How Do I Add or Edit Blogs on My Website?

How Do I Add or Edit Blogs on My Website?

If you have a blog enabled as part of your Zola Creative package you can begin adding posts right away! Your first step is to login to your website's Site Manager.  Once you have successfully logged in, please refer to the following steps in order to start blogging:
  1. Within the left hand menu of the site manager you will see a Blog button.  Click to expand for further options:



  2. To add / edit blogs, click Blog Entries on the expanded Blog menu.

  3. Upon clicking Blog Entries, you will be taken to a new page on the right of your screen which will display Published Blogs as well as Drafts and Scheduled Blogs:



  4. To add a new blog, click the blue Add Blog Entry button in the top right corner of the page:



  5. Upon clicking Add Blog Entry, you are directed to a new screen in which you can add your new post:



    • Title: This is the title of your post that will display on the website. 
    • Post: This is the section in which you will add the content of your blog post.  To input custom content, you will use the default Blank Section.  If your account includes InSight In Motion, you will see an addition button in which you can add content from our regularly updated library.  If you are interested in hearing more about this service, please contact us for more information.  
    • Add Image:  Browse your local computer files for an image that supports your content post.  We suggest using an image that is 250 px wide.  This upload tool will align and format your image with the corresponding post text. 
    • Date / Time:  This shows the date and time in which the post will be published.  This can be overridden by the Publish settings at the bottom of the page.  We will touch on that shortly. 
    • Categories:  Each new post requires a category.  You can check off one of the available options or add a new category using the text field and + button at the bottom of the list. 
    • Add Optional Blog Into Text: This will truncate your post text to show a preview to visitors on the site with an accompanying Read More link which will lead them to the full post text.  You can choose to set this manually by clicking the Add Optional Blog Intro Text button if you want a specific amount of the post or unique summary to appear.  If you choose not to set this manually, the system will automate and display the first few sentences of the post as the intro. 

  6. Save / Publish Options



    At the bottom of the page you will notice there are two boxes; Save as Draft and PublishSave as Draft will save a copy to the site manager which you can visit and edit from the main Blog Entries page. Clicking Save in this section will save your draft and keep you on the page so you can continue to edit.  Save & Close will save your draft and take you back out to the main blog entries page on the Site Manager

    Publish allows you to add your post Now or Schedule it for a later date and time.  You must select one or the other.

    Publish Now will post the blog on the site at that exact time and date.  Select the Now circle and then click the Publish button in order to post the current blog live to the website. 

    To Schedule it for a later date and time, select Later, then choose a date and an hour to schedule the blog to be posted.  You must click the Publish button in order to add it to the posting schedule. 

    Cancel / Discard will take you back out to the main blog entries page without saving any of your changes or blog text.

  7. You will also notice a button for Advanced Options at the bottom of your screen above the Save / Publish options.



    Once clicked, you will see an expanded section with the options in the screenshot above.  The Meta Title and Description will be indexed by search engines. If you choose to set this data for each post, you can streamline the information to contain keywords for your unique post.  This will be displayed within search engine results.  If you do not set this for each post, search engines will simply pick up the post title and first few sentences of the post as a description.

    The Custom Facebook Image upload tool allows you to set the thumbnail image that will appear if your post is shared on Facebook.

  8. Editing Blog Posts

    If you have already published or scheduled a post that you need to make changes to, you can easily Edit from the main blog entries page of the Site Manager by clicking the pencil icon to the right of the desired post:

If you edit a Scheduled Blog, you must set the date / time and click the publish button at the bottom of the edit screen. If you use the Save or Save & Close options, your post will be changed to a draft and removed from the schedule list.