Recently I read a question on the Joomla Facebook group about how to set up a blog on Joomla, and comparing the process to Wordpress.
A blog can be an important piece of your Content Marketing strategy, along with a newsletter and social media marketing.
For background, Wordpress started life as a fairly simple blogging platform and evolved into a CMS, and the bones of it still revolve around blogging. In comparison, Joomla started life as a full CMS, of which blogging is just one component.
If you only ever want a simple blog, and will never want anything else apart from a blog, Wordpress is an option worth looking at.
However, it's also pretty easy to configure a blog in your Joomla website, no coding required. This blog is (obviously) Joomla - here's what we did:
1. Create a Category
=> Drag this category to the top of the category list. This makes it the default category.
2. Create a dummy Article
=> This is your first blog article. It's useful to have this for configuration purposes, but it can be deleted when the blog is ready to go live.
3. Create a Menu
=> Go to the frontend. Refresh the site and you should see a new menu called Blog. Click on this menu, and you should see the dummy article you created earlier.
Congratulations - you have now created a blog in Joomla!
Many configuration tweaks can be made in the Blog menu item to finetune the layout. For example, in this blog we have set:
Blog Layout tab
Most blogs have a number of additional characteristics which make it a blog, such as a search bar, tags, links to previous or popular posts, comments, and more. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
In our blog we've published modules to the right sidebar position. (In your template it may have a different position name, or you may want to place the modules in a different place).
Display Latest Articles
Display Popular Articles
There are 2 ways to manage a Joomla website - via the backend, or via the frontend. We configure sites in different ways depending on a variety of factors.
Please get in touch with any queries, or feel free to comment below.