Galaxie Blog Options
by Gregory Alexander ColdFusion Blog, Galaxie Blog
These Blog Options interface consists of 7 sections and these settings can be changed at any time. Each optional library, such as the enabling the Disqus library, has its own dedicated section. However, there may be required bits of data that are required, for example- such as obtaining and entering a Disqus key.
There are a number of options here, but if you just want to get up and running as soon as possible we recommend:
- Install an SSL certificate on your server and check the use SSL checkbox
- If you have a server rewrite rule in place on the server to remove the index.cfm, check the server rewrite rule checkbox to make your links more concise
- Check the Minimize Code and Defer Non-Essential Scripts checkboxes
- Uncheck the Disable cache checkbox after you have finished setting up your blog. However, you may want to disable it temporarily after releasing a new post.
- Obtaining an AddThis Key and using the AddThis sharing library
- Obtaining a BingMaps Key in order to embed maps into your posts
- Leave the other default settings as they are unless you want to use the Disqus commenting system or the Greensock animation library.
We will discuss these options in more detail below.
- It is suggested that you enable Server Rewrite Rules. Please refer to our article to find out more.
A 'Server Rewrite Rule' essentially removes the index.cfm from all of your public pages and makes it easier for the search engines to digest the content in an SEO-friendly way. The server re-write rules are placed on the server. You may have to get your server or hosting administrator involved to get it working on the server. If you have a server rewrite rule on the server, and you're sure that it works, check the box below so that Galaxie Blog can generate the proper links. Be sure that your server-side rewrite rules work before checking this box as you may not be able to get back into this site unless you have direct access to the database to disable this setting once it is checked.
- Defer Non-Essential Scripts
Deferring the loading of non-essential scripts speeds up the loading of the site making the initial site load faster. It is highly recommended to keep this setting unless you absolutely need all of the scripts to load before rendering the page.
- Minimize Code
- Disable Cache
Galaxie Blog caches each independent section of the blog page to optimize performance. However, when this setting is not disabled the changes that you make may not be reflected when looking at the page. It is recommended to keep this off until you finish setting up your site. Also, if you make a new post you may want to disable cache here and reload the external blog pages. You can come back and uncheck the checkbox once you are done refreshing the page.
Disabling the Cache does not eliminate the blog cache, it just disables the blog from loading a page from the cache temporarily.
- Number of Posts Per Page
You can adjust how many blog posts will appear on the blog landing page. The default setting is ten (10) posts per page and it is recommended to keep this setting. However, if you extensively use maps and or videos, you may want to consider adjusting this to five (5) posts per page as both maps and videos consume a lot of resources and will increase the page load time. Alternatively, if you are minimal in your usage of media, or use the <more> tag quite often to break up the content of your posts, you can set this to a max of twenty-five (25) posts.
jQuery and Kendo UI
These settings are critical for Galaxie Blog to work properly, unless you absolutely know what you are doing, it is recommended to leave these settings as they are.
Galaxie Blog uses the Teleriks open-source Kendo Core. However, if you are familiar with Kendo UI, you can implement the professional Kendo UI library if you have the license for it. You may also change the jQuery version if there is an update to the library. If you are going to use the professional edition, please upload the Kendo UI to the same /common/libs/kendo/ file location.
Google Analytics may be incorporated to determine your page traffic trends. To use Google Analytics, you must first obtain a free Google GTAG string, see https://developers.google.com/tag-platform/gtagjs/install for more information.
To use Google Analytics, enter the GTAG strings below (ie G-XXXXXX). If you have more than one GTAG string, separate them with commas. You can enter as many GTAG strings below as you need. You don't need to do anything else other than to enter in your GTAG string(s), if a string is found, Galaxie Blog will configure Google Analytics for you.
AddThis is the library that the blog uses to allow others to share your posts on various social sites such as Facebook. AddThis is a free library, however, you must enter your own personal AddThis key.
We recommend incorporating this library and have written a detailed how-to article discussing how to incorporate the library.
Bing Maps Library
Galaxie Blog has the ability to generate static maps and map routes using the Bing API. To generate a static or route, create or edit a post and click on the Enclosure Editor button. This will bring up an editor and it will allow you to easily generate both static and map routes using a WYSIWYG interface. You may also embed maps within any post. You will need to sign up for a free Bing Maps API key to add this functionality.
Please see our Incorporating Bing Maps into Galaxie Blog how-to article for more information.
Disqus is an optional library that you can use to allow users to interact with your site and add comments. Disqus is fully integrated into Galaxie Blog and it only needs a few free keys provided by Disqus. There are some advantages and disadvantages to consider when using Disqus. It offers numerous tools to analyze your users and can cut down on spam significantly, however, it also requires the users to log into their own social media account to interact with your site. This may limit the number of comments that you receive on your site. It also requires loading additional external libraries that may cause a small performance hit if you choose to use it. Please see the Disqus site at https://disqus.com/ for more information.
If you want to incorporate Disqus, we have a detailed how-to article at https://www.gregoryalexander.com/blog/2022/4/28/Incorporating-the-optional-Disqus-library-into-Galaxie-Blog
GreenSock Animation Library
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