Setting Up Your Drupal Blog - dummies

By Lynn Beighley, Seamus Bellamy

It seems everyone has a blog these days. A Drupal blog is a relatively simple way of getting your message out to the interested public. People read blogs, and a well-written blog may make the difference between a customer buying from you or going to your competitor.

Setting up a blog in Drupal begins with enabling the Blog module.

Enabling the Blog module

To enable the Blog module, follow these steps:

  1. On the Dashboard menu bar, click Modules.

  2. Scroll down to the Blog module.


  3. Select the check box next to the Blog module.

  4. Click the Save Configuration button at the bottom of the page.

    The page reloads, and you see this message: The configuration options have been saved.

With the Blog module enabled, you have access to a new content type called Blog entry. Pretty easy, huh?

    Creating your first blog entry

To create your first blog entry, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Add Content from the Dashboard menu bar or from the Navigation menu of your Drupal page.

    The content creation overlay opens.

  2. Click the Blog Entry link.

    You see the form shown in the following figure.


  3. Enter a title in the Title text box and the text of the blog entry in the Body area for your first blog entry.

  4. When you’re done, scroll down and click Preview.

  5. If you’re happy with the preview of the blog post, click Save.

By default, your blog post is published to your site home page. Browse to your home page and take a look.