Your Blog Layout settings are very important to set up for your blog to function properly and for it to look the way you want. This article will cover each step you need to get things up and running very quickly!
1. General Settings
When you create an account, Quickblog puts in some default information to make sure the blog shows, however, you need to change some of these! To get to your Blog Layout general settings, click on Settings -> Blog Settings, and then click on the Layout Settings tab.
It's really important to change all the settings here:
This is simply what you want your Blog to be titled in the website/browser. You can put anything here, but try and make it unique.
This is where your Quickblog is hosted, whether you've put it in your own website (e.g. www.domain.com/blog) or you've used on of our free pages to host your blog (we'll send you a confirmation of the URL to put in here!), this must be added in, with the "http://" or "https://" for the blog to display.
Should be the same as your Blog Title. It's effectively what search engines read your blog name as.
Here you should put some keywords to focus your blog posts (e.g. hobby character painting) as well as a short description as to what type of content is in your blog (e.g. post modernist revolutionary art blog focusing on trascendent and posthumous works, or something of the sort). Try to put no more than 160 characters here, so between 20 & 45 words.
Put your time zone here so that when your blog post goes Live, it has the correct date and time for your region
Posts shown per page
You can leave this at 10, however, you may want fewer or more blog posts to show before your readers have to skip to the next or previous pages
Now that we have covered the general settings, let's look at the additional settings!
2. Additional Settings
The additional settings controls what the blog looks like, so this is important to get right, more for your own tastes than anything else! Click on the additional settings tab on the left to access this:
Blog post columns
This is the option for you to choose whether you want 1, 2 or 3 blog posts showing per line. Either is a good choice to go with
Image and text position
This option allows you to decide where you want your images and text in the main blog.
Blog main image
This option allows you to show/hide the header image for your blog - you may only want text showing, in which case, hide this image
Blog post search
This option is for upgraded accounts only, and allows readers to search through your blog posts
Blog post author preview
This option allows you to show/hide the author details in the blog posts preview
Blog post text preview
This option allows you to show/hide the main text content preview (if you just want to show a title)
Blog categories header
This option allows you to show/hide, at the top, the categories that you've created
Blog navigation menu
This option allows you to show/hide the navigation menu for authors and related posts. If you disable this, your readers won't be able to navigate to or filter your content so easily
Navigation menu position
If you've enabled the previous navigation menu, this option lets you chose whether you want it on the left or the right of the blog posts
Navigation menu position (Margin Bar)
If you've enabled the previous navigation menu, this option sets a clear margin between the blog post and the navigation menu, whether in desktop or mobile view
Blog posts commenting & sharing
If you've set up your keys for Comments (Disqus) and Sharing (ShareThis), these options allow you to enable both across your blog. You'll also have the ability to turn comments and sharing on & off at each blog post.