A blog is a great way to keep your users up to date with what's happening in the community and can also be used to store resources or articles to inspire users. There are a number of ways to organise and customise your community blog.

In this article:

  • Editing the blog page title and introduction

  • Managing categories

  • Editing and deleting posts


Editing the title and introduction of your blog

On the community's blog page, you can edit the title of the page and the text above blog posts that serves as an introduction to the blog.

Both of these can be edited using the Pages CMS area of the Crowd Management menu:

1. Go to the Pages CMS area of the Crowd Management menu.

2. Click on the name of your blog (if you haven't previously changed it it will be "Blog") to open the editing options for your blog page.

3. In the first box, Title, enter the name of your blog as you would like it to appear on the blog page (eg 'Welcome to the blog", "innovation news", etc.)

4. In the second box, Navigation bar title, enter the text that will represent your blog in the navigation menu, the link that users will click on to come go to the blog page.

5. In the third box, Description, enter a short description of your blog, an introduction to let your user know what they can expect to find in the blog.


Managing categories

Blog categories help to organise your blog into themes or sections. You can add categories and can change the order in which they are listed. To learn how to add a blog post to a category, have a look at our guide to creating and editing blog posts.

To create a blog category:

1. Go to your community's blog page and click Manage Categories.

2. The Manage Categories window will open, type the name of the new category into the Create Category text field.

3. Click Add category and then close the window. You may need to refresh the page to see the new category.

To reorder the categories:

1. Go to your community's blog page and click Manage Categories.

2. Click on the up or down arrow next to the name of a category to move it further up or down the list.

3. When the categories are in your preferred order, close the window. You may need to refresh the page to see the reordered categories.


Editing and deleting blog posts

If you are a community administrator or have been given blog editor permissions, you can edit and remove blog posts.

To Edit a blog post:

1. Go to your community's blog page and click on the title of the blog post that you'd like to edit, this will take you to the post.

2. Click EDIT to open the blog editor.

3. Make any changes that you'd like and click PUBLISH

If you would like to delete a blog post:

1. Go to your community's blog page and click on the title of the blog post that you'd like to edit, this will take you to the post.

2. Click STATUS, this will open the Status window.


3. Select Delete and click Save

If you would like to keep a blog post visible, but don't want users to add comments to it, you can close the comments for that post. This will not remove any existing comments, but will prevent any more from being added.

To close blog post comments:

  1. Go to your community's blog page and click on the title of the blog post that you'd like to edit, this will take you to the post.

  2. Click STATUS, this will open the Status window.

  3. Select Live, comments closed and click Save

Good to know

If you want to reopen comments, follow the steps above but change the status back to Live
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