Knowledgebase: SocialCommerce
How do I use the Blog feature?

3dcart's built-in blog feature allows you to create a blog within your store with just a few clicks. The Blog automatically uses the dynamic design elements from the website, eliminating the need of re-creating the design elements on a third party location; automatically increase your SEO efforts by having the Blog within the same domain name as the website and store.

This article contains the following sections. Please click on a link below to be taken to its respective topic.


Adding the Blog Link

To create your blog, you must first create a link to your blog.

  1. Go to Content ->Site Content
  2. Click on "+Add" as either a Menu Link or Extra Page
  3. Specify the name of your link (Blog, My Blog, etc)
  4. Once created, click on the new link's "Content" button
  5. In the "link" field, enter blog.asp and click "Save Changes."

Configure Blog Settings

Now you will need to configure your blog settings that control your blog's presentation

  1. Go to Content ->Blog
  2. Look along the top right of the page and click on the "Blog Settings" button
  3. You will have access to the following options:
    • Display Features
      • Hide Archives
        Use this setting to remove linking to your archived blog posts.
      • Hide Categories
        If you do not want to use or have links to your blog categories, mark this checkbox
      • Hide Recent Posts
        This will remove the "Recent Posts" link
      • Allow comments
        Mark this checkbox if you'd like to allow your blog readers to leave comments on your posts
      • Number of Posts on Blog Home
        Controls the amount of postings listed on the blog's home page
        (Limited to 25)
      • Number of Recent Posts
        Use this to configure the amount of recent posts which will be displayed.
      • Frame Template
        By default, the default frame will be used, but you can upload your own frame template to be used specifically for the blog.
      • Google+ Authorship URL
        Here you can add your Google+ Authorship URL which will add your Google+ profile credentials to each article posted.
    • Blog Comments
      • Built-in Comments
        Use the built-in comments functionality
      • Use Disqus Comments
        Use Disqus as the comment feature instead of 3dcart's built-in comments.
      • Auto-Approve Comments
        Will automatically approve all comments to your blog articles so that they are visible instantly (without moderation)
      • Enable Prev/Next for Post
        Marking this checkbox will enable a previous and next link on each article to allow visitors to navigate prooperly between posts.

      Note
      With the Previous/Next buttons, be aware that the blog is set to display posts in a reverse chronological order - meaning that the newest post will be displayed at the top of your articles list with older posts displayed after it in reverse order.

      In other words, let's say you have five articles posted. They will be listed in this order:

      • Post #5 (at top)
      • Post #4
      • Post #3
      • Post #2
      • Post #1 (at bottom)

      Because of this ordering, the "previous" link will actually point to a newer article while the "next" link will point to older posts. If you'd like, the labeling of the links can be changed in your Store Language section (Settings ->Design ->Store Language).

      • Enable Comment Replies
        Marking this checkbox will add the ability for comments to be replied to similar to a discussion.
        (Note: This will not work with Disqus commets. It is only available through the Built-in Comments.)
      • Enable CAPTCHA for Comments
        This will add CAPTCHA requirement for comments.
      • Disqus Shortname
        Enter your Disqus Shortname to link the blog's comments with your proper disqus site profile.
    • Top Navigation Banner
      This will be the header of your blog's navigation banner. You can use regular text or HTML coding through the WYSIWYG editor.
    • Bottom Navigation Banner
      This will be the footer of your blog's navigation banner. You can use regular text or HTML coding through the WYSIWYG editor.

Using Blog Categories

You can also create specific categories for your blog postings if you'd like. For example, instead of one huge blog for all apsects of your store, you can have a category specifically for postings about your new releases or upcoming specials while also having a separate category for general news items. The implementation is entirely up to you.

To set up your categories:

  1. Go to Content ->Blog
  2. Look along the top right of the page and click on the "Blog Categories" button
  3. Click "+Add New" to add a new category
  4. Click Save Changes to implement your updates

Creating Blog Articles

Your blog articles will be your individual posts.

To post an article:

  1. Go to Content ->Blog
  2. Click the "+Add New" button found towards the top right
  3. Name & Date your article

Tip
If you set the article's post date to a future date, the article will not display until that day!

  1. Specify its category
  2. Compose your Short Preview post and the main post
  3. Click Save Changes

Note
After creating the blog article, it will not display outright due to the fact that it will be in "draft" mode. You will need to to edit the article to take it off of draft mode. (See next section)

Editing Blog Articles

To edit an existing Blog article:

  1. Go to Content ->Blog
  2. Click the title of the article you would like to change

From this page, you will have the ability to change the article's short and long content as well as edit its name, post date, author, and post image. You can also take the article out of draft mode by unchecking the "Yes" checkbox under "Draft Mode." The article will not display on your store front if it is in draft mode.

Finally, along the top right of the page you will see a series of buttons that will let you further refine the post. These are:

  • Tag Products
    Allows you to tag specific products from your store to be added to the blog post.
    Tagged items will display as thumbnail listings beneath the article.
  • Preview Post
    Allows you to preview the post.
    This will work wether the article is in draft mode or not
  • SEO
    Allows you to edit the blog article's SEO information including:
    • Title
    • Custom File Name
      -and-
    • Meta Tags

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