Setup a simple blog within Concrete CMS 5.7

May 5, 2015

If you require a simple blog on your site, follow these simple instructions to get up and running. You can also download this as an add on via the market place

Step 1 Setup the main blog page list

In the dashboard go to: Dashboard -> Pages & Themes -> Page Types. And select add new page type. Enter the following:

Page Type Name: Blog Page Type Handle: blog Default Page Template: Full Launch in Composer?: Yes Is this page type frequently added? : No Allowed Page Templates: Selected Page Templates Page Templates: Full Publish Method: Choose from all pages when publishing

And Add to save

Step 2 Setup the blog page

As in step 1 add new page type and Enter the following:

Page Type Name: Blog Entry Page Type Handle: blog_entry Default Page Template: Right Sidebar Launch in Composer?: Yes Is this page type frequently added? : Yes Allowed Page Templates: Selected Page Templates Page Templates: Right Sidebar Publish Method: Choose from pages of a certain type Publish Beneath Pages of Type: Blog

And Add to save

Your Page types page should look like Page Type

Step 3:

Navigate to System & Settings -> Attributes -> Topics

Add Topic Tree

Call the topic tree Blog Entries and add. When you go back into the Topics page, you will see a folder generated. Click on the word categories and select add Topic. You can then add keywords which will be used later to filter your blog.

You will then have to add this as an attribute. Under System & Settings -> Attributes -> Sets, under Category create a new set with

Handle: blog Name: Blog

Then go to Pages & Themes -> Attributes add an topic attribute. Handle: blog_entry_topics Name: Blog Entry Topics Set: Blog Searchable: Field available in Dashboard Page Search Topic Tree: Blog Entries

Step 4:

Back to Dashboard -> Pages & Themes -> Page Types.

Within the Blog row select Edit Form Add Set Set Name: Details

Select Add Set.

Then on the details row hover the mouse to the right hand side and a + icon will appear. alt text

Select Built-In Properties tab and choose Page Name Select the + icon again and again under Built-In Properties choose Page Location. The Compose Form screen should look like

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Step 5:

Back to page types and now we are going to do the same as step 4 but for the blog entry. Click edit form on the Blog entry line.

Add set and call it Post Details. Select the + icon from the right hand side of the Post Details Line and select under Built-in properties page Name. This time we will rename it to Entry Name. On the Page Name line hover on the right hand side and select the pencil. In custom label type Entry Name and save.

The next line to add is the Public date/Time under built in properties. The next line to add is the url slug, this is under built in properties. The next line to add is the description, this is under built in properties. Rename this to Short Description. The next line to add is Page Location, this is under built in properties The next line to add is Blog Entry Topics, this is under attributes rename this to Topics.

Then add another set and call it Content.

Add Page Thumbnail from the attributes page( If you don’t have one then you will have to create it To create the Page Thumbnail attribute go to Pages & Themes -> Attributes New Image/File attribute with the following. Handle: thumbnail Name: Page Thumbnail set: Navigation and Indexing ) And lastly add the content block under content. The Compose page should look like:

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Step 6:

Back to the Page type page on the Blog row select Output. You will see The Full page template, click Edit Defaults. This is where we create the page, and how you want to look like.

On the page toolbar select the + to add a block. Choose the Page Title Block and position on the page. Use the default settings and add.

The next step what I do is to create a new Layout and create 2 columns. Drag the right column to the third to last position and fill the space left with the left column.

In the left column add the Page list block with the following settings.

Number of Pages to Display: 10 Page Type: Blog Entry Enable Other Blocks to Filter This Page List: Select Pagination: Select Location: Everywhere Sort: Most recent first Output: Provide Rss Feeds: Yes Include Page Name: Yes Include Page Description: Yes Include Public Page Date: Yes Display Thumbnail Image: No Use Different Link than Page Name: No Title of Page List: Message to Display when No Pages Listed: No posts to this Blog

In the Right column Add blocks Topic List

Mode: Search – Display a list of all topics for use on a search Topic Tree: Blog Entries Title: Topics

Then Add the Date Navigation Block.

Filtering By Patent Page: Blog By Page Type: Blog Entry

Formatting: Archives

Then publish the page.

Step 7:

Back to the Dashboard, Pages and Themes, Page Type page - On the Blog Entry row select the Output button. You will then see the template for the right Sidebar and click Edit defaults.

Again press the + button on the page tool bar to add a new block to the page.

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The first block to add is the page Title, leave the defaulted settings. Then add another block, this time under other, drag across the Composer control block. You will be presented with a drop down, choose Content.

For the right hand sidebar we need to add the next and previous nav block.

Next Label: Next Post Previous Label: Last Post Up Label: Leave blank Exclude System Pages: check Order Pages: Chronological

The next block is the Share this page. You add the services you require.

In the page footer add the conversation block.

Message List Display mode: Threadded Ordering: Earliest first Rating: Enable comment rating Paginate Message List: Yes, display only a sub-set of messages at a time Messages per page: 50 Add new messages: Top

Posting Add message label: New Message Enable posting: Yes Display posting form: Top Date format: use site format

And Save

Publish the page.

Step 8:

Create the Blog page, Sitemap, add page Page type Blog

Name: Blog (Or whatever you want to call your blog)

Step 9:

Create your first blog.

Click the blog page within the sitemap, and add a page. Choose Blog entry and fill out the form you created in step 5.

That is it your blog is setup and running although you may want to go back into the page defaults and add some more styling to the blocks. If you are using the Elemental theme there are some added custom classes under design and custom classes for the block.

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