Posts

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The initial view displays a listing of your current posts (published / unpublished, archived / unarchived), as it can be seen below.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 "Introducing RSBlog!..." is marked as sticky).

Reporting Posts

Starting with ver. 1.12.0, your readers can report posts. This functionality can be enabled in the component's configuration area. Reports can then be reviewed here, in the posts listing, by clicking on the number of reviews associated with each post in the Reports column.

 

Clicking on the New or Edit button will reveal the following screen.

Here you can set the following:

Post Details
  • a title
  • alias
  • a blogpost image*
  • the actual text/HTML
  • post categories
  • status: publish or unpublish
  • post mode: sticky or normal
  • adjust or add post tags
 
Additional Options
  • set the author
  • created date
  • publishing period
  • password protected post
  • accept / send trackbacks and pingbacks
  • meta data information
  • social interaction
 

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 At its end this will simply be excluded from the posts listing (it will not become unpublished or archived).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 implies 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.

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.

*The possibility to add a blogpost image was introduced along with ver. 1.12.0. This will be displayed above the post's text.

Starting with Version 1.12.18 you can also select blog post images from your already existing files from the images folder, you are no longer restricted to uploading the blog post image on your server.

Version 1.12.0 also introduced the possibility to provide the URL to your Google Profile. This is done in the Metadata Options tab.


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