This guide will cover building an interactive, decentralized blog for your .crypto domain.
This is our video guide for creating a decentralized blog.
From our homepage be sure to allow all cookies before you work through the guide as the process includes the provision of decentralized storage with 3Box. Also ensure you have web browser storage enabled as detailed here.
Step 1. Go to My Websites after logging into your account.
Step 2. Scroll down to the domain you want to use for the blog and select Manage. Select the Website tab and click Choose a Template.
Step 3. Pick the Blog template and then click to Accept 3Box storage.
Step 4. As with our other templates the settings are on the right of the screen. Your blog can have a Title or a small Logo (180 x 180) but not both.
Step 5. Set the Theme colors and your Social Media links. Untick any of the social media channels you don’t use.
Step 6. There is no content to enter in the template as that is all done in the live blog. Preview your blog layout and if it looks OK you can Publish it. You will be asked to sign a transaction from the wallet you claimed the domain to.
Step 7. Creation of your interactive, decentralized blog will then be recorded on the blockchain and you can monitor the progress in My Transactions. When the transaction no longer shows as Pending either type your domain name in a browser (Opera for Android, the Unstoppable Browser or a browser with our plugin) or search our site for your domain and select Visit Website.
Step 8. You will then be taken to the Sign In screen for your blog. You need to sign in with the wallet you claimed the domain to and note the first time you login it can take a little time. If you didn’t allow all cookies for our site you will receive an error message at this point.
Step 9. You are now ready to create your first blog post. Select Add Post towards the top right of the blog page. The blog uses markdown syntax (for links and bold text etc) and you may add images if they are hosted elsewhere. Preview the post and then select Publish.
Step 10. Anyone with a crypto wallet that visits your decentralized blog can share links to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn plus comment on each of your posts. Comments are currently disabled for blogs but should be functional again at a later date.
Step 11. If you want to set up mobile, decentralized blogging with Opera for Android check out this decentralized blog post.