Lets carry on with our “How to create a blog” post we started last week.
You can beautifully design your blog by adding a top banner and changing its style from the left menu. Lets have a close look at this menu beginning from the top.
Dashboard – is a general look, to all your posts etc, it is a kind of short cut to below areas.
Content and Discussion
Content section is for your posts in a chronological order. You can easily add a new post by clicking the Add New button next to the title on top. Pages is to create different pages on your blog such as About me, SEO, Social Media and Case studies sections I on my blog, then you need to fill these areas with relevant information; with a title and content. After creating your main titles, you can then also create a drop down menu on your title by selecting a Parent Page from Page attributes section on right. To order your multiple sub-pages under subject page, Order box can be used. You can then Edit, Quick Edit, Trash your title from All Pages section if needed.
Categories and Tags are very important to use, in terms of grouping your posts in categories you defined and tags for search engine reasons. Search engines index your pages with these tags. If you want your post to show under digital marketing searches, tag it so then.
Discussion board is for comments you need to approve. You can manage all your comments from here; approved ones, pending and spams can easily be managed separately. The filter and spam buttons located within these sections can be used for spam check and filtering the comments made.
Design and Widgets
Design section is to manage themes, customise design, which seem to cost a bit money to invest your blog or you can simple use free ones. You can browse different themes from this section, preview and activate from the buttons located below the theme image.
By uploading a header image as big as 960 × 260, you can customize your blog and give a fancier look. Images can be downloaded from Google or you can ask help from a web designer mate for this cause. By uploading several images you can then select random button to rotate your images on your pages randomly. You can also upload an image for your background – try and see how it works guys! Ps. Do not forget to save your changes every time!
I am sure you will like Widgets section the most! First of all manage your side bar, get rid of the titles/pages duplicated on your page such as search bar, as I did. And I also put my titles in an order as Recent Posts, Categories and then Archives. Then arrange your footer with widgets as the way you want them to appear on your blog. They will look quite cool on your blog. From first, second, third and fourth widget sections, add social media bookmarks, links to other pages and more.
If you have an account on Delicious, or Twitter, you can easily connect your other social media accounts to your blog. It looks totally cool on your blog, also works on your benefit on your SERPS (search engine result pages) and page rankings in terms of making your blog more visible through connecting others and also proving that it is not another spam page on the web. More connection to other sites, blogs and social media platforms mean gaining more reliable source of information status. Simples!
All you need to do is to drag the widget you selected from middle into footer section. I have my about me page shortcut on my First Footer Widget Area. There is a little bit of trick here. As I don’t want the full information shown on my footer, I have copied the first paragraph into widget, into the area below the title, followed by the code shown below
<a href=”my about me page address /”>more…</a>
That added a “more” button to read more. Pretty cool eh?
On my Second Footer Widget, my twitter posts appear and my backlinks, to my company page on the right, as third footer widget area, which dragged from “Links” button again from the middle to the widget area to enter my link.
PS: Your Twitter account has to be “public” from Twitter privacy settings, for your tweets to show on your blog. Also do not forget to choose how many tweets you want to show on your blog as too many may not look nice.
Lastly, Spam Detecting can be found in this section; details of spams will be indicated. I tend to not to approve a comment once it goes to spam, as they are likely to be detected by their previous activities, even though their comments sound nice about a post I posted. You can see daily spam activity from this section. As copied directly from this page, spam and stands for:
“Spam most people know; it’s the unwanted commercial comments on their blogs. Ham is what we call its counterpart, legitimate comments. Missed spam is pretty self-explanatory, and a false positive is a legitimate comment incorrectly identified as spam” – Akismet.