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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.

Note
Your 3dcart store already should have the blog link created by default. The following steps are to be followed only if you have previously removed the link and would like to re-create it.

  1. Go to Content >Site Content
  2. In the "Top Menu Links" section, click the "Edit" button.

If you'd like to make the link display in the bottom footer of your store, click on "edit" in the "Footer Extra Pages" section.

  1. Click on "+Add"
  2. Specify the name of your link (Blog, My Blog, etc)
  3. Once created, click on the new link's action wheel (at the far right) and select "Content"
  4. 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

You will have access to the following options:

  • Display Features
    These are general settings for the general presentation of the blog page.
    • 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
    • Prev/Next Navigation
      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).

  • Display Features (Cont'd)
     
    • No of Posts on Blog Home
      Controls the amount of postings listed on the blog's home page
      (Limited to 25)

Note
As of 3dcart version 9.1, the Blog's home page will also paginate the articles when they exceed your set nuymber. Users will be able to proceed to page 2, 3, 4, etc to view older articles.

  • Display Features (Cont'd)
     
    • No of Recent Posts
      Use this to configure the amount of recent posts which will be displayed.
    • Blog 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.
  • Comments
    These settings will let you configure the blog articles' Comments section.
    • Built-in Comments
      Use the built-in comments functionality.
      Selecting this option will then give you access to the following checkboxes:
    • Auto-Approve Comments
      Will automatically approve all comments to your blog articles so that they are visible instantly (without moderation)
    • Enable CAPTCHA for Comments
      This will add CAPTCHA requirement for comments.
    • Enable Comment Replies
      Marking this checkbox will add the ability for comments to be replied to similar to a discussion.
    • Use Disqus Comments
      Use Disqus as the comment feature instead of 3dcart's built-in comments.
      If enabled, you will be prompted to sign up for (or enter) your Disqus account information. You will also not see the settings mentioned above for the Built-in Comments function.
    • Disqus Shortname
      Enter your Disqus Shortname to link the blog's comments with your proper disqus site profile.
  • Blog Email Subscriptions
    (Available for Plus plan merchants and higher)
    This section will let your users subscribe to your blog articles. As a new article is posted, the subscribers will get an email with the content of each article.
    This section will contain the following settings:
    • Allow Blog Subscriptions
      Mark this checkbox to enable the Blog Subscription function.
    • Total Subscriptions: #/Manage Subscribers
      Here you will see the total number of subscribers you have.
      You can then use the "Manage Subscribers" link to view and remove email addresses from the subscribers list.
    • Email Subscription Template
      This section will then let you edit the template that is used to send the email to the subscribers. Along with editing the message and the email's "From" information, you can also edit and include dynamic variables into the subject line of the email.
  • Banners
    This area will let you control the banner design for your blog pages.
    • 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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