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How do I create a Blog?


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Soapdom Crown LogoCreating, Editing and Publishing Blogs

Soapdom.com has a robust blogging feature available to all members.

The main page showcases your blog. It lists all the entries as well as provide a title and description for your blog.

Toolbar

Home
The default main display.

Tags
Takes you to a list of all your available tags.

Search
Brings up the search utility that allows you to search the entries by keywords, blogger or category.

Feed
Is the link to the RSS for the particular page you are viewing.

Dashboard

My Entries
This tab lists all your blog entries. There is also an icon that looks like a white, blank piece of paper with a small green circle at the bottom. Click this icon to open the editor for you to add an entry.

Statistics
This tab will display the statistics for your blog.

Comments
Here you can manage the comments on your blog entries.

Editor

Title Field
This is where you enter the title for your blog post.

Main Body
The main text entry area.

Sidebar

Publish Information
Here you can set your post either to be published or not as well as set the date for the post.

Tags
Here you can tag your blog post with tags, to organize
them into groups.

Images and documents
The interface to upload images to the site and place them on your posts.

Search older posts
You can search older posts to look for posts with similar entries as well as look for entries to quote.

Save button
To save your entry you can click the save button.

Close button X
To close the editor, click the X in a circle above the "Save Button." This X in thcircle will close the editor. Make sure you have saved everything for closing the editor with this button won't save your data.

Now that you know what everything does, here is how to create your first blog at Soapdom.com

1. Log in to Soapdom.com

2. Look for the "Member Menu" that shall appear in the upper left column once you are logged in.

3. Find and click on the menu item "My Blog."

4. You will be taken to your MyBlog dashboard. Look for a button white piece of paper icon. Click.

5. The blog editor should now pop up and you can go ahead and write your new entry.

Editing or deleting an existing entry

To edit an existing entry, simply go to your Myblog dashboard and you shall see by default the list of entries written by you. Next to each article is an "edit" and a "delete" button. Clicking on the "edit" button will call up the MyBlog editor with the corresponding article in it for you to edit. The "delete" button will of course delete the entry.

Adding Images

How To Add Images

You can add images to your blog entry from the editor. Simply click to open the "Images and document" tab and then upload the picture. After uploading, simply click on the thumbnail of the picture you wanted and the picture will be automatically added to the post. To resize the image simple drag its corners at the squares. To configure how and where the image appears, simply select the image and click the image settings icon on the toolbar. The one with the image of a tree.

Managing Image Storage

MyBlog Image Browser and Upload Tool
Myblog has an image browser built into the editor as well as an upload tool. Both can be found in the "Images and document" tab.

Adding Video

You can post videos by typing

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tags around the video id within your blog post.

Let's say the Youtube link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfK233o_fd4

To paste the Youtube video on the Wall, you do this

(youtube)dfK233o_fd4(/youtube)

Except you must replace the ( ) parenthesis with the {  } curly brackets for the tags to work. If you've done it correctly, you will see this in your blog:

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Supported Video Formats.

* Youtube, YouTube LLC
* Google Video, Google Inc
* Vimeo, Connected Ventures
* MetaCafe, Metacafe Inc
* Jumpcut, Yahoo Inc
* Vidiac, Vidiac Inc
* StreetFire, StreetFire.Net
* Stickam, Advanced Video Communications Inc

To use one of these formats, simply substitute the format name in the tags. For example:

(vimeo)224271(/vimeo)

Remember to replace the ( ) parenthesis with {  } curly brackets for the tags to work.

If you do it correctly, you will get this:

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You can probably try these tags with other video services as well. Nothing lost by trying. :)

Tags

Soapdom's Blogs organizes its post by the use of Tags. Keywords that you can assign as reference for each post. Afterwards, you can use the tags to organize your posts.

Tagging Your Posts
To tag your post, simply look at the "Tags" tab in your editor. Click on it and you will get to the Tags interface where you will see a list of available tags with a tickbox next to each. Simply tick the box next to the tag you want to tag your article with and you are done. There is also an input field and an "Add" button to add new tags. Type the tag in the field and press "Add" to add it in.

RSS
Soapdom's Blogs support RSS feeds for its content. Simply click on the "Feed" link in your blogs toolbar to get the RSS link for the page you are viewing.

Social Bookmarking
Soapdom's Blogs supports social bookmarking. Allowing you to share your blog with friends in your social network.

Available Bookmarks:

* del.icio.us
* digg this
* spurl
* reddit
* furl this

Technorati And Trackbacks

Technorati Pings
Your blog is set to automatically ping Technorati every time you post a new article. Your blog will picked up by Technorati.

Trackbacks
Soapdom's Blogs allows trackbacks both incoming and outgoing, allowing you to link your article to outside posts and vice-versa.

Blogger Page
Clicking on a blogger name on the Blogger Module or on the linked text on blog posts will link to the blogger page. This is the page for individual bloggers. In essence it is a micro blog for that blogger. The page will show the blogger's avatar, a description of his or her blog as well as list all articles written by that particular blogger.

 


 

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