Blog Structure: An Overview Part 2

Posted by Neville on January 11, 2011 under Blogging | Comments are off for this article

Big Changes in Appearance but Small Changes in Structure:

Since the publication of Part 1 of this series of posts there have been some big changes in the appearance of this blog.

While working with the way the blog looked for Part 1, I decided that the blog would benefit from a lighter and cleaner appearance. The darker colours of the Choco theme, as seen in the screenshot in the previous post have gone to be replaced by the cooler and cleaner blues of the current theme.

In order to to keep the location of the features in the Header, Main Post Feed and Sidebar sections, it has been necessary to tweak the theme by going into the Theme editor to remove or hide certain features that came with this theme.

And where did I go to find out how to do that? Why one of the earlier posts in this blog, of course.

Now it’s back to the Structure of a Blog.

Pages:

The usual set up for a blog is to have a page that shows the most recent post as the home page. This gives readers a quick way to catch up on the latest posts, and has the most relevant news and information, depending on the focus of the blog.

Blog Page Structure

The Home Page:

So the Home page or the Feed page is just one of the pages in a blog. Depending on how the blog owner has set up the posts you will generally see the most recent posts in order, with the latest post first on the page.

Sometimes the posts will just show a short extract with the invitation to click a Read More link. That link will take you to a Single Post Page, as described in the next part.

To come back to Home Page you can usually click the Blog title [B] or there may a link to it in the Header [A].

Single Post Page:

This will show just one post at a time, and if comments are allowed on the blog, that is where you can see other comments and add your own.

To get to the Single Post Page click the title of the post you want to view [C], or if there is a Read More link, that will also take you  there. Clicking the Comments link [D] will also take to the Single Post Page, but usually directly to the boxes for adding your comment.

Other Pages:

There are often other pages that the blog owner has set up and these can serve a wide range of purposes.

The titles of these pages will appear in the Header [A]. It’s a good idea to make you Page titles short, or you could get a messy, overlapping menu.

These pages often include an About page where you can find out more about the blogger, or the blog. I use that  page as a Table of Contents to help locate particular posts on specific topics.

Other pages can include those with particular information that might help with understanding some feature on the blog, or it could be the Sales Page for products or opportunities that the blogger is offering.

The number of pages, their uses and the style of them is once again almost unlimited. At various times these pages can also be set to be hidden so that the blog does not become too crowded or the page holds time specific material. Experiment with Pages. I am sure you can find lots of good uses for them.

It is also possible to set any one of the pages as a static page, which then makes it the Home Page and all I have said about Home Pages holding the latest posts becomes irrelevant. Oh well, that’s what happens when you give blog owners options.

 

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