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  • RSS Follow this Blog link shows a bunch of code-

  • How to share Blog post + image on Fine Art Views-

  • Blog is copyrighted-

  • RSS Feed Link - What it does-

  • Blog Entry Excerpt-

  • Blog Tagline-

  • Difference between Blog and Email Newsletter-

  • How do I manually post a reader comment to my blog?-

  • Why are there more comments than my blog is displaying?-

  • How do blog comments work?-

  • How do I remove unwanted TOPICS from my Blog.-

  • How do I set up and use my Blog?-

  • What are Blog Topics and how do I use them?-

  • How do I add hyperlinks to my blog posts?-

  • My FASO blog is not working.-

  • How do I get my avatar to show up on comments I make on other people's blogs?-






    Q: RSS Follow this Blog link shows a bunch of code
    When I click on the RSS "Follow this Blog" link all I see is a bunch of code.

    A: This is NORMAL. An RSS feed IS a bunch of code.

    Sometimes you'll get options to "subscribe" in one browser and just see code in another browser. This is because different browsers handle RSS feeds differently. It also depends greatly on if you have any feed reading extensions installed in your browser.

    The only time the "bunch of code" is a "problem" is if the RSS feed URL has been entered into a feed reader and the feed reader is indicating it is an invalid RSS feed.

    Think about it this way. An email message also will look like a "bunch of code" when viewed in a web browser. But it looks like normal email when viewed in an email reader or app.


    Last Updated: 11/6/2014 9:58:41 AM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=270


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    Q: How to share Blog post + image on Fine Art Views
    How can I get my blog post link and image to show in the Fine Art Views newsletter?

    A: For your blog post link and image to appear in our Fine Art Views (FAV) newsletter in the section 'Art Marketing and Inspiration from FASO Artist Bloggers,' you need to select your image for the post by choosing an image for the field titled 'img Main Image.'

    Click 'Choose an image' to select your image visually, or click '(No Picture)' to select by title from the drop-down menu.

    Then your image and a link to your blog post on your site should appear in the next day's FAV newsletter. (We do not send out the FAV Saturdays and Sundays.) Again, you'd find it near the bottom of the newsletter, in the list under 'Art Marketing and Inspiration from FASO Artist Bloggers.'

    If you only place an image in the text box under 'Entry Text,' and do not use the 'img Main Image' field, your blog post will not be featured in FAV.


    Last Updated: 8/1/2014 5:17:28 PM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=357


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    Q: Blog is copyrighted
    Is my blog copyrighted?

    A: We are not legal experts of course, but our understanding is that along with your artwork, your blog is copyrighted as soon as you write it.

    You can refer to the article at the link below, which includes this line: 'When you write a blog post, you instantly create a copyrighted work.'

    https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/blogging-and-intellectual-property-law

    Here's another article on the subject:
    http://www.rightsofwriters.com/2010/12/can-i-say-my-blog-is-copyrighted-basics.html


    Last Updated: 6/19/2015 12:43:07 PM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=422


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    Q: RSS Feed Link - What it does
    What is the RSS feed and how does it work?

    A: If you don't know what an RSS feed is, don't worry too much, people who use RSS will know what it is. Let's just say they are like channels that visitors can subscribe to and that they are about to explode into common usage. We have integrated an RSS Feed into the Blog mentioned above. For those of you who don't want to blog (and even for those who do), we have added a built-in RSS Feed to every single FASO account. If you go to your "Works" page on your web site, you will notice a little orange icon with the word "Feed" next to it. (It is not visible if you've chosen to hide the artworks subheader) This allows site visitors who use RSS to with a few clicks "subscribe" to your works portfolio. Why would someone do that? Because it will allow the visitor to monitor when you post new artwork without having to manually check your site every day. Communicate with your clients and friends and encourage them to subscribe to your RSS feed (and be sure to post new artwork often).

    If you want to hide the subheaders (ie the line that reads 'All Originals Limited Editions Open Editions Feed') you can do so by following these instructions:

    1. Login to your control panel.

    2. Click on MY ARTWORK PORTFOLIO

    3. Click on 'Edit the works display'

    4. Next to 'Hide Subheader in Portfolio' click 'Yes'

    5. Click Save Changes


    Last Updated: 10/17/2015 2:55:01 PM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=439


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    Q: Blog Entry Excerpt
    What is 'entry excerpt' in the Blog?

    A: The blog 'entry excerpt' is a condensed description of your blog post, which can be added automatically in Blog Configuration, or post by post (entry by entry).

    In 'blog configuration' you are able to set Front Page Displays to 'Full Articles' or 'Excerpts' and the system will create excerpts for you. However, as you've found when writing a blog post, you can also use the 'Entry Excerpt' text box in each blog entry to accomplish this.

    The excerpt is also used to describe your post in RSS feeds and is typically used in displaying search results. You can use this if you are linking your blog entries to Facebook - so Facebook does not have access to your entire blog entry.

    Here's how to use this:

    - login to control panel
    - click the Blog icon in upper row
    - click 'Blog Configuration'
    - for 'Front Page Displays,' select either 'Full Articles' or 'Excerpts' from the drop-down
    - save changes


    Last Updated: 10/30/2015 8:28:42 PM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=443


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    Q: Blog Tagline
    What does 'tagline' mean for my Blog?

    A: The function of a tagline is to add text describing your blog, under the title in the search engines. It's like adding another line to your blog title. It's just an option; many people leave it blank.

    The Tagline can be created under Blog Configuration:

    - login to control panel
    - click the Blog icon in upper row
    - click 'Blog Configuration'
    - for 'Front Page Displays,' select either 'Full Articles' or 'Excerpts' from the drop-down
    - save changes


    Last Updated: 10/30/2015 8:28:09 PM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=444


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    Q: Difference between Blog and Email Newsletter
    What is the difference between a Blog and an Email Newsletter?

    A: There is a difference between the Email Newsletter and the Blog. They are separate, different features. FASO Tech Regina says 'It's push vs. pull. You push a newsletter out to people, you pull people to your website with a blog.'

    This article may help to clarify this:
    http://www.howdesign.com/creative-freelancer-blog/difference-blog-newsletter/

    Here are some samples of other artists' blogs:

    http://woodwardsimons.com/blog
    http://warrenchang.com/blog
    http://marianfortunati.com/blog
    http://debragroesser.com/blog
    http://gaylefaucettewisbon.com/blog

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    Here are some sample email newsletters from the same artists:

    http://woodwardsimons.com/nl/?nid=35650&type=html
    http://warrenchang.com/nl/?nid=69099&type=html
    http://marianfortunati.com/nl/?nid=70042&type=html
    http://debragroesser.com/nl/?nid=12163&type=html
    http://gaylefaucettewisbon.com/nl/?nid=70810&type=html

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    Last Updated: 10/31/2015 12:08:28 PM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=446


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    Q: How do I manually post a reader comment to my blog?
    How do I manually post a reader comment to my blog?

    A: 1. Log in to your control panel

    2. Click on "Blog" in the toolbar

    4. Click on "Edit" next to the Blog entry that the comment pertains to.

    5. Next to Visitor Comments, click on "Go to Comments"

    6. Click "Add New"

    7. Fill in the information.

    8. Click "Add"


    Last Updated: 5/22/2014 5:15:46 PM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=112


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    Q: Why are there more comments than my blog is displaying?
    Why are there more comments than my blog is displaying? And why aren't ALL the comments showing on the blog?

    A: If all comments are not showing under a blog post it is because the user(s) never verified their comments. Verfication is necessary to prevent spam comments from displaying.

    Here is how you can manually verify a comment:

    log in to your control panel

    click on "Edit Categories"

    Click on "Blog"

    Click "Edit" next to the blog entry in question

    Click "Go to Comments" next to Visitor Comments

    Any comment with "No" under "Comment Verified" does not show because the client never verified the comment (this is for anti spam reasons)

    Click "Edit" next to a comment with "No" under "Comment Verified"

    Change comment verified to "yes" (if you wish to display the comment on the blog)

    Click "update"

    Repeat for each comment

    Alternatively, just don't worry about displaying comments users don't bother to verify.


    Last Updated: 5/22/2014 11:37:41 AM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=118


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    Q: How do blog comments work?
    How do blog comments work?

    A: When the comments are made, you automatically get an email, which you MAY choose to verify. The PERSON who made the comment also gets an email which they are supposed to verify. Either person may verify - it does not require both. We do not create those emails manually, they are done automatically. If you reply via email, directly to the commenter, that is private and will not appear on the blog. You may choose to reply publicly on the blog from inside your control panel. This process, although just a tad cumbersome, is necessary to combat a phenomenon known as "blog spam." It also gives you a chance to disallow vulgar or unwanted comments.

    The email you receive will also give you a link to deny and delete a comment.




    Last Updated: 10/24/2013 6:25:38 PM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=146


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    Q: How do I remove unwanted TOPICS from my Blog.
    Oops, I created a topic (a blog tag) and now I have decided that I do not want it. It is blank but is showing up on my site. How do I remove this?

    A: 1. log in to your control panel
    2. click EDIT CATEGORY INFORMATION
    3. click BLOG
    4. under 'Blog Posts Beta', you will see 'Manage Topics'
    5. click on 'Manage Topics'
    6. click the DELETE button next to the topic you wish to delete.

    This will delete the topic but not any posts that may have been entered.


    Last Updated: 10/22/2013 7:16:37 PM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=158


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    Q: How do I set up and use my Blog?
    How do I set up and use my Blog?

    A: To get started with your Blog, add it to your navigation bar as follows:

    1. Log in to FASO Control Panel
    2. Click on EDIT NAVIGATION BAR
    3. Use drop down arrow where you want to add 'Blog' as a category and select Blog
    4. Click Submit

    To begin adding posts to your blog:

    1. from Control Panel
    2. Click on EDIT CATEGORY INFORMATION
    3. Click on BLOG
    4. Click on 'Click Here to Add a New Blog Post'
    5. Add your text
    6. Add an image by selecting image for 'img Main Image' option
    7. Click Add


    Last Updated: 10/11/2013 9:59:47 AM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=171


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    Q: What are Blog Topics and how do I use them?
    What are Blog Topics and how do I use them?

    A: Other platforms call these "Tags". Blog Topics will group related blog posts together. This will come in handy as you enter more blog posts.

    Using topics will enable a visitor to browse all posts that are written about the same topic.

    Topics might include:
    Art Reviews
    New Work
    Other Artists
    Art Techniques
    ~ whatever you would be writing about ~

    You can add topics either from the 'Add a New Blog Post' page or the Editing page for an existing blog post. Simply click on 'Add Topic' button, lower right.


    Last Updated: 10/11/2013 9:58:39 AM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=172


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    Q: How do I add hyperlinks to my blog posts?
    I want to add an active hyperlink to my blog post. How do I do this?

    A: Add hyperlinks to your blog posts in the text editing screen for the blog post.

    1. Go to blog post editing page in your control panel

    2. Select (highlight) the text or image that you want to have the hyperlink on

    3. Once text is selected, go to tool bar and click the 'chain link' image (the icon is on the right - says Insertlink when you hover over it)

    4. A new screen pops up

    5. Add the address of the link in the url text box -make sure it is the entire url (from website address bar)

    6. Select target as 'New Window'
    (You don't have to do this if the link is on your site. We recommend opening in a 'new window' for all external sites.)

    7. Click OK

    8. Save changes


    Last Updated: 10/9/2013 12:23:59 PM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=182


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    Q: My FASO blog is not working.
    My FASO blog is not working. What do I need to do?

    A: If you are using an off-site domain name (not registered through us) and it is still not working, be sure that you have set the name servers on your domain to our name servers:

    NS1.STUDIOTOPIA.COM
    NS2.STUDIOTOPIA.COM
    NS3.STUDIOTOPIA.COM

    If your domain is simply 'Forwarded' to your website without changing the name servers, the blog feature may not work.


    Last Updated: 10/9/2013 12:32:00 PM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=188


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    Q: How do I get my avatar to show up on comments I make on other people's blogs?
    How do I get my avatar to show up on comments I make on other people's blogs?

    A: 1. Login to Control Panel
    2. Click 'About the Artist' - left column
    3. Click 'Edit Focal Point Data (BETA)' (near top, in blue)
    4. For 'Photo Of Artist, click 'Change Image' to find your image visually, or click the drop-down to select by title
    (your image should already be uploaded to 'Images Other Than Artwork')
    5. Click 'Save Changes'

    NOTE: Be sure to comment using the same email address that is on your FASO account.

    You can also choose to set up a global avatar at gravatar.com.


    Last Updated: 3/12/2016 11:54:17 AM


    Permalink to this article: http://faso.com/kb/?id=193


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