Adding a blog to your website is a great way to get visitors to engage with your content. Your blog is a place to write about creating music, tour life, the creative process, or anything else that happens in the life of a musician.

This help article includes:

  • How to add a blog feature to your website
  • Blog post options
    • Creating and editing a blog post
    • Sharing a blog post
    • Blog comments
  • Blog settings
    • Comment options
    • Display format
    • Sharing options
    • Number of posts to display
  • Podcast settings
  • How to add an external blog

How to add a blog feature to your website

  1. From the 'Edit Content' tab, click 'Pages' and open the page on which you’ll be posting the blog
  2. Click 'Add feature'
  3. Select the 'Blog' feature
  4. Use the placement arrows on that page to set the blog’s location
  5. Once the feature is placed, enter a title for your blog
  6. Click the 'Add new blog' button
  7. In the top right, click the 'New Post' button to create a blog post

Post options

You can continue adding posts to your blog, to make it a living document of your adventures, musings, and updates from the studio. To make a post, click 'New Post.'

Within each new post, you’ll have these options:

  • Post title: the title of your blog post
  • Message: use the formatting options to add text, images, and embed video from Vimeo or Youtube
  • Categories:
    • You can create categories for your posts. The categories will appear on your individual posts and when selected, the visitor will see a page with all posts within that category
  • Podcast: No podcast, Upload track, Track from library
    • Tracks must be in MP3, WAV, or FLAC format
  • Thumbnail image:
    • Automatically use the first image in post. This is used in the tiled and carousel view display format
    • Upload thumbnail image: upload a custom image to be displayed in tiled and carousel display format
  • Publish settings:
    • Publish immediately
    • Schedule publishing: choose a date before or after today’s date. This is great if you are post-dating blog posts, or scheduling for future release. If the date is set in the future, it will be published on that date.
  • Publish, Save as draft, Cancel
    • If you 'Save as draft' the post will appear in your post list with the 'Draft' note next to the title.
    • If you 'Cancel' this will delete the post altogether
    • Publish will either publish immediately or on the scheduled date
  • Sharing and deleting blog posts:
    • In your main 'Posts' view, you can click on the … icon next to your blog post and either 'Delete' or 'Share' your post
      • 'Delete': you’ll be prompted to delete permanently, or cancel action
      • 'Share': you can share directly to Facebook, Twitter, Email, or copy the direct link to share.
  • Comments: Visitors can comment below each blog post by entering their name, location, and comment.
    • To check visitor comments:
      • Open the Blog feature on your page by clicking on it through the 'Edit Content' tab, then look to the right of the list of post titles. The comment bubbles there show the number of comments per post.
      • Click the title of the post, to open the post editor, and scroll to the bottom. All comments and replies are listed at the bottom of the post editor.
      • In the 'Actions' options, click on the … icon next to each comment and click 'Delete' to remove unwanted comments
      • 'Add a Comment': enter your own message
        • There currently isn’t a way to directly reply to a single comment. To address a specific comment, add the original commenter’s name to your own comment post.
    • Filter
      • All
      • Drafts
      • Published
      • Scheduled
      • With unverified comments

Blog settings

This tab provides the following options:

  • Title: Change the title of your entire blog (this does not apply to individual blog posts)
  • Comment options (toggle each option to enable):
    • Allow users to post comments: Allows visitors to leave comments on the blog. Leave this unchecked if you do not want to receive comments.
    • Send me an email when a comment is posted: Issues a notification via email to the account’s administrative address when someone posts a comment on the blog.
    • Require my approval before display: Allows visitors to post comments, but requires the approval of the account holder before any comment is displayed online.
    • Require user to be signed in to post a comment: Allows only those visitors who are members of your site to post comments.
  • Display format (select one):
    • List view: Full blog posts
      • Displays full blog posts on the page.
    • List view: Summaries, with links to full posts
      • Displays a short excerpt of the blog post on the page, with a clickable link to read the full post. (Note: If the post is under 512 characters the full post will be displayed, not just the first paragraph.)
    • Tiled view:
      • Displays a waterfall style grid with short blog post summaries. The featured image uses the Thumbnail Image you selected in your post options. This view is responsive, and collapses columns based on screen size.
    • Carousel view: Displays the assigned number of recent posts in a scrolling horizontal grid, with blog post summary and thumbnail image. Carousel view offers several additional options (toggle each option to enable):
      • Show post title
      • Show post thumbnail image
      • Show post excerpt
      • Show date published
      • Show ‘Read More’ link
      • Show ‘View More Posts’ link
      • Posts per slide: 2, 3, or 4
      • Blog image ratio: click the dropdown to select from the following:
        • Square
        • Circle
        • Landscape 3:2
        • Landscape 5:4
    • Grid view: displays in a grid of 3 across with the following options:
      • Blog image ratio: click the dropdown to select from the following:
        • Square
        • Circle
        • Landscape 3:2
        • Landscape 5:4
    • Show Share Links: toggle to enable or disable
    • Posts per Page: 1, 5, 10, 15, 20

Podcasting settings

Within each blog post you can add a podcast track (or any audio track of your choice). Please view our ‘Adding a Podcast’ help article for more details.

Note: You can find your blog’s RSS feed link in the ‘Podcasting Settings’ tab. It’s labeled ‘Podcast URL’.

Import posts

If you already have a blog set up elsewhere (e.g. Wordpress, Tumblr, Blogger, etc.) you can easily import it into the blog feature on your website. You can add as many external blog feeds as you’d like. These will sync automatically to include any past or future blog posts you add on those external platforms.

  1. Click 'Import posts' in the left hand options
  2. Click the 'Add blog feed' button
  3. Enter the URL (full website address) for your external blog
  4. Click 'Test'
  5. Click 'Save and import'

All previous posts should be listed on your blog feature within an hour. If any are missing, click the 'Import Posts' tab, then click the 'Update now’ link.

To remove an external feed click the 'X' next to the feed details.

Note: For Wordpress, select the RSS feed for your blog there, and paste that into the blog feed URL field (e.g. http://username.wordpress.com/feed). TIP: You can also get your RSS feed URL by right-clicking on the orange 'RSS feed' button in your external blog, and selecting the 'Copy Link Location'.

General Blog feature notes

There can only be one blog feature per page on your Bandzoogle website.

You can find your blog’s RSS feed URL in the 'Podcasting Settings' tab of the Blog feature. It’s labeled 'Podcast URL'.