A blog is a diary-style collection of text entries, called posts. More recent posts appear first. Blog post content is sometimes more informal than the rest of the website.

To ease the flow, Sparkle automates some things:

  • a site section contains the blog index and all posts;
  • you compose a post per page, and Sparkle creates an index for you;
  • your website exposes an RSS feed containing the post content or summary.

The Blog Index element will be constructed from the content of the post pages. The index also contains a pagination element, to access older posts.

A blog post page is almost like a regular page, but it adds information about the author and posting date.

When Sparkle produces the index, by default it incorporates the full text of posts, and any other element you have added to blog post pages. The header and footer are not considered content and will not end up in the index, and you can exclude an element from the index via the “Show on blog index” option in the arrange inspector.

If you don’t want the full post text in the index, or want to customize the look of it, Sparkle lets you customize the “summary” view of the post, via the “Customize Index/RSS Summary” action. This allows for very custom layouts and text.

If you already have blog posts and want to add another one in a similar style, consider duplicating an existing post, to preserve layout and formatting.

You add a blog to your site by adding the first blog post, which is done via the "Blog" toolbar item. This takes you straight to editing the body of the post.

To publish the post, and the associated rss feed, you publish the whole site as you normally do.

Updated for Sparkle 3.0

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