Blogging - Getting Started

Blogging - Getting Started

Once you have set up your blog it is fast to create and publish posts, but there is a little bit of groundwork to be done first. Sketchanet is all about flexibility, and you get to design your own blog post template. This can be as complex or as simple as you like - you have total creative freedom. Creating the post template is just like creating any other page, with a couple of extra bits specific to blog posts.


We recommend the following steps below, in order. However you can do them in any order you like, and you can also revist them later to make changes. You can update your default post styles, or your post template at any time, and this update will then apply across all posts. 


1. Creating Text Styles

Define the the default text styles for your post title, date, and body copy. 


2. Creating Post Templates

Design a page that will be used as a template for all of your posts.


3. Creating Posts

Write some articles! Use some dummy text if you don't have anything ready, and you can see things take shape.


4. Creating Post Widgets

A post widget is a list of links to posts. This is how people find and click through to your post articles. The post widgets are really flexible and can be embedded anywhere on any page. A common scenario would be to have a post widget in a sidebar of your post template, so people can read other posts when they finish each article. Equally you might also put a post widget on your home page showing the 3 latest posts. Post widgets update automatically when you publish new posts. This is definitely worth saying again, as it is a big time saver. If for example you have a widget showing your 3 latest posts on your home page, when you publish a new post, your home page will automatically be updated with the new post and the 4th oldest will be knocked off.