Bloggers of Jimdo, rejoice! If you’ve been following along on our previous blog updates, you’ll know that we’ve rolled out a lot of new features to make blogging a smoother experience. Well, now we’re adding a few more that we think you’re going to love.
You’ve probably already been adding tags to your blog posts, and now you can add categories as well. Each category you create will automatically appear as a subpage under “Blog” in your website’s Navigation Menu. And on each category page, you’ll see a list of all the posts in that category. This makes it much easier for readers to browse your articles.
To create a category, just go to Menu > Blog > Categories and click on the New Category button. Then, when you’re editing a blog post, you can now choose a category from the new drop-down menu.
The main difference between categories and tags is that a post can have multiple tags, but only one category—and only categories automatically become subpages in your Navigation Menu. For example, if you have a travel blog your categories may be “Europe” and your tags could be “France” and “food.”
Check out our Support Center for more details on how categories work.
Tag and Category filter
Categories and tags are great tools to help people find your posts. But go behind the scenes, and they’re also handy for keeping you organized, too. Now when you open your Post Management View by clicking Menu > Blog > Posts, you can filter your list of posts by category or tag. It’s an easy way to see the topics you’ve written on, track your content, and strategize about your editorial schedule.
Blog page layouts
As you know, your published blog posts all appear on your Blog Page—for most people, this is a page in your website’s navigation menu called “Blog” but of course, you could also name it something else. Well, we’ve now added more mobile-responsive layout options for the Blog Page, so that you have more choices for how your list of posts will appear.
Now you can use:
- Full-width 1: Adds your title on top of the Header image.
- Full-width 2: Adds your title below the Header image.
- Columns: Displays your blog posts in two columns
- Rows: Displays your blog posts one on top of the other
Format and date
Why do the British write 05/11/17 and Americans write 11/05/17? We have no idea, but we do know that offering different date formats would be helpful for everyone. Now no matter which side of the globe you’re on you can find a date format that works for you—or you can just bypass the issue altogether by turning dates “off” on your posts with the flip of a switch.
Existing Blog Users
With the intro of categories, it’s time to say farewell to the Blog Display Element. This used to be the tool of choice for displaying blog posts, but now you can achieve the same effect with categories—without the 100 post limit that the Blog Display Element used to have.
If you’ve been blogging for awhile and have come to know and love the Blog Display Element, we’ve listed some more detailed instructions for how to switch to the new blogging system in our Support Center.
You’ve probably already spotted some of these already but here’s a list of all the blog features from the past few months.
Summary of our latest blog features
- New categories. Create different categories for your articles. Each category you create will automatically appear as a subpage under “Blog” in your website’s Navigation Menu.
- Blog page layout. Change your blog layout to suit your style.
- Date options. Format your date any way you want or just turn it off.
- Share your website or blog post. Now you can directly share your blog post on social media using the new Share button on the top right-hand side of your website.
- Custom URL ending. Customize the URL endings of your posts to get in those important keywords.
- Tag filtered blog page. Tags for your blog post are now clickable and take you to any posts where you’ve used the same tag.
- More options for tags. You’ll get a full overview of all the tags you’ve used for each post.
- Threaded comments with Disqus. Leave threaded responses on your blog and get involved in the conversation.
- Preview image and summary. Once you upload and set a custom post preview image and summary, this will then show up on your blog page (instead of using a default image taken from your post).
- Automatic comments and share buttons for all posts. Automatically activate the comments or share buttons for all your posts.
- Post management menu. You will now be able to quickly edit your blog post title and date in the Posts section.
- Automatic blog page. All your blog posts will be neatly displayed on your automatic blog page with an excerpt of your post and the preview image you selected.