Is there another way to say
The article was open to public view.
I want to describe a blog posted to a webpage.
"This article is an open access publication".
Example: Another growing research-related activity of academic libraries is the open access publication of the results of publicly-funded research.
If you mean that the article is not copyrighted, you may say that "The article is in the public domain".
When a work is in the public domain, it is free for use by anyone for any purpose without restriction under copyright law. Public domain is the purest form of open/free, since no one owns or controls the material in any way.
'the article was publicly available'
or publicly browsable/searchable?
I've used "publicly available" for similar instances. Depending on its copyright status, you could also consider "public domain."