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This is it. To create your first post navigate to Content > Blog by aheadWorks > New Post this will land you directly at the New Post form.

The New Post form is quite huge that is why for further convenience we will split it into three steps:

Step 1: Title, URL key, schedule

 

At this step you are suggested to:

  • Type in the blog post title that will be visible at the top of it;
  • Decide on the post's URL key;
  • Schedulethetopostthe draft automatically at a time set.
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Scheduling a post can prove useful in different situations:

  • Startofthesale;
  • New product/service release;
  • Holiday greeting;
  • etc.

With the scheduling functionality, you can choose the date, hour, and even second you want the draft to be published.

Whenever you tick Schedule Post box appears at the top of the page. Once you are done with the post click it and the post is scheduled.

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Step 2. Images, canonical URLs

Second, you need to add an image to your post and provided it with Title and Alt text. The image can be taken from the existing media files or uploaded from your device.

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The hints provided for the image upon the question mark hover allows you to find out the recommended image sizes for different social media and the blog post page itself.

The Canonical URL option makes it possible to determine a canonical blog post URL if the post is assigned to several categories. This option allows you to avoid duplicate content issues.

Step 3: Short content, categories, tags
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In the third step, you are suggested to decide if your post should have a Short Content, set the post to a particular category and decide on tags.

Short Content can prove useful if your post is content heavy and takes a couple of pages. What it does is instead of displaying the whole post on a Blog page it allows displaying only the contents of the Short Content field, thus saving blog page space and making it look neat.

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Without Short Content field enabled:

With Short Content field enabled:

 

Tags are one of the navigations tools provided by Blog extension. Every post is suggested to be tagged with relevant words or phrases to simplify further customer search for relevant information. All the tags are gathered in a tag cloud displayed at the blog Sidebar.

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The more particular tags you have the more highlighted they become.Atan image above we have five tags: post, lorem ipsum, first, Grand opening, test store.

The 'post' tag has been used three times on our blog, all the other tags were used only once. As you can see from the tag cloud the tag 'post' is larger than the others.

 

Step 4: Content, comments, meta description

In the fourth step, you are suggested to type in the blog contents, meta description and decide if you want your customers to comment on the post.

Content field column comes with native Magento WYSIWYG editor allowing text editing, inserting images, widgets, variables etc.

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Magento Commerce store owners are able to take advantage of the Bluefoot Magento page builder provided within the extension's WYSIWYG editor.

Step 5. Twitter cards, Open Graph tags, and blog post visibility options


In order to make social media sharing suitable and attractive for your customers, the extension uses both Open Graph and Twitter Cards markups.

The Open Graph markup acts behind the scenes and includes the following tags:

  • “og:site_name” content="Store title" - store title;

  • “og:type” content="article" - the type of marked-up object. ‘Content’ in this particular case;

  • og:locale - the locale to be used;

  • og:image - an image representing blog post;

  • og:title - blog post title;

  • og:description - blog post short description;

  • og:url - canonical blog post URL.

The provided Twitter Card tags can be manually added from the backend. You can add them either for the whole extension or a particular blog post with 'Twitter site account' and 'Twitter post author account' options.

The 'Enable post for customer groups' makes it possible to hide posts from particular customers if necessary.

That's it. Providing you are done with all five steps you can now click the button and your first blog post is ready.

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