Editing blog articles

Paul Bradley -

Introduction

Blog articles are a really good way of providing fresh content and engage user engagement to your site. With your Horizon site, you can customise your articles further, helping to make them even more engaging.

This guide will explain how you can go about doing this.

Written guide

Quick Edit

If you only need to change a few things about any article, you can use the option of 'quick editing'. This allows you to edit on the fly by changing a limited number of elements to an article.

To quick edit, go to All Posts. Find the article and hover over it. You will see four options appear; click the one called 'Quick Edit'.

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You will now see that your blog post will have a number of editable fields:

  • title - title of article
  • author - you can change the author of the article [note that they must have a user account created first before you can select]
  • date - you can change the publishing date of articles if you want to backdate for example
  • categories - amend the article category
  • status - change the status of the article; e.g. draft/unpublish or publish

Once done, click update to apply these changes.

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Full Edit

As you can see, quick editing is useful for really quick changes. But there are only a limited set of changes you can do so you are missing out other useful features. But you can do a full edit of articles. Go to All Posts, find the article and hover over it. You will see four options appear; this time click the one called 'Edit'.

This will take you to the same page that you'd see if you were writing one from scratch. Assuming you already know about the article title and body content, you'll see a lot of other features you can edit. We will go through these one-by-one.

Excerpt

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Below the standard editor where you write the article body, you will see a box for excerpt. Otherwise known as a snippet, the excerpt is usually a sentence long summary of what the article is about. Click the 'learn more' link to find out more about them.

This won't actually show on the article itself, rather you will see this is on your main blog landing page as shown in the example below.

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Excerpts are optional but it is good for user experience as visitors can read a short summary of each article and gives them an initial overview.

If you do not specify an excerpt, the system will use the first line of your article proper.

Categories

On the right, you can select the relevant categories your article falls under by selecting the checkbox. You can pick multiple ones if the article covers different categories.

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Featured image

You can apply a featured image that is associated with your articles. The featured image won't actually show on the article itself, rather you will see this is on your main blog landing page as shown in the example below.

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Featured images are optional but it is good for user experienceas these can provide a visual reference of what your article is about.

When you want to apply one, remember that you will need to upload it first to the website's media library before you can start using it.

Yoast SEO

You can customise the SEO of your articles using the Yoast tool. In the box, you have a couple of things to change.

  • focused keyphrase - you can specify particular keyphrases or keywords. For example, if your article is about 'capital gains tax' you may define keywords like 'gains tax' or 'CGT'. To add multiple keywords, seperate each one with a comma. Click the question mark button to learn more and advice on choosing keywords
  • meta description - you can specify the meta description of articles. These are essentially snippets you see in search results, usually the first thing people see on the results page. You can enter text in the box and see how it would look in the preview above.

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We trust this guide has helped but if you have any questions, please get in touch at: support@practiceweb.co.uk

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