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Blog Manager

Changes to Commonspot blogs starting June 1st

Commonspot blogs are now created and managed using the Blog Manager system (  The Blog element in the Commonspot element gallery category is used to display a blog on a page in your Web site.  This represents a change from the original blog element, which presented the content management interface when viewing a blog page in Author mode.  Now you'll see all of your blogs when you login to the Blog Manager.  When you view one of your existing blogs in Author mode, you'll see a link to a form that will allow you to set the display options for your blog.

So, basically we've separated the blog's content management interface from the blog display.

Manage Blog Content = Login to the Blog Manager System

Display a Blog in Commonspot =  View your site's blog page in Author mode - add the Blog element, or click the "configure settings" link to change the display of an existing blog.

Here are examples of how some basic Blog management and display actions are handled in the new system:

Create a new Blog

Login to the Blog Manager - you'll see a link that will allow you to configure a new blog.

Add a Blog to a Commonspot page

Browse to the page in Author mode, and click the "insert a new element" link in the Content Well or Right Column.  The element will display a "configure blog settings" link - click that to select the blog from any that you have access to.  Then select the display options for your blog, and publish your changes.

Add or update a post in a Blog

Login to the Blog Manager, and select your blog.  You'll see a form that lists recent blog posts, and includes a Quick Post entry form.  From here you can access all of your blog posts, manage comments, work with Blog-related media files, and more.

Change the display of a Blog on a Commonspot page

Browse to your blog in Commonspot and switch to Author mode.  You'll see a "configure blog settings" link above your blog - click that link to modify the display of your blog.  The options include a variety of presentations for the content well and the right column of a Commonspot page.

Embeding a Vimeo or Youtube video in a blog post

To embed a Vimeo or Youtube video, you'd use a shortcode similar to those used in Wordpress:


You'll need to snag the video ID from the URL on Vimeo or Youtube to use in the shortcode.

The width and height settings are optional - the default uses the height/width for the center column of a three-column page layout - but if you wanted to wrap text around this you could do so by reducing the size and then wrapping that in a fixed width div block that's floated left or right.

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