With the installation behind us, we proceed to check to check if bBlog is up and running. We point our browser to the following URL http://www.mysite.com/theblog/bblog/
The following "Login" screen of the bBlog admin module should come up:
Use the credentials provided at the time of installation in order to log on to the application and view the default screen as shown below.
Before we get into the specifics, let us quickly review all the important features that are available in the bBlog admin module:
Post: The most important screen since it allows us to add new posts to the blog.
Archives: This screen allows us to view previous blog posts with the option to "Edit" and "Delete" each post.
Comments: This allows us to review comments posted on the blog with the option of editing or deleting them, as required.
Links: A quick way to organize links that we would like to display on our blog. For example, most bloggers prefer to list blogs that they read regularly - bBlog comes with a pre-defined category titled "Blogs I Read" where we can add such blogs.
RSS Fetcher: This section allows us to save the URLs to RSS feeds of our favorite blogs.
RSS Linker: Here we can customize the parameters of the RSS feed of our blog.
Sections: This module allows us to manage the "Sections" of our blog- consider them as categories that we can classify our blog entries into.
Plugins: This screen gives you a quick overview of the plugins required for the smooth functioning of bBlog.
Options: This useful screen allows you to modify the parameters associated with the blog such the Blog Name, Blog Description, the blog template to be used and much more.
Bet you thought that maintaining a blog was child’s play! Not really - as you can see from the features available in the admin module, there is a lot more that you can do with bBlog than just enter blog posts.
And that is exactly what we intend to cover in the next section: how to add new blog posts, how to manage "Archives" and "Comments" and much more - all in an attempt to get our blog up and running.