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August 2010 Archives

New Blog Features

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Here are some of the changes to Blogs at Penn State that went live this morning. New blogs will be getting these features automatically.

Comment Notifications

This feature is currently live for some of users, and we'll be gradually rolling this out over the next few days. A "Subscribe" link is available below the Comment area that allows users to receive an email when someone responds to a comment.

Comment Subscribe Screenshot

New Visual Design For Penn State Voices

All the same features as before but now with a new layout which aims to make the large amount of information on page easier to parse. Try the new Penn State Voices now.

New Penn State Voices For Fall 2010

Easier Blog Management

For your convenience you can now get to pages that let you create and edit content right from your blog. No more having to remember the dashboard URL. If you are viewing your blog and want to change something, the link to do so is right there. Within the "Manage This Blog" sidebar widget, you can click on options to add an entry, edit this page, add a page, or go to the blog's dashboard.

manage your blod widget fall 2010

You don't have to have a blog

Want to build a web site but don't want to include a blog? Now the blog link in the horizontal navigation of the professional template disappear if you have no blog entries.

no blog tab screenshot

Gearing up for Fall

The Blogs At Penn State is getting ready for a new semester. Over the next two days the team will be upgrading the servers to allow for more capacity and roll out some new features. Blogs will be down for some time during the regularly scheduled maintenance window (5am to 7am) on both Tuesday, August 17th, and Wednesday, August 18th.

One new feature coming on Wednesday is the ability to opt to receive emails when someone leaves a comment on a particular blog post. Now when you leave a comment on someone's blog it will be easy to know if someone ever follows up on your comment. Click on the "Subscribe" link below the Comment area to receive an email when someone responds to your comment.

I am hoping that this feature will make it easier for people to talk to each other and create an ongoing public dialogue from which others can benefit.

Comment Subscribe Screenshot

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