What's inside this article:
- Basic information
- Set the main title and URL slug
- Create a URL slug
- Select Categories
- Set when the LIVE badge appears
- Save the Live blog
- Add posts
- Add Highlights
- Learn more
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. This article describes the most important settings for creating and managing Live blog pages Pangea CMS.
To create a new Live blog, go to New > Content > Live blog in the top menu.
Add the main title for the Live blog in the Add title here... box on the Editor screen.
After the main title is prepared, we recommend creating a URL slug. The URL slug is included in the URL for the page and is important for Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Create the URL slug via General > URL Slug. For detailed information, see the following article:
Categories (previously Zones) organize content pages on your site by topic. For example, your site might have a Politics Category for all content relating to politics. Categories work like folders on your computer, where the content pages are stored. You cannot save the Live blog until it is added to at least one Category.
To add the Live blog to a Category, hit Type and select category name... on the Editor screen.
For detailed information about adding a content page to a Category, see the following article:
It is important to define the time period when the Live blog will be active. The following behavior applies only while the Live blog is active:
- A LIVE badge is visible on the Live blog page and on widgets where the Live blog is promoted.
- Visitors on the Live blog page see a 'New posts' notification when a new post is published. Visitors can click the notification to refresh the page and go straight to the latest post.
To set when the Live blog is active, select Live broadcasting in the left panel.
Follow these steps:
- Under Broadcast timezone, select the timezone you want to use. The timezone for your site is selected automatically.
- Under Date & time from, select the date and time when the Live blog will become active.
- Under Date & time to, select the date and time when the Live blog will no longer be active.
The settings will be applied after you save the Live blog.
Before saving the Live blog, select your preferred option in the Status drop-down menu:
- Draft: The Live blog will be assigned the Draft status after you save it. It will not be visible on the public site, but it will be available for further editing in CMS.
- Edited: The Live blog will be assigned the Edited status after you save it. It will not be visible on the public site, but it will be available for further editing in CMS.
- Published: The Live blog will be assigned the Published status after you save it. It will be visible on the public site, and it will be available for further editing in CMS.
Hit Save or Save & close to confirm and apply your preferences.
You cannot add the first post to a Live blog until the following conditions are met:
Several methods are available for adding a new post:
- While editing the Live blog, select + New post on the Editor screen or in the left panel.
- Select New blog entry (the plus icon) via the Live blog box in the main Search results.
For detailed information about adding posts on a Live blog, see the following article:
Highlights provide an at-a-glance summary of Live blog developments with links to key posts. Highlights appear at the side of the page on desktop, or above the most recent post on mobile and tablet.
To enable highlights, hit Select content under Select your highlights on the Editor screen.
You can manually choose the posts that appear in highlights, or enable automated highlights. If preferred, you can manually create a summary of the Live blog that is visible instead of highlights. For detailed instructions, see the following article:
This article describes just the most important settings for creating and publishing a Live blog. The following articles might also be helpful:
- Adding Website teaser settings
- Adding Social media settings
- Adding a main image on a content page
- Adding introductions on content pages
- Assigning and managing Tags
- Assigning priority
- SEO for content pages