Advanced blogging features: drafts, scheduled, and sticky posts

The basics of blogging are quite simple, but there’s even more you can do with FotoJournal blog posts. This article explains the options in the “Advanced” tab of the blog post editor, and shows how you can save drafts, schedule posts to be published on a future date, make posts sticky, and more.

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Draft posts

Drafts allow you to save an in-progress blog post. This handy feature lets you save your unfinished work, then come back and publish it later. It also allows you to preview your blog posts privately without having to publish them for all to see.

All you have to do is click the large pink “Save as draft” button when writing a post. You can continue to write and save as a draft, and when you’re ready for the post to appear on your blog, click the normal “Publish” button.

If you’d like to revert a published post back to a draft, simply choose “Draft” status under the Advanced tab.

Scheduled posts

Scheduled posts (also called queued posts) are posts that you’ve set to be automatically published at a specific time in the future. Say, for example, you had a burst of inspiration and wrote 10 blog posts in one day. Instead of publishing all 10 posts that day, you could stagger them to be published at various times over the next month.

Scheduling posts is very easy. All you need to do is click the “Advanced” tab and select a Date in the future. FotoJournal will automatically publish the blog post on that date. That’s all there is to it!

Note: Ensure that the post status is set to “Published” for queuing to work.

Sticky posts

Sticky posts are posts that stay (or “stick”) at the very top of your blog at all times. Any new posts will appear underneath sticky posts. Sticky posts are great for information that you’d like your new users to read before continuing on to the rest of your blog. These are great for small blurbs introducing your blog, announcements of sales, promotions, and periods of inactivity.

To make a post sticky, just click the “Advanced” tab and then tick the checkbox labelled “Sticky.” A sticky post may be disabled at any time simply by unchecking the box, and will then appear in the timeline of your regular blog posts, depending on when you first published it.

More advanced options

The rest of the options in the “Advanced” tab are fairly self-explanatory, but here’s an explanation just in case.

Permalink

This is the text that appears in the URL (web address) for the blog post. We recommend keeping the default value, unless you have a good reason to change it.

Allow comments

You can toggle the ability for your viewers to leave comments on a specific post. If you are creating a page this is often a handy thing to disable, making it appear more like a page, rather than a blog post. By default this box is always checked, so you only need to do something if you’d like to turn commenting off.

Use as page

This removes the post from your normal blog timeline, and instead adds a link to the post in your blog’s main navigation. This is useful for create information pages, such as “About Me”, “Pricing”, “Contact”, etc. You can learn more about this feature in our how to create pages article.

Other tabs

You’ve probably noticed there are other tabs besides “Advanced.” Here’s an overview of those.

Comments

The comments tab in your post editor will show you how many comments you have on that specific post. You’ll be able to edit them through this tab, without having to sort through all the comments on your whole blog.

Thumbnail

You can (and should!) choose a thumbnail for your post. Simply click on the tab, and then the “Choose Your Thumbnail” button. Your Photo Library will pop up and you can choose any image as a thumbnail. Generally, you’ll want to choose one of the images that is actually in your post so your readers will know what great photos they are about to see!

Your thumbnail will appear in a few places. When someone is searching your blog (through the search bar, your archives, or your tags) they will see a list of your posts along with handy little thumbnails. If your post appears on the myfotojournal.com homepage, it will be shown along with the thumbnail! So make sure to choose one!!


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