to your organization. 
 

To add custom blog posts:

1. Click My Website > Blog Posts (under Libraries)

Screenshot of My Website grey box with columns
 

2. Click the green Add Post button.

3. Select the type of post you’d like to add.

Screenshot of display to select the type of post you'd like to add

You have four choices for the type of post you’d like to add:

  • Article: This is your typical “Blog Post”, where the title of the post will link to another page that contains the full blog post, and optional image. Each Article you post has its own page/URL, and the ability to add custom SEO tags. 
  • Link: For a Link post, the title of the post will link to another page on your website, or to a page on another website. 
  • Headline Only: The title of a Headline Only post does not link, instead it displays with an optional description and thumbnail image. This is a great type to use for announcements or alerts. 
  • File Download: The title of the post is a link to a file in your Documents Library. Use the File Download type to post a flyer, poster or printable coupon. 
4. Complete the necessary information for the type of post you've chosen: 

Article Post

Info & Settings
Post Status: Your new post will automatically be toggled to “Draft” mode. This allows you to work on a post without it appearing on your website. You can Save & Finish to close out of the blog, and come back later to edit and publish it. Click Publish to choose a date to publish your post. The current date is the default, but you can choose a date in the future to schedule posts.

Title: Type in a title for your post. 

Categories: Choose a category from the drop down menu. You have to choose at least one category, but you can add an article to as many categories as you like. The category is what determines where a post will display.

Open link in a new window?: Choose ‘Yes’ to open your article in a new browser window, or ‘no’ to open the article in the same browser window.


Content
Post text: Type the content of your post directly into this box, or copy and paste from a document. You can use the editing tools to format the text and add links. The title links to a newly created page that displays the complete post and optional image. It will also have a “Return to List” link that allows users to go back to the archive page. 

Description: Type a short summary to let your readers know what the post is about. This will display under the title on the page that displays your blog posts.

Image: Click Select Image to select an image from your Images Library, or to upload a new image. 

Author:  By default the Author space is set to “Custom”, with a text area to type in a name. You can also choose one of your Springboard users from the dropdown menu, or select “None” to opt out of having an author byline appear.

Search Engine Title: This is what will appear on social media or search engines. For an easy title, simply copy & paste your article title in this line.

Search Engine Description: This will appear beneath your Search Engine Title on social media and search engines. You can copy & paste your article description here. 

Click Save & Finish.


Link Post

Info & Settings
Post Status: Your new post will automatically be toggled to “Draft” mode. This allows you to work on a post without it appearing on your website. You can Save & Finish to close out of the blog, and come back later to edit and publish it. Click Publish to choose a date to publish your post. The current date is the default, but you can choose a date in the future to schedule posts.

Title: Type in a title for your post. 

Categories: Choose a category from the drop down menu. You have to choose at least one category, but you can add an article to as many categories as you like. The category is what determines where a post will display.

Open link in a new window?: Choose ‘Yes’ to open your article in a new browser window, or ‘no’ to open the article in the same browser window.

Best Practice: When using the Link Type to link to a different website, choose to open in a new window. This will keep your website easily accessible for visitors to return to after view the link. If you’re linking to a different page on your website, you can choose ‘no’ as website visitors will remain on your website. 


Content
Link to: A Link Post is able to link to a page on another website, or to an existing page on your website. Choose the option you’d like from the dropdown. If you choose ‘A page on another website,’ type in the URL for that page. If you choose ‘An existing page on your website,’ choose the desired page from the dropdown. 

Description: Type a short summary to let your readers know what the post is about. This will display under the link on the page that displays your blog posts.

Image: Click Select Image to select an image from your Images Library, or to upload a new image. 

Author:  By default the Author space is set to “Custom”, with a text area to type in a name. You can also choose one of your Springboard users from the dropdown menu, or select “None” to opt out of having an author byline appear.

Click Save & Finish. 
 


Headline Only Post

Info & Settings
Post Status: Your new post will automatically be toggled to “Draft” mode. This allows you to work on a post without it appearing on your website. You can Save & Finish to close out of the blog, and come back later to edit and publish it. Click Publish to choose a date to publish your post. The current date is the default, but you can choose a date in the future to schedule posts.

Title: Type in a title for your post. 

Categories: Choose a category from the drop down menu. You have to choose at least one category, but you can add an article to as many categories as you like. The category is what determines where a post will display.

Open link in a new window?: Choose ‘Yes’ to open your article in a new browser window, or ‘no’ to open the article in the same browser window.


Content
Description: Type a short summary to let your readers know what the post is about. This will display under the link on the page that displays your blog posts.

Image: Click Select Image to select an image from your Images Library, or to upload a new image. 

Author:  By default the Author space is set to “Custom”, with a text area to type in a name. You can also choose one of your Springboard users from the dropdown menu, or select “None” to opt out of having an author byline appear.

Click Save & Finish.
 


File Download Post
 

Info & Settings
Post Status: Your new post will automatically be toggled to “Draft” mode. This allows you to work on a post without it appearing on your website. You can Save & Finish to close out of the blog, and come back later to edit and publish it. Click Publish to choose a date to publish your post. The current date is the default, but you can choose a date in the future to schedule posts.

Title: Type in a title for your post. 

Categories: Choose a category from the drop down menu. You have to choose at least one category, but you can add an article to as many categories as you like. The category is what determines where a post will display.

Open link in a new window?: If the document you’re linking to is a PDF, click Yes, to open the PDF in a new browser window. If you’re linking to a Word Document, click No.

Attempt to open the file in the user’s browser?: If the document you’re linking to is a PDF, click No. If you’re linking to a Word Document, click Yes
 

Content
File: Click Select Document and locate the file you want. Click Select this Document next to the document in your Documents Library, or click Upload Documents to upload a new document from your computer. 

Description: Type a short summary to let your readers know what the post is about. This will display under the title on the page that displays your blog posts.

Image: Click Select Image to select an image from your Images Library, or to upload a new image. 

Author:  By default the Author space is set to “Custom”, with a text area to type in a name. You can also choose one of your Springboard users from the dropdown menu, or select “None” to opt out of having an author byline appear.

Click Save & Finish. 
 

Note: If you’ve chosen “Publish”, a confirmation screen will display to let you know where your post is displaying, or where it will display on the date you’ve selected. If you’ve saved your post as a “Draft”, you’ll be redirected to your drafts list. To continue working on your post at a later time, navigate to your Blog Post library, then click the grey Drafts button on the right. The button will also display the number of drafts you have in parentheses. 

Now that you know how to fill your Blog Post Library with articles, you’ll want to add the Blog Post Component to a page on your website. Follow the steps in this article to continue your Blog Posting journey!