Setting Up A Blog
There are three main methods you can use to create a blog in Avada - assigning a posts page, using the Blog Element, or using the Recent Posts Element. There is also a Post Slider Element which can be used to supplement the other Elements. Indeed, on the Church Demo News page, you can see all three Elements at work. Watch the How To Set Up A Blog In Avada video below, or keep reading to find out about the various options for blogging in Avada.
Assigning A Posts Page
The first method we will cover is the standard WordPress method which is setting up an assigned blog or post page. It's as simple as making a new page, and then telling WordPress to use that page as the post page. Before you can display blog posts of course, you must first create them.
Step 1 - Create a new page by navigating to the 'Pages' tab in your WordPress admin sidebar. Once here, click the 'Add New' button at the top of the page.
Step 2 - Input a new name for your page, then find the 'Page Attributes' box on the right side. Under the Template section, ensure the 'Default Template' option is selected.
Step 3 - If you wish, you can choose to customize the page using options located under the Fusion Page Options box below the editor. When you're done, click 'Publish' to save the page.
Step 4 - To set a page as your main blog page, navigate to Settings > Reading and find the 'Posts Page' option, then select the page from the dropdown list. Doing this will automatically pull your blog posts and place them on the assigned page.
Fusion Theme Options For The Assigned Blog Page
When using the assigned posts page as described above, all the options you can select for it are located in the Avada > Theme Options > Blog tabs. There are dozens of options to choose from like layout, sidebars, excerpts, full width, etc. There are general blog options, single post page options and blog meta options. Each one has titles and descriptions to help you better understand what they do.
Using The Blog Element
The second method of creating a blog in Avada is to use the Blog Element. This is a very versatile method, as the Blog Element can be placed wherever you want in your content, on any page, or indeed, on any number of pages. It can also be used in conjunction with the other Blog related Elements, like the Recent Posts Element or the Post Slider Element, as well.
Step 1 - When using the Blog Element for your main Blog page, you do not need, or indeed, want to have a posts page assigned in the WordPress Settings > Reading section. Under the Posts Page, make sure no page is selected as the Posts Page (it should show --Select-- in the Posts Page field).
Step 2 - Create a page for your Blog and add the Blog Element to it, along with any other content you might wish. This method allows you full flexibility with layout and content.
Step 3 - Configure the Blog Element to display as per your preferences. There are a huge number of options, including choosing or excluding certain categories, different layout options, post offset options, and many other metadata options. For a full list of possibilities, please see the Blog Element doc.
Step 4 - Remember to add this newly created page to your main menu.
The Blog Element is a very powerful tool, and it can be used in a multitude of ways. It can be placed on multiple pages, or multiple instances on the same page, and in conjunction with the post offset and page category options, the possibilities are almost endless.
Using The Recent Posts Element
The third method to consider is not really an alternative, but rather an additional way of displaying blog posts on your pages. The Recent Posts Element allows you to add blog posts anywhere you can place the Element, but as the name implies, this is usually used to just show the most recent posts, perhaps on the home page, but in reality, anywhere you wish.
It does not have the number of configuration options as the Blog Element, and it should not be confused with Related Posts that show up the bottom of posts. As can be seen on the Church Demo News Page, it is possible to use a combination of these elements on a single page.
Using The Post Slider Element
Like the Recent Posts Element, this is not an alternative method to show an entire blog, but it is a very useful element that can be used to highlight a blog post or posts in a slider layout.
You can use one of three layouts for the Post Slider - Posts with Title, Posts with Title and Excerpt, or the Attachment Layout, Only Images Attached to Post/Page.