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How I Created This Post with Blog Pro 2.0
While our developers are finishing and testing Blog Pro 2.0, I've decided to demonstrate you how I created a post in the renewed backend. In September, we showed you in this post some screenshots of the updated post editor, and since that time it has been slightly updated.
I've been using the new version of the blog for about two months. After using it every week for creating posts, I find it much more convenient to work with in comparison with the old version. For example, now I don't have to expand the content editing field every time I open a post, and spend less time on adding images.
Below you can find the detailed description of my work with this post.
First, I specified the title of the post and corrected the URL key for search engines. In particular, I added the word “magento" to show Google and other search engines that this post is linked with the Magento platform.
Then, I wrote the introduction for this post and cut the first three paragraphs as a short description. The body text was added as I continued describing the process of the post creation.
After the text was ready, I defined tags which help reader find all the posts with the same topic. For instance, if you click the “Blog Pro" tag, all the post where the Blog Pro extension is mentioned will appear on the screen.
In the new version, tags adding became easier. After I define a tag and click Enter, it takes the form of a separate block. This feature makes tags look orderly, especially when you specify three or more words.
When the content was ready, I proceeded to adding screenshots. If earlier it took me pretty much time, now I do it very quickly with the updated version.
In the post I've mentioned above, there was a screenshot with the possible ways of adding an image to a post. Personally, I insert pics by clicking the Choose button, but it's up to you which variant to use.
I clicked Insert Image in the grid and uploaded the necessary image to the post. After it, I edited its size and placed in the center of the page. All other screenshots were added and edited in the same way.
In the updated Blog Pro, you can add appealing thumbnails to your posts. I like this feature because creative and beautiful pictures attract readers much better than a plain text.
While preparing this post, I asked our designer to create a thumbnail. When it was ready, I headed to the Thumbnail tab and uploaded the image.
I also specified the extension link so as you could easily follow the Blog Pro page if necessary. I didn't edit Display Settings because we use the list arrangement of the posts on Magpleasure. If your posts are displayed in grid on your website, you can define the width of the thumbnail in this section.
When the thumbnail was set, I moved on to other settings. Since I'm the only person who writes posts at present, the author information is already filled out automatically. If you want to specify the name and social account for your author, you can do it on the System → My Account → Blog Author page.
I specified the date of publishing, the category and the store view where the post would be published. I also enabled comments, so you can leave your feedback under this post :)
Meta title, keywords, and description are important for ranking in search engines. The more relevant and precise your meta description, the more chances that your blog will appear higher in search results.
The extension fills out the fields automatically but it's not always what I need. Therefore, I specified meta description manually.
In this tab, I can overview how many people read my post. Statistics help bloggers see what is interesting and attracts most attention of their readers. Analyze your content and create posts that will resonate with your audience.
After specifying meta description, the post was ready for publishing. I enabled the post, clicked Save and - voila – the result is in front of you.
We know that many of you have been waiting for the Blog Pro 2.0 release for quite a long time. At present, our team is testing the extension and fixing found issues. We hope that the module will be released next week if everything is ok.