Activity Creating a Blog entry

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Let's now create a test Blog entry to explore the process of creating a blog.

1. From the admin menu, we'll select Create content, just as we did to create a Page and a Story.

2. On the Create content page shown in the following screenshot, we'll select the Blog entry option.

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Blog entry

A blog entry is a single post to an online journal, or Wag.

Event

Events 'nave a start date and an optional end date as well as a teaser and a body. They can be extended by other modules, too.

A page, similar in form to a story, is a simple method for creating aud displaying information thai rarely changes. Etch as an 'About cs" section of a website. By default, a page entry does not allow visitor comments and is not featured on the site's initial home page.

Story

A story, similar in form to a page, is ideal for creating and displaying content that informs or engages website visitors. Press releases, site announcements, and informal blog-like entries may all be created with a story entry. By default, a story entry is automatically featured on the site's initial home page, and provides the ability to post comments.

3. In the Title field, we'll simply enter Test blog entry.

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5. This is just an exercise to add an entry to an existing blog, and this blog entry will be deleted later. In the Body field, we'll just enter a sentence or two in order to have something to show.

6. Once we've entered the text, we'll click on the Save button.

7. Upon navigating to the front page, we can now see the new blog entry

(shown in the upcoming screenshot). We have several options here. We can click on the title, which would take us to the full blog entry. However, in this case there is no more content to be seen. We can also click on the taxonomy link, which will take us to a page such as the View that we have created. There's also a link for the overall blog, which leads to a page of blog entries for this blog. Lastly, there should be a link to Add new comment (if not, then this capability has not been enabled). The ability to create comments is controlled in the permissions admin function. This ability can be turned on or off in general, and is controlled separately for each user role, or even for a specific piece of Node Content. We'll click on the Add new comment link.

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8. Clicking on the link has taken us to a page on which we can create a new comment. The name of the page is a bit misleading: Reply to comment. The comment we are replying to is actually the blog entry. The following screenshot shows the field entries that we make, before we click on the Preview button.

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9. The preview is then shown to us, and at this point we'll click on the Save button.

10. What you'll then see at the top of the screen depends on the permissions held by your current login. If you don't see the message shown in the upcoming screenshot, then it's because your user role has been given the permission to post comments without moderation, or because you are logged in as the site owner. Depending on the site settings, posted comments may appear immediately, or may be queued and awaiting approval from a user with the correct permissions.

Your comment has been queued for moderation by site . administrators and will be published after approval.

Let's take a look at how to approve a comment.

1. Go to the admin menu, and select the Content management option.

2. From the Content management page, we'll select the Comments option.

3. The initial screen displays the Published comments. We'll then click on the tab for the Approval queue.

4. The comment that we created (shown in the following screenshot) is here awaiting deletion, editing, or approval. We'll select the checkbox to its left, and as the choice in the list box is already set to Publish the selected comments, we'll simply click on the Update button.

Comments

Published comments

Approval queue

Below is a list of the comments posted to your site that need approval. To approve a comment, click on 'edit' and then change its 'moderation status' to Approved. Click on a subje-ct to see the comment, the author's name to edit the author's user information, 'edit' to modify the text, and 'delete' to remove their submission.

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5. Now, upon returning to the front page, we'll see that the blog entry mentions a comment (pointed to by the mouse cursor in the following screenshot). The site visitor can click on the link to read it, or simply read the full blog entry that will be displayed along with the comments. You can also change the admin settings to show comments on the front page. However, we won't do that here, because they use up too much real estate, and are not essential to the site's purpose.

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