Blogs allow users to write down their thoughts and reflections as well as presenting content to an internal or external audience of readers.
There is a built in blogging function for Totara Learn or you can enable external blogs so that users can connect to existing blogs they might have outside of Totara.
Before you can use blogs on your site they will need to be enabled by a Site Administrator.
As a Site Administrator you can configure a number of site-wide settings by going to Appearance > Blog from the Site administration menu. Remember to click Save changes when you are done.
|Enable blog associations|
Enables the association of blog entries with courses and course modules.
This setting allows you to restrict the level to which user blogs can be viewed on this site. Choose from:
|Note that this setting specifies the maximum context of the viewer not the poster or the types of blog posts. Blogs can also be disabled completely in Advanced features if you don't want them at all.|
|Enable external blogs|
Enables users to specify external blog feeds. Totara Learn automatically checks these blog feeds and copies new entries to the local blog of that user.
|External blog cron schedule|
How often Totara checks the external blogs for new entries.
|Maximum number of external blogs per user|
The number of external blogs each user is allowed to link to their Totara blog.
Tick this to enable comments on blogs as default. Comments can still be disabled on an individual blog basis.
|Show comments count||Tick to show the number of comments left on a blog.||-|
You can add a blog post from a number of locations:
The process for all of these locations is the same, although the wording on some of the buttons varies slightly and when creating an entry from a course you can also choose to associate the post with that course.
There are a number of settings available when creating or editing a blog post. Remember to click Save changes after adjusting any settings.
|Entry title||The title of the blog post.||-|
|Blog entry body||Enter the content of the blog post here, this can include text, images, and multimedia.||-|
|Add files as attachments to the blog post.||-|
Decide who can see the post. Choose from:
|The available options will depend on the Blog visibility site-wide setting.|
|Tags||These are used for the Blog tags block.||See tags for more information.|
|Associations||Decide if you want to associate the blog post with a course.||Only available when creating a blog post from within a course.|
Once you have made a blog post you may wish to edit it, either to make a change to the post itself or the settings, such as changing the visibility.
You can delete any post that you have created.
If you wish to share the blog post with others then you can do this using a URL. Users will have access depending on the available visibility settings for the blog.
By clicking the Comments link underneath a blog post you can add a comment. This is a useful way of leaving feedback and sharing ideas or thoughts.
To remove a comment click the delete icon () alongside the comment.
Blocks make it easier to interact with blog posts made by either yourself or others. There are three block that work with blogs:
Depending on where it is located the Blog menu block has a number of options:
If you wish to get an RSS feed for your Totara blog then you can do this by clicking the RSS icon () underneath your blog posts or by clicking the Blog RSS feed link in the Blog menu block.
This will then automatically download an XML file containing your blogs RSS feed. You can use or share this file as you wish.
You can configure your blog preferences to suit your needs.
|Blog entries per page||Set how many blog entries you wish to see on a single page, a navigation button will be available for you to browse additional posts.||-|
If external blogs have been enabled by a Site Administrator then you can add external blogs to your account on Totara.
To view or edit your external blogs:
You can also click the Register an external blog link on this page to add a new external blog.
|RSS feed URL||The URL for the external blog's RSS feed.|
For Wordpress sites you can just append /feed
For Blogger or Blogspot URLs append /feeds/posts/default
For Tumblr append /rss e.g. https://myblog.tumblr.com/rss
Enter a descriptive name for your external blog.
|If no name is supplied, the title of your external blog will be used.|
|Description||Enter a sentence or two summarising the contents of your external blog.||If no description is supplied, the description recorded in your external blog will be used.|
|Filter tags||You can use this feature to filter the entries you want to use. If you specify tags here (separated by commas) then only entries with these tags will be copied from the external blog.||-|
|Add these tags||Enter one or more local tags (separated by commas) that you want to automatically add to each blog entry copied from the external blog into your local blog.||-|