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48 Working with Blogs

You can create and manage personal blogs in your WebCenter Portal: Spaces application to record experiences and opinions, and group related blog posts contributed by multiple users.

This chapter describes how to create and manage blogs. It includes the following sections:

Note:

The tasks described in this chapter are available only if Content Server 11g is configured as the content repository.

Audience

This chapter is intended for Spaces users interested in adding, editing, and managing blogs.

To perform the tasks described in this chapter, users need to be assigned a role that includes the Edit Pages and Create and Edit Documents (which includes delete permissions on blogs that you create). To delete blogs that are not your own, you must have Delete Documents permission. To configure workflows or access control settings, you must have Document Administration permission. For information about roles and permissions, see Section 52.2.1.2, "Understanding Permissions and Permission Models in a Space."

48.1 Prerequisites for Enabling Blog Functionality

To support blog functionality, the Documents service relies on Content Server, the content repository that stores the blogs. For blog functionality to be available in Spaces, the following prerequisites must be met:

48.2 What You Should Know About Blogs

Blogs are typically personal records of an individual user's experience and opinions. The word blog is a contraction of the term Web log. It was coined to describe the online diaries spawned in the late 1990s.

Blogs provide a useful tool for discussing and/or evangelizing any type of idea, strategy, or point of view. Blogs may be projected out to a select group of people or to a wider audience. Typically, each blog contains various blog posts, with the most recently added blog post displayed at the top. Blogs invite readers to comment on the overall concepts

In Spaces, you can create blogs to group related blogs posts. For example, you can group posts by the same author or related topics.

In Spaces, you can create a blog using either of the following two methods:

The following sections discuss the blog functionality and the requirements for creating and managing blogs in a Spaces application:

48.2.1 Understanding the Blog Task Flows

If you want to include a blog on a page, along with other page components, you can use the blog task flows to add one or more elements of a blog to a page in a Spaces application. Table 48-1 lists and describes the blog task flows:

Table 48-1 Blog Task Flows

Blog Task Flow Description Example as Exposed on a Page

Archives

Displays a composite list of blogs based on dates.

Blog Archives task flow

Banner

Displays a banner for the blog.

Blog Banner task flow

Blog Main View

Displays a blog or blog post with a default design.

Blog Main View task flow

Blog Viewer

Displays a blog or blog post.

Blog Viewer task flow

Blog Recent Posts

Displays a list of most recent blog posts.

Blog Recent Posts task flow


To work with blog task flows, see:

48.2.2 Understanding the Blog Page Style

Out-of-the-box, the Spaces application includes several page styles for selection when creating a new page. One of these page styles is the Blog page style, which enables you to create a dedicated blog page (Figure 48-1).

On a blog page, the Archives section on the right provides links to blog posts by year and by month. Clicking a month displays all blog posts created during that month.

A blog page displays various details for each blog post. These include the blog post title, the blog post content, date of creation or modification, name of the user who created or last modified the post, and the number of comments on the blog post.

Authorized users can click the Edit Post (pencil) icon to edit a post (see Section 48.7.4, "Editing a Blog Post"), and also add comments, tags, and links on the corresponding tabs at the bottom of the post. An authenticated (logged in to Spaces) user with view-only permissions can add comments to a blog post by clicking the comments link below the post. Public users can not comment on blog posts.

Clicking a blog post title opens the blog post to occupy the entire the blog page (Figure 48-2), providing controls to manage the blog post. For more information, see Section 48.7, "Working with Blog Posts."

In a space or the Home space, blog pages are stored in a separate folder named Blogs under the root folder of the space in the document hierarchy. When you create a new blog page, an empty folder is created for that blog under the Blogs folder. All blog posts that you create in that blog are stored in the blog's folder.

Figure 48-3 illustrates the directory structure for the example MyBlog, which contains two blog posts. The breadcrumb at the top shows that the blog posts are created in the MyBlog folder in the space.

Figure 48-3 Directory Structure of a Blog

Directory structure of a blog in the document hierarchy
Description of "Figure 48-3 Directory Structure of a Blog"

To work with blog pages, see:

48.3 Permissions Required for Working with Blogs

The following sections discuss the permissions required to create and manage blogs:

48.3.1 Permissions for Working with Blog Task Flows

To create and manage blogs using blog task flows, you must be granted the Create and Edit Documents permission (Figure 48-4). To delete blogs, you require the Delete Documents permission. These permissions are available to the Moderator and Participant roles by default.

Figure 48-4 Documents Service Permissions for Working with Blogs

Documents Service Permissions for Working with Blogs
Description of "Figure 48-4 Documents Service Permissions for Working with Blogs"

48.3.2 Permissions for Working with a Blog Page

Note:

By default the authenticated-role role is granted View permission on blog pages. This means that all authenticated users logged into Spaces can view a blog page in the Home Space, or any space to which they have access. Additional permissions on the page are determined by the security set on the page, as described in Section 23.1, "Setting Access on a Page."

To create and manage a blog using the Blog page style, you must be granted Page service permissions in addition to the Documents service permissions.

48.3.3 Permissions for Working with Blog Posts

By default, all users can create blog posts in the Home space. To create blog posts in other spaces, users must be granted the Create and Edit Documents permission (Figure 48-7).

All users with View Documents permission can post comments on blog posts.

Figure 48-7 Documents Service Permissions for Creating Blog Posts in a Space

Documents Service Permissions for Working with Blogs
Description of "Figure 48-7 Documents Service Permissions for Creating Blog Posts in a Space"

48.4 Creating a Blog

The following sections describe how to create a blog in a Spaces application:

48.4.1 Creating a Blog Using Blog Task Flows

To understand the differences between the two methods of creating a blog, see Section 48.2, "What You Should Know About Blogs."

The Documents service provides various task flows that you can add to a page, offering different views and sets of capabilities for working with documents in your content repository.

Instead of creating a dedicated blog page, you may want one or more blogs to appear along with various other components on a page. You can do this by creating a folder for a blog, and then exposing it on a page using a combination of blog task flows. For descirptions of the blog task flows provides by Spaces, see Section 48.2.1, "Understanding the Blog Task Flows"

To add a blog task flow to a page:

  1. On the Documents page or in a Documents service task flow, create a folder under the Blogs folder.

  2. Right-click the newly created folder, and choose Details to display the folder properties.

  3. From the Identifier field, copy the value (Figure 48-8).

    This value is the resource ID that uniquely identifies the folder. You will copy this resource ID to the blog task flow properties to expose the folder as a blog.

    Figure 48-8 Resource ID of a Folder

    Resource ID of a Folder
    Description of "Figure 48-8 Resource ID of a Folder"

  4. Open the page in edit mode.

    See Also:

    For more information, see Section 17.3.1, "Entering and Exiting Page Edit Mode."

  5. Click Add Content in the target region to open the Resource Catalog.

  6. Navigate to the section of the Resource Catalog that provides access to the blog task flows.

    Tip:

    The presence or location of this section depends on how the Resource Catalog is configured. For example, in the default Resource Catalog, next to Social and Communication, click Open next to Blogs.

    Figure 48-9 Blogs Folder in Default Resource Catalog

    Blogs Folder in Default Resource Catalog
  7. Click Add next to the blog task flow that you want to add to your page (Figure 48-10). For descirptions of the blog task flows provides by Spaces, see Section 48.2.1, "Understanding the Blog Task Flows"

    Figure 48-10 Adding a Blog Task Flow

    Adding a Blogs Task Flow
    Description of "Figure 48-10 Adding a Blog Task Flow"

  8. Click Close to close the Resource Catalog.

    The selected blog task flow is added to the page, displaying a message that the resource ID is missing or invalid (Figure 48-11).

    Figure 48-11 Blog Task Flow Added to a Page

    Blog task flow added to a page in Oracle Composer
    Description of "Figure 48-11 Blog Task Flow Added to a Page"

  9. Click the Edit icon, highlighted in Figure 48-11.

  10. In the Component Properties dialog, on the Parameters tab, paste the resource ID that you copied in step 3 into the Resource Id field (Figure 48-12).

    Figure 48-12 Component Properties Dialog of a Blog ViewerTask Flow

    Components Properties Dialog of a Blog Task Flow
    Description of "Figure 48-12 Component Properties Dialog of a Blog ViewerTask Flow"

    For information about the other blog properties that you can set in the Component Properties dialog, see Section 48.6, "Setting Blog Properties."

  11. Click OK.

    The new blog task flow is added to the page (Figure 48-13).

    Figure 48-13 A New Blog Viewer Task Flow

    A Folder Exposed in a Blogs Task Flow
    Description of "Figure 48-13 A New Blog Viewer Task Flow"

After adding a blog task flow, you can peform blog actions provided by the task flow, such as adding blog posts, as described in Section 48.7.2, "Creating a Blog Post."

48.4.2 Creating a Blog Using the Blog Page Style

To understand the differences between the two methods of creating a blog, see Section 48.2, "What You Should Know About Blogs."

To create a dedicated blog page using the Blog page style:

  1. Navigate to the space in which you want to create a blog and open the Create dialog.

  2. In the Page Name field, enter a display name for the dedicated blog page. Special characters (such as \ / : [ ] * ' " | ?) are allowed.

  3. From the Page Style options, select Blog (Figure 48-14).

    Figure 48-14 The Blog Page Style

    The Blog page style
    Description of "Figure 48-14 The Blog Page Style"

    Note:

    The Blog page style becomes available in the Create dialog in a space only if Spaces is integrated with Content Server 11g, and the Documents service is enabled for the space.

    For information about setting up a connection to Content Server, see "Registering Content Repositories" section in Oracle Fusion Middleware Administrator's Guide for Oracle WebCenter Portal. For information about enabling the Documents service, see Section 51.10.1, "Enabling and Disabling Services Available to a Space."

  4. Click Create.

    The newly created blog page displays as a separate page (Figure 48-15). The location of the page depends on the page template used in your space.

    Figure 48-15 A Blog Created Using the Blog Page Style

    Blog Created Using Blog Page Style
    Description of "Figure 48-15 A Blog Created Using the Blog Page Style"

    You are to add blog posts to your newly created blog. For information, see Section 48.7.2, "Creating a Blog Post."

48.5 Subscribing to a Blog

Users can subscribe to be notified whenever a blog entry is posted or commented upon in a space. Owning a blog does not automatically subscribe a blog owner to it. A blog owner must also explicitly subscribe to receive blog notifications. For information about how to subscribe to a blog, see Section 36.3.2, "Setting Space-Level Subscriptions." Whenever there is a change, you are notified through your selected messaging channel. For information about messaging channels, see Section 36.2, "Establishing and Managing Your Messaging Channels and Filters."

There is no subscription available for blogs in the Home space. However, you can subscribe to be notified of changes to specific blog posts. For information about subscribing to a specific blog post, see Section 48.7.5, "Managing Blog Posts."

48.6 Setting Blog Properties

The blog task flows and the Blog page style have associated properties, which users with sufficient privileges can access through the Component Properties dialog in Composer.

The following sections provide information about properties of the blog task flows and Blog page style and describe the properties on the Parameters tab for each blog task flow and the Blog page style:

48.6.1 What You Should Know About Blog Properties

The properties on the Parameters tab of the Component Properties dialog control the default task flow content. These properties are unique to the task flow type For some task flows, parameters on this tab facilitate the wiring of the task flow to page parameters and page definition variables. For more information, see Chapter 19, "Wiring Pages, Task Flows, Portlets, and UI Components."

Changes to the properties on the Display Options, Style, and Content Style tabs affect the appearance and behavior of the task flow for all users. These properties are common to all task flows. For more information, see Section 17.5.2.5, "Working with Component Display Options" and Section 17.5.2.7, "Working with Style and Content Style Properties."

The contents of the Events tab depend on the events supported by the task flow. For more information, see Section 17.5.2.8, "Working with Component Contextual Events."

The Child Components tab displays all of the components contained within the current component. It provides controls for rearranging, showing, and hiding child components. Not all components contain children. This tab is available for a Blog page style, but not for blog task flows. For more information, see Section 17.5.2.6, "Working with Child Components."

All properties on the Parameters and Display Options tabs provide access to an Expression Language (EL) editor, which you can use to select or specify a variable value instead of a constant value. Click the Edit icon next to a property field to open the editor.

Note:

Wherever you enter EL on the generic Display Options tab in the Component Properties dialog, the entry is automatically validated. If the EL is invalid, an error appears and the value is neither applied nor saved. Generic Display Options are those cataloged in Table 17-1.

For more information about using the editor and for descriptions of common EL expressions, see Appendix B, "Expression Language Expressions."

48.6.2 Setting Blog Archives Task Flow Properties

The blog Archives task flow displays a composite list of blogs based on dates.

Properties that are unique to the Archives task flow are shown on the Parameters tab of the Component Properties dialog (Figure 48-16).

Tip:

For information about accessing the Component Properties dialog, see Section 17.5.2, "Setting Properties on Page Components."

Figure 48-16 Blog Archives Task Flow Properties

blog_tf_arch_prp.gif

For information about the properties on the other tabs, which are common to all Spaces components, see Section 17.5.2, "Setting Properties on Page Components."

48.6.2.1 Blog Archives Task Flow Parameters

Table 48-2 describes the parameters that are unique to the blog Archives task flow.

Table 48-2 Blog Archives Task Flow Parameters

Parameter Description

Resource Id

The resource ID of the blog folder.


48.6.3 Setting Blog Banner Task Flow Properties

The blog Banner task flow displays a banner for the blog.

Properties that are unique to the blog Banner task flow are shown on the Parameters tab of the Component Properties dialog (Figure 48-17).

Tip:

For information about accessing the Component Properties dialog, see Section 17.5.2, "Setting Properties on Page Components."

Figure 48-17 Blog Banner Task Flow Properties

Banner Task Flow Properties

For information about the properties on the other tabs, which are common to all Spaces components, see Section 17.5.2, "Setting Properties on Page Components."

48.6.3.1 Blog Banner Task Flow Parameters

Table 48-3 describes the parameters that are unique to the blog Banner task flow.

Table 48-3 Blog Banner Task Flow Parameters

Parameter Description

Banner image URL

(Optional) The background image to be used in the blog banner. When not specified, the background image will default to an image provided by the current skin.

Resource Id

The resource ID of the blog folder.

Title

(Optional) The title to be used for the blog banner.

Default: The blog folder name.


48.6.4 Setting Blog Main View Task Flow Properties

The Blog Main View task flow displays a blog or blog post with a default design.

Properties that are unique to the Blog Main View task flow are shown on the Parameters tab of the Component Properties dialog (Figure 48-18).

Tip:

For information about accessing the Component Properties dialog, see Section 17.5.2, "Setting Properties on Page Components."

Figure 48-18 Blog Main View Task Flow Properties

Blog Main View Task Flow Properties

For information about the properties on the other tabs, which are common to all Spaces components, see Section 17.5.2, "Setting Properties on Page Components."

48.6.4.1 Blog Main View Task Flow Parameters

Table 48-4 describes the parameters that are unique to the Blog Main View task flow.

Table 48-4 Blog Main View Task Flow Parameters

Parameter Description

Hide Comments

Specifies whether the Comments feature is exposed:

  • Selected: Hide the Comments link and pane.

  • Cleared (default): Show the Comments link and pane.

Number of blog posts displayed

The number of blog posts displayed in the Blog Main View before the Next and Previous icons are enabled.

Default: 10

Resource Id

The target blog resource to display. This can be either a folder ID, in which case the blog listing for this folder will display, or a document ID, in which case the blog post will display.


48.6.5 Setting Blog Viewer Task Flow Properties

The Blog Viewer task flow displays a blog or blog post.

Properties that are unique to the Blog Viewer task flow are shown on the Parameters tab of the Component Properties dialog (Figure 48-19).

Tip:

For information about accessing the Component Properties dialog, see Section 17.5.2, "Setting Properties on Page Components."

Figure 48-19 Blog Viewer Task Flow Properties

Blog Viewer Task Flow Properties

For information about the properties on the other tabs, which are common to all Spaces components, see Section 17.5.2, "Setting Properties on Page Components."

48.6.5.1 Blog Viewer Task Flow Parameters

Table 48-5 describes the parameters that are unique to the Blog Viewer task flow.

Table 48-5 Blog Viewer Task Flow Parameters

Parameter Description

Hide Comments

Specifies whether the Comments feature is exposed:

  • Selected: Hide the Comments link and pane.

  • Cleared (default): Show the Comments link and pane.

Filter Month

A number from 1 to 12 specifying the target month used to filter blog entries. For this parameter to take effect, the Filter Year parameter must also be specified.

Example: 10 (October)

Number of blog posts displayed

The number of blog posts displayed in the Blog Digest Viewer before the Next and Previous icons are enabled.

Default: 10

Resource Id

The target blog resource to display. This can be either a folder ID, in which case the blog listing for this folder will display, or a document ID, in which case the blog post will display.

Filter Year

A Aour-digit number specifying the target year used to filter blog entries.

Example: 2012


48.6.6 Setting Recent Posts Task Flow Properties

The Recent Posts task flow displays a list of most recent blog posts.

Properties that are unique to the Recent Posts task flow are shown on the Parameters tab of the Component Properties dialog (Figure 48-20).

Tip:

For information about accessing the Component Properties dialog, see Section 17.5.2, "Setting Properties on Page Components."

Figure 48-20 Recent Posts Task Flow Properties

Recent Posts Task Flow Properties

For information about the properties on the other tabs, which are common to all Spaces components, see Section 17.5.2, "Setting Properties on Page Components."

48.6.6.1 Recent Posts Task Flow Parameters

Table 48-6 describes the parameters that are unique to the Recent Posts task flow.

Table 48-6 Recent Posts Task Flow Parameters

Parameter Description

Recent Posts List Size

The number of recent posts to display.

Default: 10

Resource Id

The resource ID of the blog folder.


48.7 Working with Blog Posts

The following sections describe how to add and manage blog post:

48.7.1 What You Should Know About Blog Posts

For each blog post, you can use the controls on the blog post page to perform tasks such as edit, subscribe to, share, and comment on the post (Figure 48-21). For information about these tasks, see Section 48.7.5, "Managing Blog Posts."

When you create a blog post, a file is created in the content repository with the same name as the blog post title. Subsequently, you can change the blog post title when editing the blog post, but keep in mind that this changes only the display title; the name of the file for the blog post remains the original name. Therefore, you cannot later create a new blog post with the same initial title as the original title, as that file name already exists.

You use the Rich Text Editor (RTE) to add the content and style elements to a blog post. The RTE provides features such as the ability to embed images, create new resources on the fly, and add links. For more information, see Section 41.11, "Using the Rich Text Editor (RTE)."

By default, the entire content of a blog post gets displayed on the blog page. You can choose to display only a snippet. You can do this by using the Snippet icon in the RTE.

When you create a blog post, the blog post file is marked as a blog entry in the metadata Type field. Uploading an HTML file into a blog folder does not expose it as as blog post, unless its Type is set to blog.

48.7.2 Creating a Blog Post

To create a blog post:

  1. Navigate to the blog in which you want to create a blog post.

  2. Click New Post to open the Rich Text Editor (RTE).

  3. In the RTE, in the Title field, enter a display name for the blog post (Figure 48-22), up to 250 characters.

    Figure 48-22 Creating a Blog Post

    Creating a Blog Post
    Description of "Figure 48-22 Creating a Blog Post"

  4. Add and preview the text, formatting, styling, and links in the Rich Text, HTML, Wiki Markup, and/or Preview tabbed panes. For information about RTE toolbar icons and controls, see Section 41.11, "Using the Rich Text Editor (RTE)."

  5. On the Preview tab, choose a mode for publishing the blog post:

    • Draft: Select to mark the blog post as a draft. On a blog page, a draft blog post is marked as "Draft". Only the author of a blog post and space moderators can view draft posts. Users with just the viewing permissions can view only published posts.

    • Publish: Select to publish the blog post. On a blog page, a published post is marked as "Posted".

      By default, a post is published with the current date and time details. If you want the blog post to be published on a future date and time, use the date picker. The blog post will be published automatically on the specified date.

      Note:

      The Activity Stream shows a blog post that has a publish date, regardless of the publish date. Only draft posts are not listed in the Activity Stream.

  6. Click Create to save your changes and exit the editor.

The new blog post appears as the top-most entry in its blog (Figure 48-23).

Figure 48-23 Blog Page Displaying Blog Post

Blog Page Displaying Blog Post

On the Documents page in the space, the new blog post (Presidential Stamps) is saved as a document under its parent blog folder (MyBlog), which in turn, is stored under the Blogs folder, as shown in Figure 48-24.

Figure 48-24 Blog and Blog Post in the Document Hierarchy

A blog post in the document hierarchy
Description of "Figure 48-24 Blog and Blog Post in the Document Hierarchy"

48.7.3 Viewing a Blog Post

You can view a blog post by opening the page in which it resides, or by opening it as a document in the Document Viewer preview pane.

To view a blog post from a page in which it resides:

To view a blog post in a Document Viewer preview pane:

  1. On the Documents page or in a Document Manager, Document Explorer, or Folder Viewer task flow, navigate to the Blogs folder.

  2. Open the blog folder that contains the blog post.

  3. Click the blog post file to open it in the Document Viewer preview pane.

    Figure 48-26 shows a blog post in the document hierarchy.

    Figure 48-26 Opening a Blog Post in the Document Viewer Preview Pane

    Opening a blog post in Document Viewer preview pane
    Description of "Figure 48-26 Opening a Blog Post in the Document Viewer Preview Pane"

    From the Document Viewer preview pane, if you want to view just the content of the blog post in a separate tab in your browser, click the View menu and choose Open in Browser.

48.7.4 Editing a Blog Post

You use the Rich Text Editor (RTE) to add or revise the content of your blog posts.

When you open a blog post for editing, Spaces automatically checks the file out. If another user is already editing a blog post when you try to open it, the Documents service displays a message that the blog post has already been checked out. On the Documents page or in a Documents service task flow, a lock icon displays alongside a blog post that is checked out. When you hover the mouse cursor over the lock icon, the name of the user who has checked out the blog post displays.

Whenever you save changes to a blog post, Spaces automatically checks the file in and creates a new version of the blog post. This means that the last saved version of a wiki blog post appears as the current version.

To edit a blog post:

  1. Open your blog post in edit mode in any of the following ways, depending on your view:

    • On the Documents page, or in a Documents service task flow, click in the row of the blog post file you want to edit, then click the File menu and choose Edit, or right-click the file and choose Edit from the context menu to open the blog post in the RTE.

    • In the Document Viewer preview pane, click the Edit action.

    • In a blog page or a blog task flow, click the Edit icon for the required blog post.

    • In a blog page or a blog task flow, open the blog post by clicking its title, then click the Edit action.

  2. In the RTE, add, revise, and preview text, formatting, styling, and links in the Rich Text, HTML, Wiki Markup, and/or Preview tabbed panes. For information about working with the RTE, see Section 41.11, "Using the Rich Text Editor (RTE)."

  3. Select the Minor Edit? checkbox if you do not want to notify space members about your changes.

    Leaving this checkbox cleared updates the Activity Stream and sends notifications after you save your changes.

  4. Click Save to save your changes and continue editing, or click Save and Close to save your changes and exit the editor.

48.7.5 Managing Blog Posts

Table 48-7 lists the tasks that you can perform to manage blog posts, with links to the steps that describe how to perform each task for any kind of file.

Table 48-7 Managing Blog Posts

Task Description Documentation

Opening a blog post for viewing

You can open a blog post on the Documents page or in a Documents service task flow.

If your blog post is exposed through a blog page, you can open the blog page to view the blog post in the page.

Section 48.7.3, "Viewing a Blog Post"

Downloading a blog post

You can download blog posts from the content repository to your local system. You can access the Download action from the Documents page, Documents service task flows, or the Document Viewer preview pane.

The Download action is not available when you open a blog post directly from the page that contains it.

Note: Spaces does not support uploading a blog post from the file system. If you upload an HTML file, you cannot convert it to a blog post due to differences in underlying metadata.

Section 41.12.2, "Downloading a File"

Renaming a blog post

You can rename a blog post as desired.

Section 41.13, "Renaming a Folder or File"

Section 41.22.2, "Working with File Properties"

Deleting a blog post

You can delete a blog post if it is no longer required.

Section 41.16, "Deleting Folders and Files"

Viewing and adding tags to a blog post

You can add tags to a blog post to specify keywords related to the content of the post to make it more widely discoverable in search results.

Section 41.20, "Working with Tags"

Viewing, adding, and deleting comments on a blog post

You can associate comments with a blog post to provide additional information that you may want to convey to other users about it.

Note: A user with view-only permissions can add comments to a blog post by clicking the comments link below the post.

Section 41.19, "Viewing, Entering, and Deleting Comments on a File"

Viewing and deleting versions of a blog post

Every time you save a blog post, Spaces saves a new version of the post and maintains the version history.

Section 41.21, "Viewing and Deleting File Version History"

Viewing and modifying properties of a blog post

You can view the basic and advanced properties associated with a blog post. However, you can modify only the name and description of a blog post.

Section 41.22.2, "Working with File Properties"

Viewing and adding links to a blog post

Using the Select Resource and New Resource icons in the RTE, you can add links from a blog post to existing resources, or create and link to new resources. Note that these inline links are not added to the Links tab associated with the details of the blog post.

Table 41-6, "Rich Text Editor Toolbar Icons and Controls on Rich Text Tab" (Select Resource and New Resource icons)

Opening or saving blog posts as PDF files

You can open or save the PDF version of the currently open blog post. This choice is available if Content Server is configured to convert blog posts to PDF format, and your application administrator must configure the WebCenter Conversion component, as described in "Enabling the Conversion of Wikis and Blogs into PDFs" in Oracle Fusion Middleware Administrator's Guide for Oracle WebCenter Portal.

Section 41.25, "Opening or Saving PDF Files"

Sharing the URL of a blog post

You can directly access a blog post by using its URL. You can share the link by publishing it to the Activity Stream or sending the link in a mail message.

Section 41.26, "Sharing the URL for a Folder or File"

Setting security options for a blog post

You can specify whether you want to use custom access permissions or inherit the permissions of the parent folder for a blog post.

The option to set security for a blog post is available if item level security has been enabled on Content Server.

The Security option is available when you open a blog post using the Documents page or a Documents service task flow. It is not available when you open the post directly from the page that contains the post.

Section 41.27, "Setting Security Options on a Folder or File"

Subscribing to a blog post

You can subscribe to a blog post to monitor activities such as when a user posts comments, updates, or deletes a blog entry. You are notified through your selected messaging channel.

Section 41.28, "Subscribing to a File" and Section 36.3.3.3, "Subscribing to a Blog Entry"

Liking or unliking a blog post

To indicate that a blog post is of particular interest to you, you can "like" it. If a post is already liked, you can "unlike" it if you no longer wish to highlight your preference.

Section 41.29, "Liking and Unliking a File"