The Branded Blog Feed widget allows you to create a preview of blog posts from your site, another WFU blog using this theme or an external RSS feed and display it on any page you would like.
To create a new Branded Blog Feed widget, navigate here: WordPress sidebar > Widgets > Add New > Branded Blog Feed (from the dropdown). When creating a new widget, add your internal name for the widget that will appear in the content builder in your pages.
- You can add an image promoting your blog under Banner Image that is at least 637px wide. View the photo editing tips for help. You can delete or edit the photo by hovering over the image.
- Add text under Branded Blog Title for an optional title for your widget.
- Choose the number of posts you would like to feature under Number of Posts.
- Display Featured Images will display any featured imaged that have been added to the blog posts in the right sidebar of the blog post interface.
- Blog Location is how you choose where the blog posts are pulled from. Changing this setting changes the available display options.
- This Site will only feature blog posts that have been added to the site you are currently editing. Learn how to add and edit posts on your site by visiting our blogging guide.
- WFU Network Blog will pull in blog posts from another WFU website using this theme. The options change if you choose this location.
- External Blog will allow you to display an RSS feed from any blog on the internet. The options change if you choose this location.
- Display Date will display the date that the blog was published.
- Display Post Excerpt will show a short sample of the blog post’s content.
- Display Author will show the blog post’s author’s name if desired.
- If the name is being displayed as the author’s username or is blank you can update this setting under Users in the WordPress sidebar, then click “Edit” under the user you’d like to update then add a name and/or choose the desired display name under the “Display name publicly as” dropdown.
- Display Categories will show the categories that have been assigned to your blog posts.
- Display Tags will show the tags that have been assigned to your blog posts.
- Include All Categories? allows you to display all blog posts or only posts from certain categories. Learn more about blog categories.
- If you choose “No” all your blog post’s categories will be displayed for you to choose which ones you’d like to feature.
- Include All Tags? allows you to display all blog posts or only posts from certain tags.
- If you choose “No” all your blog post’s tags will be displayed for you to choose which ones you’d like to feature.
- Enable Sticky Posts lets you pin specific posts to the top of your widget regardless of published date (multiple pinned posts will still display in date order.) You can make the post “sticky” using a setting on the blog post.
- Read More Link lists all the pages on your site; choose your blog page. Learn more about creating your blog.
- Read More Link Text allows you to set the button text for your blog page link.
Once your Branded Blog Feed widget editing is complete, you’ll need to click Publish in the right WordPress menu. Your new widget will be available in the widget dropdown in the content builder on your pages. If you are making a change to the content of an existing widget, then click Update in the right WordPress menu and your changes will appear on all pages containing the widget without further steps.
WFU Network Blog
If you choose to pull in blog posts from another WFU website by choosing WFU Network Blog under Blog Location the options will be a bit more limited but with the same functionality as above. You can only pull in blog posts from WFU websites using this same theme, if you would like to pull in blog posts from a WFU website not using this theme you’ll need to create an External Blog feed.
- RSS Select Site is a dropdown listing all WFU blogs using this theme that are available to be pulled into your widget.
If you choose to pull in blog posts from an external site by choosing External Blog under Blog Location the options will be a bit more limited but with the same functionality as above. You’ll need to find or create an RSS feed link to be able to pull in the posts from another site.
- RSS Feed URL is a text field to add your external blog’s RSS feed link.
Sticky Blog Posts
Choosing to use Enable Sticky Posts lets you pin specific posts to the top of your widget regardless of published date, multiple pinned posts will still display in date order. All other posts will display in reverse chronological order below the sticky posts. To make a blog post “sticky” you’ll need to edit the blog post and scroll down below the text block and other blog options to find the Stick This Post interface and choose “Make Sticky for Blog Widget”. This option will need to be manually changed to “No Thanks” when you are ready to unpin the blog post from the Branded Blog Widget.