Working with Blogs

 

Creating Blogs

To create a blog entry, click Add Blog Post in the  Blogs widget where you want the post to appear. In the Title field, enter the blog post title. In the Body field, enter the blog post. Then, decide who can see the blog post by setting values in the Sharing area:

  • To share the blog with the entire network, check Share with current network in the Networks with access area.
  • To share the blog with one or more communities, start typing the community’s name in the text box in the Communities with access area. If you aren’t sure of the community’s name, you can click Choose Communities to display a popup with all the community names.

Check Allow Comments to let readers add comments about your blog entry. Click Publish when done.

Using the Text Editor

You can use the editing icons when creating a blog post.

To add an image, click on the  icon.  A dialog box appears:

  • Click Browse.
  • Navigate to the image file to upload and double-click it. You can upload .jpg, .gif, and .png files. The image appears in the Add Images window.
  • Select the image and then click Insert Selected Images.
  • If you have previously uploaded some images, you can click the Previously Added tab to see the images uploaded previously and add them to your blog widget. You only see images that you uploaded to the network—not those uploaded by other network members. Select the image to upload and then click Insert Selected Images.
  • If you want to instead use an image URL, instead of uploading an image to your network, click Image URL. Paste in the URL for the image, wait for the image preview, and then click Insert Image.

Some of the other useful icons are:

  • Use  to upload a file from your local machine. These files are considered attachments to the blog. Blog attachments are uncategorized by default. However, if document folders have been defined for the space where you are sharing the blog (network level, a community, or your personal space), you can associate the file with one of those folders when attaching it to the blog.
  • Use  to use a file already in Clearvale.
  • Use  to link to another Clearvale blog.
  • Use  to link to a Clearvale bookmark.
  • Useto add a  link to a URL. You can indicate that the link appears in the current window or to open it in a new tab or window. In the Link Info tab, add the URL for the link. Then, click the Target tab and select New Window or Same Window from the Target drop-down list to control the target of the link.  If you do not see the Target tab, you may need to clear your browser cache.

Making Blogs Appear on the Network Page

When adding a blog post as a network administrator, you have the option of flagging your post to appear on the Network page of the network. The default value of this field depends on the Show on Network Page setting for your network. Non-admins do not have the ability to set the Show on Network Page value for blog posts that they add to the network. The network administrator can toggle the Show on Network Page setting for any post that should appear on the Network page to Yes.

Using Blog Folders

If your network has a lot of blog entries, you might want to create folders to organize your blogs. By setting up folders, you can limit the blogs that appear in a Blogs widget to a specific folder. Note the following:

  • To create a folder for network-level blogs, click Blog Posts in the Network Directory widget on the Network page. Then, click Edit in the folder tree structure. Click Add folder and then add a new folder name. Click Save when done.
  • To associate a blog widget with the folder you created, edit the Blogs widget and set the Content Space field to Network and the Blog Folder field to the folder you created.
  • To add blogs to folders, click Blog Posts in the Network Directory widget on the Network page. Navigate to the blog entry to add to a folder. Click Add to Network Blog Folders. Select the folder in which you want the blog entry to appear and click Save.

Embedding a Video Within a Blog Post

For information on embedding a video within a blog post, see Embedding Video or Audio Files in Clearvale Content.

 Commenting on a Blog Post

Anyone who can read a blog post, can add a comment assuming that the Allow comments option was selected when the blog post was created. To add a comment to a blog post, go to the detail page for the blog post and add a comment in the Comment field. Click Post when done.

If you attach a file within a blog post comment, the attached file appears as a link in the blog post comment. If you click the link, a new tab opens and the file’s detail page appears. You can preview the file on this page or choose to download the file.

The file has the same share settings as the blog post and is available to all people who can read the blog. For example, if you add the document to a blog post that is shared with the network, the file is available to all network members.