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New: Customizable Blog Sidebar

This entry is about our IPS Community Suite 4.2 release

In IPS Community Suite 4.2 we have added some additional customization options for Blogs

The sidebar now features a space reserved for Blog owners to add a little further info, add links to social network sites, contact info, or anything at all they desire.

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The New Blog Sidebar

The sidebar will show across all of the Blog pages (unlike the Blog description) and uses the standard built in text editor which supports all of the usual features such as embeds, images, links, and all other editor plugins you have enabled.

Editing the sidebar is as easy as editing the Blog info via the Manage Blog menu. It's then a simple matter of toggling the sidebar on and entering the info.

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Editing The Sidebar

The Blog sidebar content is controlled by the owner of the Blog and is only available if the administrator activates the option. If set, the content shows above any other widgets placed in the sidebar.

This has been a frequently requested change and we are happy to add this to make Blogs more individual and engaging.

 

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great, I relied on a mod to do this earlier. More freedom to the bloggers.

also I dunno if you did so - but having a mod or admin to APPROVE sidebars would be great. To avoid unnecessary banners or other stuff bloggers may put in that is against forum rules or admin wishes.

and another one. can only ONE BLOCK be made (where bloger may cram all infor into one) or multiple blocks arranged as blogger pleases?

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1 hour ago, Himadri Goswami said:

wow wow wow....I was waiting for this.  Next Wait is for  WIKIpedia style WIKI

You can build a Wiki with Pages... I suppose you mean more of an "app" that has the structure set up for you, and you just enter data, right?

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1 hour ago, Joy Rex said:

You can build a Wiki with Pages... I suppose you mean more of an "app" that has the structure set up for you, and you just enter data, right?

No, I meant a better page template similar to wiki on existing wiki style articles.  I have already achieved Table of contents etc by modifying html, but it is painful to do edit every post  

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2 hours ago, Himadri Goswami said:

No, I meant a better page template similar to wiki on existing wiki style articles.  I have already achieved Table of contents etc by modifying html, but it is painful to do edit every post  

I must say....don't mean to hijack the thread, but a Table of Contents ability for articles would be pretty sweet! :thumbsup:

Nevertheless, back on topic: I'm so glad to see the Blogs getting a bit of a facelift...keep these 4.2 teasers coming! ^_^

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4 hours ago, Apfelstrudel said:

I hope we (as the admins) can customize the sidebars for every forum/section individually. The global topic/forum sidebar isn't perfect. Especially from the seo point of view. ;)

Hope this will change in 4.2.

sidebar per forum would be awesomisimo.

also blog custom headers like in profiles would be great too

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On 4/3/2017 at 11:45 AM, Himadri Goswami said:

No, I meant a better page template similar to wiki on existing wiki style articles.  I have already achieved Table of contents etc by modifying html, but it is painful to do edit every post  

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Granted, I haven't dived deep into Pages, but what I know of CMS and database design, couldn't you programmatically build a table of contents from the content titles in a particular category? Essentially loop over the content titles, structured into an unordered list with hyperlinks going to the (assumed) permalink available for each content title?

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