Weebly offers simple blogging platform with various customizing options. You will see a blog editor with additional set of elements when you add a blog page on your Weebly site as shown in the picture below. The “read more break” element will be added with the basic element category and separate set of blog sidebar elements will also be added.
Weebly Blog Elements
Below is the list of special elements only visible on Weebly blog editor:
Grouped under “Basic” category:
- Read More Break
Grouped under “Blog Sidebar” category:
- Flickr Batch
- Linked Button
- Blog Archives
- Blog Author
- Blog Categories
- Blog Feed
Grouped under “More” category:
- Feed Reader – this element is also available on normal Weebly editor.
In this article we will discuss how to use these Weebly blog elements in detail.
Read More Break
When your blog post is longer enough it is a good idea to display the first paragraph and provide a read more link. Interested users can click on the link and read the complete content. Learn more about using read more link on Weebly blog.
Weebly Blog Sidebar Elements
The sidebar elements can only be added on Weebly blog sidebar and can’t be added inside the content area of blog post. The “Blog Sidebar” category elements will disappear when you click on the post to edit, hence you need to add these elements when you are on the blog index page.
Flickr Batch – add the photo stream from your Flickr account on the Weebly blog sidebar.
LinkedIn Button – add your LinkedIn public profile URL for the users to follow you on LinkedIn.
Blog Archives – show monthly blog archives.
Blog Author – show details of blog author.
Blog Categories – show blog categories. Each blog category is identified with an URL and indexed by the search engines as a separate page. This means a blog post included in a category will be indexed by the search engines as three pages as below:
- Individual blog post with the title as page URL.
- Included in the category with category URL.
- Included in blog index page.
Blog RSS Feed – Drag and drop “Blog Feed” element to add RSS feed link to your blog. Users can then bookmark your blog feed to check the latest content. You can also use subscribing services like Feedburner so that users can subscribe to your blog feed to get latest content on their email inbox.
Weebly Blog Feed Reader
Weebly’s “Feed Reader” element offers excellent feed features, which you can make use to drive more traffic to your blog. By default Weebly blog has a feed URL as:http://www.yoursitename.weebly.com/1/feed
In case if you add more than one blog to your site then the number will be added incrementally to 2/feed and so on.
Feed Reader is a brilliant way to add a blog feed in any of your site’s pages to update the visitor about your latest blog posts. Below is the customizing options for a feed reader element offered by Weebly.
Social Sharing of Blog Content
Besides all blogging elements Weebly also allows you to share posts on social sharing sites like Facebook and Twitter. You can enable share buttons under “Settings > Blog > Post share buttons”.