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Use the Tools To Your Advantage

xanderyzwich profile image Corey McCarty Originally published at coreydmccarty.dev on ・3 min read

I see several content creators doing things in their posts that are easily done with the tools built into the DEV/Forem tooling. I've commented to several people about how they can make use of these tools to streamline their content publication without loss of functionality (and maybe even improve their brand quality/SEO in the process). Overall,

Links to Blogs

I 100% support people owning their content and publishing first on their own site. I do this as well. There are tools to utilize RSS and to link back to the original article on your site that are included in the DEV platform. In the settings menu there is a Publishing from RSS section wher you can add your Atom feed url. There are also option to Replace self-referenctial links with DEV-specific links which will bridge your dev articles on the same platform in a similar way to how you might link your blog posts together on your personal site. The other option on this page is Mark the RSS source as canonical URL by default which will provide a link to the blog post on your site in a special way that search engines will acknowledge your site as the origin of the material. This helps with SEO as search engines will remove listings of duplicate data and without a cononical reference it will prioritize the one with higher SEO/reputation and likely remove your original link.

Social links

I often see people providing a short bio and social links at the end of their post which is something that is common enough that the platform actually does this automatically using a card of your primary profile information. Firstly, you should make sure that you have filled out your profile information so that your profile doesn't give a '404 profile not found', but you can also add whatever links that you would like along with a short summary for display. The links will be listed on your profile card with their appropriate logo.

Links supported via Settings>Profile

  • Your Website
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Stack Overflow
  • LinkedIn
  • Behance
  • Dribble
  • Medium
  • GitLab
  • Instagram
  • Mastadon
  • Twitch

There is also a Github integration where you can login to DEV using your Github account and pin certain repositories to your DEV profile page.

Lists of posts

There are a couple of versions of this that have different solutions. First is a list of all posts that you have. This can be easily omitted by asking people to check out your other posts from your profile (which has a link at the bottom of the article). The other type is for sets of articles to link to the other entries. The DEV platform has builtin functionality for this as well. Among the Front Matter information available in the editor guide is the series entry. This actually has some really awesome functionality. It will automatically generate a list of the all posts published in this series in order of publication. It will be updated once there is a new part published so that you don't have to go back and edit previous posts.

Summary

It pays to learn your tools in order to make better use of them. I highly recommend taking a look through the settings pages and the editor guide that is available via the i logo on comment and post editors. The DEV team has included a LOT of cool functionality that you can harness in order to spend less time on the tools and more time on the actual content. Honestly the only thing that I worry with in between posting on my site and posting on dev is finding a cover_image

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