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    Vickie Lester

    So, what's the difference between a blog and the community forum function?  

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    Kinsey Mahan

    Hi Vickie - The Community Forum is less content focused than the Blog. For example, the community forum could be used for something like technical Q&A between members, while the Blog would be written by the association and (potentially) commented on by members. View the MemberClicks blog, http://blog.memberclicks.com, as a reference for the Blog (Note: The MemberClicks blog is maintained via Wordpress, but I'm using it as an example of blog-type content). I hope that helps!

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    Janee Connor

    Kinsey - Looking forward to adding this to our arsenal! It seems like a great thing to put some time into.

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    Kinsey Mahan

    Janee - Thanks for your positive feedback! I'll be sure to pass it along to our team.

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    Vickie Lester

    I may be dense, but I'm still not seeing what the difference is between the blog and the community forum, from an admin's POV.  I get it that community members can initiate forums, but why would the association/admin use a blog instead of a forum?

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    Kinsey Mahan

    Vickie - In broad terms, blogs are marketing tools for members and/or the public and forums tend to be more of a community builder for members. Does that help clarify?

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    Ricky Aladort

    How do you recommend migrating all of my published articles from category blog layout to the new blog? I'm concerned about "re-creating" blogs that have been already shared across social media and breaking those links, as well as how "re-creating" these blogs affect SEO ranking and google indexing.

     

    Also, does the new blog have native social sharing buttons? Thus far, I've pulled code from www.addthis.com and embedded their html into articles, which doesnt really work.

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    Kinsey Mahan

    Hi Ricky - Really there are two options for previous content - 1) Archive the articles and make them accessible via an archive list type menu item, or 2) Manually move each previous article over to the blog, then pick up with new blog posts from there.

    The new blog does have Twitter, Facebook, and Linked in share icons built in (screenshot attached).




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    Christina Culver

    THIS IS AWESOME!! :) 

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    Christina Culver

    Just one question....How will the blog appear on the front end? Currently we have articles listed on the "what's new" page (https://slf.memberclicks.net/whats-new)...if i move our press releases and articles to the blog section can i just call our blog "what's new" and there be a flawless transition. Is there a way for individuals to search the blog entries? 

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    Kinsey Mahan

    Christina - We're so glad you like the new Blog feature! If you change the existing What's New menu item to a Blog type menu item (instructional .gif attached), the transition will be flawless. Blog entries aren't currently searchable via the site search, however, it is something I'll discuss with our Product Team to see if I can get a timeline for the enhancement.




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    Christina Culver

    Thank you Kinsey, Hey can you tell me how to make my blog public please? I went to the Menu Manager and set up permissions for all to view, but it's only allowing the members to view...help?

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    Kinsey Mahan

    Christina - You'll want to navigate to Database > Group Management > System Permissions, and give groups that should be able to read/comment on the blog permission at the very bottom of the screen.

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    Pam Lipscomb

    I'd like to add the ability for readers to follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to each blog post.  Is this possible without adding the script manually each time?

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    Kinsey Mahan

    Pam - There isn't a way to add the Twitter or Facebook widgets to the blog page, but they may be able to be added to your template. I see that you opened up a Help Ticket with further details, so please expect to hear from someone soon.

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    Annie Finn

    Hi Kinsey, what is the difference between the blog category on article managers and the blog component? 

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    Kinsey Mahan

    Michael - Great question! The category blog layout is a blog style view of a few articles without commenting functionality. The Blog component is an entire blogging tool built in to MemberClicks which will allow for blog posts that you can create an RSS feed from where commenting is allowed. Here's a video that demos the category blog layout, and here's one that showcases the Blog component. I hope that helps!

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    Richard Paul

    Is there a way to organize the order that blog entries appear in the list?  I am not sure, but it looks like they show up alphabetically by the title of the blog.

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    Kinsey Mahan

    Rich - You can sort the blog entries in the list however you like by clicking on the column heading (Entries, Author, etc.) Does that help?

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    Lori Pettenger

    Do all entries within a blog all have to have the same group viewing permissions?

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    Kinsey Mahan

    Lori - Blog permissions are different from articles in that entries are not individually permissioned. All permissions are based on a group's ability to see the blog itself, which is configured under Database > Group Management > System Permissions near the very bottom of the page. I hope that helps!

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    Joe Atkinson

    I am trying to create a blog page but it is not showing up under "Components"

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    Kinsey Mahan

    Hi Joe - I've just made sure that you now have access to see the Blog link under Components. Sorry about that!

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    Joe Atkinson

    The article was very helpful.  I just have a few questions.

    1) Does the blog keep scrolling down to an unlimited number of entries?  Is there a way to limit the amount of blog posts that are displayed and have links to the rest?  Similar to the category blog layout but with comments.

    2) Is there a way to have more than one blog?  I would like one menu item to display entries from one blog category and another menu item to display entries from another blog category.

    3) Is the blog the only way to allow commenting from members?

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    Kinsey Mahan

    Hi Joe - Great questions!

    1) The blog won't go on to infinity on one page - as you continue to post more and more, blog posts will be broken up into pages for easy navigations. You can control where the intro of a blog post is (vs. the body of the post) using the 'read more' button, similarly to the category blog layout.

    2) You can add multiple categories, and are able to link to those categories as individual menu items.

    3) The blog is the only way to allow members to comment on posts by the organization. The Community Forum will also allow for inter-member discussion, but commenting functionality is blog specific.

    I hope that helps!

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    Norell Liddell

    The Blog Menu item has disappeared from my Admin area.  Where do I find it?  has it been moved?

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    Chris Byess

    Hi Norell,

    Whether or not the Blog tab appears on the admin home page is controlled by a setting on our end. Letting me know that you could not see the tab was the perfect course of action, as I have now enabled it. The next time you login through your ASA account, the blog tab should be viewable! If you have any further questions or find yourself running into any further complications, just send us a message at help@memberclicks.com and we'll be happy to assist you.

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    Jani Hansen

    Hi - couple of comments:

    1. The CAPTCHA does not appear. 

    2. I see that I cannot allow PUBLIC (Basic Contacts) to comment.  This is a distinct setback for us. 

    3.  The info above implies we have the ability to approve comments before they are posted, but this isn't true.

    4.  Although Comment reporting is enabled, I don't see that users have the ability to report comments.

    5.  Although I have given right to two groups to Manage Blogs, this does not appear under the Components menu for them.

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    Chris Byess

    Hi Jani,

    Considering that you have a few questions and concerns, I am going to make a ticket for this and send you an email to go over these. You should expect to receive something from me soon!

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    Connie Terwilliger

    We are still setting up our site and thought the blog feature would work for our press releases, but I need to be able to selectively present a Category. We have two at the moment and now that I have added a release to the new category, I see that it is showing ALL releases and not just the one set of releases in a specific category.

    I want to be able to have a menu option that just pulls up our Member Profiles - and a menu option that just pulls up the Media Festival Award Winners  releases going back several years.

    If the blog is not going to work, what else will?

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