Managing your community blog

After you add a blog to a community, you can manage access to the blog, hide the blog, or remove it from the community.

Before you begin

You must be a community owner to edit, hide, or remove a community blog, or to change the blog membership.

About this task

When you first create a community blog, all members of the community are granted author access by default. Depending on your community, you might want to change the access level for your members. Note access is always community-wide. Community owners are always blog owners and have full access to post entries and can also manage the blog and its users. Community owners can also grant permissions to other members. All other community members can have one of the following roles:
Table 1. Community blog roles
Role Description
Author Allows user to post entries, but not to manage the blog. Users with this role can also edit and delete other users' entries.
Draft Allows user to save draft entries only.
Viewer Allows users to read blog posts but not to contribute to the blog.
In addition to managing access to the community blog, you can also hide blog activity or delete the blog from the community.


You can manage the community blog as follows:
Note: You must be logged in to Connections to perform management tasks for your community blog.
  • To edit basic information about the blog, select Community Actions > Edit Community on the Overview page and click the Blog tab.
    Note: You must be logged in to the community to access the Community Actions menu.
    1. Edit any of the basic information about the blog, such as its title, description, or tags.
    2. Change whether all community members have author, draft, or viewer membership.
    3. Change which community participants are members and which are owners.
    4. Choose whether comments that are added to the blog are moderated.
      Moderated comments are saved into a draft state until you approve them for posting to the blog.
    5. Click Submit when you are ready to save your changes.
  • To edit blog settings, select Blog from the navigation sidebar and click Blog Actions > Manage Blog .
    1. Edit one or more of the following settings:
      • General Settings. Set the basic properties for the blog, such as the name, description, and how many entries to display. By default, a blog is active and available to the community. You can enable the use of emoticons and allow members with author and draft access to edit each other's entries.
      • Internationalization Settings. Specify a time zone for the blog.
      • Comments. Enable comments and comment moderation for the blog. When you enable comment moderation, a community owner must review and approve comments before they display in the blog.
      • Default Comment Settings. Set preferences to allow comments for new entries, or to set a time limit so that after a specified number of days the comment field is no longer available. You can apply these settings to existing blog entries.
      • Blog Client API. Check Enable Blogger and MetaWeblog APIs for your blog?. This setting allows your blog users to use third-party editors to create blog entries.
    2. Click Update Blog Settings to apply your changes.
  • To add or remove a blog member, you must add or remove that person from the community membership.
    You can do this procedure on the community's Members page. For more information about changing community membership, see Managing community membership.
  • You can also do the following management tasks from the community Overview page by clicking the Actions icon Actions icon in the Blog app title bar and selecting from the menu that is displayed:
    • To move the Blog app up or down the Overview page, choose Move Up or Move Down.
    • To hide the blog, choose Hide and confirm that you want to temporarily remove the blog from the community.

      When you are ready to resume blog activity, select Community Actions > Add Apps and add the blog back from the Hidden section of the app palette. All the content is restored.

    • To remove the blog and all its content, choose Remove and complete the form that displays to confirm that you want to permanently remove the blog.
      Important: When you take this step, all blog content is permanently removed and it cannot be retrieved later.