In this article we can see the Blog feature of SharePoint 2010.
What is a Blog?
The term Blog represents Web Log. A blog is an information web site providing entries called Posts. Blogs allows comments to be posted against the posts.
How does a Blog help an Enterprise?
Blog helps the enterprise through sharing of informational posts and supporting the infrastructure to carry out discussions on it.
How SharePoint 2010 supports Blog?
SharePoint supports Blog through its Blog site collection template. You can create new Blog site collection through Central Administration or Power Shell.
Additionally the Blog site template is available in the New Site templates wizard.
SharePoint Administrators can create enterprise wide blogs. Managers who have permissions may create blog site for their specific project and share within the team.
Note: The Wiki site template is different from Blog site template in SharePoint. Wikis are light weight in features and used for Knowledge Sharing with Rating support. Wikis do not support Comments.
How to create a Blog site collection?
Open Central Administration and click on the Create site collections link.
In the appearing page enter the details of your site collection:
· Template (Blog)
· Primary Site Collection Administrator
Click the OK button to continue. You will get the message on site creation.
Click on the link to continue. You should get a page like below:
From the Site Actions link you can edit this home page of the site collection.
In the appearing Edit Page, you can change the Page Name, Content of the page as shown:
Create a Blog Post
Blog Posts can be created through the Create a post link from the right hand side.
The Manage posts link shows a list of blog entries for editing & deletion. The Launch blog program to post link launches MS Word.
In the appearing dialog box enter the Blog Title, Content, Category etc.
In the appearing dialog box enter the Blog Title, Content, Category etc. After the details are entered you can press the Saves as Draft or Publish button.
Saving as Draft provides a good option to continue with an incomplete work later. Publish option immediately publishes the blog post.
We can use the Manage posts link to do the following activities:
1. View list of blog posts
2. Delete a blog
3. View a blog entry
5. Manage permissions
Try clicking on the Manage posts link and you should get the following screen.
Approve / Reject
By default the posts are Approved and for Rejection, you may choose the context menu associated with the post. Hover the mouse at the Title column of the post.
Click on the Approve / Reject menu item.
Launching MS Word Application
We can also use desktop application to edit the blog entry. Click on the Launch blog program to post from the main screen to launch MS Word.
MS Word provides more convenience in editing & formatting the Blog Post.
In this article we have explored the Blog feature of SharePoint 2010. Blog in SharePoint allows posts and carry out discussions on the posts.
To summarize with, Blog provides the following features:
· Site Collection & Site templates
· Information Posting
· Centralized Information Management
· Comments support
Regarding the reusability, time and cost advantage - I would like to add that without the Blog templates and reusable infrastructure associated, a developer needs to spend numerous hours building a Blog in ASP.NET or configure a Blog component.