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How to set up a blog in Joomla!

Are you Blogging? You should be, and here's how

On March 24th, I published a blog post called "Proof that Blogging Really Works" showing you that just by adding a blog, you can increase traffic, boost SEO and gain more visibility in Social Media. What I didn't show you was how to set up the blog to begin with!

I'm correcting that faux pas right now in this post, "How to Set Up a Blog in Joomla!"

Creating your main blog (top level) category

Log in to your Administrator Section, and go to the "content" menu > "category manager" > "Add new category"

For purposes of this tutorial, we'll call this category item "Blog". This is your top level category. We will now create the sub categories. I will use this Joomla Detroit blog as an example. Since a large part of the reason I'm doing this is for SEO, I know I want the site to rank even better for the term "Joomla User Group", so that will be the first subcategory that I'll create, and in this category, I'll put all the posts that concern our user group.

 So, here's how I filled out the editing screen:

  • Title: Joomla User Group
  • Description: Blog posts concerning the Joomla User Group Detroit (notice how I highlighted my keywords "Joomla User Group", but also included the "Detroit" for a secondary variant?)
  • Meta Description: Detroit Joomla User Group related Blog Posts
  • Meta Keywords: Joomla User Group, Detroit, Blog Posts

I also filled out the author and robots.

Creating a Joomla Blog Category

 

I then click "save+new" and continue doing this for the rest of the categories you now see above in the menu under blog.

Next, I need to create the menu items so that people can navigate to the categories and read the posts.

Creating the menu for your blog

Go to admin section > menus > Main Menu (or your main navigation menu) > Add new menu item

For purposes of this tutorial, we'll call this menu item "Blog". Here are my settings:

  • Menu Item Type: List all Categories - displays all the subcategories.

Create Joomla Menu

Then I create the sub category menus.

The additional thing that I do with the sub categories is configure the "Blog Display Options", "Link Type Options" and "Page Display Options" See the images for below:

blog-layout-options
Notice I set the Intro Articles field to display 10 articles before adding the pagination.
Wanted only one column, so I set #Columns to 1, and that was it for this drop down.

link-type-options
I just added an SEO variant of the menu title here.

page-display-options
I added one more variant of the menu title here.

... and that's it. I just click Save & Close and I'm done with the blog setup!

Now when I post articles, I set the category to whichever blog subcategory I want to display the post into! That's it!

 


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