Using the blog gadget, you can add a blog to your Wild Apricot site to provide timely updates and information to your membership.
For instructions on inserting, moving, and deleting gadgets, see Gadgets.
You can also display a list of the most recent blog posts to your site. For more information, see Recent blog posts gadget.
For more information on blogs, see Setting up and using blogs.
Adding a description
You can add a description for your blog by inserting a content gadget ahead of the blog gadget. Within the content gadget, you can add a title and description, and format them using text styles. For more information on adding and formatting text, see Using the content editor.
Blog gadget settings
Using the gadget's settings, you can control its appearance and behavior, including what kinds of visitors who can read, comment on, and add blog posts.
For instructions on displaying gadget settings, see Gadgets.
The following settings are available for blog gadgets:
The name used to identify the blog within the settings for the recent blog posts gadget.
Show RSS icon
Controls whether an RSS icon appears on your blog beside the blog title.
Show full post content
Controls whether the blog displays the complete content for each blog post, or just a short excerpt from each post. Below each excerpt would be a Read more link that the reader can click to view the full blog post. Alternatively, the reader could click the topic title.
Controls what different kinds of visitors to the blog can do. You can set access permissions separately for public visitors, and for each membership level and member group. If you restrict permissions by both membership levels and member groups, then members will be granted the highest permission assigned to the levels and groups they belong to. You can choose from the following permission settings:
The amount of space – in pixels – that appears outside the gadget. You can set top, bottom, left, and right margins separately.
|Padding||(Kaleidoscope themes only) The amount of space – in pixels – that appears between the content of the gadget and the outer limits of the gadget. You can set top, bottom, left, and right padding separately. If you have set a fixed height for the gadget, the bottom padding will be ignored.|
Within the Advanced section, you can enter CSS code or classes to further control the appearance and behavior of the gadget. For more information, see Advanced gadget settings.
Changing colors and fonts
You can change the colors, text styles, and backgrounds used in your website from the Colors and styles screen.
For blog gadgets, you can modify the following elements from the Colors and styles screen:
Blog post title
Gadgets or Gadget styles (Blueprint, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Showcase, Skyline, Terra, and White Space themes)
|Blog post author||Author|
Blog (Bookshelf, Building Blocks, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Kaleidoscope, Homestead, Showcase, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Whiteboard, and White Space themes)
|Blog post date and time||Date and time||Blog (Bookshelf, Building Blocks, Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Kaleidoscope, Showcase, Skyline, Terra, Tinted Tiles, Whiteboard, and White Space themes)|
|Blog post content|
General formatting or Typography
|Add post, Post, Add Comment, Cancel buttons||Normal/Hover||(Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, White Space themes) Functional buttons|
|Read more, Comment, Edit, Delete links|
Blog (Building Blocks, Firma, Kaleidoscope, Terra, Tinted Tiles themes)
|Icons used on mobile version||Icons||Blog (Clean Lines, Dark Impact, Fiesta, Firma, Homestead, Skyline, Terra, and White Space themes)|
Any changes you make will be applied to other gadgets that use the same settings.