If you require a simple blog on your site, follow these simple instructions to get up and running.

Step 1
Setup the main blog page list

In the dashboard go to:
Dashboard -> Pages & Themes -> Page Types.
And select add new page type. Enter the following:

Page Type Name:
Page Type Handle: blog
Default Page Template: Full
Launch in Composer?: Yes
Is this page type frequently added? : No
Allowed Page Templates: Selected Page Templates
Page Templates: Full
Publish Method: Choose from all pages when publishing

And Add to save

Step 2
Setup the blog page

As in step 1 add new page type and Enter the following:

Page Type Name: Blog Entry
Page Type Handle: blog_entry
Default Page Template: Right Sidebar
Launch in Composer?: Yes
Is this page type frequently added? : Yes
Allowed Page Templates: Selected Page Templates
Page Templates: Right Sidebar
Publish Method: Choose from pages of a certain type
Publish Beneath Pages of Type: Blog

And Add to save

Your Page types page should look like

Page Type.JPG

Step 3:

Navigate to System & Settings -> Attributes -> Topics

Add Topic Tree

Call the topic tree Blog Entries and add.
When you go back into the Topics page, you will see a folder generated. Click on the word categories and select add Topic. You can then add keywords which will be used later to filter your blog.

You will then have to add this as an attribute.

Under System & Settings -> Attributes -> Sets, under Category create a new set with

Handle: blog
Name: Blog

Then go to Pages & Themes -> Attributes add an topic attribute.

Handle: blog_entry_topics
Name: Blog Entry Topics
Set: Blog
Searchable: Field available in Dashboard Page Search
Topic Tree: Blog Entries

Step 4:

Back to Dashboard -> Pages & Themes -> Page Types.

Within the Blog row select Edit Form

Add Set
Set Name: Details

Select Add Set.

Then on the details row hover the mouse to the right hand side and a + icon will appear.

add section.png
Select Built-In Properties tab and choose Page Name

Select the + icon again and again under Built-In Properties choose Page Location.

The Compose Form screen should look like


Step 5:

Back to page types and now we are going to do the same as step 4 but for the blog entry.

Click edit form on the Blog entry line.

Add set and call it Post Details.
Select the + icon from the right hand side of the Post Details Line and select under Built-in properties page Name. This time we will rename it to Entry Name. On the Page Name line hover on the right hand side and select the pencil. In custom label type Entry Name and save.

The next line to add is the Public date/Time under built in properties.
The next line to add is the url slug, this is under built in properties.
The next line to add is the description, this is under built in properties. Rename this to Short Description.
The next line to add is Page Location, this is under built in properties
The next line to add is Blog Entry Topics, this is under attributes rename this to Topics.

Then add another set and call it Content.

Add Page Thumbnail from the attributes page( If you don’t have one then you will have to create it
To create the Page Thumbnail attribute go to
Pages & Themes -> Attributes
New Image/File attribute with the following.
Handle: thumbnail
Name: Page Thumbnail
set: Navigation and Indexing
And lastly add the content block under content. The Compose page should look like:

compose page.JPG

Step 6:

Back to the Page type page on the Blog row select Output.

You will see The Full page template, click Edit Defaults. This is where we create the page, and how you want to look like.

On the page toolbar select the + to add a block.
Choose the Page Title Block and position on the page. Use the default settings and add.

The next step what I do is to create a new Layout and create 2 columns. Drag the right column to the third to last position and fill the space left with the left column.

In the left column add the Page list block with the following settings.

Number of Pages to Display: 10
Page Type: Blog Entry
Enable Other Blocks to Filter This Page List: Select
Pagination: Select
Location: Everywhere
Sort: Most recent first
Provide Rss Feeds:
Include Page Name: Yes
Include Page Description: Yes
Include Public Page Date: Yes
Display Thumbnail Image: No
Use Different Link than Page Name: No
Title of Page List:
Message to Display when No Pages Listed:
No posts to this Blog

In the Right column Add blocks
Topic List

Mode: Search – Display a list of all topics for use on a search
Topic Tree:
Blog Entries
Title: Topics

Then Add the Date Navigation Block.

By Patent Page:
By Page Type: Blog Entry

Formatting: Archives

Then publish the page.

Step 7:

On the blog entry line choose output, you will then see the template for the right Sidebar and click Edit defaults.

Again press the + button on the page tool bar to add a new block to the page.

add block.GIF

The first block to add is the page Title, leave the defaulted settings.
Then add another block, this time under other, drag across the Composer control block. You will be presented with a drop down, choose Content.

For the right hand sidebar we need to add the next and previous nav block.

Next Label: Next Post
Previous Label: Last Post
Up Label: Leave blank
Exclude System Pages: check
Order Pages: Chronological

The next block is the Share this page.
You add the services you require.

In the page footer add the conversation block.

Message List Display mode: Threadded
Ordering: Earliest first
Rating: Enable comment rating
Paginate Message List: Yes, display only a sub-set of messages at a time
Messages per page: 50
Add new messages: Top

Posting Add message label: New Message
Enable posting: Yes
Display posting form: Top
Date format: use site format

And Save

Publish the page.

Step 8:

Create the Blog page,
Sitemap, add page Page type Blog

Name: Blog (Or whatever you want to call your blog)

Step 9:

Create your first blog.

Click the blog page within the sitemap, and add a page. Choose Blog entry and fill out the form you created in step 5.

That is it your blog is setup and running although you may want to go back into the page defaults and add some more styling to the blocks. If you are using the Elemental theme there are some added custom classes under design and custom classes for the block.

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