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On your post page you should have an option to turn comments on or off. If not, go to the top right of your page and click on Screen Options and turn the comments feature on.
More info on Screen Options:
http://www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/faqs/missing-options

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NOTE: if you are only seeing a couple options on the left column of your dashboard when you login, you have not logged in per the step below.

a. Go to www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/yourusername/wp-login.php. Enter your Username and your Password.

If you go to www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/wp-login.php you will login as a subscriber to CBS, not as an admin to your blog.

 

 

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If you do not need links to Facebook on your blog page and they are appearing on your blog page, it is easy to remove them:
1. Go to Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets
2. On the far right click on the Secondary Widget Bar
3. Click on each of the Social Media Widgets and click delete on each of them. That’s it.

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To change the Bio image on the top right sidebar when using the newcbs theme, do the following:
1. Upload a new image to your Media Library:
a. Go to Dashboard-Media,, Add new
b. Upload your image. It is best that it is 150×150 but once you upload it you will have very size options to choose from.
c. Copy the URL of the image. (click on your image and on the right is your iamge URL.)

2. Go to Dashboard-Apperance-Widgets
a. Click on the Secondary Widget Sidebar on the fr right to open it
b. Click on the More Widget
c. You will see where you can enter the URL of your image

3. If you want to have a Bio page then do the following:
a. Go to Dashboard-Pages, Add new
b. Create your page and Save.
c. Copy by your page permalink
d. Go to Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets
e. Click on the Secondary Widget Sidebar on the fr right to open it
f. Click on the More Widget
g. Replace the current URL with your URL. Be sure you do not change the html coding. Only replace the URL in the html code. If you erase it here it what you need to do to link yo your Bio Page.

If you have the link say, Click Here for more details. It would look like this. Copy the info below:
<a href=”Your Bio Page URL”>Click Here</a> for more info.

If you have problems just contact us and give us your blogtitle and blogusername. We can make it work for you.

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If you want to remove or add links to your menu bar, go the following:
Dashboard-Appearance-Menus.

If you want to add a menu to your blog site, go to Dashboard-Appearance-Menus and create a menu.
Afterwards go to Appearance-Widgets and choose the menu option and place your menu where you want it.

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If you would like to add the Daly Proverb feature to your blog, do the following:
Go to Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets. Choose the text widget and drag into what area you want it to appear in your blog. Insert the following text in the widget and save. Put:

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You can replace the top header image with this image: Blogging for Jesus. Right click on the image and click on Save As. Upload the image to your media folder. Once uploaded to your media folder copy the new the URL of the image. Go to Appearance-Theme Options, and paste the image URL and then click save.

You can replace the default header image with your own, Just go into your media folder, upload the image you want (needs to be 960px x 335px) . Once uploaded copy the URL of the image. Go to Appearance-Theme Options, and paste the image URL and then click save.

We can customize a blog header image for you. There is a $10 fee for a customized header. There are three pieces of information that can be entered in your  Blog Header. The Blog Title, the Blog Subtitle, a short description. If you would like a customized blog header, go to our Contact Page and enter the appropriate information.

Once we receive your request we normally we will have the header done in a few hours , but for sure within 24 hours.

 

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If you have a long post, you do not want to have it take up a large length of your blog homepage. You should be using the Read More tag. Normally it is inserted after a few paragraphs of your post.

Write out your post. After you are done writing your post decide where you would like to insert your Read More tag. Click your mouse where you want to insert the ‘read more’ link. Go to ‘Insert’ tab. Click on it for the dropdown menu. Choose ‘Insert Read More tag’. It can be found at:
read-more
The way this works is that the first few paragraphs of your post appear on your blog homepage and then people can click the Read More tag to read the rest of your post. That way you can have more short articles/posts on your homepage. For an example of how your homepage will look go to www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/pastorrich

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1.  Log into your blog dashboard, go to the bottom left and click on the Login link. Enter your username and password.

2. Once you are in the dashboard you can start blogging. The first thing you should do is create your blog categories. Go to:
Dashboard-Posts-Categories

3. To write a post go to:
Dashboard-Posts-Add New

4. Enter your article/post title at the top and then write your article.

5. If desired go to the bottom of the page to create a slug.

6. Go to SEO Settings if you would like to Search Engine Optimize your post.

7. Save your post going to top right and click on publish.

NOTE: Before you write any articles you should change the time zone for your blog. The default is Pacific Time. Go to:
Dashboard-Settings-General
Find the city that matches your Time Zone.

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You are able to choose what name shows up on your posts. Go to Dashboard-Users-Your Profile

You will see the screen below. Enter what you want as your nickname, otherwise it will be your username.
Under Display name publicly as, you will have the option to choose any of the names that are listed on this screen.

profile-name

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The default theme on this site is newcbs theme. If you use this theme you can upload a different header than the existing one. OR we can customize a blog header for you. There is a $10 fee for a customized header. There are three pieces of information that can be entered in your  Blog Header. The Blog Title, the Blog Subtitle, a short description. If you would like a customized blog header, go to our Contact Page and enter the appropriate information.

Once we receive your request we normally we will have the header done in a few hours , but for sure within 24 hours. Until we create your custom blog header you can replace the default header with your own, Just go into your media folder, upload the image you want (needs to be 960px x 335px) . Once uploaded copy the URL of the image. Go to Appearance-Theme Options, and paste the image URL and then click save.

Or you can replace the header with this image: Blogging for Jesus. Right click on the image and click on Save As. Upload the image to your media folder. Once uploaded to your media folder copy the new the URL of the image. Go to Appearance-Theme Options, and paste the image URL and then click save.

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a. Go to www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/yourusername/wp-login.php. Enter your Username and your Password.

b. If you are on this page, go to the bottom left of this page and click on the login link and enter your username and password. Click on My Sites and click on your blog site name.

c. Once you place a Meta Sidebar Widget on your blog, there will be a Log-In link on your blog.

NOTE: if you are only seeing a couple options on the left column of your dashboard when you login, you have not logged in per step a. Logout and login per step a.

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It is www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/yourusername. Replace yourusername with the username you used when you registered.

If you are a previous CBS User, your username is the same username you used previously.

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It is an ugly, slimy creature. Okay joking. A slug is a great thing for you at times in regards to SEO, Search Engine Optimization, and have more user friendly URLs.

Whenever you create a new page or new post, our system creates an URL called a Permalink. Normally the URL includes the title of the page or post. Many times that may be fine, but you may want a more customized URL or you want words in your URL that may be picked up by the search engines.

Here is an Example Concerning Slugs and Posts
You have a post titled What We Did While  in Hawaii. Your standard URL would be:
http://www.christianblogsites.net/yourusername/2015/10/19/what-we-did-while-in-Hawaii

You choose to make a slug for this post. Your slug is skydiving-in-Hawaii. This would make your post URL
http://www.christianblogsites.net/yourusername/2015/10/19/skydiving-in-Hawaii

You choose to make a slug for this post. Your slug is Hawaii. This would make your post URL
http://www.christianblogsites.net/yourusername/2015/10/19/Hawaii

So in theory when a person searches the Internet for skydiving in Hawaii, or Hawaii your post is more likely to come up.
Now the odds are almost nothing compared to the thousands of other web pages with those phrases. But it is a start.
Where it helps is within our ChristianBlogSites Network. When other users are searching the CBS site your post is more likely to come up.

Here is an Example Concerning Slugs and Pages.
You have a blog page about you titled The Biography of Richard D. Dover. It’s standard permalink  would be:
http://www.christianblogsites.net/yourusername/the-biography-of-richard-d-dover

You make a slug of Richard Dover. Your URL would be:
http://www.christianblogsites.net/yourusername/richard-dover

If you do not see the slug option when posting an article or page, then you need to turn the feature on by going to the top right of your page and clicking on screen options:
http://www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/faqs/missing-options

 

 

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The Default Time Zone for CBS Blogs is Pacific Time. If you are in a different Time Zone you need to change the setting in your blog. Go to Dashboard-Settings-General. Go to the Timezone field and choose a city that is in your Time Zone. Be sure to click save.

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What is a Gravatar?
Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post an article. It is an easy way to identify yourself by attaching an image to your email address.

You decide what image is associated with what email address.

To learn all about gravatars and to obtain your own free gravatar go to the Gravatar Web Site. You will need a WordPress default account. If you obtained one to use the Akismet plugin, you can use the same WordPress account. Once you have registered your gravatar, it will be interfaced with your CBS Blog automatically.

 

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The ChristianBlogSites blog site has a variety of features to make each blog site Search Engine Optimized. Some of the features are built-in, but many need to be activated by you so that you have full control over your blog site.

Whenever you post an article or a page there is at the bottom of your browser a SEO Settings Section. The more you fill out the various fields the more your site becomes optimized.

There is also in your Dashboard towards the bottom left a SEO tab. You can do more fine tuning of your site.

Whenever you upload images it is a good idea to name the image with keywords. An image named picturehawaiiskydiving.jpg would be better named Hawaii-skydiving.jpg. When you go into your Media section you have the option of adding Alt tag descriptions for your images. Use keywords for this.

Make sure that when you do SEO that all your tags, descriptions, etc are relevant to the post or page. If not, you will actually go down in the search engines.

It takes a long time for SEO to work out so don’t expect results immediately, but if you do all the above over time you will see results.

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When you go to the CBS web site you will see such things as Bible verse of the Day, Daily Proverb, link to Daily Bible Reading, etc. These are called widgets. Widgets are various features you can add to your blog site. They allow you to customize an them. If you want to add widgets to your blog site, do the following:
a. Go to Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets
b. On the left side is a list of widgets with descriptions, choose the widget you want to appear on your website.
c. Click on the widget and drag it to where you want it to appear on your page and drop it. That’s it.

If the theme you are using has various sidebar options you may need to click on the sidebar to open it up.

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Do you have a post that you want to always stay at the top of your blog home page? Maybe a Welcome Post? It is very easy to do this. Here are the steps:
1. Create your post.
2. In the right side of your screen you will see “publish” box.
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3. In the visibility:public line, you will see “Edit” link button, click it.
4. Once you click that button, it will show you three options, public, password protected and private. Below the public option, tick “Stick the post to the front page.
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5. Click publish and you are done. If you are editing it, then just click “update”.

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Some of you are using a theme that defaults with a Follow Us on Facebook widget. If you want to keep that widget on your site you need to enter your Facebook URL. Go to:
Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets-Social Media Feather Follow Us
or if it is already in your sidebar, click on the sidebar and edit the widget

For some of you there are widgets in the Secondary Sidebar. To access them click on the Secondary Sidebar to open it.

If you do not have a Facebook account or do not want to link to your Facebook account you can remove this Widget.
Go to Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets-Go to the Social Media Feather Follow Us and click on it to delete it.

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Widgets are plugins that you can use to add features to your blog page.  There are widgets to add images to your site, to add social networking links, to add special html text, to add Bible features, and much more. Different themes have different widgets available.

It is very easy to install widgets. You just click on a widget and drag and drop it where you want it to be. Once the widget is installed it will have customized features that you can edit.

To obtain access to widgets go to Dashboard-Appearance-Widgets.

How to Use Daly Proverb Widget?
www.christianblogsites.net/blogs/faqs/daily-proverb/

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Bad Behavior is an anti-spam blog in that blocks known spambots from accessing your blog site. We recommend all blog owners to activate this plugin on your blog site.

Go to Dashboard-Settings-Bad-Behavior. There will be info on the plugin and there will be a link to a page you go to register for a Bad Behavior key. Once you register for the key you enter the key into the plugin.

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Akismet is a plugin to help prevent spam. It is a project of WordPress. Akismet helps to prevent spam comments on your blog, spam registrations and much more.

In order to obtain an Akismet key you must register for a basic blog at WordPress. You do not have to do anything with the blog. You only register a blog to obtain a key.  (If you obtained a WordPress blog to obtain a gravatar, you can use the same WordPress blog to obtain a gravatar) All the information you need to obtain a key is on the Akismet plugin page.

Go to Dashboard-Settings-Akismet

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CleanTalk is a highly sophisticated Anti-Spam plugin. Most of the time if you have it installed you blog site will be 99% free of spam guaranteed. With it installed most of the time you do not need to install any of the other anti-spam plugins. You did not need captcha for your forms, registration page, etc.

We now have CleanTalk installed on our entire website for all blog site owners, at no charge to our blog site owners. You do not need to do anything for CleanTalk to work on your site.

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You need to go to your Dashboard and click on the Login Welcome link at the bottom left. Enter a message and this will correct the problem. Something like Welcome to Blog Site Name.

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