Blog posts widget

Blog posts widget

Use this widget to display already existing blog posts.

By default, the widget will be auto populated with all posts from all blogs in a list.


If you only have one blog and want to display all posts from all categories, in a list format, you won’t need to change anything here.


If you need to configure how the posts are displayed, click the Edit button   in the upper-right corner of the widget.


The configuration window appears where you can configure the following:




In the content tab, you can choose which blog or blogs you want to pull from, which posts you want to display from specific categories, with certain tags, and/or from a date range.


Under “Which blog posts to display?” select one of the following:


·         From all blogs

With this selection, all posts from all blogs are displayed.


·         From selected blogs only…

The system displays posts only from the selected blog.


o   To select the blog, click the Select button.

A list of all created blogs appears.

Select the blog you want to use, then click the green Done selecting button.


·         Selected blog posts…

You can choose to display only the posts you manually select.


The option, “From currently open blog” will not be used.


If you click Narrow selection, you can further specify which posts to display by choosing one of the following:


·         All published blog posts

This is selected by default and displays all posts from the blogs selected in the previous step.


·         Selection of posts…

You can narrow down the displayed posts to categories, tags, and date ranges.


Select one or more of the following:


o   Categories…

A Select button will appear. Click it to select the categories from which you want to display posts, then click Done.

o   Tags…

This will display posts with tags you select.


o   Date…

“Any time” will be selected by default. Click the “Change” button to select a time interval, so that posts created during that interval will be displayed, or choose Custom range… and use the “From” and “To” input fields to select a custom time interval.



List Settings

On this tab, you can choose how to display the posts you have selected.


If the posts are on a blog-only page, you may not need to change anything here.

By default, the posts will be paginated, and 20 posts will be displayed per page.

If you are adding a blog feed somewhere else, you may want to limit this by selecting one of the following options:


·         Use paging

The system divides the posts into pages.

In the input field, you can specify how many posts per page you want to display.


·         Use limit

The system displays only a limited number of the posts you have chosen to display.

In the input field, you can specify how many posts you want to display.


·         No limit and paging

 This option should not be used as it can result in an extremely long page and slow load times.


In the Sort blog posts dropdown menu, you can select a sorting method for the posts. By default, the most recent post is shown first. You shouldn’t need to change this.



List template has three options chapters can use:


o   Chapter blog card

This will display the blog posts as tiles or cards that contain an image, related author, date, title, and summary if there is one.



o   Chapter blog post list

This will display the blog posts as a list, showing the title, related author, date, title, and summary if there is one.      


                              o   Blog post list
                                  This option is a simple bulleted list of posts with the title, date, author shown, and summary shown, and a link to view the full story.
                                   Using this option, the author displayed will be the user who published the blog, not  the related author.


Single item settings

Here, you can choose how you want to display a single blog post when it’s clicked on.


Under “Open single item in…,” you can choose from the following:


·         Selected existing page…

If you already have a blog and blog page created, this will not need to be changed. It will already be set to "Single Blog Page" which is a pre-existing page that is part of the CMS and cannot be edited. This page provides a place for the blog content to populate. 


                         If you need to create an additional page to display blog posts that has different attributes, follow the steps below.


To create a page to display a single post:


o   Create a child page under Chapter News, name it “Single Blog Post”


o   Un-check “Show in navigation”


o   Use template “ChapterTemplate[ChapterName]”


o   Click “Create and go to add content”


o   On the page, drag a Blog posts widget into the main content area.

The page does not need any other elements or editing.


o   Publish the page


Now you have a page that can display a single blog post. Click the Edit button on the Blog posts widget, go to the Single item settings tab, click the radio button for “Selected existing page…,” click the Select button, choose the “Single Blog Post” page you created under Chapter News, then click “Done selecting.”


The Detail template dropdown menu should always be set to "Chapter detail page."


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