What does it do?

The main Alloy stack does the heavy lifting for your blog. It will be included on any page where you're including other Alloy stacks so that it can process and parse your blog contents.


Settings

The main Alloy stack doesn't contain an abundance of settings, as each of the other individual stacks have their own controls. This stack does allow us to setup our Blog Posts folder name as well as to configure our blog's RSS Feed.

General

POSTS FOLDER
Here you will configure your Blog Posts folder name. This folder will be stored in your site's top level folder. If it is not present the first time you visit your blog page then Alloy will go ahead and create the folder and populate it with a simple example blog post.

IMAGES FOLDER
Here you will configure your Image Uploads folder name. This folder will be stored in your site's top level folder. If it is not present the first time you visit your blog page then Alloy will go ahead and create the folder. This folder will contain images that are uploaded by Alloy's Editor stack for Topper Images as well as images added to the content of your posts via the Image Upload button in the Editor's toolbar.

  • Please Note: The folder names are case sensative.

Timezone

YOUR TIMEZONE
This feature allows you to choose your specific timezone (or one very close to you). This will help in getting your Future Posts to appear on the correct date. On each timezone you will see a UTC time offset next to each timezone choice. This is a generic offset during standard, non-daylight savings time periods. These offsets in the list are not dynamic, but the timezone settings will take daylight savings time into account when published.

RSS Feed

GENERATE RSS FEED
When enabled Alloy will generate an XML file for your site's RSS feed. The feed is generated when you a page with the main Alloy stack is loaded. The file name Alloy generates for your feed is named rss.xml.

FEED TITLE
This field allows you to set the name of your RSS feed, as it will appear in visitors' RSS readers.

FEED DESCRIPTION
A short, simple description of your blog and what you will be blogging about. This description will be inserted into your RSS feed for visitors' feed readers.

COPYRIGHT INFO
Add your copyright information here as you wish it to be embedded within your feed.

FEED LANGUAGE
This is the language that you use for your blog's contents.

POSTS IN FEED
Allows you to choose how many posts to include in your RSS Feed. Generally you want just a few at a time. This defaults to 5 posts.

Social Media Tags

GENERATE SOCIAL MEDIA TAGS
Enabling this feature will create meta data tags for each individual blog post. These meta data tags are Open Graph and Twitter Card tags, and will help with SEO in regards to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

FACEBOOK & TWITTER ID
These optional fields allow you to insert your Open Graph Facebook Admin ID and / or your Twitter username. These will only be applied if you supply IDs for these fields.

Alloy Stacks

Documentation on the settings and controls for each of the individual Alloy stacks:


Markdown

New to Markdown or just need a refreshed? We've got you covered with our Markdown Cheatsheet.


ADVANCED
Front Matter

We use YAML to create the Front Matter of our blog posts. That front matter contains important things like our post title, category and more. We've got a YAML cheatsheet of all the available options for reference.

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