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might complain). Here is where you can limit the number of alerts a user can set, or you
can disable user alerts altogether.
4. My example changes the default of 500 to a mere , so users can’t go crazy with alerts. 50
Feel free to set the limit to it your environment.
RSS Settings Disabling RSS feeds means that there will be no RSS for any of the
site collections on that web application. In fact, when RSS is disabled at the web
application level, the RSS link on the Site Settings page for enclosed site collections
won’t even appear.
5. For this example, leave RSS turned on.
Blog API Settings With the rise of blogging, a large number of third-party
blogwriting applications have been developed. In an effort to allow this software to connect
seamlessly with actual blog servers, an RFC has been written for two application
programming interfaces (APIs): Blogger API and MetaWeblog API. Blogger API, an older
standard, dealt only with accessing the text on a blog. The newer standard, MetaWeblog
API, also handles extra data such as common RSS-built metadata like Author, Title,
Comment, and so on.
SharePoint supports the MetaWeblog API; when it’s enabled on the web application, users
can update, edit, or create blog posts via third-party software. If you accept usernames
and passwords via the MetaWeblog API, these programs can also log in to perform the
updates. Otherwise, the default authentication for the site is used.
If you do enable the API and allow the username and password to be accepted, note that
these credentials are sent in clear text. Enabling SSL on the web application can reduce
this security risk, as will be discussed later in the chapter.
6. Leave the Blog API enabled, and turn on username and password acceptance.
USING WINDOWS LIVE WRITER WITH SHAREPOINT BLOGS
Windows Live Writer from Microsoft is an excellent example of a MetaWeblog API–compatible
program. You can download it from Microsoft’s http://get.live.com website.
To set up Live Writer for use with a SharePoint blog, you’ll need to configure a new blogging profile
When you open Live Writer for the first time, it will prompt you to create a Windows Live Spaces
blog. If you click Next (because you already have a blog, thank you), it will ask you for the blog
type you are writing to. If the account you use to log into the local machine is the one you use
to access your SharePoint blog, choose SharePoint Blog. At that point, Live Writer will ask for
your blog address, will access your blog, and then will be ready to begin.
Name the profile, and click Finish.
You can now create a blog post in Live Writer easily.