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Using Joomla!, 2nd Edition by Jennifer Gress, Ron Severdia

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Chapter 8. Starting a Blog

Blogs nowadays are used for much more than a personal diary. They’re a way to communicate ideas, business news, and even critical information to the world. They are your own “personal newspaper” or corporate newsletter that dynamically updates and furthermore allows for a two-way conversation with your audience.

At its inception, Joomla didn’t have many blog features — and is still missing quite a few — but it can be used effectively as a blog with a few customizations. In this chapter, we’ll walk through how to use Joomla as a blog as well as explore a few other installable blogging options.

Joomla Articles as a Blog

A blog is essentially a collection of articles displayed with the most recent article first. Since Joomla uses Articles to organize content, this is easy to set up. In fact, you’ve probably done the steps already.

  1. Create a category for your blog articles by going to Content > Category Manager and clicking the New button. We’ll call ours “Blog”.
  2. Add a description if you’d like to display a text introduction at the top of your blog. Otherwise, leave it blank. Leave the other settings as their defaults and click Save & Close.

All that’s left to do is to create a new menu item pointing to the blog as described in ???. Make sure you edit the Menu Item and update the Article Order setting in the Blog Layout tab to Most Recent First so your latest blog post will always be at the top of the page.

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If your blog is in a different language than your ...

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