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Blogging - How does the content get into the blog

After you have created your new blog or obtained editing rights for an existing blog, you can start entering content. This page describes the possibilities blogging offers and the differences compared to entering content via 'classic' internet systems such as B. Roxen exist.

Blog Posts - The basic components of blogs

In a blog you don't create new pages like in other internet systems or edit existing pages to post new content on the internet: you just make a new blog entry. The blog will then ensure that your new entry appears at the top of the blog page. In many cases blogging is just about creating and posting new posts, aside from typing errors.

To create a new entry, go to the BIS Blogs main menu and click on the 'New Entry' link for the relevant blog. You can now enter your first entry in a form.

A blog entry is made up of several components, which are explained in more detail in the following section. You always will title and the content enter, the other components are either filled in automatically or can be left blank.

When you have entered your entry, click on the 'Create weblog entry' button and your new entry will be published and visible on the Internet.

Now that you've made your first entry into blogs, you could almost stop reading. But if you want to know more precisely which possibilities the blogs offer you, you should read on:

What are the components of a blog entry

When you are in the form for editing blog entries, you will find the following input fields at first glance:

title
The title is single-line and is shown prominently in all blog content presentations. It shouldn't normally contain HTML.
The title entered before the first saving is used for this purpose. Generate permalink for the blog entry. If you value good search engine rankings, you should include the keywords relevant to your entry content in the title
category
The category of the entry can be selected from a list. You define the categories in the blog yourself; you can use the categories to separate your blog content thematically. For a discussion of the use of categories and tags, see the ABC blog
Tags
Tags are additional content-related Markingsthat you can attach to your entries. Any number of tags are possible; the individual tags must be separated by spaces. The blog converts the tags to lower case
content
In this field you put your actual message. Any complex HTML content is possible here.
Summary
You can use this field to show a shortened version of the message content on the blog start page. In this way, the clarity of the start page can be improved, especially in the case of very long messages. Important: This attribute is not available when integrating blog content.
Applicable plugins
Here you can activate additional conversion aids, at the moment only the 'Convert Line Breaks' plugin is available there. If you activate this plugin, all line breaks in your entries will be enriched with corresponding HTML instructions so that they are retained in the Internet presentation. This function is only useful when using the 'text editor' (see below).
Further settings (date and time)
Entering the date and time is particularly important here. This information is preset with the time at which you created the blog entry. If you keep an entry in the draft for a longer period of time, it may be necessary to adjust this information before publication. This field is also important if you want to automatically publish entries in the future (see below).
Note 1: The date must be entered in an English format. The best way to do this is to use the calendar selection, which can be reached via the small icon.
Note 2: If your blog has your times, e.g. If it is not interpreted correctly, e.g. for automatic publication, you should first check the information on the time zone opposite. If it does not say 'Europe / Berlin', this must be corrected in the blog settings.
The other settings are rather unimportant. The option offered to allow comments has no effect, as comments are globally deactivated in the BIS blogs.
Enclosure url
If you integrate multimedia content (podcasts) into your blog message, it may be necessary to include the link to the corresponding file here.

Draft and auto-publish blog posts

Blog posts can have different statuses:

Released
If you publish an entry as described above, it will be visible worldwide. Entries in the blog are only public in this status, not in all of the following statuses (at least not immediately)
Planned
If you select a time in the future for a blog entry as the publication time (under 'Additional settings') and then publish the entry, you generate a planned entry.
This entry will be automatically published in the blog as soon as the time you have set is reached. In this way, you can create a series of blog entries once, which will then be published gradually over the next time
design
If you click on the 'Save as draft' button after editing a blog entry, the entry will not be published and can be further edited and, if necessary, published at a later time.
Important: You should not try to bring a blog entry back to draft status once it has been published!
Waiting for approval
If you do not have the right to publish entries in a blog, the entries you have saved will be given this category. A person with more rights must then publish these entries

Due to the automatic publication and the different authorizations, many application scenarios for the blogs can be imagined.

Correct entries

You can change entries at any time via the edit page. The following things should be noted here:

  1. If you have integrated your blog into another website, it may take a moment for the changes to take effect there
  2. Corrections to the title do not affect the permalink, see also the description in Blog ABC

Similar to deleting an entry, it will take a certain amount of time before search engines have re-indexed the changed content.

Influence the order of the posts in the blog

One reason for subsequent edits can be changes in the publication date. The publication date is the criterion by which entries in the blog are sorted. Entries with a more recent date are shown before entries with an older date.

If you publish a lot of articles and z. If, for example, you need a certain sequence within the messages of a day, you can achieve this by setting the appropriate date and time.

Remove entries from the blog

You can delete entries that have already been published by going to the edit page. However, you should bear in mind that content that has once been published on the Internet cannot be easily 'captured' again. Blogs in particular are predestined to be recorded and saved by search engines and aggregators thanks to their news feeds.

There is therefore no equivalent to automatic publication which would automatically remove entries at a certain point in time. In principle, blog entries should therefore be designed so that they can remain permanently available on the Internet.

The different blog editors

In the BIS blogs, you can enter content and Summary choose between two different editors for the input. Which editor is used in the blog can be selected via the blog settings. The selected editor is the same for all blog users. However, different editors can be used in different blogs. The following editors are available:

The 'text editor'

This editor is preset when a blog is created, but will probably not be used in most cases.

It does not offer any help when entering messages and is intended for direct entry of HTML code. It may be useful in the following scenarios:

  1. The messages are already available to you in HTML form and you only have to copy them into the blog entry. However, the Rich Text Editor also offers a view for direct HTML input
  2. You want to prevent annoying HTML instructions such as colorful fonts, different fonts, etc. from being used when entering a message (possibly by different authors) and achieving message texts that are as homogeneous as possible. In this case, the text editor can be a useful solution, especially in connection with the 'Convert Line Breaks' plug-in, which also converts line breaks into paragraphs for the HTML display

Helpful links when using the text editor are perhaps the 'Small HTML Introduction to Information Management' and the 'SelfHTML Page'.

The 'Rich Text Editor (Xinha)'

Excerpt from the rich text editor

The editor that will probably be used in most blogs is the so-called. Rich text editor. It enables the input of the message texts in a form that is reminiscent of programs such as Word or similar word processors. If your content entry box looks like the picture on the right, then you are working with the Rich Text Editor.

The editor offers a whole range of functions, which in most cases save you having to deal directly with HTML code. A description of the functions and the operation of this editor can be found here:

Working with the rich text editor on the blog

Integration of images, PDFs and other files

You can upload images and other content to the blogs and then use them in your posts. To upload pictures go to the point 'Files'. There you can structure your content using folders.

You can find the Internet address for your content by clicking on the file name and then copying the address called up from your web browser.

Images and files that have been used in posts should not be moved or renamed, as the links would break, as is the case with other Internet systems.

Further questions

Are the contributions saved automatically?

No, when working with the blog editors, it is not automatically saved. As long as you do not want to publish your contribution, you should occasionally save it as a draft.

Is there a preview for posts that have not yet been published / planned?

No, there is no preview for such posts. If such a function is indispensable for you, you can use one of the blog programs described above, such as Microsoft Live Writer.


Read on about customizing the BIS blogs or go back to the BIS blogs overview.