How can we improve our blog?

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I am merging a number of topics here to bring everything together.  If you agree with the ideas entered in the original post, then click the Like button.  There is no need to add the same idea more than once.  If you have an additional enhancement idea, please feel free to add a comment. 

Here are the hot items our customers have asked for so far.

1) Simplify the process of adding an image.  We agree, but for now, you will need to follow these instructions

2) A simple way to share blog posts to various social media sites.

3) The CAPTCHA(challenge phrase) is very difficult.  Can it be made easier or can I toggle it off?

4) I would like visitors to be able to create a new topic on my blog rather than simply comment on topics I create.

5) I would like to be able to add videos to the blog.

6) It would be nice to have 2 or more different blogs on my site.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
I need an easier way to add photos to my blog..


I would like to try using the blog feature with my site. I need to post some pictures of my work but when I click on the insert photo icon it puts up a screen to prompt me for my pictures. It requires a photo url. My photos that I want to use are stored on my computer and do not have a url. I just want to take them right from my hard drive just like I do when I use my blogger.com blog but I don't see a way to do that. Can anybody help me out with this?
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Bryan6483 and Mary3106, Since the blog requires a photo url, you need to upload the image to the server. This is easily done by importing the image to the file manager. This page shows how to add photos to the file manager for the blog.
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I'm with Mary, you're missing the whole point.  Sure with enough jumping through the hoops I can do all kinds of loading, but don't make me do it.  This is a pain and time consuming.  I have a business to run and I don't have the time or patience to mess around with such an archaic loading sequence.  Make it a simple drag and drop and we'll all be happy!
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We agree with you as well.  We are simply trying to give you the simplest way to do it now. 

Thanks for the feedback.
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How about adding visitor comments to a blog - just like this Homestead Help (or like Facebook) - Visitors would be able to give their views on the subject at hand - The only option I see is to use a Guest Book and Post each subject on a new page then add a Guestbook to each page - however NOT VERY PROFESSIONAL - eh
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You might be able to get a comment section with HTML, I believe Facebook has something you can embed for your Sitebuilder Plus site. However, the newer editor WebsiteBuilder has a blog you can create that has a comment section underneath, and also has a Facebook Comments element you can add to your pages. It is one of the Social elements.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Blog Help.


I have read through the other issues on blog development. My website will be stronger with a blog that is well integrated on my site (which I am paying for already through Homestead). As such, I am confounded that your answers consistently say that as customers we should either integrate a wordpress or blogger version instead of the one you have. Firstly, I cannot completely figure out how to bring either blog over effectively, and secondly I'd rather you gave yours a significant upgrade. I've been paying for a Homestead site for years, and am conflicted about staying here given the bulky nature of the interface after all this time, and this blog issue.
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I agree
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Sharing blog posts.


Is it possible to add links to the end of blog posts to make it easy for viewers to share the post to Facebook or LinkedIn?
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This is the #1 blog issue I'd like to see changed.  I hate having to post and then go back and manually add facebook and twitter links.  It's a pain in the butt work-around that shouldn't even be necessary.  A little modification to the blog features should allow it to automate this information.
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Thanks for your comments.
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I like the one-stop-shop for blog issues.  I looked today and my blog doesn't want to show up.  When I preview the page in SiteBuilder it shows up (just with placeholder text) but loading the page straight from the internet doesn't work.
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It seems to be loading now. Let us know if you still have an issue.
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Besides when you link your Blog to FB or Linkedin you and someone makes a comment it does help your SEO much because you only get the one hit (page count) when they come to your Blog all the hits to other sites do not count for you nor the time they spend on commenting - These are points that could help your SEO.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Add an option to allow videos within a homestead blog..


Is there a way to embed video within the blog? Would it work to upload the video to YouTube, and then use that html code in a blog entry?
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yes embed youtube html. If you have issues check the code and remove anything that looks like homestead.com in the code.
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I created another idea topic called 'Blog Enhancement Timeline' and consolidated the requests originally listed here as well as from other postings. This is the consolidated list that I have at this time.

1. Provide the ability to post Blog directly to social media. It's counterproductive to have to go to the social media site and post a link back to the Blog.

2.Provide the ability for customers to subscribe to the blog so they get notified when a new post is created

3.Provide the ability to manage Blog comments. Examples include notification and acceptance or not, prior to a comment being publicly posted, as well as a request for name/email.  Ability to respond to customer's comments rather than just posting another comment.  on my blog?

4.Simplify the process of adding an image or video. Create a more user friendly experience.  

5.Create a mobile friendly interface for posting new blogs

6. Provide the ability to schedule posts to publish on a specified date and time.

7. Provide the ability to have 2 or more different blogs on a single site

8. Provide the ability to be able to create a new topic on a blog rather than simply comment on topics I create.

9. Simplify the CAPTCHA(challenge phrase).  Can it be made easier or be toggled off?

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Gets my vote Kathy, but would comment on a couple of things. 2) not started my blog yet but I seem to remember a subscribe option in there and 9) Captcha is a painful process, even the latest version with photographs BUT in view of the amount of spammers out there searching for emails, I would like some form of challenge phrase.
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Thank you for this.  I am especially waiting on #3.  What is the current development status/timeline of these requests? Some of the features had already been available in the old builder.

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