The Blog module is used to display an all blogs to which a user has access to and enable management of blog articles and the content within.


This module functions outside the realm of the normal permissions hierarchy.  Permissions are managed by administrative users with the Blog Manager module.


Selecting A Blog


Blogs are listed in a select list based on user permissions.  Creating, editing, and deleting blogs, along with assigning permissions is handled within the Blog Manager module.  After selecting a desired blog, a list of existing blog articles will be listed underneath by the order of modified date.  Blog articles which have been edited most recently appear at the top.


Adding Blog Articles


In order to create a new blog article, enter a title for the article text box and click the  button.  The new blog article will then be added to the list.  This button will only appear to site administrators.


Once a blog article has been created, you will be presented with a display of Resources, Tags, and Content.


Resources: Resources are files of any type which have been uploaded to the database which are directly relevant to the blog article which contains them.  This includes images, documents, videos, and any other type of resource which needs to be provided to the viewers of the blog article.

Tags: Tags are keywords which help categorize the contents of the blog article.

Content: Content is the actual blog article itself.  It is a combination of text, images, videos, or other information that will become client-facing.

Published: A value indicating whether or not the blog article has been completed and is viewable to the public.


Managing Blog Articles


To edit a blog article, click the  button next to the name of the blog article, and a blog article editor will appear above the listing of blog articles.

Update Blog Article: The name and content can be updated within the blog article editor.  Once the fields have been field in, click the  button to apply changes to the blog article. Changing the name of a blog article or un-checking the published option will break any links in existing RSS feeds.

Delete Blog Article: To delete a blog article, press the  button on the blog article editor.  Deleting a blog article will also remove all tags and resources associated with the article, and invalidate any links in existing RSS feeds.


Managing Resources


To manage the resources for a blog article, click on the Resources hyperlink to expand the resources.

Add Resource:  To add a resource, select the browse button on the file dialog, and select a local file to upload to the database.  Pressing the submit button will upload the selected file, and add it to the list of resources for the blog article.  A blog resource is required to have a unique name within the blog article.

Manage Resource:  Users can view summary information for resources by clicking the  icon next to the resource name or download the resource by clicking the resource name.  Additionally, users can copy a special token to their clipboard for use in the blog article content by pressing the  button.  Clicking the image icon generates a link to download the resource directly.  To delete a resource, click the  button.  Deleting a resource will break any links in existing RSS feeds.


Managing Tags


To manage the resources for a blog article, click on the Tag hyperlink to expand the tags.

Add Tag:  To add a tag, simply enter a new tag name and press the submit button.  Tag names must be unique within a blog article.

Manage Tag:  Tags cannot be renamed or edited in any way.  To delete a tag, click the  button.


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