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).

How do I create a blog on my Airsquare website?

  1. Go to Website > Blog > Articles.
  2. Click on Add article in the top right.
  3. Enter a Title and Short summary. These will be shown on the the blog listing page and on the news panel widget (if you choose to create one later).
  4. Enter the article content (including text, photos & video).
  5. Optionally select an Image from your computer, which is shown on the blog listing page.
  6. You can categorise your articles, but you'd need to set up the categories first - See below.
  7. You can optionally set a Publish and/or Expiry date.
  8. By default, you will be the author, but you can select any other user to be the author.
  9. Under Status, either leave the article unpublished, so that you can come back and edit it later, or published to make it live straight away. 
  10. Click Add.
  11. 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 below.
  12. To preview how an article will look, go to Website > Blog > Articles, click on the article and then click Preview in the top right.

How do I create a page which displays my blog articles?

  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 blog 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:

  1. Go to Widgets > Website.
  2. Click Add widget.
  3. Enter the Title for the widget.
  4. Under Type, choose Blog panel.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Choose the Number of articles that you want to display in the panel.
  7. Optionally filter by a Category.
  8. Choose which page you want the article to open up in.
  9. Choose to show images or not.
  10. Click Add widget.
  11. You can then add this widget to your website: In the editor, put the cursor on the page where you want to add the widget - Widgets must be in a new paragraph by themselves.
  12. Click on the widget icon in the editor, which looks like a magic wand.
  13. This will then prompt you to select the widget from a drop-down menu.
  14. The widget will then appear in the content editor as the wand icon. When you preview the content you will see the content of the widget, as it will appear on the web i.e. the blog panel.

Can I hide the publish date?

Yes, go to Website > Blog > Settings, and untick Show date.

Can I hide the author?

Yes, go to Website > Blog > Settings, and untick Show author.

How do I enable or disable commenting on an article?

Go to Website > Blog > Articles; against each article you want to enable or disable comments on, you can tick or un-tick Let users post comments.

How do I delete a comment that has been made on a blog 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 > Articles.
  2. Click on the article.
  3. You'll see comments listed.
  4. Next to the comment, click Delete.
  5. Then click Delete again to confirm.

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

  1. Go to Website > Blog > Articles.
  2. Click on the article.
  3. You'll see the comments listed.
  4. Tick the box against each comment you want to delete.
  5. Then at the bottom, select Delete from the drop-down menu and click Go.
  6. Click Delete to confirm.

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

How do I change the blog article's image?

You can have an image that displays with the article in the blog listing page as follows (please note, if you want to add an image to the actual blog article itself, simply add in an image within the main article text, using the editor as you usually would):

  1. Go to Website > Blog > Articles.
  2. Click on the article to edit.
  3. Scroll to where the image is listed, under the heading Image.
  4. Under the current image, click Remove image or Add image (If you want to replace the old image with a new one).
  5. If you choose to add a new image, follow the prompts to choose the Image from your computer.
  6. Click Update at the bottom of the page.

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

Yes, you can organise your articles using categories or tags. A category is a like a folder or section that you can use to group blog articles. When a user clicks on a category, any articles associated with that category are displayed. An article can be in more than one category. Categories are also hierarchical, meaning that you can create sub categories. Tags, on the other hand, have a flat structure, and are meant for labelling articles across categories.

To create a blog category:

  1. Go to Website > Blog > Categories.
  2. Click Add in the top right to add a new category or, to add a subcategory, click Add next to a category.
  3. Enter a Title.
  4. Click Add category. (You can later rename, reorder or delete categories using the Options column in the categories list)
  5. To categorise a blog article, go to Website > Blog > Find the article that you'd like to categorise and click View in the Options column
  6. Click on Edit in the top right.
  7. Scroll to Categories and tick the appropriate categories and subcategories for the article.
  8. Click Update to save.

To create tags for blog articles:

  • Go to Website > Blog > Tags.
  • Click Add tag.
  • Enter a Title.
  • You can optionally choose to add this tag to a Tag Group (see next point).
  • Click Add tag. (You can later rename, reorder or delete tags using the Options column in the tags list).
  • To Tag a blog article, go to Website > Blog > Find the article that you'd like to tag and click View in the Options column
  • Click on Edit in the top right.
  • Scroll to Tags and tick the appropriate tags.
  • Click Update to save.

To group the tags for your blog articles:

  1. Go to Website > Blog > Tag groups.
  2. Click Add tag group.
  3. Enter a Title.
  4. Click Add tag group.
  5. You can later rename, reorder or delete tag groups using the Options column in the tag groups list

Can I move or re-order blog categories?

Yes! To move blog categories:

  1. Go to Website > Blog > Categories.
  2. Find the category you want to move (Any sub-categories associated with the category will also be moved).
  3. In the Options column on the right,  click More and select Move from the dropdown menu. 
  4. Choose the new 'parent' category you want to move it to from the dropdown menu. 
  5. Click Update category.

To reorder blog categories:

  1. Go to Website > Blog > Categories.
  2. Next to each category, you can click on More in the Options column on the right hand side, then select Nudge Up or Nudge Down to re-order the categories.

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

  1. Go to Website > Blog > Articles.
  2. Find the article, right-click on the Status column for the article. 
  3. A small dropdown menu will appear, where you can choose Un-publish, publish or archive.

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 > Articles.
  2. Next to the article, click Edit.
  3. Change the Publish date and/or Expiry date as required.
  4. Under Status, select Published.
  5. Click Update article. 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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