For more details see the Blog Pro for Magento 2 extension page.
Make blogging an effective part of your marketing strategy with Blog Pro for Magento 2. Take advantage of the responsive design and customizable layout settings. Add meta information to the posts, categories and tags and explore the power of SEO.
Blog Pro for Magento 2 is a powerful tool for creating an informative blog. Make the posts noticeable by adding images and thumbnails; optimize your posts for search engines, use share buttons to attract new readers and visitors. The module is very flexible and has an intuitive interface.
Blog Pro has many options in the configuration section. Don't worry about such a large number of settings, once the main options are set, posting blog articles becomes a matter of several minutes. To access the settings of 'Blog Pro for Magento 2' please go to: Stores → Configuration → Amasty Blog
The page contains 13 sections, each of them is described below.
Configure the blog link in the footer of your webstore.
Title - give a title that will be displayed in the link to the blog.
Display blog on the Footer - enable if you want to display the link to the blog on the footer.
Display Blog on the Toolbar - set to Yes to display the link to the blog in the toolbar.
Display Blog on the Categories Menu - switch to Yes to display the link to blog in the categories menu.
Here is an example of how the footer link looks on the frontend.
Check the example of the links located in the Categories Menu and in the Toolbar.
Optimize the blog for search engines by adding well-thought meta title, keywords, and description. Your blog will appear higher in search results and thus attract more visitors.
Breadcrumb Label - Specify the label for breadcrumb navigation.
Route - Specify the URL title, which will redirect visitors to your blog page.
Title Prefix for Blog Pro - Choose the default prefix that will be displayed in a browser tab when you open a blog category or search for a tag.
This is how the settings look on the frontend.
Meta Title Suffix for Blog Pro - The meta title suffix is a permanent text that will be added to the meta title of all post pages. This text will be separated from the meta titles with “ | ”. You can use your brand name as a meta title suffix. This will contribute to your brand awareness.
Meta Title for Blog Pro - This is the title of the main blog page in a browser tab.
Meta Keywords for Blog Pro - Determine keywords by which customers can find your blog.
Meta Description for Blog Pro - This description will be displayed in search engines results page.
Here you can arrange blocks with different blog information and specify how they will look on the frontend. Four layout types are available: desktop layouts for the main blog page and for a post page, and the same layouts for mobile devices. The blocks are visualized; you can change the order using drag and drop option.
Desktop - It's possible to group the blocks in one, two, or three columns. To add a block, click the 'Plus' button; to delete a block click the basket in its upper right corner. This is an example for the main blog page; the post page has the same options.
This is the frontend example of the main blog page.
And here is an example of a particular post page.
Mobile - On mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, your blog will have a 2-column layout, the orther options of the layout constructor are equivalent to Desktop. The screenshots below show how a mobile post looks on the frontend. To see the tab with categories and other blocks, a customer should swipe it from the left or right side.
URL Postfix - The .HTML postfix shows search engines that the page is static and is reliable.
Redirect to SEO formatted URL - If you set the option to 'Yes', customers and search robots will be redirected to a SEO-friendly post page by 301 redirect.
List - Define the quantity of posts displayed on one blog page.
If there are more articles in your blog, visitors can browse content with Older/Newer Entries links.
Display Author Name - Choose 'Yes' if you want to display the name of the post author on the frontend.
Display Number of Views - It's possible to show or hide the number of views per post.
Display Print Link - Allow visitors to print out the articles they enjoy.
Display Categories - Enable the option to display categories a post belongs to.
Display Tags - Tags help readers find all posts on the same topic.
Date Format - Choose how to display the publishing date. It can be either in the standard format or as the number of days passed since posting.
Width of image on Blog page — define the images' width to use on the blog pages.
Height of image on Blog page — define the images' height to use on the blog pages.
Use Comments - Enable or disable comments on the frontend.
Automatic Approving - You can allow publishing comments immediately without approval or moderate them first.
Allow Guest Comments - Enable or disable guest comments.
Quantity of Recent Comments in Block - Define the quantity of comments that will be displayed in the 'Recent Comments' block.
Display Short Content for Recent Comments - If you enable this option, customers will see the beginning of recent comments in the block.
Display Date for Recent Comments - Set this option to 'Yes' if you'd like to show the date when a comment was left in the 'Recent Comments' block.
Attribute rel=“nofollow” for Links in Comment - If you select 'Yes', search engines will not follow links in comments. It is useful if someone posts spam comments with links to other sites.
Ask Email for Comment — make the Email field mandatory for new comments.
Ask Name for Comment — make the Name field mandatory for new comments.
Enable GDPR Consent — enable or disable the GDPR consent for comments.
Recent Posts Quantity in Block - Set how many posts will be displayed in the block.
Display Short Content - Select 'Yes' to allow your customers to read the beginning of posts.
Display Date - Choose whether you want to show the date when a post was published.
Short Content Limit - Define the number of symbols that will be displayed in the block for each post.
Due to this feed it's possible to allow visitors to get the latest posts, comments and other content from the blog without visiting the store.
Display Link on List - Display the link to the RSS feed on the main blog page.
Post Feed - Allow readers to insert posts into an RSS feed page.
Category Feed - Allow visitors to insert blog categories into an RSS feed page.
Comment Feed - Allow visitors to insert comments into an RSS feed page.
Tags are more specific than categories. They help visitors find posts with the topic they are interested in quicker.
Minimal Posts Number per Tag - Define the minimal quantity of posts that a tag should have.
Use 3D Cloud to Display Tags - Display tags as a 3D cloud.
To make tags more noticeable to visitors you can add a block with a 3D tag cloud to the main blog page and post pages. This is how a tag cloud looks on the frontend. More popular tags look brighter than the other to drive the readers' attention to the hottest topics.
3D Cloud: Height - Choose the height of the 3D cloud block (in pixels).
3D Cloud: Text Color - Input the HEX code of the color that will be applied to most popular tags (they have the bigger size than other tags).
It's also possible to use a handy palette instead of the color codes.
3D Cloud: Tag Color for Less Used Tags - Define the the color that will be applied to minor tags (they are of a smaller size than the popular ones).
3D Cloud: Tag Highlight Color - Choose the highlight color.
3D Cloud: Color Scheme - Choose a ready-made color scheme of the cloud that will suit your store design.
A publisher is the website which publishes posts. Several creators can write articles for you, but the publisher is your store. The information about the company that publishes a post is important when sharing content on social networks.
Facebook Account - Specify the link to the Official store Page on Facebook.
Twitter Account - Specify the link to the Official store Page on Twitter.
Enabled - The option turns on/off social networks share buttons.
Networks - Choose networks where your customers will be able to share posts.
Include - Select a color scheme for the icons displayed at the top of a blog post (the author, number of views, the Print button, etc.).
Fill in the settings in the block, and admin users will receive notifications after new comments are submitted.
At first, enable notifications. Then, specify the Sender and the Receiver fields.
Categories are aimed to help readers easier navigate in your blog and find the necessary posts faster. To access the existing categories, please go to Content → Amasty Blog Pro → Categories. You can view the current blog categories with their main parameters on the grid. You can use the 'Edit' action to make the needed changes or click the 'New Category' button to create a category.
For this example we will edit the existing category; you would go through the same steps to create a new one.
Name - Specify the category title.
Url Key - Specify the category URL.
Sort Order - The sort order of a category is defined automatically. If necessary, you can change it.
Status - enable or disable the category.
Visible In - Choose the store views where the category will be displayed.
In the Meta Data tab, you can specify a meta title, keywords and description. They will allow search engines to index the category better.
Meta Title - Specify the meta title of the category.
Meta Keywords - Write keywords and phrases by which visitors can find the category in search engines.
Meta Description - Add a brief description of the topics, which are covered in all posts of the category.
Remember to click the 'Save' button when you are done.
To view all the tags that are used in your blog, please go to Content → Amasty Blog Pro → Tags. There you can view all the tags you have with their main parameters on a convenient grid. Click on the tag to edit it and use the 'Add Tag' button to create a new tag.
For this example we will edit the existing tag; you would go through the same steps to create a new one.
Name - Specify the name of the tag.
Url Key - Define the URL key for the tag.
Meta Data info for tags can be added the same way as for categories. Please, review the Meta Data Tab section of this user guide for more details .
In this tab, you can view all the posts that are marked with the chosen tag.
When you finished editing a tag, please, save the changes.
Reach features of the extension allow you to create blog posts adding images, thumbnails and author details. Besides, you can optimize posts for search engines and thus increase leads traffic to the store.
To view, edit and create posts, please go to Stores → Configuration → Amasty Blog Pro → Posts. A convenient grid displays all your articles. Discover mass actions to manage blog content faster. To submit a new entry, please click the 'Add Post' button in the upper right corner of the page. Every post has two options: Edit and Duplicate.
Edit - If you want to make some changes in the post content, select the this option or just click the post line.
Duplicate - the feature is useful if you need to publish the same post in another store view, but want to change the content or translate it into another language.
For this example we will edit one of the existing posts.
Title - Specify the title of the post.
URL Key - Define a SEO-friendly URL for the post.
Short Content - Write a short description or summary of the post. It will be displayed on the main page as a preview for the post.
Full Content - Write the actual post in this field.
Tags - Specify the tags that are related to the post topic. If you used a tag once in the past, it will be autocompleted. Find out about how to create a tag in this section.
Status - Select the status of the post.
- Enabled - The post is displayed on the frontend.
- Disabled - The post is not displayed on the frontend.
- Hidden - The post is not enabled but you can see how it will look in the frontend. For this, click the link above the post that will appear after saving. We recommend you to set this status until the post is ready for publishing.
- Scheduled - The post will automatically be published at the time that you define in Publish Date field.
Post Image - Choose an image that will be displayed in the post.
Alt attribute for Post Image - Specify an alternate text for a post image to be shown when a user for some reason cannot view it.
List Image - Choose an image that will be displayed on the main blog page.
Alt attribute for List Image - Specify an alternate text for a list image. A title of post will be used if this field is empty.
Image Link - You can insert a link to an internal page in your store or to another website.
Grid Width - You can specify image displau settings. Define the width of the thumbnail when posts are arranged in grid on the main blog page.
In the Additional tab, you can specify the author’s name, categories and store views where the post will be published. Here you can also allow or restrict comments for the particular post.
Name - Specify the author’s name.
Google/Facebook/Twitter - In these fields you can paste the links to the author’s profiles in social networks.
Posted From - Select the store view from which the post will be published.
Posted in - Select a category or categories the post will be published in.
Allow comments - Select 'Yes' if you want to allow customers to leave comments to the post.
Meta data, which includes meta title, description, and keywords, helps search engines to correctly analyze what your post is about. Please, turn to this section to learn more about adding meta information.
In this tab, you can see how many unique views a post has reached so far.
Comments are a necessary part of every blog. With their help, you can communicate with your visitors and learn their opinion on the topics you cover.
All blog comments are displayed on the backend. To view, approve or edit them, please go to Stores → Configuration → Amasty Blog Pro → Comments.
To edit a comment or change its status, select the Edit option in the Action dropdown or just click the comment line. You can also approve, reject, reply or delete a comment right from the grid. On the comment page, you can change the customer name, email, comment content, status and store view.
This is how comment are displayed on the frontend, right under the post and the sharing buttons.
Do you want more visitors to know about your blog? Spread the necessary information via widgets. With the extension, you can add the Blog Category, Blog Recent Posts, Recent Comments widgets to any page of your website.
Please, go to Content → Widgets → Add Widget button to create a new widget.
Choose this type of widgets to display the posts categories in your blog.
On the Settings tab, select the Amasty Blog Category Widget in the Type field. Then, choose the desirable design theme in the corresponding field and press the button Continue.
On the Storefront Properties tab, give a title to your widget in a Widget Title field at first. Then, choose the stores in which the widget should be available in the Assign to Store Views field. You can also specify the Sort Order when needed (when you have several widgets in the same container).
After these steps are completed, hit the Add Layout Update button. In the Display on dropdown, choose the page to place the widget on and specify the required additional information below.
Proceed to the Widget Options tab. Here, you can specify the header text, define the categories limit and enable the widget block wrapping in the same name fields. All these fields are optional.
When everything is completed, hit the Save button.
Use the widget to display the recent blog posts.
To do this, on the Settings tab:
On the Storefront Properties tab:
Switch to the Widget Options tab, where:
When completed, press the Save button.
With the widget, you can show to visitors the recent comments to your posts.
To create the widget, first, select Amasty Recent Comments Widget in the Type field and specify the Design Theme. Click Continue.
On the Storefront Properties tab, fill in the Widget Title, the Assign to Store views and the Sort Order fields. Then, hit the Add Layout Update button and customize the widget placement settings.
Open the Widget Options tab. Specify the Header Text and define the maximal number of comments in the widget in the Comments Limit field (optional). Then, choose whether to enable the widget block wrapping and whether to show date for recent comments, in the corresponding fields.
To add widgets to pages or blocks, please, go to Content → Pages or Content → Blocks.
Choose the required page or block and click to edit it (or create the new one).
Here, on the Content tab in the Show Editor mode, click the Insert Widget button. Then you will need to configure the settings the same way as for the new widget.