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A Blog is like an online diary. The author writes about what he wants in Posts (articles), which he publishes more or less regularly.


Here you will find all the tools and options necessary for setting up a blog and managing comments that visitors may make on your posts. The commands for setting up a Blog and writing Posts are organized in the following sections:

Main page
Article page
Side Blocks

Your Blog is published at the http// URL where http// is that of the website with which the Blog is associated (your website).

Once it has been published, a WebSite X5 Blog is a separate entity of the main website, and it is automatically added to the website Map in the Special pages folder (see Sitemap Creation). If you want to add the "Blog" item to the navigation menu, you will have to create an Alias for the Special page, by selecting it and dragging it to the Menu folder.

When you create a Blog, a Special page is automatically created in the Map and it is labeled "Blog": select it and open the Page Properties window to define its main characteristics.

Because it is a part of the website, the Blog has the same graphics and the website's template is applied automatically to it.

The Blog's main page lists the latest posts that you have published, in chronological order. Each post has a summary of the main points: title, short description, cover, author, category, date of publishing and a "Read" button. This button opens the specific post in a new page, and the entire article is displayed. Any comments that have been made are also shown, and new comments can be added. Every post page contains the link to pass quickly to the next, previous or specific post. This link is added automatically and has the same style as the post summary.

Apart from the contents of the posts, both the cover page and the pages inside a Blog may have a column on the right side of the page that shows tools such as Recent Posts, Monthly/category archive and Clouds. You can customize this column and decide which tools to make available to visitors, and in which order they appear in the column.

The possibility to receive comments on your Posts from visitors is a great way to develop an on-going discussion between readers and writers. To avoid abusive, irrelevant or otherwise inappropriate comments from being published, WebSite X5 provides you with a dedicated section in the online Control Panel through which undesirable comments can be intercepted. Alternatively, you can use the social plug-ins of Facebook or Disqus to manage comments.

In addition to the online control panel, comments can also be managed with WebSite X5 Manager, our free app for iOS and Android. Details on installing the app can be found in the WebSite X5 Manager window and in the WebSite X5 Manager section of the Online Control Panel.

For more information on managing comments, see How to organize Blog and Comments and Ratings Object comments from the online Control Panel.

To create a Blog, all you have to do is define a few general parameters and create the list of news items that you want to publish.

Once you have started publishing your Blog, you will need to keep visitors interested by publishing new Posts with a certain regularity. To save time when uploading your project to the Internet, you can choose to publish only the updates to your Blog by selecting the Export only Blog and RSS Feed option in the Destination Folder window.

 With the Pro  edition of WebSite X5  you can restrict access to the blog to registered users who have a login and password. Select the special blog page in the map and use the command to set it as a locked page (see Step 3 - Map).

See How to create a Members'' Area and control access to it for further information on setting up a Members' Area and defining access to it by creating user groups.


Best practices:


How to organize Blog and Comments and Ratings Object comments from the online Control Panel

Further information:


Blogs: their characteristics and how they work


The online Control Panel and the WebSite X5 Manager app