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On the left side of the page is a modified Quick Launch bar, unique to the Blog template’s
home page. On the right side are the Blog Tools links to create and manage the posts and
comments on the site. They appear only when you are logged in as the blog’s creator or
another user with rights to create posts. Clicking Create A Post will take you to the new
post page, shown in Figure 9.37. To create a post, you can enter a title and text in the body
of the post. You can assign a category and specify a published date for the post. You can
save the post as a draft, or you can publish it. When published, the post appears on the
home page of the blog. Blogs are based on a Posts list with Content Approval enabled, as
well as lists for Comments and Categories.
FIGURE 9.37
A new post
Once the post is created, it will appear on the main page. Figure 9.38 shows an example. To
edit the categories and add more, click the Categories heading in the Quick Launch bar.
Each blog post has buttons at the bottom—for providing a permanent link to the posting
(which will take you to the post’s permanent page), for sending a link to the posting via email,
and for comments. Comments are feedback posts that are linked to the main post and are
typically created by other users. When looking at the main page, you can see the Comments link
below each post, with a number showing the current comment count. Clicking this link will
take you to the comments (see Figure 9.39) and let you add a new comment.
Comments are actually stored in the Comments list and referenced to the main post with a
lookup field to the Posts list column called Post Title. The Posts list also contains a linked field
called Number Of Comments, which looks up the Comments list and does a count of comments
that are related to the post’s title.
SharePoint blog posts can be written and edited right there in the browser itself, or with any
SharePoint-compatible blog-editing software, such as Word 2010 or Windows Live Writer.
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