What is it?
Blog articles are a great way to share news, updates, and announcements with the entire organization. Blog articles are created in a Blog channel, which is used to house and organize them.
Blog articles allow publishers to start cross-team discussions, share expertise, and unlock new ideas. Groups of employees and/or teams can create their own blog on a specific topic and/or comment and pose questions to other employees within the digital workplace.
Blogs offer a formal writing platform typically used to create and house timely content that stays relevant for more than a day. They are more text heavy than Microblogs and allow you to ghost write and publish content at a later date.
Much of the Blog article creation process is similar across wikis, forums, and calendars as well, but adjusted to suit the content type.
Features and functionality
Each blog post can include the following features:
How to add a Blog post
There two ways to add Blog articles: via the web interface method detailed here, or via email
Step 1: Navigate to the channel
Navigate to your Blog channel and on the right-hand side select, Add Article.
Note: You can also do this using the Add Content button in your Userbar, and via the Add Button Blog Articles widgets.
Step 2: Creating the Blog article
Once you select, Add Article, you will be presented with the content editor interface.
Step 3: Add a title
All of the content you create in Igloo needs a title. The title will appear above the content and will also be used to generate a unique URL.
Step 4: Choose a channel (optional)
You can select (or change) the channel to which your content will be published by using the channel selector. You can filter the channels that are displayed in the dropdown menu by entering text.
Step 5: Add a summary (optional)
You can enter a summary, which will be displayed in plain text above the main body of the blog post. It can also be displayed in Blog Articles widgets. Summaries have a maximum size of 2048 characters.
Step 6: Write your blog post
Use the WYSIWYG editor to write your Blog post. For more details on the options available, see the WYSIWYG article.
Step 7: Add attachments (optional)
To add attachments to your content, either drag files from your computer into the attachments field, or click Select files from your computer. Attachments will appear directly below the body of your published article and will be available for download.
Step 8: Add related content (optional)
You can include Related Content when creating a Blog post. See the Related Content article for more information.
Step 9: Set up a Broadcast (optional)
You have the option to have a Broadcast go out to selected groups upon publishing a Blog post. See the Broadcasting article for more information.
Step 10: Add labels (optional)
You can apply Labels to your Blog post to make it easier to find. For more information, see Labels.
Step 11: Disable comments (optional)
It is possible to disable comments on your content by unchecking the Allow members to post comments checkbox.
Step 12: Set a publish date (optional)
You can schedule a post to be automatically published in the future. Use the fields in this area to select the date and time you would like the content to be published.
Step 13: Adjust Archiving policy (optional)
You can change when an article will be archived, or prevent it from being automatically archived. Use the options in this field to override default archiving on the Blog channel. For more information, see Archiving
Step 14: Set read tracking (optional)
Read Tracking allows you to track whether a person has engaged with a piece of content, and can be enabled on any article. Use the options here to turn on read tracking and customize the button text in any supported language.
Step 15: Publish, save as draft, or send to a moderator
Once your article is complete, you can save it as a draft, or publish it, which will make it immediately available in the selected channel. If the channel is Moderated, you will see an option to send your article to the moderator instead of the option to publish directly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I create a template for my Blog articles?
A default template for all new Blog articles can be created and applied to your blog using a channel template. For more information about channel templates refer to the Channel Template article.