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 options
- How to add an external blog
How to add a blog feature to your website:
- From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click ‘Pages’ and open the page on which you’ll be posting the blog
- Click ‘Add feature’
- Select the ‘Blog’ feature
- Use the placement arrows on that page to set the blog’s location
- Enter a title for your blog
- Click the ‘Create new blog’ button
- Click the ‘new post’ button to set up a post for the blog
In the left-hand sidebar you’ll see 4 options tabs. Here is a breakdown of what you can do in each tab.
1. ‘Blog posts’
Create or edit your blog posts
From the ‘Blog posts’ tab in the sidebar, click the ‘new post’ button to create a new post, or click on the title of an existing post to see these options on the ‘Edit Post’ page:
- Post title: Name the individual blog post (not your main blog or website name).
- Category: Set categories for each post and they will display in the blog summaries, or below full blog posts. Visitors can click a category to browse all posts in that category.
- Podcast: Upload an audio track to display below the blog post. More details on this here.
- Thumbnail: Upload the image you’d like to use as the featured image for this blog post. This will be the image used when you share the post on social media. Publish: Post to your blog immediately, or schedule it for a future date.
- Unpublish: This will automatically remove the post from your website. The post will remain archived as a draft in your Blog feature.
- Click ‘Schedule’ or ‘Save as draft’ (or ‘Update post’ if you’re editing an existing post)
- Blog Comments: Any comments left on the blog post will appear here. You can use this space to edit, remove, or post replies to comments.
Note: If the correct image doesn’t display when shared to Facebook please run the post URL through the Facebook debug tool.
Visitors can comment below each blog post by entering their name, location, and comment.
- If a visitor would also like to become a website member and join your mailing list, they can do so by clicking the ‘Register’ link in your blog’s comment section.
- To check visitor comments:
- Open the Blog feature in your account 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 Edit Post page, and scroll to the bottom - all comments and replies are listed at the bottom of the page.
- Click the pencil icon to edit a comment. Click the ‘x’ icon to permanently delete a comment.
- 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.
Sharing blog posts
- To the right of the blog post titles on the blog posts page is a ‘promote’ column. Choose from these options:
- Post to Facebook: Post to any Facebook Page (personal or business) that you own or administer
- Post to Twitter: Post to a Twitter account that you manage
2) ‘Blog settings’
This tab provides the following options:
- Edit blog title: Change the title of your entire blog (this does not apply to individual blog posts)
- For new comments (click each box 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): Displays full blog posts on the blog index page.
- List view (summary): Displays a short excerpt of the blog post on the blog index 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 (think Pinterest) with short blog post summaries. The featured image uses the Thumbnail Image from the blog post editing screen. If a thumbnail image is not set, an image from the post will be selected as default. 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 (click each box to enable):
- Show post title
- Show post thumbnail image
- Show post excerpt
- Show date published
- Show ‘Read More’ link
- Show ‘View More Posts’ link
- Show share link: By default, a "share" link will be featured on each blog post. This allows visitors to share your blog post to Facebook, Twitter, by email, or by using the post URL. Uncheck this option if you do not want your posts to display a share link.
- Posts per page: (# of posts that will display on the blog summary page)
- List view (full post), list view (summary), and tiled view: select from 1 to 20 posts
- Carousel view: select from 2 to 4 posts
3) ‘Podcast 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’.
4) ‘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.
- Click ’Import posts’ in the left hand pane
- Click the ’Add blog feed’ button
- Enter the URL (website address) for your external blog
- Click ‘Test’
- Click ‘Save and import’
All previous posts should be listed on your blog feature. 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.
- 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’.
- 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’.