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    In This Article:

      The blog tool allows you to set up right from your Salsa headquarters one or more distinct blogs, each consisting of one or more blog entries displayed in reverse chronological order.

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      Setup
      Options
      Step 1: Compose Blog Post
      Step 2: Options
      Step 3: Author and Categories
      Step 4: Moderate Comments

       

      Though the remaining tabs enable you to tweak the settings of the blog, you don't need to specify any of those settings at all to begin blogging. The first tab you'll see, therefore, is the one to begin populating content with blog entries.

      This section gives you an overview of past entries on this blog, with the options to create a new entry, edit a past entry, or delete an entry:


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      Documentation on writing the blog entry itself is here.

      The RSS feed of any given blog is: 

      o/XXXX/p/salsa/web/blog/public/entries?blog_KEY=YYY&rss

      (Where XXXX is your organization's key number and YYY is the key number of the blog itself.)

      You'll also notice, in this tab (and throughout the workflow) a box in the corner of the screen, which enables you to:

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        • View the page as it currently appears to visitors;
        • Change the design template branding your page:

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      Note that template changes you make here affect the template of the overall blog. However, it is also possible to change the template for one specific entry of the blog without altering the main blog template; to do that, change the template in the Blog Entry section.

      Setup

      The Setup tab enables you, if you wish, to frame your blog with custom titles and taglines.

      Note : these fields populate text into the main blog landing page. They are not blog entry fields themselves! In other words, you're building a "blog page" with this tool--to make the actual blog entries, use the Add a new entry link from the Website package menu ( click for screencap).

      Title

      The title you give your blog populates the title HTML attribute of the end-user page (meaning that most browsers will display the title in the browser pane, tab, or window). The title also appears as a banner heading at the top of the blog itself.

      Header

      The header field populates text below the title and above the first (and subsequent) blog entries on the blog's main landing page. You might use this field for some explanatory text about the purpose of the blog, as a "subtitle" after the main title, or simply to place very important content directly in front of the reader. It can be HTML-styled using the WYSIWYG editor, including images, links, and video embeds.

      Footer

      The footer field populates text at the bottom of the blog, after the last blog entry on the blog's main landing page. You might use this field for some general disclaimers, or to gently remind visitors to sign up or take action. It can be HTML-styled using the WYSIWYG editor, including images, links, and video embeds.


      Options

      The Options tab allows you to tweak the configuration and layout of the blog.

      Comments in Ascending Order

      Blog comments post by default in descending order (most recent first). By checking this box, you can set your comments to display oldest-to-newest instead.

      Number of Entries to Display

      By entering a number here, you can determine how many entries will appear on the front page of your blog.

      Accept Content Before Posting

      This option requires that a campaign manager from your organization (which might be you) manually approve comments before they will be posted to the blog. To accept or delete content, click "view page" in the top, right-hand box. Next, select the specific blog entry you would like to delete and/or approve comments on by either selecting "select all" or checking specific boxes for the comments that you want to approve or delete. Note: comments will not show up on your blog to non-admin users until you click "approve" on the blog comment.

      Must Login To Post

      This option requires individuals wanting to post to create a Salsa username and password, and use them to log in before leaving a comment.

      Comment Redirect

      You can enter a URL here where your supporters will be taken after completing the page. This could be the blog's homepage, an action page, or any location you choose. If left blank, the commenter will be redirected back to the blog entry on which she has just commented.

       

      Blog Entry Step 1: Compose Post

       

      Use the blog entry interface when creating a new post or entry for a blog; typically, a blog will have dozens or even hundreds of separate entries. This is not to be confused with creating the blog itself; rather, you'll be directed to the blog entry interface any time you add a new post or edit a previous post from your blog's

      The first tab, Compose Entry, is the only tab visible when you begin a new blog post/entry. Use this tab to write the actual content of your new blog entry.


      You'll also notice, in this tab (and throughout the workflow) a box in the corner of the screen, which enables you to:


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        • View the page as it currently appears to visitors;
        • Change the design template branding your page:

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      Note that template changes you make here affect the template of this specific blog entry but not the main blog template itself. However, it is also possible to change the template for the overall blog; to do that, change the template in the Blog section.


      Title

      This field is the title of the individual blog entry, not of the blog as a whole. It will be presented in h1 HTML styling on both the general blog page, and the individual blog entry page.


      Write Content

      Post your actual blog content in full here. This field can be HTML-styled using the WYSIWYG editor, including images, links, and video embeds.


      Blog Entry Step 2: Options

      Excerpt

      The excerpt is typically a truncated portion of your blog entry that will be used in RSS feeds and as the "teaser" copy on the main blog page -- in both cases, encouraging the reader to click and read the full content you set up in the Compose Entry tab. This field can be HTML-styled using the WYSIWYG editor, including images, links, and video embeds.

      Note that the excerpt is not appended to the full content when someone reads the full blog entry -- rather, the excerpt is a separate field whose copy is potentially redundant with the full copy. If you want to use the first paragraph of your blog entry as the excerpt, copy that paragraph into the excerpt field, but do not remove it from the content field.

      It's also perfectly fine to use the entire content of the blog entry as your "excerpt."


      Posting Date

      Posting date will be used by the blog itself to show the entry's posting time. It should populate automatically the first time you save your new blog entry, using U.S. Eastern time in a yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm format. You may edit this field using the built-in calendar picker, or simply by typing directly into the box.

       

      Blog Entry Step 3: Author and Categories

      Author

      This field will be placed at the end of the blog entry to indicate authorship. Simply sign your name (or desired nickname or pseudonym) to your blog post by entering it here.

       

      Other Fields

      In most standard installations of Salsa, the remaining fields on this tab are not used. However, they are available through the developer kit for customized configurations.

        • Author Info
        • Keyword
        • Blog Category Keys
        • Status
        • Other Info

      Blog Entry Step 4: Moderate Comments

      The "moderate comments" step of your blog entry allows you to select which comments you would like to keep and which ones you would prefer not to display.

      First, select an entry by checking the box to the right of the comment. If you want the comment to appear on your blog entry, click "approve", if you want to get rid of it, click "delete". To delete or approve all comments at once, simply click "select all" and then click either "approve all checked" or "delete all checked". *NOTE*: comments will not appear on the blog entry until they have been approved.


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