With the updated software, the blogs have seen some changes, some good, a few disappointing. This entry will exist to allow you guys to familiarize yourself with the new layout. The FAQ entry below this has been updated accordingly and will serve as the de facto "how to blog" entry once the board has been back for an extended period of time. I am leaving this open, and request all questions and comments regarding the new layout go HERE and NOT in the Blog Q&A.
So! NEW BLOG STUFF!
New blog entry layout:
The new entry layout is mostly similar. Along with the usual options for entry title and categorization, there is also a palce to add tags to your entry. These tags will appear at the bottom of an entry, while the category you put an entry in will appear at the top of the entry.
How to edit/change basic blog settings:
1. Click on your username in the top right corner of the page. Open the drop down menu.
2. Click "manage blogs".
3. Click the options button. From here, you can view your blog, post a new entry, manage settings, manage categories, or manage comments.
This allows you to change the name or description (subtitle) of your blog. It also has options for blog view permissions and a url to your blog page, but those settings are inactive.
This allows you to make new categories for your blog entries and to see how many/what entries are listed in a category. It also gives an option to delete a category. This will NOT delete entries. Instead, it sets any entries in deleted category to "uncategorized" if this is done.
This lets you see every comment ever on your blog in one big list. Here, you have options to approve, delete, or unapprove comments by clicking on the checked box. This option will not work if you are a nonpremier member.
There have been some problems since the upgrades with content blocks. You'll notice you can no longer change their sizes, and there are reports where some members have the wrong content blocks after the upgrades and server change, and unfortunately we cannot fix that. You will have to change your blocks yourself, and if yours have been over-written with someone else's, unless yours appear in the drop-down "Add Block" menu, there is no way to bring yours back.
Other issues we're having with the content blocks involves curious cases of content block disappearances. For some members, whenever they edit an entry/comment, or change content block settings, they will see their content blocks disappear, and the content blocks will not be listed in the aforementioned drop-down box. Because the board thinks the blocks are still there (because they are).
There seems to be some patterns to the behaviour:
Hides Content Blocks
Moving block position
Hiding a content block (red X), both custom and default
Creating a new content block
Deleting a custom content block
Editing a custom content block
Adding an entry, both published and drafted
Publishing a draft entry
Drafting a published entry
Deleting an entry, both published or drafted
Brings back blocks
Adding a comment
Deleting a comment
Un-approving a comment
Approving a comment
Doesn't bring back blocks
Editing a comment
Reporting a comment
If you experience this problem, you may let us know in this entry. However, we have submitted a bug report with IPB, have not heard back, and have found nothing to remedy the situation, so if you are one of the unlucky members, we are sorry, but there is nothing, as of now, we can do to fix this problem. We hope that if we're patient a fix will present itself.
Update: As of Dec. 4th, 2012, this problem has been fixed. Content blocks should no longer disappear unexpectedly.
Thanks for your patience, your support, and enjoy blogging on BZPower once again! We're excited to have you back!!