The Blog Control Panel
link in the Options
frame allows you to extensively customize your blog. Clicking it will take you to a general control panel, and it will also create a new frame on your sidebar labeled Blog Control Panel with even more options:
Main Page (Blog Options)
Default Entry Options
Checking the Allow comments to be posted
box will enable commenting by other members on your new blog entries. Checking the Moderate comments before displaying
box will allow you to decide whether a particular comment is shown on the page of that particular blog entry. Only you and blog moderators will be allowed to see the comments until they have been approved. These two options are also modifiable when posting an individual entry.
Permissions and Privacy
This section provides options to customize who can see your blog entries. Blog moderators will always be able to see your entries in order to make sure the rules of the forum are being followed.
There are only two different boxes for each of the Permissions and Privacy sections. Checking the View your blog
box will allow members to view your blog. Checking the Leave comments on your blog entries
box will allow members to comment on your blog. These two options are available for Members on your contact list, Members on your ignore list, Other members, and Guests.
Default Subscription Mode: Blog Entries
Here you can choose the default method of notification for new comments on your blog entries, via Instant email notification
, No email notification
, or Do not subscribe
Default Subscription Mode: Blog Comments
Here you can choose the default method of notification for new comments on a blog entry on which you have also commented, via Instant email notification
, No email notification
, or Do not subscribe
Customize Blog Style
Clicking this link will take you to a page where you can customize how your blog looks. There are many options to change text colors, background colors, background images, etc. There is a template at the bottom of the page under Style Customization Example Key
which shows the title of each area of the blog so that you know what section you are customizing. If you have customized your profile, you can click the Copy Profile CSS
button to give your blog the same theme as your profile.
Blog Title and Description
Here you have the option to input a title for your blog. If you leave it blank, your username will be used by default. You can also input a description of your blog. These will be displayed to visitors of your blog.
This is the default page that opens when you click on the Blog Control Panel
Here you have the option to add members to your blog. Input their name and click Add Member
, and they will be sent a request to become part of your blog group. If you are a member of a blog, it will be listed on this page and you have the option to change it.
Here you can create your own blog categories if you want to add one which isn't available from the Global Categories
. Clicking on the Add New Blog Category
button will take you to a page where you can create a custom title and description:
It will be saved to your blog categories, and it will be available to check off when creating an entry. You will have the option to delete or edit the categories after you have created them, as well as define the order in which they will be displayed.
This link will take you to a page where you can define the order of the frames in your blog sidebar. You can uncheck the boxes if you don't want them to be present. You can change the order by changing the numbers (1 is the frame at the top) or by clicking the arrows to move them around. To save the changes, click the Update Block Order and Status
button. You can also click the Add Custom Block button
, where you will have the option to input a custom title and description which will show up as a frame on your blog sidebar.
Blog Custom Pages
Here you have the option to create a custom blog page. You can create a title and input text. You can choose to display it on the sidebar (Sidebar
), not at all (None
), or as a tab on your home page (Top
Here you have the option to manage your blog subscriptions. You can delete the subscription or change how you are notified of updates to the blog. Any blog which is checked will be deleted, etc. when you click Go.
Blog Entry Subscriptions
Here you can manage your blog entry subscriptions. You can delete the subscriptions or change how you are notified of updates to the blog entry. Any blog entry which is checked will be deleted, etc. when you click Go.
The Blog Statistics tab link will show you statistics about your blog, including total entries, comments, and visitors. You can view statistics by day, week, or month.
Find Blog Entries Frame
Here you can input search terms to search blogs. You can select to only look for the terms in the title by clicking the Search Titles Only
box, and you can also click Advanced Search
to search blog authors, tags, blogs from a specific time period, and whether you want to search the comments.
Blog Categories Frame
Here is a list of blog categories. Clicking one will display member blog entries which have been placed in the specific category. This frame will only be present on the blog homepage.
This is a calendar
which will display hyperlinks to days on which a blog was posted. You can click the link to reveal all blogs posted on that day. You can browse the calendar to find blogs from other months or years.
Global Tag Cloud
This frame contains terms which other members have tagged their blog with. The larger the tag is, the more common it is. Clicking any tag will reveal entries tagged with that term. You can also click the Search by Tag
link to search for blog entries according to the terms with which they have been tagged, which will take you to a new page which looks like this: