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How To: Create Blog Posts

A blog post within the Verizon Thinkfinity Community works best as a one-way post from a manager to a crowd. People can comment on blog posts, but generally blogs are expected to be less interactive.

 

Blog posts are a great way for groups to spread information or post announcements. The directions below will help you create, edit and add a blog widget to your group's page.

 

Directions: Creating a Blog Post

 

  1. Navigate to the group homepage where you would like to create a blog post by selecting My Stuff > Groups from the gold navigation bar at the top of any community page. Please note that you must be a member of a group to create a blog post if the group is members-only.
  2. Locate the Actions navigation pane on the right side of the screen, select Create a Blog Post.
  3. Enter a title and the content for your blog post. You can add links, images, and more using the toolbar at the top of the content box.
  4. Add Tags, simple category words, to help organize your posts and make them more easily searchable by the other members of your group.
  5. To add a publish date and time or change commenting options for your post, select the plus sign located to the left of Extended Opotions below your content window.
  6. Select Publish. Selecting Save or Save and Continue will create a draft of your post.

 

Directions: Editing a Published Blog Post

 

  1. Navigate to the group homepage where your blog post is published. Select the Blog tab at the top of the group page.
  2. Select the title of the blog post you would like to edit.
  3. Under Actions on the right side of the screen, select Edit Post.
  4. Modify the post and select Publish.

 

Directions: Adding a Blog Widget for Group Announcements

 

If you would like to use blog posts to post announcements and share information to your group members, consider adding a blog widget in a prominate location on your group's page by following the directions below.

 

  1. Go to the group homepage and select the Overview tab. Then, select Customize.
  2. Under Widgets, select Content.
  3. Select Recent Blog Posts. You will see a preview of the widget on the right side of the customize screen.
  4. Use the green, Drag to Add button to drag the widget from the preview to your main page.
  5. Once added, use the gray drop down arrow in the upper right hand corner of the widget and select, Edit this Widget.
  6. In this view, you can customize the title of the widget, the number of results and other properties specific to the widget. Select Save Proerties when complete.
  7. Once you have made the desired changes, make sure to select Publish Layout in the customized screen at the top of the page.

 

 

Worked on by Crystal, Marc, Theresa, Jane

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