How can I create a blog?

When you create a blog application, a Site Setup document is created. The information you provide in the Site Setup document is used to populate a Configuration document and a User Profile document, which are created when you save the Site Setup document.

About this task

Use the steps below to create a blog.


  1. Click File > Application > New.
  2. Complete these fields in the Specify New Application Name and Location section:
    Table 1. Fields to specify application name and location




    Select Local to store the application file on your hard disk, or enter a server name. (Storing on a server is recommended.)


    Enter a maximum of 96 characters for a title for the new blog application.

    File name

    The title you provide also appears in this field as the file name. To change to a different file name, specify a unique, descriptive file name of fewer than 32 characters, followed by the .NSF extension.

    If you are creating the application locally and want to store the new application in a location other than the data directory, specify a path as well as the file name, for example C:/Applications/myapps.nsf.

    If you are creating the application on a server, specify the server and directory in the path.

    Create full-text index for searching

    (Recommended) Check this option so that readers get search results more quickly.

  3. Optional: Click Encryption to encrypt the new application, if it is being stored on your hard disk. Select Locally encrypt this database using, select an encryption type, and click OK.
  4. In the Server field under Specify Template for New Application, select a server (possibly your mail server).
  5. Select the blog template (dominoblog.ntf).
  6. Select Inherit future design changes to make sure you receive any updates to the template automatically.
  7. Click OK.
  8. In the Site Setup document that appears, complete these fields under Site Details:
    Table 2. Site details fields



    Site Name

    Specify a name for the blog site

    Site Description

    (Optional) Enter a description of the blog site.

    Primary Server

    The primary server is the server that hosts the Web-facing replica of the application (only this replica can perform Web-based functions). Do one of the following:

    • Enter the name of the server
    • Click Set to automatically enter the name of the current server.
    Note: If you are creating this blog on a server, Notes® enters the name of that server, so you may need to change it to the Web-facing server.

    Full site URL (includes .NSF)

    Domino® completes this field automatically. You can modify the entry as required.

  9. Complete these fields under Personal Details:
    Table 3. Personal details fields



    Username (Notes®)

    Notes® displays your Notes® user name in this field. You can modify the entry.

    Username (Preferred)

    Notes® enters the user name with which you logged on.


    Specify your email address.


    Specify your personal website. This can be the URL of this blog.

    Default Location

    Indicate a default location.

  10. Click OK.


Tip: To edit the Site Setup document created during this process, click More > Preferences from the Posts view.