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How to Create a Blog or Announcement

Last modified on 06/30/2010 05:18 PM - By Nuno Albuquerque
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Welcome to this Workforce3One.org Community of Practice Tutorial.  This tutorial will take you step-by-step through the fundamentals of Blogging on a Community of Practice.   Let's Begin!

  1. Login to your Community of Practice (See "How to Login to a Community of Practice").
  2. If you are an approved blogger on this CoP, you will now see a "Console" link in the upper-right corner of your screen. Click on it to enter the Management Console.
     

  3. In the Management Console screen, click on the "Blogs" icon or menu link.


  4. On the next screen (the "Blogs" list screen), you will see a list of all current blogs on the site.  To create a new post, click the "New Post" button on the top-left of the screen. 

     
  5. In the "New Thread for Blogs" window that appears, you should add the following:
      

    • Create your blog  Message by typing or pasting where it says "My New Post."  If you're pasting text from Word, be sure to save it as Plaintext or in Wordpad before pasting it into the blog.  Add formatting, links, and pictures to your blog with the buttons in the composing toolbar. 
    • Type a Title for your new blog in the "Title" box
    • Skip Alias
    • Type a Description for your new blog in the "Description" box
    • Type Keywords for your new blog in the "Keywords" box.  Keywords are simply one-word terms that describe what will be in it.  If you need to use a two-word phrase, be sure to put it in quotes (“"...") so the words link together.
    • Change the Created On date, if desired. 
      • Note:  You can future-date your blog to automatically appear at any time in the future, in order to stagger your posts so you have new content appearing every day.
    • Click on the appropriate Tags in the "Tags" box on the right.  Tags are similar to keywords, in that they describe what kind of content will be in this blog.  However, tags are more powerful than keywords and help to identify your blogs by category or by topic in the website's "Popular Topics" widget, so they are very important to add. 
      • Note:  If you need to tag your blog with a tag name that is not currently there, please contact Maher & Maher with the requested new tag name.
    • Change the Resource control buttons on the bottom-right of the screen


      • ENABLED = allows your blog to be enabled (active) or disabled (inactive).  "Yes" means the blog is active for viewing by the public, "No" means it’s not.
      • VISIBLE = allows your blog to be listed on the CoP so users can find it.  "Yes" means users can find and navigate to your blog from the CoP, "No" means your blog can be viewed only by a private URL.
      • PUBLIC ACCESS = allows your blog to be accessible without logging in to Workforce3One.  "Yes" means the blog is accessible without logging in to Workforce3One, "No" means users have to login to view the blog.
      • SEARCHABLE = allows your blog to appear in search engine results on this CoP.  "Yes" means the blog can be found with the site’s search engine, "No" means it can't.  This should always be left at "Yes."
      • TRASHED = sends your entire blog post to the recycle bin.  "Yes" means the post is in the recycle bin, but you can still recover it in the future if you need to.  This is not a permanent delete.  To permanently delete a blog, see "How to Edit an Existing Resource."
      • FEATURED = sends your blog to the top of the search results in keyword or tag searches, and also on any "Featured" tabs on the homepage.  "Yes" means the blog will show up at the top of the lists; "No" is the default.
      • COMMENTS = allows you to add a comment box under the blog post on the site that users can use to comment on blog. "Yes" means there will be a comment box; "No" is the default.   For blogs, you should always set comments to "Yes."
    • Add a Thumbnail picture to your blog.  If you don't add a thumbnail, the default is the red W3 symbol for Workforce3One.  Click the "Upload an Image" link in the bottom-right corner of the screen, browse for your image, then click "Upload Image Now."  If you would like to re-use an image you've used previously, click "Choose from Archive" and select the image from the pop-up screen that appears.  
       

  6. Once you have finished your blog post, carefully review and edit your post for spelling, formatting or grammatical errors. Once you are sure you're finished with your post, go to the top of the page and click "PUBLISH" to post your blog post to the site.  Your blog will now appear on the blog list screen.

     
    • Note:  To see what your blog will look like "live" on the site, click the numbers below the blog name in the list of available blog.   You can also use this screen to copy the blog's "live" URL. 
    • Note:  It takes approximately one hour for changes made on the console to appear on the live site.  If you need your changes to appear sooner, please contact Maher & Maher.