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UChicago Sites - Configuration - Enable a Blog

This article explains how to enable a blog on your UChicago Site.

  • Click Configuration in your site's toolbar.
  • Click the Site Settings and Features link.
  • Expand the Features section and click the Blog checkbox.
  • Click Save settings at the bottom of the screen (please be takes a minute to enable all of the necessary modules).

Your blog can now be accessed at A link to your blog is automatically added to the site's navigation, but can be disabled at anytime by clicking on Edit left navigation in your toolbar (or click on Structure > Menus > List links for the Main Menu) and then disabling the blog link.

Blog Settings

Once your blog is enabled, you can change the title of your blog by going to Configuration > Blog Settings. There, you can also change the text displayed in your blog's navigation which says "Return to Main Site."

Blog Roles and Workflow

Blogs come with two roles, blog moderators and bloggers, for enforcing a very basic publishing workflow.

A user with the blog moderator role can:

  • approve and publish blog entries
  • approve and publish anonymous comments

Blog moderators are notified when:

  • a blog post is ready for approval
  • an anonymous comment is submitted

A user with the blogger role can create new blog entries but must seek approval from a blog moderator before publishing.

Blogs include a very simple workflow for approving blog entries before they are published. The workflow is as follows:

  1. A blogger creates a new entry and saves it with an approval status of draft:
    Set approval status to Draft

  2. When the blogger is ready to publish her post, she updates the approval status to pending approval.
  3. Upon saving, all blog moderators will receive an email requesting their approval, with a direct link to the entry.
  4. To publish, a blog moderator then edits the blog entry and sets the approval status to published.
  5. If the same entry is updated at any time, blog moderators will receive a courtesy email indicating as such.

Assign Roles

To add accounts for bloggers or blog moderators, follow the instructions for adding new users and assign them either the blogger or blog moderator role. If the user's account already exists, you can skip step 1 (ask the user to sign in) and just assign the appropriate role.

Blog Categories

You can create blog categories by going to Structure > Taxonomy, and then click on add terms in the row for Blog Categories.

Once you create blog categories, you can associate them with any blog entry on the entry's edit screen:

Select blog categories on the entry edit screen

Assigned categories appear at the bottom of each blog entry.


Four blog-related blocks are automatically created when you enable your blog. You can position these blocks by clicking on Edit blocks in your toolbar or Structure > Blocks.

  • Blog - Recent Posts - Lists the five most recent blog entries, sorted in descending order by their create date.
  • Blog Categories - Lists all blog categories with links to pages listing all posts tagged with the given category.
  • Blog Search - A search box which searches only against blog entries (and not the rest of your site's content).
  • Blog Archives - Provides links to all blog entries per month.

Only the Blog Search block is visible by default on all blog pages. See the related KB article for more information about positioning blocks.


Comments are enabled by default on all new blog posts, but they can be disabled by setting the comments status to Closed in the blog entry's edit screen. Anyone with a valid CNetID can sign in and post a comment. Comments from authenticated users do not require moderation before they are published, but when comments from anonymous users are submitted, blog moderators will receive an email indicating that they have comments that require approval. Comments can be approved by going to the Comments tab on the main content screen.

Keywords:template, website, create_website, blocks, tagging, categories, themes, users, social, media, drupal   Doc ID:29340
Owner:Nana O.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2013-04-05 13:18 CDTUpdated:2017-04-05 08:44 CDT
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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