The Posts tab is the place where all your posted articles can be found. This tab is accessible via the following path: Components > RSBlog! > Posts. Here you can add, edit and set up advanced post settings.
The initial view displays a listing of your current posts (published / unpublished, archived / unarchived), as it can be seen below. You will notice that the view tries to retain the look from the Joomla! content area as possible.
On the top right corner, among the usual buttons like New, Edit, Copy, Delete, Publish and Unpublish, (the name pretty much explains the functionality) you will also find the following buttons:
Archive / Unarchive
Archiving a blog post will exclude it from any blog posts listings that you might have configured on your site (if not specified otherwise).
Stick / Unstick
As in forums, you can have posts that need a special attention. Via the sticky feature RSBlog! allows you to add a blog post that will always be listed on the top of your blog post listings, thus increasing its visibility (in the below picture the "My first blog post" is marked as sticky).
Clicking on the parameters button, will display the following configuration window:
The first part of the parameters area, Columns, will allow you to select which columns you wish to dispay into the main, back-end Posts area, thus you can select "yes" or "no" to the following columns: Author, Categories, Tags, Hits, Sticky, Archive, Published, Id, Modified, Created.
The second part, the Filtering options, addresses to the question "To whom will i apply these filters and in what way ?"
It is to be noted that the filter will be applied in the frontend and backend.
The filter type can be: Blacklist(default), Whitelist, No HTML. The Blacklist type will block out the following tags and attributes:
'applet', 'body', 'bgsound', 'base', 'basefont', 'embed', 'frame', 'frameset', 'head', 'html', 'id', 'iframe', 'ilayer', 'layer', 'link', 'meta', 'name', 'object', 'script', 'style', 'title', 'xml'
'action', 'background', 'codebase', 'dynsrc', 'lowsrc'
You can blacklist additional tags and attributes by adding to the Filter Tags and Filter Attributes fields, separating each tag or attribute name with a space or comma.
The Whitelist type allows only the tags listed in the Filter Tags and Filter Attributes fields.
No HTML removes all HTML tags from the content when it is saved.
Please note that these settings work regardless of the editor that you are using. Even if you are using a WYSIWYG editor, the filtering settings may strip additional tags and attributes prior to saving information in the database.
Clicking on the New or Edit button will reveal the following screen.
Here you can set the following:
- a title
- the actual text/HTML
- adjust or add post tags
- publish or unpublish
- set the author
- creation dates
- publishing period
- password protected post
- post categories
- accept / send trackbacks and pingbacks
- meta data information
Setting a publishing period (start and end date) will basically allow a blog post to be visible only in the specified period. At its end this will simply be excluded from the posts listing (it will not become unpublished or archived).
Accepting pingbacks or trackbacks will imply that you accept the notification send from other blogs (that have linked to your post). This is a good way to keep track on who linked to your post or how many linked to your post. Basically the pingback and trackbacks achieve the same result just that different methods are used.
You can also send pingbacks and trackbacks to notify other blogs that you have linked to their blog. Note that in order for pingbacks to work please enable "Web Services" from Global Configuration.
Since revision 3, you can convert posts to a Joomla! article . This way you will be able to make the posts from RSBlog! usable in any other 3rd Party Components or Plugins.