Building your Blog

So, there you are... A typical morning with a a cup of coffee (or tea if you're into that..) and a genius idea for the ground breaking story you've been looking for pops into your head. You're ready to write the article, but how do you even setup a blog in Unstack?

Overview

How to access your Blog

Navigate to the Blog tab under the "Content" section of the main menu.

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Accessing Blog Settings

On the blog page you can adjust your settings by selecting "settings" in the top left under "Manage Articles".
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This will open a sidebar modal with your blog settings which we'll walk through next.

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Understanding Blog Settings

Unstack name: this is an internal-only name used for organization and will not be seen public
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Title: this is a public-facing SEO title which will appear in the browser tab.
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Category URL Structure: this is not editable currently.
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Article URL Structure: this is how your article's URL will be setup.

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URL: this is the URL where this blog will be located.
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Description: this is the description for the blog that will be used for SEO.
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Table of contents: This allows you to toggle on and off the table of contents for all articles.
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Hide from search engines: if toggled on we'll hide this blog from Google and other search engines.

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Categories

Categories are the new organization system for blogs. Allowing you to organize each blog into a category and each category you creating having a dynamic listing page where all blogs within that category may be found.

 

Accessing Category Settings

On the main blog page click the blue categories text which is directly below the "Manage Articles" heading.

 

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This will open the sidebar modal with settings for your categories which we'll walk through next.

 

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Category Settings

Category: this is the dropdown where you'll select the category you'd like to edit. If you currently don't have any categories you'll need to select "Create new category -->" as shown below.

 

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Name
: the is the public-facing name that'll be used when referencing the category on it's listing page or at the meta area of an article which is tagged with this category.

 

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Title: this is the public-facing title used for the browser tab on the listing page.

 

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Category URL Path: this is the slug for where the listing page for this category can be found.

 

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Category Description: this is the description for this category which will be used on the listing page's meta-tag for SEO.

 

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Adding a New Category


Layouts

In this section

Accessing Layout Settings

On the main blog page you can access the layout settings to the right of "Manage Articles".

Adjusting Category Layout

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Adjusting Article Layout

Sidebar

The sidebar option provides a space for a call-to-action which will follow the user as they scroll through the article.

Footer Custom Code

The ability to add custom code globally to all blogs (within that blog, if applicable) provides options for adding social share, DISQUS for comments, and other third-party blogging tools.

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Article Settings

In this section

Scheduling Articles

Click the gear icon to the far right of the article you are working on to access it's settings.

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Within the settings, scroll down to "Authored date" and set this to a future date.

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Before you are able to set the time you'd like it to be published on the date you selected, you'll need to set the scheduling options to "Schedule this post for "date"". After selecting that option, just above the scheduling options you can select what time you'd like to publish the article.


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Click "Save and schedule" button at the bottom of the settings to finalize your changes.

Note: If you make any changes to your articles content, make sure to go back into your settings and make sure the scheduling options are correct.

Setting a Featured Image

To set a featured image, scroll to the bottom of the settings of the article you are editing until you see the "Featured image" section. Click on the media settings below it to change or upload a new image.

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Author Settings

Author settings can be found within the settings page under team, within this page, select the person you'd like to edit. This will open their settings drawer where (if the profile is yours or you are an admin) you can adjust their profile information and set their dynamic author page live.

 

We know this is a lot to take in, so please, if you have any questions feel free to reach out to the Unstack support team!

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