How to Manage your WordPress Blogs using WP Blog Manager? (Step by Step Guide)
A well-managed blog page can play an effective role in decreasing the bounce rate of your website. You might have already known about the power of content marketing and have decided to write blog posts to promote your works, provide vital news, deals and discounts or even share your personal experiences. However, one of the most important thing that you should take care of while writing the blog post is its page set up on the website. This can play a major role in the user experience and can drive away your visitors if it’s ugly and boring.
If you are using WordPress as your blogging platform then you should be glad to know there are a large number of blog specialized templates available on the internet. By default, these WordPress themes offer a separate blog section and configuration options. However, if you are already using a WordPress template and it does not have an inbuilt blog section or have very limited features then, you can enhance the functionality of the same template by using the WordPress blog manager plugins. These plugins contain different features, layouts and customization options to create an appealing blog page in no time.
Here, in this article, we will use one of the most downloaded WordPress blog manager plugin – WP Blog Manager to show you how to design a beautiful blog page on your WordPress website.
Brief Introduction: WP Blog Manager Lite
WP Blog Manager Lite is a free WordPress plugin for managing the blog posts of your WordPress website. It comes with 7 elegantly designed blog templates that can be used for displaying your blog post attractively. Moreover, the plugin also allows you to add different categories and tags for easily sorting your blogs.
Some of the Great Features of WP Blog Manager Lite
- Create Unlimited Blog Sections
- Add Any Number of Blogs in Each Section
- Display Blog Posts from All Possible Taxonomies or Categories
- 7 Beautiful Templates to Display Blog Sections
- Enable/Disable Social Media Share Link
- Enable/Disable Meta Data of Posts
- Sort Retrieved Post from Order and Order by Parameter
- Manage Number of Post to Display on Frontend
Installation and Activation
Download WP Blog Manager Lite from WordPress.org for free. Then. install it on your website. Then, install and activate it on your website. If you face any difficulties while installing the plugin, you can take the help of its documentation or go the article: How to Install New Plugin to the WordPress Site?
After you have activated the plugin, you will see “WP Blog Manager” on the left menu of your dashboard. Click on it.
You will land to the “All WP Blog Manager” page that consists of all the blog designs you have created on your WordPress website. To add a new blog design, click on the “Add New” button.
You will be directed to the “Add New” page. It consists of 4 different settings section to configure your blog posts. They are:
Here, you can select the post type, categories, and taxonomies for your blogs. After that, you can set the order and post status of your blogs.
Here, you can choose the layout for your blog posts. Each of the layouts has separate settings that you can configure as per your requirement. So, select any of the 3 beautifully designed layout, choose its the template available for the layout and configure the options available to design the stunning blog post.
Here, you can set the number of blog posts that you want to display on post list. Also, you can enable/disable the post category, post tags, post author, post comment count, post date, and read more link for your WordPress blogs on the post list. Also, you can choose the image size for the images of your blog post.
From here, you can enable the social sharing of your blog posts. The plugin supports the social sharing for 6 major social media channel (Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Linkedin, Email and Pinterest) that can be enabled/disabled individually as per your preference.
After you have completed the configuration of the plugin, click on the “Publish” button to make your blog post live. You can also view the preview of your blog post list by clicking on the “Preview” button.
Then go to “WP Blog Manager Usage” to copy the generated shortcode and paste it anywhere on your WordPress website to display your blog list.
You can upgrade this plugin to its premium version – WP Blog Manager for additional features.
In this way, you can manage the blog page of your WordPress website. So, if you want to manage the blogs and display them attractive to your visitors then, you can follow this step by step tutorial.
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