To create a blog:
- In Page Manager click "Add Page"
- Select "Blog/Forum" as the Page Type
- Select "Blog" as the Page Format
- Name the page (which will also be the name of the blog)
- Save the page.
After saving the page, a Properties box will appear allowing you to choose moderator settings. (A moderator is an administrator with rights to edit the blog page.) At this point, you can adjust the settings to configure the blog page so that it has the properties you want.
Editing Blog Properties
The Properties options are:
- Moderator email - Enter the email address of the moderator(s) for this blog. Moderators are able to create new posts, and to approve/disapprove comments to each post. Add multiple email addresses by separating them with a comma.
- Email moderator each time a new entry is posted - If this box is checked, the moderator(s) will receive an email copy of each new post, regardless of which moderator actually posted it.
- Enable comments for this blog - This allows blog readers to post comments on individual the blog entries. Readers must be logged into the site in order to leave comments. Selecting this option will pop open a number of sub-entries:
- Email moderator each time a new comment is posted - If this box is selected, moderators will receive email copies for each comment (this is separate from receiving emails for each blog post).
- Moderate comments (hidden until reviewed and published) - this setting allows moderators to review each user comment before it is displayed on the blog page to readers.
- Limit comments to selected user groups - Selecting this option will prompt the admin setting up the blog to choose which site user groups/roles will be able to comment on blog posts
- Allow contributors to edit posts after publishing - Select this checkbox to give moderators the option of editing their blog posts. This is done via a blue 'pencil' icon visible at the upper-right of the post on the Unpublished tab.
- Choose the number of Posts to be displayed per page - Admins can choose how many posts are shown on the blog page. Posts are always displayed with the newest post first (according to the "Post Date" of each post, which can be set by the author). If the "Read More" button feature is not activated (see below), then displaying a large number of posts can result in an excessively long blog page.
- Enable Read More button - When activated, the "Read More" button truncates each blog post after a certain number of characters; readers can then click a button to expand the full post. The blog admin can choose how many characters are displayed before the post is cut off.
- Enable Likes - This option will add a suspiciously familiar "Like" button to the bottom of each post. As with comments, users must be logged into the site in order to register a like. The blog page will display how many users have clicked the "Like" button for each post. Clicking the button multiple times will toggle the user's "Like" status on and off.
- Remove email links from commenter's names - By default, commenters' names are displayed as links to the "Primary" email address in their profile (as users must be logged in in order to leave comments). Select this option to display commenters' names only, without the email link.
- Enable avatar display - With this option activated, users' default fsSocial avatars will be displayed next to their names when leaving comments. Note that a Site Admin must first select the checkbox at Site Manager > Site Administration > Site Modules > Groups > Display Avatar in Activity stream in order for this option to be displayed on the Blog page.
- Enable share button - If site admins have configured an AddThis.com account, then selecting this option will allow users to share blog posts to third-party sites such as Facebook, Twitter and more.
- Use Custom Name Display Format - Selecting this option allows blog admins to configure how individual users' names will appear on the page when leaving comments. Name formats can be set on a per-role basis by using the dropdown menus to select the desired name format. Available format options include: