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Creating a Live Blog


Live Blog is a dynamic content type that lets you cover developing live events in real-time by publishing a series of posts on a live feed.

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Open the Live Blog edit screen

The following options are available:



Create a new Live Blog

To create a new Live Blog, click New > Content > Live Blog in the top menu.



Edit an existing Live Blog

To edit an existing Live Blog:

  1. Find the Live Blog you want to edit using the Pangea CMS Search tool.
  2. Click the title in the relevant box on the search results page.



Configure the Live Blog page

The Editor screen shows a preview of the Live Blog page that is ready to edit.

You can manage the following settings:

  • (A): Category (Required): Assign the Live Blog to one or more categories.
  • (B): Main image: Select a main image for the Live Blog.
  • (C): Title (Required): Enter the title for the Live Blog.
  • (D): Publication date & time (Required): Adjust the publication date and time that is displayed on the Live Blog page. Optionally schedule publication.
  • (E): Last updated: Specify when the Live Blog was last updated.
  • (F): Introduction: Enter a brief introductory text.
  • (G): Highlights: Add a Highlights section.
  • (H): New post: Add a new post to the Live Blog. You cannot add a post until the Live Blog is saved.
  • (I): Status: Manage the Live Blog status.

Click Save or Save & close to confirm and apply your preferences. You cannot save the Live Blog unless all of the settings marked Required are complete.




Add posts

After you save a Live Blog, you can start adding posts.

You can add a new post to a Live Blog using any of the methods below:

  • Click New post in the left panel or on the Editor screen.
  • After finding a Live Blog using the Pangea CMS Search tool, click + New blog entry (the plus icon) in the relevant box on the search results page.

Provide the following information in the New post window that appears:

  • (A): Blog post title: Provide a title for the post. First tick the box next to Display Title and then enter the title.
  • (B): Highlight title: Provide a title that is used for the post in Highlights. If you don't provide a Highlights title, the Blog post title is used in Highlights. If you don't provide a Blog post title or a Highlights title, the post cannot appear in Highlights. If desired, tick the box next to Custom highlights title and then enter the title.
  • (C): Authors: Use the drop-down menu to add one or more authors for the post. You can only add someone who is an author in Pangea CMS.
  • (D): Feature this post: Ensure that the post remains at the top of the Live Blog feed for a specified time period. Tick the box and then define how long the post will remain featured.
  • (E): Content (Required): Provide content for the post.

Click Save & publish to confirm and apply your preferences. The post appears immediately on the Live Blog feed.




Manage posts

You can manage existing Live Blog posts using either method below:

  • Click Posts in the left panel.
  • After finding a Live Blog using the Pangea CMS Search tool, click the Blog entries icon in the relevant box on the search results page.

The following options are available via the Search posts for screen:

  • (A): Search: Use the search filter in the top panel to search for specific posts.
  • (B): Add as featured: Click the star icon so that it changes to blue to mark the post as featured. A featured post remains at the top of the Live Blog feed. To stop featuring the post, click the star icon again so that it changes to white.
  • (C): Edit a post: Click Edit item (the pencil icon) to edit the post.
  • (D): View post history: Click History to view a history of edits to the post.
  • (E): View post: Click Live site (the globe icon) to view the post on the public website (this option only appears when the Live Blog is published).
  • (F): Remove a post: Click Remove item (the trash icon) to remove the post from the Live Blog.

Click Save to confirm any changes.




Set when the LIVE badge appears

You can set a start time and an end time for the Live Blog. During this time, the LIVE badge appears on the Live Blog page. If the Live Blog is connected to a Twitter feed, Tweets are automatically displayed on the Live Blog only while it is live.

To set when your Live Blog will start and end, click Live broadcasting in the left panel.

Adjust the following settings according to your preferences:

  • (A): Broadcast time zone: Select the time zone that the start and end times apply for. Your website time zone is pre-selected by default.
  • (B): Date & time from: Set the start time for the Live Blog (format: YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM).
  • (C): Date & time to: Set the end time for the Live Blog (format: YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM).
  • (D): Display time stamp: Tick the box if you want to include a time stamp next to each blog post to show exactly when the post was published.

Click Save or Save & close to confirm and apply your preferences.




Connect a Twitter feed

You can configure a Live Blog to display Tweets containing the tags that you specify from one or more Twitter feeds.

To connect a Twitter feed with a Live Blog:

  1. Click Twitter feed in the left panel.
  2. Under Twitter feed, enter the name (without @) for one feed or multiple feeds. For multiple feeds, separate entries with a comma and no spaces.
  3. Under Twitter hash tags, enter one tag or multiple tags (without #). For multiple tags, separate entries with a comma and no spaces.
  4. Click Save or Save & close to confirm and apply your preferences.

The Live Blog is now linked to the specified Twitter feed.

When the Live Blog is live, Pangea CMS regularly check for and automatically adds Tweets that meet your defined criteria to the Live Blog feed. You can also click Fetch Tweets to manually check for and add relevant Tweets.




Add Highlights

A Highlights section provides visitors with an at-a-glance summary of Live Blog developments with links to key posts. You can configure Pangea CMS to generate Highlights automatically, or configure the Highlights manually.

Click Highlights in the left panel to set up Highlights.

For more information, refer to the following article:




Manage settings

The following additional settings options are available under Settings in the left panel:



General

NOTE: Most of the settings under General are also available on the Editor screen. The Editor screen updates automatically to reflect any changes you make in General settings.


The following options are available:

  • Status: Adjust the Live Blog status.
  • Publication date & time (Required): Adjust the publication date and time that is displayed at the top of the Live Blog page. Optionally schedule publication.
  • Last update: Specify when the Live Blog was last updated.
  • Title (Required): Adjust the title for the Live Blog.
  • Introduction: Enter a brief introductory text. Tick Display introduction to display the introduction on the public website.
  • URL Slug: Enter a text string that is added to the URL and enhances visibility via search engines.
  • Categories (Required): Assign the Live Blog to one or more categories.
  • Main image: Add an image that appears on the Live Blog page on the public website.
  • Main image caption: Adjust the caption for the Main image that is visible to search engines and screen readers.
  • Main image description: Review the internal description for the Main image. This information is not visible on the public website, but may be useful for editing the Main image caption.


Website teaser

Optionally configure how the Live Blog is previewed via widgets on the public website. If you do not add Website teaser settings, the Main image and Title from the General settings are used.

NOTE: Configuring Website teaser settings is optional unless the title for the Live Blog is longer than 140 characters. In this case, a Website teaser title is required.


Social media

Optionally configure how the Live Blog is previewed when it is shared via social media.



Authors, contributors

Optionally add one or more authors that are displayed at the top of the Live Blog page on the public website. You can only add someone who is an author in Pangea CMS.



Tags

Optionally add one or more tags. Adding tags has the following benefits:

  • You can run a search for all content that is assigned to a particular tag using the Pangea CMS Search tool.
  • You can configure a Content widget to automatically display content that is assigned to a particular tag.

Tags also influence the search results displayed for visitors on the public website.



Comments

If your service has comments enabled for Live Blogs, you can manually enable or disable the option for visitors to leave comments on the current Live Blog page.



Miscellaneous

Copy the URL for the Live Blog page, or add internal notes that are visible only via the Live Blog Settings screen. Notes are not searchable in Pangea CMS and are not visible on the public website.




Preview a Live Blog

If the status of the Live blog is Published, you can click Live site in the top-right corner to open the Live Blog on the public website. Regardless of the status, you can use the options under Preview in the left panel to preview the page on devices with different screen sizes (desktop, tablet, or mobile).




Further recommendations

The following articles may be helpful:

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