Blogging in Showit

How To Blog On Showit + WordPress

Learn how to blog on Showit + WordPress, step-by-step

Looking to start a blog but don’t know where to begin? Showit + Wordpress work together to handle all of your blogging needs like a pro. 

As someone who has been blogging for years, and was an OG-Showit user when I was a destination wedding photographer, I understand the importance of having a platform that is both user-friendly and visually appealing.

Since Showit integrates with wordpress, you can easily design a beautiful website without any coding knowledge, while Wordpress allows for easy content management and customization.

Showit is a design tool that handles both the page design and blog design, and WordPress is a content management tooland together, they make the perfect pair. 

When it comes to designing your Showit blog template, Showit’s drag-and-drop interface makes it easy. Inside the Showit platform, you can create custom placeholders for things like post titles, dates, categories and content. 

Inside Showit you’ll edit the Blog page template, category templates, and the single post template. You’ll write and publish your blog post in WordPress, but it will pull your actual blog post into the right place on your Showit websitewith no extra effort needed. 

Logging in is easy.

  • To login to the Showit app, app.Showit.co, just use your Showit username and password.
  • To login to WordPress account, go to YOURDOMAIN.COM/wp-admin/ & login.

At this point, you might be asking why you have to log into two different places…

Remember, you design inside the Showit drag-and-drop design interface. When you log in to Wordpress, that will allow you to access your blog posts & media library, where the images you use on each blog post will live. 

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Setting Up Your Blog

When it comes to setting up your blog, there are a few key things you need to consider.

First, choosing the right Showit site design is crucial in creating an engaging and visually appealing experience for your readers. Take some time to explore different themes that suit the style of your brand or personal aesthetic.

Once you’ve found a site design that works for you, it’s important to select plugins that will help enhance the functionality of your site. From SEO optimization tools to tracking functionality, plugins can make all the difference in how successful your blog becomes.

Another aspect to keep in mind when setting up your blog is organization. Creating categories can help make it easier for readers to navigate through your content and find what they’re looking for. 

Once you’ve visually set up your blog page, category pages, and single post page, you’ll be ready to get started blogging in Wordpress. 

Showit + Wordpress make formatting your posts with headings, subheadings, and bullet points to help break up long blocks of text and make them more readable, easy.

Getting Started With Showit And WordPress

Once you have your site design set up, it’s time to start building out your main blog page, category pages, and single post page. 

If you have a Showit template, then your site will come with blog pages already designed for you. Feel free to edit and tweak the design however you like, but just know that you’ll need to establish these pages in order to have a functioning blog. 

Here’s something to remember: in the Showit designer or preview, you won’t be able to view your blog content. It will only show up on the live site.

Customizing Blog Page Template in Showit

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First and foremost, when you start a new blog page, you’ll need to choose the WordPress template type, Post List (Default)”. 

When you design your blog, head to the properties panel on the right-hand side, and select the Post List (Default)” option from the dropdown menu. 

No matter what type of blog you have, Showit makes it easy to design a canvas that fits your needs and launch your Showit website. With the right settings, you can create a blog that looks professional and is easy for your readers to navigate!

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When creating your blog page & blog post layout, you need to include pagination. These links will direct visitors to previous or newer posts, making it easy to navigate your post library. Design and style the text boxes as you see fit, and label them “Newer Post” and “Older Post” — or something similar. 

To determine how many posts appear on each blog page, go to WordPress -> Settings -> Reading and make your selection. By doing this, you’ll be able to provide visitors with an enjoyable browsing experience.

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Once you have your main blog page design set up, it’s time to start building out your category pages, and single post page.

Customizing Category Page Showit Template

 Categories are broad topics that group similar posts together, while tags provide more specific details about each post. These organizational tools not only make it easier for readers to find content they’re interested in but also improve SEO rankings.

Setting Up Blog Categories In Showit

You’ll visually design the category pages in Showit before moving to Wordpress to establish the categories themselves. Now that you have chosen the perfect fonts and images for your blog, it’s time to dive into organizing your content by setting up categories.

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Identify the Categories

To get started, decide which categories you would like to include in your blog. For a wedding photographer, some categories may include Real Weddings”, “Engagement Sessions”, Tips and Advice”, and “Vendors”.

Setting Up Blog Categories In WordPress

Once you’ve identified the categories, go to your WordPress dashboard and click on “Posts”, then “Categories”. From there, you can create your categories by entering the names and descriptions.

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Customizing Single Post Page Showit Template

Now that your post list page is complete, it’s time to create a stunning layout for the individual posts. Select “Single Post” from the “WordPress Template” dropdown and start designing with the given placeholders such as Post Title,” Post Category” and Post Content.” With Showit’s powerful design tools, you can create a beautiful, engaging post page that will draw in your audience.

Creating a Single Post Page template on Showit functions just like setting up any other page. You can add standard canvases, such as headers, footers and sidebars, by choosing “Static Content” in the WordPress dropdown in the canvas settings. This will ensure that WordPress won’t look for any blog content in these canvases.

When customizing this template page, it’s important to make sure you select “Static Content” in the canvas settings. This will let WordPress know that it won’t need to search for any blog content in the various canvases.

Showit makes it super easy to create stunning blog pages with a few clicks of the mouse. Once you’ve selected “Static Content” in the canvas settings, you can get creative and customize your page however you’d like.

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When creating a canvas for your blog posts, you can design it however you’d like! Add text boxes for the post title, excerpt, date, category, and more. Use the WordPress Placeholder Text option to designate where each of these elements should be placed. 

To add a featured image, just check the box for WordPress Placeholder Image in the Image Properties panel.

Once your canvas is set up, Showit will automatically pull in the correct information and populate your placeholders. This way, the same canvas can be used to display each post on the website. 

This makes it easier to keep your blog looking consistent and professional.

If you want to make changes to the canvas, you can always go into the Settings menu and select In Post Loop”.

That way, you can update the design of your post without having to update each post individually.

Writing Your Blog Post In WordPress

 When writing a new post in WordPress, start by choosing a topic that aligns with your brand and interests your target audience. Once you’ve written out your content, focus on formatting to ensure readability. Break up long paragraphs into shorter ones and use headings to organize your ideas.

Next comes the fun partadding images! Choose pictures that enhance or illustrate your message and upload them directly into the post. And if you have video content, embedding it is as simple as copying and pasting the link.

Lastly, be sure to use relevant tags and categories for SEO purposes so that people searching for similar topics can find your blog easily.

With these tips in mind, let’s move onto customizing your Showit blog posts…

How write a blog post in WordPress as a Showit user:

  1. Login to the Wordpress part of your site by going to YOURDOMAIN.COM/wp-admin/ & login

  2. Navigate to ‘Posts’ on the left side of the screen

  3. Select Add New’

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Customizing Your Showit Blog Posts

 Now that you’ve written your blog post in WordPress, it’s time to customize it. To get started with customizing your Showit blog posts, here are some key things to keep in mind:

  • Adding images: You can easily add high-quality images to your blog posts by dragging and dropping them into the editor.

  • Formatting text: Use Showit’s built-in text formatting tools to style your text however you like.

  • Categorizing posts: Organize your content by creating categories so readers can easily find related articles.

  • Choosing fonts: Select from hundreds of Google Fonts or upload your own custom font for a unique look.

  • Embedding videos: Add videos directly into your blog post using Vimeo or YouTube links.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create beautiful and engaging blog posts that capture the attention of your audience. In the next section, we’ll discuss how to optimize your posts for SEO so they rank higher in search engines and attract even more visitors.

Adding Images to Your Blog Post

Did you know that blog posts with images get 94% more views than those without?

Choosing topics and formatting text are important, but adding high-quality visuals can make all the difference in capturing your readers’ attention.

In WordPress, it’s easy to add images and even embed videos directly into your post, but it’s vital to upload web-optimized images to Wordpress!

Blog Image Optimization

As a professional Showit website designer, I recommend resizing images to 2500px on the long edge, and then compressing them. 

This will ensure faster loading times, which signals to Google that your site has a good user experience. 

Read the Ultimate Guide to Image Optimization here for specifics. 

Before publishing, be sure to include alt text for each image, which should provide a brief, descriptive explanation of what’s happening in the image. 

Following these steps will help ensure that your blog posts are optimized for a great user experience!

How to add images to your WordPress Blog Post

Once your images are resized and compressed, add them to your WordPress media library, which will allow you to add them to your blog post. This is separate from your Showit gallery!

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Formatting Your Blog Post

Choosing topics and formatting text are important, but adding high-quality visuals can make all the difference in capturing your readers’ attention.

In WordPress, it’s easy to add images and even embed videos directly into your post.

Optimizing Your Blog Posts For SEO

 Whether it’s editing content, the blog post title, or meta description, knowing the right keywords to target in your posts can help you make sure your blog is being seen by the right people and driving traffic to your website.

RankMath Plugin for Blog Post Optimization

As a professional Showit website designer & SEO expert, I highly recommend activating the RankMath plugin as the first step to optimizing your blog for search. RankMath offers more advanced features than Yoast; although Yoast is included in the Showit basic blog plan, RankMath is my go-to plugin for SEO. Setting it up is easy and it will help you to create high-performing and SEO-friendly content.

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It will evaluate your post with key metrics like readability and SEO, and show a status of red, yellow, or green in the upper right corner of your interface. Although the plugin acts as a valuable SEO guide, it should be used as such, not as an exact science. 

Keyword Research

When it comes to improving your content’s search engine optimization, one of the most important steps is conducting keyword research. By analyzing what keywords and phrases people are searching for in relation to your topic, you can strategically incorporate those terms into your posts and increase your chances of appearing higher in search results.

But don’t just stop at researching your own keywordstake a look at what your competitors are using as well. Competitor analysis can give you valuable insights into what’s working (and what’s not) within your niche, allowing you to refine your own approach and stand out from the crowd.

So go ahead and dive deep into that datawith some strategic keyword usage, you’ll be on your way to boosting SEO in no time!

Meta Descriptions

Now that we’ve discussed the importance of conducting keyword research and analyzing your competitors, let’s dive into another crucial aspect of optimizing your posts for SEO: meta descriptions.

Meta descriptions are a great way to encourage people to click on your blog post, so let’s chat about how to write effective ones.

A meta description is a short blurb that appears below the title in search engine results pages (SERPs), providing potential readers with a brief preview of what they can expect from your post.

Crafting an effective meta description not only helps improve engagement by enticing users to click through to your content but also increases traffic by boosting your ranking on SERPs.

So don’t underestimate the power of this tiny piece of textput some thought into crafting compelling, relevant meta descriptions for every post you publish.

Select Categories for Your Blog Post

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Set The Featured Image for Your Blog Post

The Wordpress featured image is important because they are often used in the showit website template design & because they are the image that is shown in the preview on social sharing. 

Your Showit website design, or template, may be designed for horizontal, vertical, or square images featuring the designated featured image, so be sure the featured image you selected works with the template’s design. You can adjust this design in Showit.

Additionally, your featured image will fill whatever dimensions you set in Showit, so it’s important to set the image accordingly to avoid any potential cropping.

Lastly, remember that your featured image can be different from the image you include in your post!

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Publishing Your Blog Post

As a professional Showit website designer, I highly recommend previewing your post before publishing it live. 

By clicking the “preview” option in the upper right-hand corner, you can get a feel for what your post will look like in your Showit template.

You can choose to publish immediately or schedule blog posts in the future to automate the process. 

When your post is published, it will automatically populate in your Showit blog, and any blog template changes you make will automatically apply to all of your blog content!

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FAQ: How To Blog On Showit + WordPress

Can I Schedule My Blog Posts To Be Published At A Later Date/Time?

As the saying goes, time is moneyespecially when it comes to blogging. That’s why scheduling blog posts can be a game-changer for busy bloggers looking to make the most of their valuable time.

The benefits of scheduling your blog posts are many: you can plan ahead and stay organized, ensure that your content gets published at optimal times for maximum engagement, and free up more time for other important tasks.

Timing strategies for post scheduling vary depending on your audience and niche, but some general tips include publishing during peak traffic hours or posting around major events in your industry. Time management for blog scheduling is key, so consider using automation tools like Hootsuite or Buffer to streamline the process.

And finally, don’t forget these tips for successful blog scheduling: consistency is key, always proofread before hitting publish, and be flexible enough to adjust your schedule as needed based on feedback from readers and analytics data.

What is Showit + WordPress?

Showit + Wordpress is a powerful combination of a website design tool (Showit) and a content management system (Wordpress) that allows users to easily design and manage their own blog.

Do I need coding knowledge to use Showit + WordPress?

No, you do not need any coding knowledge to use Showit + Wordpress. Showit allows you to easily design a beautiful website, while Wordpress handles content management and customization.

How do I set up my blog using Showit + WordPress?

First, choose the right Showit site design, then select plugins that will help enhance the functionality of your site. You should also consider organizing your content by creating categories. Once you’ve visually set up your blog page, category pages, and single post page, you can start blogging in Wordpress.

How do I customize my blog page template in Showit?

To customize your blog page template in Showit, first choose a WordPress template type, then use Showit’s design tools to create a custom canvas with placeholders for post titles, dates, categories, and content. Make sure to leave space for pagination, which will allow visitors to navigate through your post library.

How do I optimize my blog posts for SEO?

Conduct keyword research to strategically incorporate relevant terms into your posts. Craft compelling meta descriptions for each post to improve engagement and boost your ranking on search engine results pages (SERPs).

Can I add images and videos to my blog posts in Showit + WordPress?

Yes, you can easily add high-quality images and embed videos into your blog posts in Wordpress. It’s important to optimize your images for web use to ensure faster loading times and a better user experience.

How do I publish my blog post using Showit + WordPress?

Preview your post before publishing it live, and schedule blog posts in the future to automate the process. When your post is published, it will automatically populate in your Showit blog, and any blog template changes you make will automatically apply to all of your blog content.

Blogging in Showit

Blogging in Showit + Wordpress is a fantastic way to showcase your creativity and passion.

With the ability to import existing blog content, add social media sharing buttons, use custom fonts, and even schedule posts for later publication, this platform offers everything you need to create an engaging online presence.

As a professional Showit SEO expert and website designer, I highly recommend taking the time to customize your blog page, category pages, and single post page to make sure they’re tailored to your specific needs and goals. 

Remember to focus on keyword research, meta descriptions, and image optimization to boost your SEO rankings and attract more readers to your blog. And most importantly, have fun with it!

Showit makes it easy to design a visually appealing and user-friendly blog that you can be proud of. So go ahead and start your journey into the world of blogging with Showit + Wordpress today!

About The Author

Stefanie Morris

I’m a recovering wedding photographer turned Showit SEO expert & marketing consultant. 

Explore the blog to learn how to do keyword research, search engine optimization, and create blog content strategy to uplevel your marketing and drive leads.