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Web Publishing @ SCU

Blog Feature

This element would be used as a companion to a Commonspot blog element. With this element, you can display one or more featured items on your home page, or any other page in your Commonspot site. The element will display the featured items' title and description, and provide a link to the page that includes the full blog. Optionally, you can include the titles of one or more recent, but not "featured" items in your blog.

The blog feature on this page provides an example. If no items in the blog were set to be "featured", the element will display the most recently posted blog item.

Custom Settings

The only required parameter for this element is a blog channel id. When you add the element to your page, you'll see a list of the available Commonspot blogs and their corresponding channel ids.


Display Options

Instead of featuring the most recent post, or items set as featured in the full blog, you can set this element to randomly select an item from the blog and display it as featured. You can also modify the background color of the element. And by default the element will display two recent posts. If you want to change this to show more or less, supply a number in the "recent_posts" parameter. If you set this to zero, the Recent Posts heading and list will not appear.  You may also choose to display the featured blog posts in a list, instead of the default featured view.


style=red (options are: red, gold, and beige - default is beige)
recent_posts=3 (default is "2")
random=true (default is "false")

This would randomly select a featured item from all blog posts, set the background color of the Web Publishing blog (channel_id 21) feature element to "red", and increase the number of recent posts to three.


Setting the display attribute to "list" will render the featured blog posts using the directory list style.

Web Publishing News

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Web Publishing News

  • iconChange to Commonspot Authoring Login

    A modification has been made to Commonspot which forces all logins to now be performed over a secure connection, or SSL. This change only effects authoring on the Commonspot server, and doesn't have any impact on your content, either on or

    Some background: When your browser connects to a web page, there are two different ways it can do this: either with a secure, encrypted connection or a less secure simple "plain text" connection. On Santa Clara's web environment most pages can be accessed either way.

    Both '' and '' are the same, and URLs that begin with https are the secure ones.

    On Monday, July 28th, any login page, such as on a non-secure connection, will automatically be redirected to it's secure counterpart, in this case As such, you will now do all of your authoring over the https connection. If you've bookmarked a page on the non-secure connection, it won't know that you're logged in to the secure version, so you may get confusing results or think your page has moved.

    The solution: update all of your bookmarks to access the same path on Also remember, this change has no effect on the production servers where you are sending your end-users.

    Jul. 28, 2014 | Permalink
  • iconBlog Sharing Options Updated

    The Blog system in Commonspot includes an option to display links to a variety of social media platforms. This option has been updated to include a sharing link for each post in the default blog theme's list view, and enhanced sharing options in the blog post detail view. The shared content will include the blog post title and summary text, and if your blog post includes an image, that will be included in the content shared with Facebook.

    Look for the "Show Share This link" option in the blog element's configuration form.

    Configure Blog Display


    In addition to this setting, it's recommended to set any blog page to use the Custom Title option in the Commonspot page's custom properties "Settings" form. If checked, the page will substitute the blog post title for the default page title, which will improve the shared content detail as well as search engine optimization.

    Custom Title 

    Jun. 18, 2014 | Permalink
  • iconGoogle Analytics in Commonspot

    Commonspot includes a subsite configuration option for Google Analytics. If you have access to SCU's Google Analytics reports, you can view Analytics data for any Commonspot page when logged in to the CMS. View the help page for guidance on setting this up for your subsite.

    Jun. 18, 2014 | Permalink | More Info
  • iconRecovering Lost Pages

    If you've deleted a page in Commonspot, it can't be restored within the system. However, you may be able to recover content from Google's cached content. Prepend "cache:" to the url of your page in Google Search, and it will display the last cached version, if one is available.



    Jun. 11, 2014 | Permalink
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