Create a Default Board Post Page (DBPP)

The Default Board Post Page (DBPP) is a dynamic page used to view a single post's content. When a reader clicks on the title of a post from a post element on any page in the site, the reader can be directed to this dynamic, templated page to read the content. 

This is a short demonstration of how the DBPP works on the live end. 

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Here are some other benefits to having a default board post page:

  • Direct URL: Each post receives a direct URL allowing it to be used in newsletters or sent out in an email, for example. Clicking the link brings the reader to the dynamically populated DBPP to read the post content.  
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization): Without a direct URL or content existing on a page, search engines will not pick up your post content. Now the link can be tracked in your site analytics, providing details on how many clicks this particular post receives. 
  • Share to Social Media: Configure Social Media Connections and then a DBPP allows you to share your posts to social media. 
  • Enable reader subscriptions: In the Post Element Settings > Controls, there is an option to Display alert icons giving the reader the option to subscribe to RSS feeds or subscribe to receive email alerts when a new post is published on the board. A DBPP is required in order for these subscriptions to be enabled.
  • Preview your post: Use the eyeball in the bottom right corner to preview the live version, but remember this won't be activated until you apply a DBPP to the board.  

Convinced? We thought so! This article walks through the step-by-step process to help you create and configure a Default Board Post Page so that you can have all of the benefits above! 

Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Create or repurpose your page

Any page on your site can be a default post page as long as it has a Single-format Post element on it. 

  1. Create a new page in Composer or open a page that might be called "News Details" or "Post Details" in your Composer page tree.

  2. Add a Post element from the Module section of the element library.

  3. Click the Post element gear to open the settings and choose Single format. 

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Step 2: Configure your element settings
  1. Toggle OFF the element title.
  2. Under Content Filters, select any boards that you want to be able to display in the element. 
  3. Edit any other settings as desired.
  4. Under Formatting select the box next to Override Page Title and SEO Metadata. This will replace the page title with the post title.
  5. Save the element.

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Step 3: Configure your page settings
  1. Open the page settings to be sure the Page Name is toggled ON
  2. Check the boxes to Hide this Page from Navigation (and or internal/external search) in your page settings.
  3. Publish your page.

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Step 4: Configure your board settings

Once your Post page is complete, you can set it as the Default Board Post Page on each individual board.

  1. Navigate to the boards in Posts which you'd like to open up their posts onto this new page.
  2. Hover over the board in the menu, click on the three-dot Action Menu, and open up Settings.

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  3. Choose the page you just created in the window that pops up, next to Default Board Post Page.

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Step 5: Preview post on your new DBPP!

Once this page is set, you’ll see the blue "i" / info circle when creating a post.

  1. Hover over the blue circle to confirm that your default board post page had been connected and receive a reminder to make your URL slug unique for this post.
  2. Click on the link icon to see and copy the full URL.
  3. Paste the URL into a new browser tab to confirm that the post appears as you want it to on your new default board post page. 

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Now you can enjoy all the benefits that come with using posts with a Default Board Post Page. 

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