What is a blog?

A blog is a list of news articles that you regularly add to your website. Blogging helps to keep your website's content up to date, which is great for search engine optimisation (SEO).

Blog articles will automatically display on the blog page that is already on the Airsquare trial website by default. If you have deleted it, you can easily set it up again, see 'How do I add a blog page?'.

How do I add an article to the blog?

  1. Go to Website > Blog.

  2. Click on Articles in the left hand menu.

  3. Click on the Add button in the top right.

  4. Enter a Title and Short summary. These will be shown on the blog listing page and on the news panel widget (if you choose to create one later).

  5. Enter the article's Content (including text, photos & video).

  6. Enter Keywords (used by the site search to help users find your article, each keyword or phrase must be separated by a comma).

  7. Under Comments, tick/un-tick Let users post comments.

  8. Under Author, select a user from the drop-down menu (by default you will be the author).

  9. Under Categories, tick the categories you want to add the article to, see 'Can I group blog articles, to make them easier to access?'.

  10. Under Tags, tick the tags you want to added to article, see 'Can I group blog articles, to make them easier to access?'.

  11. Optionally, enter a Page title (SEO).

  12. Optionally, enter a Page description (SEO).

  13. Optionally, set a Publish date and/or Expiry date.

  14. Under Visibility, tick/un-tick Hide this article from the search engines, Hide this article from the site search and Hide this article from the listings.

  15. Optionally, under Person membership types required to view, tick/un-tick person membership types.

  16. Under Status, select Unpublished (come back and edit it later), Published (live) or Archived from the drop-down menu.

  17. Click the Add button.

How do I view an article?

  1. Go to Website > Blog.

  2. Click on Articles in the left hand menu.

  3. Find the article you are looking for and click the View button in the Options column.

  4. On the top right are buttons to Delete, Edit or Preview the article.

  5. Below the article heading are tabs for Article (general information), Comments (user comments) and Media (images).

Can I preview what an article looks like?

Once an article has been added, it can be previewed:

  1. Go to Website > Blog.

  2. Click on Articles in the left hand menu.

  3. Find the article you are looking for and click the View button in the Options column.

  4. Click Preview in the top right.

How do I edit an article?

  1. Go to Website > Blog.

  2. Click on Articles in the left hand menu.

  3. Find the article you are looking for and click the View button in the Options column.

  4. Click the Edit button in the top right.

  5. Update the article

  6. Click the Update button.

How do I delete an article?

Articles can be deleted in two places, the first option is from the article list:

  1. Go to Website > Blog.

  2. Click on Articles in the left hand menu.

  3. Find the article you are looking for and click the Delete button in the Options column.

  4. Click the Delete button.

the second option is from the article:

  1. Go to Website > Blog.

  2. Click on Articles in the left hand menu.

  3. Find the article you are looking for and click the View button in the Options column.

  4. Click the Delete button in the top right.

  5. Click the Delete button.

How do I add a blog page?

  1. Go to Website > Pages > Click Add in the top right. Enter the title etc. for the page as required.

  2. Under What this page does, choose Displays blog articles.

  3. Click Update to save.

  4. This page will then display any published articles that you add to the blogging module, under Website > Blog.

How do I share an article on social media?

Once you've published your article, you'll want to tell the world:

  1. Log out of Airsquare.

  2. Open the article on your website.

  3. At the bottom of the article, you can choose to share on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, using the links.

  4. These links will then redirect you to the corresponding social media site, with the correct content preloaded so that you can easily share the article.

Can I add other content to my blog page?

No, the Airsquare blog page has a fixed structure. You can change some settings under Website > Blog > Settings, but you can't edit the layout of the blog page.

How do I display my latest articles in a news panel on my website?

You'll need to create a blog panel widget, which will display your last few articles and will link through to your blog pages, see 'Blog panel widget'

Can I hide the publish date?

Displaying the publish date can be set in Website > Blog > Settings, see 'How do I hide/show article publish dates?'

Can I hide the author?

Displaying the author can be set in Website > Blog > Settings, see 'How do I hide/show the article authors?'

How do I enable or disable commenting on an article?

Enabling and disabling comments can be set by ticking or un-ticking Let users post comments when editing an article, see 'How do I edit an article?'

How do I publish, un-publish or archive a blog article?

Publishing, unpublishing and archiving can be set by selecting different Status options when editing an article, see 'How do I edit an article?'

How do I delete a comment that has been made on an article?

SPAM is an unfortunate annoyance of the web. If you've received a SPAM comment on your blog post, you can delete it:

  1. Go to Website > Blog.

  2. Click on Articles in the left hand menu.

  3. Find the article you are looking for and click on it.

  4. Click the Comments tab under the article title.

  5. Find the comment you are looking for and click the Delete button in the Options column.

  6. Click the Delete button.

If you've got lots of SPAM comments, you can do a bulk delete:

  1. Go to Website > Blog.

  2. Click on Articles in the left hand menu.

  3. Find the article you are looking for and click on it.

  4. Click the Comments tab under the article title.

  5. Tick the box next to each comment you want to delete.

  6. Select Delete from the drop-down menu on the bottom left

  7. Click the Go button.

  8. Click the Delete button.

We also provide a quick delete link on the blog comment notification email you get sent.

Can I group blog articles, to make them easier to access?

Yes, you can organise your articles using blog categories or tags.

How do I set an article to auto-publish or auto-expire in the future?

If you have written an article that you want to publish or expire at a certain date in the future:

  1. Go to Website > Blog.

  2. Click on Articles in the left hand menu.

  3. Find the article you are looking for and click on it.

  4. Click the Edit button in the top right.

  5. Change the Publish date and/or Expiry date as required.

  6. Under Status, select Published from the drop-down menu.

  7. Click the Update button.

The article will display after the publish date and will not display after the expiry date (if you have chosen one).

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