40 Enabling Blogs in a Portal

This chapter describes how to enable blog functionality to allow WebCenter Portal users to work with blogs and blog posts, and how to add and manage blog task flows.

See Also:

For an overview of the different options available in WebCenter Portal for working with portal content and adding content to a portal, see Introduction to Working with Content in a Portal.

This chapter includes the following topics:


To perform the tasks in this chapter, you need the following permissions:

  • To enable the Documents tool to allow for blog functionality in a portal, you must be the portal manager or member with Manage Security and Configuration or Manage Configuration permission in the portal.

  • To create a portal page using the Blog page style, you must be the portal manager or member with Basic Services: Edit Page Access, Structure, and Content.

Viewing and managing blog posts, and creating a personal page using the Blog page style, are tasks available to the knowledge worker with permissions described in Working with Blogs in Using Oracle WebCenter Portal.

For more information about permissions, see About Roles and Permissions for a Portal.

40.1 About Blogs

Blogs provide a useful tool for discussing and/or evangelizing any type of idea, strategy, or point of view.

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 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 Oracle WebCenter Portal, you can create a blog by creating a page based on the Blog page style.

Wiki and blog functionality in WebCenter Portal requires that Oracle WebCenter Content Server is the content repository. However, it is important to be aware that wikis and blogs are managed by WebCenter Portal, not by WebCenter Content Server. Thus, folder settings in WebCenter Content Server have no effect. For example, specifying a default profile on a WebCenter Content Server folder in which wikis or blogs are stored has no effect on the creation of new wiki or blog documents in that folder.

40.2 Prerequisites for Enabling Blog Functionality

Blog functionality in Oracle WebCenter Portal relies on Oracle WebCenter Content Server, the content repository that stores the blogs.

For blogs to be available in WebCenter Portal, the following prerequisites must be met:

40.3 Creating a New Blog in a Portal

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

Create a blog by creating a page using the Blog page style. A page that uses the Blog page style is a dedicated blog page that can be either:

The initial blog page you create looks similar to Figure 40-1. For more information, see Understanding the Blog Page Style in Using Oracle WebCenter Portal.

Figure 40-1 A New Blog Created Using the Blog Page Style

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