Configuring Blogs

To get started with the Blog module, you need to assign the Edit Own Blog permission to the user roles that should be able to maintain individual blogs. Users with the proper permissions can then create new blog entries using the create content > personal blog entry link.

As with all other Drupal content, you can categorize blogs (with the Taxonomy module). Additionally, blogs can have file uploads (thanks to the Upload module), store revision history, be promoted to the front page, and have comments. Chapter 2 details these configuration settings.

The blogging experience can be enhanced further with the help of a number of contributed modules and external tools. The BlogAPI module, described in the next section, allows users to post to their blogs using popular desktop tools such as ecto (http://ecto.kung-foo.tv/), w.bloggar (http://www.wbloggar.com/), and iBlog (http://www.iblog.com/home.php). In addition, the following contributed modules enhance the blog module's functionality:

• TrackBack support (a method of notification about the citation or referencing of blog posts between web sites) can be added by installing the TrackBack module: http:// drupal.org/project/trackback.

• Every blog can have a different theme with the Blog Theme module: http://drupal.org/ node/19248.

• Blogroll functionality (for managing lists of links to other blogs and sites) is added with the Blogroll module: http://drupal.org/project/blogroll.

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