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The SuiteCommerce Blog extension lets you create blog posts for your website using Site Management Tools. You can add images and rich text, include post previews, and determine the posts shown in the blog list by categories.

Important

SuiteCommerce extensions are only available if they are provisioned and set up in your account. For more information, see NetSuite Extensions.


SuiteCommerce Blog includes two content types for adding blog content to your site:

  • Blog Post: Main content type where you write your blog article.

    You can include images, text, and add links to other pages. You can create a preview of your post that is used in the blog list.

  • Blog List: List of all the blog posts published.

    It displays the preview of each post. You can filter the blog list to show blog posts by blog categories.

You use these content types in combination to create your blog. You add them to custom landing pages in your website using Site Management Tools. For more information on Site Management Tools, see SMT Overview.

To set up the blog in your website and add content, you perform the following steps:

  1. Install and activate SuiteCommerce Blog

  2. Set up the basic configuration

  3. Create landing pages

  4. Create a blog post

  5. Create a blog list

Installation

SuiteCommerce Blog is a SuiteApp extension. It must be installed and activated.

To install the SC Blog SuiteApp:

  1. In NetSuite, go to Customization > SuiteBundler > Search & Install Bundles.

  2. In the Keywords field, enter the Bundle ID or ‘blog’ and click Search.

  3. Verify that the SC Blog SuiteApp is returned in the search and select it.

  4. Review the SuiteApp details and then click Install.

To activate the extension for your website domain, see Activate Themes and Extensions.

Initial Setup

When you activate the SuiteCommerce Blog extension for the first time, you should perform the following tasks to set up the blog on your site:

  • Add the blog to your web store navigation menu

  • Create blog categories

If you want to access the blog landing page directly from your site navigation, you need to create a menu item in your web site configuration. This task is not required for your blog to work, but it makes it easier for users to access your blog content.

To add a menu item for the blog:

  1. Go to Setup > SuiteCommerce Advanced > Configuration.

  2. Select the website and domain where you want to set up the blog and click Configure.

  3. Navigate to the Layout tab.

  4. In the Navigation tab, enter the following fields:

    • Text: Enter the link text to be displayed for the menu item. For example, Blog.

    • HREF: Enter the internal URL to access with the menu item link. For example, /blog. Make a note of this path as it must be same as the blog landing page you create.

    • Level: Select the level at which you want the menu item to appear. For example, if you want the blog to appear at the top level, you select 1.

    • Data-TouchPoint: Select where you want the menu item to appear. For example, as part of the home menu.

  5. Click Add and then Save.

Blog posts are organized by categories. Each blog post is assigned to a category. The blog list uses these categories to determine the posts displayed. When you install the SC Blog SuiteApp, the Blog Category record is added to your account. This record determines the categories displayed in the Blog Post and Blog List content types in SMT. By default, all blog posts are assigned to the blog category Uncategorized.

To create a blog category:

  1. Go to Lists >Web Site > Blog Category.

  2. Click New Blog Category.

  3. In the Name field, enter the blog category you want to appear.

  4. Click Save.

Create Blog Landing Pages

To organize the content on your blog, you need to create two types of landing page:

  • Blog landing page

  • Blog post landing page

Blog List Landing Page

You use the blog landing page to act as the point of entry to your blog and to display a list of the blog posts. You create this landing page in Site Management Tools. See Landing Page.

To link the new landing page to the Blog menu item, on the General tab, enter the path used in HREF during the Initial Setup in the Path field.

Note

The path entered in HREF field must be identical to the new landing page path. Otherwise, you are unable to view the page.


Since this landing page is used as a point of entry indefinitely, you should set the visibility as Always Visible.

In the Metadata tab, you can add a meta description and meta keywords to improve the blog’s SEO rating in search engines.

When you have created the landing page, you then can add a blog list to this page. See Create a Blog List.

Blog Post Landing Pages

For each new blog post, you create a new landing page to host the blog post content using SMT. See Landing Page.

When creating landing pages for blog posts, bear in mind the following best practices:

  • Use a URL path name that is similar (if not identical) to the post title for better SEO indexing.

  • Add metadata description and keywords in the landing page.

  • Use the Tags field to add additional keywords that can help you find the blog post landing page and content later in SMT.

  • Ensure the landing page visibility is identical to the Visibility settings for the Blog content. If your landing page has expired, your blog post is not shown.

Create a Blog Post

When you have created a landing page for the content, you add the blog post content to the blog post landing page. The Blog Post content type lets you create your blog post. You can add images, text, and links within the blog post body, add a header image to the top of the post, and indicate the author. You can also create a preview of the post, which summarizes the content and is displayed in the blog list.

To add a blog post:

  1. Go the new landing page where you want to add the blog post.

    Ensure you are located on the page.

  2. Click Add on the Site Management toolbar.

  3. Drag the Blog Post content type to the page.

    Note

    If you do not see this content type, check that the extension has been installed and has been activated. Click the Settings button on the Site Management toolbar to access the Content Manager. Drag the content type from the Inactive Content Types list to the Active Content Type list.


    Drag the Blog Post content type to the page.

    Important

    Ensure that you drag it to the This Page area. If you add it to other areas, the post may be displayed on all pages.


  4. In the General tab:

    1. Use the Name field to enter a description of your new content.

      See Content Tags and Filter Tools.

    2. Set the content visibility options.

      See Visibility Dates.

    3. In the Category field, select the category you want to assign to the blog post.

      To set up blog categories, see Initial Setup. If you have not set up any blog categories, all posts are automatically assigned to Uncategorized.

      Note

      Blog posts can only be assigned to one category.


    4. Use the Tags field to enter keywords that help you filter your content in the Review Changes list.

      See Content Tags and Filter Tools.

  5. In the Blog Post tab:

    1. In Header Image field, use the Image Manager to add an image that is displayed at the top of your blog post.

      Note

      Images are displayed as full-width banners. The height should be approx. 250px. If the height is larger, the image is centered. On smaller screens, images are cropped.


    2. In the Header Image Alt Text field, enter a description of the image.

      This text is used to improve web accessibility for visually impaired users and for SEO purposes.

    3. In Post Title, enter the title of your blog post.

      This title is displayed in the blog list.

    4. In Author, enter the name to be displayed as the author of the post.

      If you leave this field blank, your user name is taken as the author.

    5. Use Post Body to enter your blog post content.

      You can use the formatting tools offered by the SMT Text Editor, upload an image using the Image Manager, or enter HTML code by switching to the HTML View.

      For more information, see Text Editor.

  6. In the Blog Preview tab:

    1. In Preview Image, select an image to be used in the preview of the blog post using the Image Manager.

      See Image Manager.

      Note

      It is recommended that you upload a preview image. If you do not select an image, the header image for the blog post is used and may be cropped to fit.


    2. In the Preview Image Alt Text field, enter a description of the image.

      This text is used to improve web accessibility for visually impaired users and for SEO purposes.

    3. In the Preview Text fields, enter the text you want to display as a preview in the blog list.

      If you do not enter any text, only the post title, the author, and a link to the post is displayed in the blog list. See Create a Blog List.

    4. In the Link Text field, enter the text you want to use as a link to the blog post in the blog list.

  7. Click Save.

If you have not published your blog post content and you decided to remove it, you can discard it. If you have already published your blog post, you can remove it directly from the page where it is located. You must also remove the landing page where the blog post was located. For more information on the differences between discarding or expiring content, see Discard Content Vs Expiring Content.

To discard blog post drafts:

  1. Go to the Review & Publish Changes list.

  2. Select the blog post content in the list.

  3. Click Discard.

  4. Click OK.

To remove a blog post:

  1. Go to the page that contains the blog post content you want to remove.

  2. Click the Blog Post box.

    This highlights it and displays the content controls.

  3. Click Remove.

  4. Click OK.

  5. Go to the Overview Mode and select the Landing Page tab.

  6. Select the landing page where the blog post was located.

  7. Click Remove.

  8. Go to Review & Publish Changes and click Publish.

Create a Blog List

The Blog List content type creates a summary of all the blog posts published. By default, all blog posts are assigned to the blog category Uncategorized.

For each post, the Blog List displays a preview image, the title, and a link to the post. If you enter text in the Preview Text field when you create the blog post, the text is displayed here.

Usually there is one blog list for the entire blog, however, you can use the blog list content type to filter your blog content by categories. For example, you can set up landing pages for different categories and add a separate blog list for each category on each landing page.

To add the blog list:

  1. Go the blog landing page where you want to add the blog list.

    Ensure you are located on the page.

  2. Click Add on the Site Management toolbar.

  3. Drag the Blog List content type to the page.

    Note

    If you do not see this content type, check that the extension has been installed and has been activated. Click the Settings button on the Site Management toolbar to access the Content Manager. Drag the content type from the Inactive Content Types list to the Active Content Type list.


    Drag the Blog List content type to the area marked as this page.

    Important

    Ensure that you drag it to the correct area. If you add it to cms-landing page, the post may be displayed on all landing pages of the same type.


  4. Use the Name field to enter a description of the blog list.

    See Content Tags and Filter Tools.

  5. Set the content visibility options.

    See Visibility Dates.

    Note

    Users access the blog using the blog list. You should set the blog list visibility as Always Visible.


  6. In List Title, enter the header you want to display at the top of the blog list.

  7. In the Category field, select the category of blog posts you want to display in the list.

    You can select multiple categories.

    Note

    If you do not create any blog categories, blog posts are assigned by default to the blog category Uncategorized.


  8. Use the Tags field to enter keywords that help you filter your content in the Review Changes list.

    See Content Tags and Filter Tools.

  9. Click Save.

To discard the blog list:

  1. Go to the Review & Publish Changes list.

  2. Select the blog list content in the list.

  3. Click Discard.

  4. Click OK.

To remove a blog list:

  1. Go to the page that contains the blog list you want to remove.

  2. Click the Blog List box.

    This highlights it and displays the content controls.

  3. Click Remove.

  4. Click OK.

  5. Go to the Overview Mode and select the Landing Page tab.

  6. Select the landing page where the blog list was located.

  7. Click Remove.

  8. Go to Review & Publish Changes and click Publish.

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