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  1. Introduction to Blogs

    Blogs is a convenient way to share information with others in a more 'blog' like format. You can see an example of blogs within our community forum, in which we use for IPS news.   You can have more than one block, created by different people on your site. All of which contain one or more entries. On our news blog, you may also notice this is a group blog, and so can be managed by multiple users.   The following guides will show you how to set up blog for use on your site.
  2. Setting up and permissions

    Before you let people loose on creating blogs on your site, there are various settings that you will want to ensure are set up to your liking. Basic Settings First of all, you can set up some global settings for the blogs within the following area in your admin cp. Community>Blogs>Settings This will then allow you to set up whether or not to allow RSS imports and exports, along with globally switch ratings on and off.   Group Settings Once you have set the basics up, you can then set up your options on a member group level so allow different levels of member access to do different things. You can access the member groups from Members>Members>Groups. There is more about this in the following guide. Once you visit the blog tab, you will see something similar to the below, where you can set up what you would like the members of that group to do.
  3. Types of Blogs

    Blogs can be created in a few different ways, and there are few different types of blogs to consider, depending on their use. Basic Blogs Creating a blog from the front end can easily be done using the Create Blog button on the blogs page.   Once this is selected you will note that you can create a blog that everyone can view, or you can selectively create a blog that can be viewed only by certain people. This can be handy if for example you have a blog only for your staff to see.   Entries and Importing from Feeds Once a blog is created, you can add entries into that blog, but one important other item to note is that you can also create blog entries automatically from an rss feed if you wish to do so. In order to do this you would enter that blog, select manage block, and "Atom/RSS Import" as you can see below.   Once selected, you can then enter the details of your feed, in which entries will automatically be created.   Group Blogs From the admin CP, you can also create group blogs. These would be blogs that are created for use by various groups, but would show as owned by a group name. You can add these using the create blog button in Community>Blogs>Blogs within the admin CP. From here you would then select the groups you wish to use this blog along with the owners name that will show.