Total Control 101: Part 3 – Publishing a Blog Post

Scott

August 27, 2012

This is the third post in a series of tutorials on PaperStreet Web Design’s content management system, Total Control. Today’s post will address the blog section of Total Control and how you can manage posts and categories.

After you log into Total Control, you’ll notice several tabs across the top.  Content, Practices, Attorneys, Offices and Blog are the most common tabs found on our websites. The breakdown of these tabs is as follows:

  • Content: Focuses on the majority of pages within your site from About to Contact Us.
  • Practices: Lists all of your practice areas from Criminal Defense to Personal Injury and their subheadings.
  • Attorneys: Lists all of your attorneys and staff members. You can also associate practice areas and news articles to the attorneys.
  • Offices: Lists all offices that the attorneys are associated with. The address and phone numbers listed here are used to create the attorney vCards.
  • Blog: The blog section is the focus of this tutorial and deals with every news post and category.

Using the Murray Law, P.A. blog as a reference, we’ll go through each area of the blog tab.

  • Add Post/Add Category/Add Tag: Add a new entry to your website, whether it’s a new blog post for content or a new category/tag for organization.
  • Manage Categories: Switch between adding posts and categories.
  • Manage Tags: Tags can be thought of as subcategories. Often, we leave out tags so the user isn’t overwhelmed with ways to organize the blog posts. If tags are included on your site, you can use this button to switch between posts, categories and tags.
  • Manage Comments: Comments are added by visitors and are discussions about the current blog post. We often turn off comments to reduce spam. If comments are turned on, you can manage them in this area by approving, unapproving or deleting the comment.

Below the green buttons at the top, you’ll find all the published posts on your blog. These posts are organized by date (with the most recent at the top) and it also shows the number of comments associated with each post. If you click on any of the titles, you’ll be able to edit the post to fix typos or add updated information.

Let’s focus on the most commonly used button on the blog section which is Add Post, which can be viewed in the graphic below.

  • Post Title (1): Headline of your blog post.
  • Post Date (2): Date of your blog post. If you select a future date, your blog post will not show up on your blog until that day arrives. For example, if you write a post on Monday but don’t want it to appear live on the website until Thursday, you can set the Post Date to three days in the future.
  • Excerpt (3): 1-2 sentences which act as an introduction to your blog post. Used on the blog landing page along with a “Read More” button.
  • Posts (4): The actual content of your blog post.
  • Page Title (5): What will show up in the title tag for SEO purposes. For Essentials clients, if this area is left blank, then the title tag is automatically generated.
  • Meta Description (6): For SEO purposes, a short sentence or two that will show up in the meta description tag which tells Google what the page is about.
  • Meta Keywords (7): The keywords tag is no longer tracked by Google so this field can be ignored.
  • Categories (8): Select one or more categories to organize your posts.
  • Author (9): Used to define an author for the blog post.
  • Send Trackbacks (10): Field not used.
  • Save as Draft (11): Save the blog post but do not publish to your website yet.
  • Save & Publish (12): Publish the blog post to your website. The post will be live once you press this button as long as the “Post Date” has passed.

For other lessons with Total Control, please visit the following links:

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