Create or Edit a Blog Post

Create or Edit a Blog Post

Getting Started

On the "Blog Post Listings" page, select the options dropdown of the post you would like to edit and click "Edit Post".

If you are creating a new post, click the desired blog from the top navbar to open the dropdown options.  Click the "New Post" link.

Blog Post Screen

 

Blog Post Fields

1. Title

Title of your post. You can use any phrases, words or characters.  The title will be displayed on the post above the body.

Requirements:

Required, 100 character max

Examples:

Creating a Sitemap.xml File From Scratch
Search Engine Optimization For Beginners
A Better Bootstrap 3 Sidebar with SemanticUI
Top Ten Javascript Frameworks of 2014


2. Slug

A slug could also be considered a filename or directory name.  It is displayed in the post URL.  The slug should be very similar the title of the post.

Requirements:

Required, 100 character max, lowercase letters, numbers, dashes (substituted for spaces)

Examples:

http://www.intrenix.com/blog/ creating-a-sitemap-xml-file

http://www.intrenix.com/blog/ search-engine-optimization-for-beginners

http://www.intrenix.com/blog/ twitter-bootstrap-sidebar-using-semantic-ui 

http://www.intrenix.com/blog/ top-ten-javascript-frameworks-of-2014 

Do modify a post's slug after it has been published

If you alter a slug after being published, you may lose all references to the post.  All "likes", "tweets", and incoming links directed to the previous url will return a 404 error (page not found).  Add a 302 Redirect from the previous url to the new url. (Tutorial coming soon).

3. Author

Author of the post.


4. Category

Category of the blog post.  Posts will be organized by category and will be used on the post page as the reference for the "related posts" links.


5. Meta Title

Meta titles serve two main purposes.   First, it's the title you will see in your browser (tab title or window title).  Second, many search engines use the META Title as link text for search engine results.

Without a META title, Google and other search engines will attempt to create a generic META title.

Requirements:

None

Best Practices
  1. Google displays the first 50-60 characters. Keep it less than 70 characters.
  2. Keep the most relevant information at the beginning
  3. Should be unique.  If two pages with the same exact meta title are listed in google, confusion occurs.

Example:

Good:

Creating a Sitemap.xml File From Scratch - Intrenix Blog - January 23, 2014

Creating a Sitemap.xml File From Scratch - Intrenix Blog...
http://www.intrenix.com/blog/2014/creating-a-sitemap-xml-file/

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Notice how by placing the emphasis at the front of the META title gives the user a better understanding of the post's content.  Below is the exact opposite.

Bad:

January 23, 2014 - Intrenix Blog - Creating a Sitemap.xml File From Scratch

January 23, 2014 - Intrenix Blog - Creating a...
http://www.intrenix.com/blog/2014/creating-a-sitemap-xml-file/

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6. Meta Description

META description is a short summary of the page content.  In some cases Google (and other search engines) will use the meta description as the listing description in search engine results.

Without a META Description, Google will use random page content.  This can get very messy depending on how the page content is formatted.

Requirements:

None

Recommendations:

Best Practices
  1. Google displays the between 140-160 characters.
  2. Should be unique.

7. Facebook Open Graph

Used for displaying your blog post summary in Facebook and other applications that utilize the "open graph" format.  Title and Description should be very similar (or the same) to the META Title and META Description.

The image field should contain a valid url to an image file.  This image will be displayed as a thumbnail for your post.


Next Steps

1. Editing Blog Post Content

2. Publishing a Blog Post