Blog Structure: An Overview Part 1

Posted by Neville on January 10, 2011 under Blogging, How To | Comments are off for this article

How Is A Blog Structured?

This post should have appeared much earlier in the blog, but as they say in the classics: Better Late Than Never.

Just what are all of the parts that go together to make up a blog?

This question will be answered based on the stucture of this blog and many blogs that I have visited. There will be other ways of stucturing a blog, and many of those will be nothing like the description that follows. That is the beauty of WordPress, in that it can be configured in almost innumerable ways.

Enough of words for this post. Let’s look at a typical blog.

blog structure

Yes, I know it’s this one, but it will do as an example.

Please note the labelled parts, which are explained briefly below. Only the top part of the page is shown and the discussion below is about the front or home page of the blog. This page shows the latest posts, in order from latest to earlier post

A: The Header.

This holds the Title of the blog and often a subtitle. The Title is usually linked to the home page of the blog, so you can come back to the front page of the blog by clicking the title from any page or part of the blog.

B: Page Menu.

This has clickable links to other pages of the blog. The names of the pages are used as the links, so click a name to go to that page. This menu usually shows on every page of the blog.

C: The date this post was published.

The way this is displayed depends on the theme used in the blog. Often it is shown just under the post title along with the name of the author of the post.

D: The Post:

The first one is on the page is the most recent. But not always, as some blogs have set a particular post to always be the first.

A post has a heading which is a link to a separate page (the single post page) that displays just one post at a time, where the reader can usually add a comment. Some blog feeds are set to show just an excerpt from each post and to the read the whole article you  click a link that takes to the single post page.

E: The Sidebar

This important part of the blog can hold a vast range of tools, widgets, links, advertising and lots of other things. These are also displayed on every page of the blog so that they can be accessed very easily.

In the picture above you can just see a small sample of the widgets used in this blog. You can actually see the whole range just by scrolling down this page.

F: An example of a widget.

The example shown is for the link to the APSense Guide Pro. Clicking the image of the cover takes the reader to the sales page for that eBook.

G: The beginning of other widgets and plugins.

You can see the top of the Admin widget, which allows the owner and subscribers to login to thei dashboards. Below that are widgets displaying advertising, sites I have joined, a tag cloud and links to other blogs.

The posts on the structure of a blog will continue in the next few posts.

 

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