How To Create A Blog Post
This is the 2nd part of our four part series on starting a Wix Blog. This part focuses on how to create a blog post using Wix. If you still need to setup your Wix Blog, you can follow our step by step guide to creating a Wix Blog in Part 1 to help you get caught up.
Part 1: How To Create A Wix Blog And Set Up Your Wix Account
Part 2: How To Create Your First Wix Blog Post
Part 3: How To Configure Advanced Wix Website Settings And Features
Part 4: How To Make Money Money Blogging
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Now that you’ve setup your Wix Blog, it’s time to start blogging. From the Wix ADI, click Manage Blog at the top. This should take you to a screen that looks similar to this:
Depending on how you created your Wix Blog, there is a good chance that Wix put some sample Blog Posts in there just so you could view the look and feel of the website when it is full of content. If so, you will want to get rid of these sample blog posts before you create a blog post. You can do this by simply checking the Select All check box and then clicking the Trash Icon. Now you should be ready to create your first real blog post for your website.
Wix Categories vs Tags
Before you actually create a blog post, it is important to understand what Categories and Tags are and how they are used in Wix.
These features are similar in that they help to categorize and organize your blog posts. But Categories are a more logical grouping that creates a table of contents for your blog so that readers can find blog posts organized into similar groupings. Tags are used more like you would use hashtags on Twitter where you will have several tags per blog post that describe specific details of that individual blog post. For example if you had a food blog you might have a category called Restaurant Reviews. But an individual post about a specific restaurant might have tags indicating stuff like whether it was lunch or dinner or the location of the restaurant or the type of food you ordered.
If you want more help understanding the difference between Categories and Tags here is a good article from Wix explaining the difference.
Before you create your first blog post, you’ll want to think about what categories you’ll have on your blog and create a few new categories. First make sure that you are in the Categories section of the Manage Blog app by clicking Categories on the left hand side, then you should see a New Category button on the top right hand side of the screen.
Type in the Category Name of your first category and click Done. Repeat for any other Categories you want to add. If you make a mistake you can hover over the category and click Rename or you can check the check box on the left and then click Delete to entirely remove a category.
You won’t create any tags right now. Tags are created automatically as you add them to individual blog posts.
Create Your First Wix Blog Post
Now you are ready to actually create a blog post. Start by clicking on All Posts, then click on New Post.
Add a Title and an Author name and then you can begin typing your first blog post. On the top you will see easy to use buttons to add images, videos, HTML, etc. to your blog post. On the right hand side you will see the following options:
Publish Post – When you’ve finished your post, you can either publish it immediately or schedule it to appear at a specific date and time.
Save As Draft – If you are working on a very large blog post, you may want to save it and come back and work on it later.
Featured Post – You can add a section of your blog that will show your most important blog posts that you’ve designated as featured posts.
Tags – Here is where you add the tags we discussed earlier. You can add several tags by clicking enter after typing each tag.
Categories – You should see the categories you added earlier, choose the appropriate category for your first blog post.
Advanced Wix Blog Post Settings
Under the Advanced section of the New Blog Post window you will find these additional settings:
URL Permalink – This is the permanent URL of the blog post. That is how people find your post in a web browser. For example, it could look something like https://www.joesphotography.com/my-first-blog-post. I recommend using dashes between words to help clarify exactly what the blog post is about. I also recommend not including dates or categories in your URL structure like https://www.joesphotography.com/2018/05/28/my-first-blog-post or https://www.joesphotography.com/category/my-first-blog-post.
This is so that if you change your categories around later or if you want to update a blog post you can safely do so without changing the permanent URL that Google will already have indexed. If your post gains popularity and starts moving up the ranks in google you don’t want to go messing with the URL and breaking any backlinks you might have gained to your website.
Meta Title – This is what will appear as the title when your post shows up in a Google search. You can see how it will look at the bottom where it says Preview On Google.
Meta Description – This is what will appear as the description underneath the URL in a Google Search. You can again see how it will look in the Preview On Google section.
Title on Mobile – If you’ve create a long title for your blog post, you’ll want to shorten it for mobile devices or it won’t look good on a mobile browser.
After you’ve set all of these options, click Done to save your advanced Wix Blog Post settings. You are now ready to publish your first blog post. Click on Publish Post, then exit out of the Manage Blog app. You should now see your first blog post on your Wix Blog.
If you’ve already published your website then you can exit the wix ADI editor entirely and just go directly to your blog post url to view your blog post. For example your URL might look something like this https://www.joesphotography.com/my-first-blog-post. You can enter that into any browser and you should be able to view your blog post.
Now that you know how to create a blog post with your Wix Blog you are ready to move on to Part 3: How To Configure Advanced Wix Website Settings And Features.