Tue

08

Jul

2008

Blog Update and: Closed Beta ends, Open Beta begins!

 

A big Blog Beta Update is done! There are some changes concerning the teaser and the RSS feed, furthermore you can create categories > but we'll come closer to the details in a second..

 

First, we have to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all the busy Beta testers! Your incredible feedback, your suggestions and all your support helped us a lot - and is still helping us a lot to improve! Thanks! :)

 

Closed ends - open begins...

...and we would like to welcome all of you! Everyone who would like to test the blog, is invited to join the Beta! From now on, you'll not be asked to enter an invitation code - just go ahead and set up your Blog! Indeed, we'll stay Beta - that means, errors still may occur and other updates will be made, but everyone who fancies to have a blog should try it! We happily welcome every new Jimdo blogger!

 

And here are the technical details:

 

 

1. Teaser image and teaser concept changed

Blog Beta Element
Blog Beta Element

We got especially loads of comments and feedback concerning the teaser - thanks again! Many of you were of the opinion that the whole "teaser-thing" was way to complicated - and we think you're right! For this reason, we rethought the concept and changed it completely. And that's what came out:

 

Easily: there's no teaser anymore! :) The only fixed element of each blog article is the heading. After the heading, you can integrate any of the elements. The idea behind the teaser (a neat overview of all blog articles > you'll find a great example here: www.hsv-fs.de, the Jimdo-Page of a German soccer club) stays the same - you can define it in the blog settings through "length of teaser":

Length of teaser > how many elements should be displayed after the heading?
Length of teaser > how many elements should be displayed after the heading?

 

The figure you enter here, defines how many elements of the blog article's content are displayed as a teaser. Those who want to keep the originally considered appearance of the teaser (small image and introduction text), just choose "Text with photo" for the first element and the 1 for teaser length. But of course, any other element can be integrated after the heading... Just try it out - and we'll work on some good tutorials that will show you all features of the blog element step by step.

 

All existing teaser texts and images will be transformed into a "Text with photo"-element autmatically, so don't worry: no content will be lost!

 

Here's an overview of the changes for already existing blog articles:

  • The option "Show teaser image" is no longer valid. All teaser images are visible now (because they have been transformed to a "Text with photo" element).
  • You can change the size of your teaser image! (The quadratic shape of the image might be lost by changing the size)
  • In the overview of the "Blog beta" element: from now on, the first element after the heading is displayed automatically in the teaser view.

2. Categories

Finally, here they are: Categories! Now you can sort your blog articles according to different topics.

Enter your categories here. If you would like to enter several categories for one article, it's important to separate the single categories by a space.

Already got some categories? They are displayed here - just choose one or more or add new categories.

And so the articles are sorted and categorized. The readers of your blog see the articles below the heading of the blog article:

3. RSS feed

 

We also overworked the RSS-feed: From now on, the complete blog article is shown in the RSS-feed. You'll always find your feed under /rss/blog in your Jimdo Page. It's also possible to generate a feed according to categories - just add the name of the category to the feed address:

 

Those who are not really sure what exactly an RSS feed is can visit Wikipedia :)

 

 

We would be pleased if you let us know what you think of the update :)

 

Have fun blogging!

 

All the best,

Your Jimdo Team

 

Comments: 17 (Discussion closed)

  • #1

    deadm (Tuesday, 08 July 2008 17:24)

    how do i delete or edit any categories?

  • #2

    mummertube-mummernetdirect (Tuesday, 08 July 2008 19:56)

    I Can't Write A BODY To My Entry!

  • #3

    fanjiawen (Thursday, 10 July 2008 09:55)

    Can I add categories in the side bar like wordpress, so my visitor can see the list of categories I have and then press the topic they want to see. But I think for now, I only can see the categories section by myself. no one else can see and click the breakdown of the categories. I want to display the categories in the side bar otherwise it is meaningless.

  • #4

    Gianluca (Tuesday, 29 July 2008 18:07)

    hi,
    hope this won't sound too negative.
    i am getting extremely frustrated wiht this blog thing.
    all i'd like to do is having a blog, like every other blog i see on the net... and i can't manage to do anything here.

    i can't understand where i should write it, how do i decid where to post it, how to add pics... absolutely nothing

    all i see is a form that lets me write the blog title, choose categories and that's it. nothing else. i have no idea where to write the actual article.

    more over, if i choose "publish", then it posts the whole thing on my home page (whereas i'd like my blog to be in a different page)

    is it me just being dumb, does it take a PhD in computer programming to do this or am i missing somehting? please help!

    thx

  • #5

    Gianluca (Wednesday, 30 July 2008 05:48)

    Dear Jimdo team
    i am seriously pondering suicide...
    because THE TEASER IS DRIVING ME NUTS!!
    i have clicked "show teaser" (lenght of teaser = 1) some 383743294873294 times and it still shows the whole damn thing
    also.. categories do not show up in the view mode...

    thx for any possible help

  • JimdoBusiness
    #6

    Christian Springub (Tuesday, 05 August 2008 18:08)

    @Gianluca: you can edit a blog post like any other page at your website. please see also our tutorial at http://www.jimdo.com/2008/04/29/jimdo-launches-its-closed-beta-blog-feature.

    the teaser is working correctly, only the first element is shown. about the categories you are right. I will fix this bug soon.

  • #7

    berit kiehn (Thursday, 07 August 2008 06:40)

    Could Berit please contact Courier Post in Dunedin?

  • #8

    Marc Levy (Saturday, 30 August 2008 17:56)

    Hi is the categories issue fixed? I cannot seem to find a listing of my categories? Look forward to hearing from you.

  • #9

    victoria (Wednesday, 24 September 2008 17:20)

    ITS LOVELY.¡¡¡¡¡
    FROM YOU¡¡¡¡
    THE BEST¡¡¡¡
    VICKY

  • #10

    jaelyjorge (Friday, 07 November 2008 01:16)

    =)

  • #11

    migliori promozioni dei casinò del Web (Wednesday, 30 September 2009 06:26)

    I'd like to do is having a blog, like every other blog i see on the net... and i can't manage to do anything here.

  • #12

    meryrosy (Sunday, 18 October 2009 20:23)

    ho visto questi vestiti ,mi piacciono qualcuno potrebbe servirmi .ciao

  • JimdoPro
    #13

    "Marina Marchetti" (Friday, 13 November 2009 22:09)

    Oggi sono stata in fiera!!!!!!

  • #14

    小卒居社区-jimdo技巧 (Saturday, 12 December 2009 14:22)

    做好了呵呵,谢谢jimdo,我是中国第一个留言的吗?呵呵

  • #15

    laresistenza (Monday, 28 December 2009 19:41)

    I don't find the rss feed for my blog, anyone can help me?

  • JimdoBusiness
    #16

    Powen (Wednesday, 30 December 2009 09:33)

    Laresistenza,

    The URL for your blog's RSS feed is in the format http://username.jimdo.com/rss/blog
    or if you have your own domain (JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness)

    http://yourdomain.com/rss/blog

    What exactly are you trying to do? Maybe if you share we can help

  • #17

    kahwacaffe (Thursday, 28 January 2010 17:18)

    vorrei migliorare il mio sito ma come?

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