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Using the Built-In Blog

Blogging can be an excellent tool for promoting your products and giving your store a personal touch, as well as providing a boost to your site's SEO ranking.

By default, a basic blog is included on the BigCommerce platform. The look and feel of the blog is controlled by the theme. To access the blog, go to Storefront Blog.

 

Need more blogging features? Blogging platforms like Wordpress offer more options for design, plugins, and multilingual support. Blogs like Wordpress can be used with your BigCommerce store.

 
 

Blog Visibility

Every new store has the built-in blog visible by default. If you are using a different blogging platform or don't want to use a blog, toggle the Blog Visibility to hide the blog on your storefront.

Blog Visibility switch

 

Note: Turning the visibility off will not disable the blog. Anyone that has the URL to a blog post will still be able to access it. Unpublish or delete blog posts created with the built-in blog if you are moving to a different blog platform or wish to disable the blog.

 
 

Creating a Blog Post

1. Go to StorefrontBlog then click the + button.

Create blog post button

2. Give the post a Title, then add your content to the Body.

Title and Body fields

3. Click Publish when you are ready for the post to be seen by your audience. Otherwise, click Save Draft to save your work to publish at a later date.

Draft and Publish buttons

Optional Fields

Optional Blog fields

  • Author — designates who wrote this particular blog post
  • Tags — used for categorizing similar blog posts
  • Summary thumbnail image — displays a thumbnail image to be included in the blog post and summary

SEO Fields

Optional SEO fields

  • Post URL — designates a specific URL for the post; by default, the URL is based off of the post's Title
  • Meta description — specifies the description that will appear in the appropriate meta tag for this post
 
 

Blog Settings

Click the Action menu to access the Blog Settings. Here you can update the blog's navigation title, URL, social settings and allow readers to post comments.

Blog Settings button

About This Blog

Blog Title, Description and URL fields

  • Blog Title — The name that will appear in your store's navigation. Keeping this short and simple is best.
  • Blog Description — The description that will appear in your store's navigation. Keeping this short and simple is best.
  • Blog URL — You can enter a custom Blog URL if you'd like. By default, the URL is based off of the Blog Title.

Social Sharing

The share settings control the options your customers are provided with to share your blog posts across different social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can modify these by clicking Edit in Store Settings. For more information see Share Settings.

Blog Social Sharing

Comments

If you are using a Blueprint theme, you can use Disqus for blog comments by turning on Disqus Comments and entering your Disqus Shortname. To use Disqus with a Stencil theme, see Using Disqus with Stencil.

Disqus Comments settings

Recent Blog Posts

If you are using a Blueprint theme, you can define how many blog posts to show on your store's homepage through the display settings.

To access your display settings, go to Store SetupStore Settings, then click on the Display tab. Specify the number of blog posts to display by changing the number next to Recent Blog Posts. Enter 0 if you do not want any blog posts to show on the homepage.

Blueprint blog display settings

Some Stencil themes also support this feature. If so, that setting will usually be found in the Store Design editor.

recent blogs in stencil theme editor

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