Create your Joomla Blog Section/Category

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Set Up a Blog in Joomla 1.5.x
Written by Marco Conti
Sunday, 15 March 2009 18:51
Recently, a "Gentle Reader"(as Dear Abby would say) pointed out to me that my old blog post
on how to make a Blog in Joomla, had broken images and was somewhat difficult to read. Not
to mention outdated. I wrote it over 3 years ago and when I moved it during my last redesign of
the site from a Wordpress Blog and I must have misplaced my images. But it's time I wrote a
new one anyway, since in Joomla 1.5 things are very different. They are also much easier and
joomla 1.5.x is much more powerful than the old version.{xtypo_info}UPDATE: I just found out
about a new blogging project for Joomla that shows a lot of promise. It's called
Tamka
and
along with 50+ add-ons and an advanced installer it solves the duplicate content issue I have
been investigating recemntly and that has been a liability in Joomla for some time.
Check it out
.{/xtypo_info}

However, the basic concept is the same: to make a blog in joomla the basic process is to create
a category and write your posts in that category. If more than one person needs a blog on your
site, each would get a category, name it with the name of their blog and publish it on the site.

I know, I know, you want step-by-step. Well here it is:

Create your Joomla Blog Section/Category


1.
Go into your administration and click on (Menu) ==> Content ==> Section Manager

2.
Create a new section and name it what you please (Blogs would a be a good one)

3.
Now go to (menu) ==> Content ==> Category Manager

4.
Click on "New" as you did with the section

5.
Name your blog and make sure to choose the "Blogs" section you have just created in the
popup below the title as the parent. Repeat as many times as necessary.


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Set up your Joomla Blog Menu Link

Now, whenever you need to write a blog post, go to (menu) ==> Content ==> Article Manager
and click on "new" (see a pattern here?)

Write away but remember to make sure to select the Section Blog and the category with your
blog in the appropriate popups. You can also set the parameters just the way you like it, but the
best thing is to set them up first in the Global Preferences (located in the Article Manager to the
top right) but mostly in the link you create to point to your blog.

Since Joomla is a Menu driven website (meaning that until you create a menu structure you
really have no navigation and most of your pages won't be reachable), the most important step
you can do is to set up your menu links properly.


1.
Go to you admin area and now click on menus ==> (your menu)

2.
Click on "new"

3.
Click on "Article Layout"

4.
Click on "Category Blog" (now, if you wanted to create a blog where every author's posts
showed up together chronologically, here you would create a "section Blog")

5.
Now, title your link (Bob's Blog or whatever)

6.
Go to the right side and leave most of the parameters alone, except for the "Author
Name" (display) and "Created Day and Time" (Display). Also set any other parameters as you
prefer but those two are important in blogs.

7.
Click save and exit.


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Create an RSS feed for your Joomla Blog

Now, Joomla has a nice RSS feed module that creates a small RSS button in any position you
like.

To activate that, follow these steps:


1.
Go to the Extension ==> Modules ==> New

2.
There click on "Syndicate"

3.
When the new module page opens, give the module a title and click on "Show title "no"

4.
Choose a position appropriate to your template

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5.
In the "Menu Assignment" choose the page relative to your blog.

6.
Save and exit.


Now, you are finally ready to start writing your blog. Remember to choose the right category and
section and use the "read more" button to create a Title > Intro > Read more type of layout for
your blog page.

 

Conclusion

There are also a number of useful modules such as calendars, blogrolls etc. you can use to
dress up your blog and make it more compliant to what readers expect.

One good option would be to install a Ping-o-matic module (to automatically "ping" the blog
directories every time you create a new post), although last time I looked for it I could not find it
anymore. But in the Joomla world of extensions, things change rapidly so by the time you read
this it may be available again.

I hope you found this article useful and feel free to let me know how I can improve it or any
other article you would like to see.

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