Live Blogging Pro Tips: Setting up Your Live Blog

Live Blogging Pro Tips: Setting up Your Live Blog


Hi, I’m Tom from Sourcefabric and in this video, I’ll show you how to get your live blog up and running in no time Assuming that I’m a first-time live blog user after I log in with my life blog credentials I’ll be brought to an empty dashboard like this one Before creating my actual live blog. I need to add my future live blogging team into the system to do this I’ll go to the burger menu and click on user management To create a new user. I’m going to click on the blue icon here. Now, there are some mandatory fields I have to fill out One of the most important things for me to do here is to assign a role to the person I’m adding I have a couple of options to choose from. Whilst a contributor has to submit posts for approval before they can be published Editors can publish post straightaway. They can also create new blogs and manage users themselves Once I’m done filling out all this information the person who I’m inviting will receive an email asking them to activate their account Now that’s all set up Let’s have a look at life logs theme manager which helps me control what my life blog will look like for my readers If I go to the settings panel for a theme several different options relating to the appearance of my life blog will show up that I can play around with It’s with the theme manager that I can do things like adjust the date format Change the way my author’s information is displayed and add my Google Analytics code Once I’ve gone through and decided how I’d like everything to be formatted the first step of my life blog set up is complete Which means I’m now ready to start a live blog Back in the dashboard. I’ll click this small blue icon. Now, the only mandatory field I have to fill out for now is the blog title But if I wanted to I could also add a description of my blog and a featured image Now I’ll add each of the team members I would like to have contributing to my blog Each team member will receive a notification in live blog to let them know they’ve been assigned to this live blog all I need to do now is click the create button and here’s my life blog To start creating content straightaway. I’ll go to the editor field and just start typing When I’m happy with my post, I’ll simply publish it to my timeline let’s see what it looks like for my readers by clicking live and here’s our post All of this would now be embedded in a website, but we’ll touch on that later in the video I’m not limited to just making text posts I can also easily create post consisting of images quotes and social media content under the “Add Content Here” section If I want to include an image, for example, I’ll simply drag and drop it into this field Then I can publish it to my life blog straight away Including social media is also a simple process the life blog supports over 400 content providers So I won’t have any trouble with publishing whatever content I want I’d like to include a tweet in my life blog Once I found the tweet, like I’ll copy and paste its URL into life blog’s embedded field. I can also have a post that combines different types of content. Whilst sharing information directly from the source is great for our readers, I’d also like to add my own text to the tweet so I can emphasize its relevance to the topic of my live blog. If the tweet is in another language for example this may be a useful opportunity to help my readers understand the content of the tweet. To finish off I’m also going to attach an animated gif to the bottom of this post Not only is this going to attract the reader’s attention to this post It also offers me an opportunity to inject my life blog with some humor and personality There’s more to explore in the “choose post type” section as this is where custom post types can be found These post types are designed to help me cover a variety of events For example, there’s a scorecard feature, which could come in handy If I were to cover a team sport I can even create my own custom post types with live blogs “free type manager” if I wanted to We’ll take a closer. Look at this feature in another video Now that we’ve gone through all the different things I can include in my posts Let’s dive into how we can improve the readers experience of live blog. I pörobably have some posts that I want to make sure my readers see They can be brought to my readers attention in two ways I could highlight an important post by clicking this star The post will now have a different background color in the front end and so will be easier for readers to distinguish as important. I could also pin posts right to the top of my life blogs timeline by selecting the pin icon in the same row Now this post will always be the first thing readers see Let’s have a look at what a life blog looks like now Now that our life log is up and running the next thing we need to do is make sure my readers can find it One very fast way to share. My life blog with readers is by sharing the front-ends URL directly with them However, as might be expected I could also have my life blog display on the page of my own website using live blogs and bed features To do this. I’ll go to the Settings icon and find the embed code for my live blog With this URL I’ll be able to publish my live blog as a regular iframe And that’s the basics of live blog There are still plenty of additional features to explore and become familiar with though If you need any help finding your way around those be sure to check out our other screencasts or visit the live blog help desk through the link in the video description as As always, please feel free to contact us directly if you have any specific questions I’ve been Tom from source fabric and thanks for watching.

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