August 18, 2011

Overview of Compose

Title and Permalink

The title you enter here will display as the post's title on your blog, and will determine the URL for the post's Permalink. For example, a post with the title of "This is a new post" will have a Permalink like:

The Permalink URL will be generated from the Title that you enter. If you'd like to change the Permalink (to make it shorter, for instance), click the Edit link next to the Permalink URL. The Permalink should only contain letters, numbers, and/or dashes. After updating the Permalink, click Save.

Changing the Permalink changes the location of your post. We recommend changing the Permalink only when the post is created.


The Body is where you will type the content of your post or Page. The Rich Text editor will allow you to add formatting to your text, such as font size, bolding, font colors, and so on. The Edit HTML tab will allow to make direct edits to the HTML of the post, as well as choose a formatting option.

There are two versions of the Rich Text editor. If you find that the full Compose Editor loads slowly or you're seeing slowness while typing text, you may wish to try the Lite Editor instead. The lite editor is a simplified version of the full editor that still allows for rich text editing. To enable the Lite Editor, look for the "Use the lite editor" link directly below the rich text editor.

Comments and TrackBacks

Comments and TrackBacks settings can be configured on a per-post basis. Open allows readers to leave a comment on the post or send a TrackBack, using the TrackBack URL for the post from the permalink page. When comments for a post are Closed, existing comments to the post will still be visible on the blog but the post will not accept new comments. When comments or TrackBacks are set to be Hidden, existing feedback for the post will be hidden from public view and the post will not accept new feedback.

Keywords and Technorati Tags


By adding Keywords to your posts, you can help search engines to better categorize your posts. If you don't include Keywords for an individual post, the Meta Keywords designated for your blog at Settings > SEO will be used for the post as well. Keywords will not display on your blog.

If you are using an Advanced Template set for your blog's design, you can use the <$MTEntryKeywords$> tag to display the assigned Keywords.

Technorati Tags

As of May 2014, Technorati has shut down their search index. While you can continue to add tags to posts, the tags will no longer connect to Technorati search results.


The Excerpt field can be used to generate a short summary of your blog post. If you do not write an excerpt yourself, one will be generated automatically from the first 100 words of the post or the number of words you have set in Settings > Posts & Pages, under Auto-Generated Excerpt Length.

The excerpt for a post is used when sending a TrackBack and/or in your feed if you have selected Short Excerpts under Feed Content in Settings > Feeds.

The excerpt will also be used as the Meta Description for the individual post.


Select Categories for the post by placing checks in the boxes next to each Category name. You can select as many Categories from the list as you wish. If you'd like to add a new Category, click "Add a new category," enter the Category name and click Create. The new Category will be automatically enabled for the post.

Share This Post

The Share this Post feature will allow you to send links to your new posts to your Twitter, Facebook, and/or Facebook Page by simply selecting the option from the Compose page. For more detailed information about this feature, please see the Share this Post article.

Feature This Post

Featuring a post is a helpful way to welcome readers to your blog or highlight an important post or announcement. Only one post can be featured at a time. The featured post will remain on top of the blog even as new posts are published and listed below it. Further information is available in Featuring a Post.


Publish Now

Publishes your post immediately, using the current time/date and the time zone set in Account > Summary. You can still can choose a back or forwarded-dated time from the calendar, but the post will be published to your blog - with the future or back dated time.


Saves your post in the application, but does not publish it to your blog. This is useful for periodically saving your work when composing a long article, or to save your post for editing at a later date or time. When Draft is selected from the dropdown menu, the Publish button will change to "Save" to indicate the post is being saved in the application, but not published to your blog.

Publish On...

The Publish On option allows you to post to your blog automatically at a specific date and time in the future. Choosing Publish On will automatically bring up a calendar to allow you to set a date a time for publishing, using the timezone on your computer.

Simply select or manually type the desired date, and manually type in the time, and click OK. The Publish button will change to Schedule to indicate the post is scheduled to be published, but will not appear until the set date and time. Learn more.

If you've scheduled the post to be published in the past, it will be published immediately, and the date on your blog will reflect the date and time you selected.

Plus, Pro, Premium, and Business Class users can schedule posts to publish in the future. Guest and Junior Authors do not have the option to schedule posts.

Not quite what you are looking for? Check out these other articles:

  • You can change the date and time of any post. Learn more.
  • Using the Split Extended Entry feature, you can display an excerpt of your post on the index page. Learn more.
  • To display excerpts of all posts automatically, use the Auto-generated Excerpts feature at Settings > Posts. Learn more.

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