How to Create a Blog
Blogs are associated with CMS Users on Jvillage 2.0, which means that each User has a blog available to use, and if you want to set‐up a generic blog, it must be associated with an actual or generic User.
Actual User Blogs
- Login to the site and go to People in the black tool
- If the User already exists, click on their name under Username
- You’ll be taken to their Profile page where you will see under History > Blog, view recent blog entries. Click on that link
- Their blog page will have their user id in the URL window identifying it as that user’s specific blog – domainofsite.org/blog/user#. This is the friendly alias to use for linking to this User’s blog. See How to Create Blog Aliases for how to customize the blog URL to be a specific name or title rather than blog/user#.
- If the User does not exist, then you will need to create a User account to associate with the blog. Go to People in the black tool bar and click on Add User
- Create a User account for the person who wants a blog by entering a Username (this will be the blog’s title – i.e. Username Joe Gotlieb would give the blog the title Joe Gotlieb’s Blog), their email address for notifications, and a default password
Scroll down and select their proper role. If it’s a user that needs more access to the site other than blogging, then assign them Site Publisher or Site Creator Role, but if this person just needs to blog, then assign them the Site Blogger roll. You can also choose to have the user notified that they have a user account. You will also need to add a User First and Last name. Scroll down and Create a New Account
- You will then be brought back to the Add new user template, so click on People and verify your new User account
- Clicking through on their name will show the access to their Blog as seen above
Generic User Blogs
- You may want to create a blog that is not associated with a person, but rather a group or program in your organization. Since Blogs are associated with Users, you will need to create a generic User in order to have a blog. Login and go to People in the black bar. Click on the Add User link
- Enter the Username as what you want the blog to be titled. For example, if the blog is for social justice issues, enter Social Justice as the User name. Each User must also have a unique email address assigned to it that is not shared by any other user, so you will need to enter either the email address for whoever will update the Social Justice blog if that email is not being used for another user, or enter a made‐up email, but know that if there are notifications you want this blog to receive (such as if you want comments to be moderated by this blog) you will need to use an actual email address
Assign the generic blogger the role of Site Blogger. If you used someone’s actual email address for the profile, then you can have that user be automatically notified of this new account by checking the notification box. Add the Generic User First and Last name (i.e. Social Justice). Scroll down and Create new account
- After you add the new blog User, you will be taken to the Add new user template. Click on People and you should now see the new user in the list of other users
- If you click on the User name, you will be brought to the blogger’s profile, then if you click on View recent blog entries, you will see any entries that blogger has created
- A Site Admin can edit someone else’s blog posts, and a User can edit their own posts, but no other user has access to edit anyone else’s blog
*Please see the Advanced Training Topic on How to Change the Blog Author or Post date.