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Blogs: Add a blog to a guide & manage subscribers

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Guide owners and editors can add blog pages to their guides. This is a great way to share news and information about particular subjects, topics, collections, or disciplines. Blogs are truly interactive, too! Users with patron-level accounts can comment on your posts, allowing you to create a community of readers, scholars, and followers. You and your users can subscribe to the blog through email or with an RSS reader. There is no separate feed for the blog page; use the blog's main URL in your feed reader, and the feed will be detected. 

By default, posts will display from newest to oldest, with 10 posts per page. However, you can designate a single post as Featured so it will display before all other posts, regardless of when it was published.

Adding a new blog page

  1. While editing your guide, click on the gray Add New Page () tab.
    • If you have a tabbed navigation guide, this will be the very last tab.
    • If you have a side-navigation guide, this will be the tab at the bottom of the menu.

Clicking the Add New Page tab

  1. Under the Create New Page tab, select "Blog" from the the Page Type dropdown.
  2. In the Page Name field, enter a title for your page. This is what displays in your guide's navigation menu and page heading.
Please note: Only limited HTML tags are allowed in a page's title. These include: <strong>, <b>, <em>, and <i> (as used in Font Awesome icons). For best results, however, we recommend using CSS code to style page titles.
  1. You can give your page an optional Description.
  2. For the Position, select whether you want to add the page as a top-level page, or a sub-level page.
    • A top-level page appears as a tab or side-navigation menu item.
    • A sub-page is nested underneath a top-level page and will appear in a dropdown menu when hovering over that top-level page's tab.
  3. If you would like to hide this page from public view until its ready, select the Draft Mode checkbox.
    • While enabled, you can only view the page while editing the guide. It will not be visible on the public guide, or while previewing the guide.
    • Note: if your system has the Publishing Workflow (CMS-only) enabled, only a designated reviewer can take a hidden page out of draft mode.
  4. Click the Save button.

Adding a new Blog page

Configuring your guide blog settings

Initially, only Admin users can access your system-level blog's settings. (However, access can be extended to Regular users in the User Permissions options.) To access these settings:

  1. Edit the blog page of your guide.
  2. Click on  Blog Management.

Clicking the Blog Management link on a guide blog page

This will take you to the Blog Settings page. Check out the sections below for information about the available options.

Managing subscribers to a guide's blog 

  1. Under the Subscribers tab, you can view, manage, and export the list of email addresses subscribed to your blog.
    1. To locate a specific subscriber, use the filter in the Email column. You can search for full or partial email addresses.
    2. To filter the table based upon a subscriber's status, use the dropdown in the Verified column.
      • Yes: this indicates that the user has clicked the link in the confirmation email to verify their subscription and are actively receiving blog post notifications.
      • No: this indicates that the user signed up, but has not clicked the link in the confirmation email to verify their subscription. They are not receiving blog post notifications.
    3. Use the  Copy Excel, and  PDF options to export the records currently displaying on the page. Or, use the  Export All Records option to export a list of all subscribers, in either HTML or CSV format.
  2. To remove an email address from the subscription list, select the checkbox for that address in the Unsubscribe column.
    • To select all users, click on the checkbox in the column heading. Click it again to deselect all users.
  3. Click the Remove Selected button.
  4. Click the Save button when finished.

Once removed, blog post notifications will no longer be sent to those addresses. This will not prevent those addresses from subscribing again in the future, however.

Managing blog subscribers

Customize the Recent Posts box on a guide blog

Under the Recent Posts tab, you can customize how many posts will be listed in the Recent Posts box on your blog's homepage.

  1. Click on the Recent Posts tab.
  2. In the Number of Recent Posts field, enter the number of recent posts that you want to appear in the recent blog posts box on your guide's blog page.
  3. If you would like to also display each post's teaser text under the title, set the Display Teaser in Recent Posts option to Enabled. Otherwise, leave this Disabled to only show the post titles.
  4. Click the Save button.

Recent Posts options

Link to your social media pages from a guide blog

The Follow Us tab provides options for adding links to your Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram pages. These display in the Follow Us box on your blog.

  1. Click on the Follow Us tab.
  2. Enter the URLs for your Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram pages in the corresponding fields.
  3. Click the Save button.

Follow Us options

Manage the default sharing settings for a guide blog

Under the Sharing Settings tab, you can set the default social sharing options for blog posts. Before you can share posts on social media, your LibApps admin must first connect your social media accounts to your LibApps Social Channels.

  1. Click on the Sharing Settings tab.
  2. To enable sharing by default for all new posts, set the Share by Default option to Enabled.
    • Note: this only sets the default sharing option in new posts. Users can still choose to enable or disable sharing for each post they publish.
  3. Select the default Twitter account to use for sharing posts via Twitter.
    • Users will still be able to choose a different connected account.
  4. Select the default Facebook page to use for sharing posts via Facebook.
    • Users will still be able to choose a different connected account.
  5. Click the Save button. 

Sharing Settings