When you select a page to be the blog page in settings>reading it automatically assigns the blog template to that page and overrides the option set in the actual page settings (template 1-5 etc).
Oh! This is good to know. Not intuitively understood without your explanation; perhaps something could be noted somewhere in the dashboard? Anyway, thanks, this explains that for me!
"To add remove items to the blog page go to Pagelines>drag and drop and select the blog template."
My Blog template in drag&drop has Content for the Page template, and in Content Area template has Post Info, Post Loops, and Post/Page pagination.
"To edit or modify the blog page meta settings go to Pagelines>page options>blog page."
Here, my Blog Page has a sidebar layout selected. However, I have, in Page Meta Settings on the page itself, added a text widget in the sidebar, which is not showing up. I also have the sidebar layout selected on the Page itself, under Pagelines Meta settings, Page layout. The SPACE for the sidebar is there, but the Text widget I put in is not showing up.
In Page template area "Hide Content" is unchecked.
In Content template area "Post info" "Post loops" and "Post/Page pagination" is unchecked.
So all these should be showing, but if you click my link above you'll see only post title, author, but not actual post content.
"To modify the ways posts display you can go to Pagelines>site options>blogs and posts."
I have done nothing here; all the settings are the default setting.
"If you find you've set your page up and there's no posts on it. Go to the drag and drop, select 'page template' area and then blog. Check the 'content' section in there. Then go up and select the 'content-area' and scroll down to check the 'postloop' is in there. Both content and postloop sections are required for posts to display.
I have done this; post loop and content are both there. Problem is, the post is there, just missing the words of the post. And the link takes me to an empty page. So, the problem persists. Must be something else I'm not doing right?
Thanks for your explanations and help!