Updates to the Blogs

Author NameJesse Clark
August 22, 2017

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Web Support has released new improvements to the blogs! Most of the improvements are backward compatible, however, a few are only for new blogs. Keep reading to learn about the new features and if they are available on your blog!

Posts

Tags on Posts

In the past, tags were only on the right side column. Now, at the bottom of every blog post there the tags of that page will show up. Look at the bottom of this page for an example of tags. If tags are not showing up on your posts, please re-publish the post files.

Assigning Tags (version 2 only)

In version 1 of the blogs, tags were assigned via a text field and needed to be separated out by commas. OU Campus added a feature they called 'tags' right after we went live with the CMS. This created confusion as the new tags feature did not work for the blogs. With Blog Version 2, the new tag feature is the single way to add tags.

Insert Tags

Listing Pages

Pagination on Listing Pages

For blog listing pages that don’t display all of the posts, numbered pagination has been added. It looks similar to this:

Pagination

Pagination has been added to every listing page automatically, no re-publish needed! See the College Bound Colorado blog for an example.

Editable Region

An editable region has been added above the posts on a listing page. This region could be used to introduce the blog or add additional content. To implement this editable region on a new blog create a new listing page, set the filename to index and check the box to 'overwrite existing'.

New Layouts

These layouts are for the newer version of the listing pages but can be used with existing blogs! To add it to an older blog, the listing page needs to be recreated (overwritten) using the 'new' button. Once the listing page has been created, go to 'properties' and scroll to the bottom.

Grid Layout

Two new blog listing page layouts have been added, the grid and pinterest. The grid creates a grid with rows and columns and puts the posts horizontally. The Bear in Mind Podcast page is an example of the grid layout. Notice that each row is the same height.

Pinterest Layout

The pinterest layout looks similar but it loads the posts vertically and does not keep the same height. It resembles the pinterest look. This test blog is an example of the pinterest layout. The piterest layout is good when your posts don't have time specific content and there are a lot of them displayed at once. The layout can't be controlled and is determined by the length of the content.