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New Blog App

New Blog App

We have just released a new version of the Blog app. We have now a few new and useful features that will enhance your blogging experience: CMS panel, unique URL, categories, and commenting. We’ll go over them below.

If you have an old blog app and want to upgrade, check out this migration guide to help you out.

CMS Panel

When you are editing posts, you now get a full panel view with options for your post. We call it CMS panel. To access it, double click anywhere (the title, post content, date, etc). Single clicking the title will take you to that post’s unique URL.

The new blog app's CMS panel

In the CMS panel for the blog app you have several options and settings available

Here you can edit (for a single post):

  • date
  • category
  • post slug (permalink)
  • post title
  • post content
CMS panel: "Edit Post" view

Edit the post content, title and options in this panel

You also have more options on the left for modifying general settings of the blog app:

  • Manage Posts
  • New Post
  • Manage Categories
  • New Category
  • Settings
  • Edit Post

Unique URL

Now, every time you publish a post, a unique URL is created for it. This is also known as “permalink”.

A unique URL gives you the possibility to share a link that will take your visitors to one specific post. So they don’t have to get to the general page where all your posts are summarized and click on one in order to get to it.

A post’s permalink will look like the following:

yoursite.breezi.com/posts/your-category/your-post

This feature is automatically added, but you can change it on the CMS panel. It’s located right below the post title.

Post title and slug for the blog app

You can edit the post slug right below the title

Categories

A taxonomy of topics is a helpful way of organizing your blog. You can group similar posts together in one category. And you can have as many categories as you want. Depending on your content and writing approach, probably 5 or 6 different categories will do.

To add a category, select “New Category” on the left side of the CMS panel.

Adding a new category for your blog

Select “New Category” on the left to add one

To assign a category to a post, select one on the right side of the CMS panel. The categories will be available in the editing-post view.

Selecting a category for your blog post on the CMS panel

Select a category from the list and click “Save on the top right” after you’re finished editing

Commenting

Comments are also an essential part of any blog. The blog app doesn’t have a native way of providing comments, but you can use any popular third party system to enable them on your blog.

For example, try Disqus. You can sign up for a free account and embed the code they provide on the blog app’s settings.

Comments embed-code on the CMS panel

To enable comments, you must create a third party account and paste their code here

Search Engine Optimization Tips

There are a few things that you can do to enhance your posts for search engines. For example, since you now have categories, and they are visible on the URL (yoursite.breezi.com/posts/your-category/your-post), you can use keywords related to your site there (instead of something more general or broad).

The same applies to the “URL Name” under the blog settings, and the “post slug” under each post. The first one (pictured left on the image below) affects the URL of your single posts like this: yoursite.breezi.com/blog/your-category/your-post . While the second one (pictured right), will be at the end of your URL (yoursite.breezi.com/posts/your-category/post-sample).

This image shows side by side the URL name and the post slug options

The general URL name for your posts and the post slug for each one

The last place where you can optimize is the post content itself. The only general consideration is not to abuse of keywords. If your site has too many of your targeted keywords, to a point where they seem forced, it may affect negatively your ranking. Search engines penalize over optimized pages.

Writing for people should be always the primary focus, while worrying and optimizing for search engines should come later.

Restrictions

  • You can’t have more than one app on the same page. If you need more than one blog app, you will need to create a separate, independent page for it.
  • A “Read more page-break” feature for larger posts is currently not available.
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