With the basic text in place, learn how to configure the blog settings to apply colors, categories, and tags in this video.
- [Narrator] Hopefully you went ahead and entered those two blog posts. And now you're looking at your blog page and you see absolutely nothing. Oh my goodness! What just happened, all of that work? Well, you did fine. It's just that those blog posts aren't yet published. They're saved in draft format. So let's take a look at how we can get them published. And then clearly we're going to have to do a little bit of editing with the way this page looks. So I'm going to start by going into my pages navigation. I'm going to go into blog and you see here there's our blog posts both said in draft format. So if we go to edit our blog posts, this button for edit or the button that shows up up here, they go to the same place and I'm just going to choose publish. And it's going to tell me my blog post is live. I can share it with my followers and it's going to want me to create an email campaign. I'm going to cover that later in the course. Right now, just say done. And then I'm going to do the same thing again with the Victorian Sponge Cake, publish it. And then when I go back to my top level blog page, now I will see my two blog posts. And Hey, there's a lot we need to do here to clean this page up. So let's get to changing around those settings and start to make this look a little bit better. So I'm going to start by clicking the edit button at the top of the screen. And the first thing I'm going to do is I want to put in a identifying strip at the top of the page to match my other pages of this website. So I'm going to click the plus sign. I'm going to add a blank section above my blog posts. And then I'm just going to put in the word blog I'm going to center that I'm going to set it to heading 2, to match my other pages on the site. And then I'm going to change my height to small my width to small, and my colors will be accent dark. Okay, so that's the first thing to do here. The second thing to do is for this portion of the website down here at the bottom, we have another pencil that we can use to change the color here again, to match the rest of the website. I'm going to change my color to light bold. And now that is going to match the other pages that are here on this website. Notice that we have some options here for formatting as well. One of the things that we can do is a side by side blog because these are photos over here. I know you can't see them yet. We haven't put them in, but these are two photos here. Or you can change your blog layout right here. By choosing any of these other items. They're the ones that we saw earlier were choosing the formatting. You can set these to full width or inset just as you've seen before the images are currently placed on the left. If you want them on the right, you can do that too. The aspect ratio of the images is a one by one square, in other words, equivalent widths and heights, but you can change those as you wish. And you can also change your image size, your spacing, you can change all of the stuff about your text alignment whether or not you're going to show an excerpt of the blog post or not, the read more link and so forth. I'm just going to leave everything just as the way it is. Now, some of these options that I just changed like the color that's going to apply to all of our blog pages. So if I were to go into the Victorian Sponge Cake or DIY cake design blog posted this point we would see those colors in effect. So with those changes made to this particular page we are all set going ahead and say done, save your page if you need to. And then we're going to go into each of our individual blog posts. So I'm going to click on DIY cake design and you'll see here that this is my blog post in the way that it's formatted. We can go ahead and hit the edit button here. And this is going to of course, give us the option of editing the page. As you saw the colors carried into this. We have other formatting we can change here though. There is a content width I'm going to set mine to medium just because I like the look a little bit better. Once again, the changes that I make here will carry into all of the blog post pages not just the DIY cake design page. Texts alignment on the left is great. The meta position, you might be wondering what that is. If you ever wonder what something is, just change it. Oh, well the meta position must be the date plus who wrote the blog post. And then we can choose to either show those pieces of information or not. Right now, there is a date and my name at the top of the blog post down here at the bottom is my name again. And my website, that's the author profile. If you want to turn that off, you can. If you want to turn off the author name at the top, you can maybe you just want to show your categories and your date. The categories are not currently showing because we haven't assigned any yet but we're going to fix that problem in just a moment. So once that's done, notice that there is a tiny gear icon up here in the upper right corner. And if you were to click that this is going to give us some very specific options for configuring this blog post. So currently it's status is published but if for some reason you wanted to roll that back, you could click that option and then change this to whether it's a draft or it needs to be reviewed or you want to schedule it. You can have tags and categories associated with your blog posts. I was just mentioning how you can display those categories. Let's go ahead and assign both tags and categories here. So this is a category of cake tips. Just type in the word cake tips and then you can hit the back button click on tags, and we can go ahead and enter our tags. And those tags are going to be DIY and hit Enter. And then the word frosting and Enter. Every time you hit Enter it will create a new tag. If you don't hit Enter in between, you will have DIY frosting, which is great. If you want to talk about do it yourself frosting as opposed to other kinds of frosting, but in this case, those are separate items. Comments are turned off by default. If you want to turn the comments on you can. You can disable comments under certain circumstances. This is probably a smart thing to do that after a certain date and time, you can just turn off the comments. If a blog post has been up long enough often the only comments you're going to get on it are spammers and scammers. So it's probably reasonable to turn those off after some period of time, I'm actually going to leave my comments off. Then if we go over here to options, we can add a thumbnail image to our blog post. So I'm going to go ahead and do that now inside of my exercise files folder for chapter one video number two, you'll see there's a DIY thumb going ahead and choose that image. And we can drag that on into square space here. And as always the circle in the middle will show you the area of interest that you want to preserve across devices and make sure it shows on the page. So that is how you would go about editing that. We can link our post title to the source URL. I'm going to go ahead and turn that on by default. And there is an option of an excerpt. And I had mentioned the excerpt before. This is a little bit of text about the particular blog posts. So again, inside of your exercise files folder there is an excerpt right there. We can just go ahead and copy that and paste that excerpt in place. Featured posts would be things that are going to be featured in some way or another. Maybe they stick at the top of the page or they get some sort of special attention or graphical treatment, I'm not going to turn that on for this. Let's go ahead and save the settings that we have so far and I'm going to save my blog post. So that's my DIY cake design page itself. But now if I go back to my blog page, the top level blog page you'll see that DIY cake design is looking way better than Victorian Sponge Cake. So you can see we have our category, our date, here's our title, it's a clickable title, and we have a little excerpt of information along with our read more link. Inside of your exercise files folder, you will find the all of the same pieces of information for the Victorian Sponge Cake, see if you can go ahead and configure that before the next video. I'm going to go ahead and work on that as well. See you in the next video.