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October 16, 2003
FAQ: First-time chapter owner

Q. What exactly is a Blog?
A. See the article.

Q. What is the first thing I should do as the author?
A. Login and change your password. Make sure that the rest of the user information has been provided. Do enter the secret question and answer so you can recover your password in the future. Do bookmark the http://www.itbhuglobal.org/cgi-bin/mt.cgi page.

Q. I have been handed over a customized blog. Now what do I do?
A. Login as above. Browse through whatever you see. Familiarize yourself with the interface. Define the categories you would like to have in your blog.

Q. How do I change the welcome message of my blog?
A. Login


-> Click on the Blog name
-> New screen will have a list of menus on LHS
-> click on "Templates"
-> scroll down
-> click on "PreBlogBody"
-> Edit the content in the "Module Body" box
-> Save

-> click on Rebuild on the LHS list
-> opens up another dialog which say Cancel or Rebuild
-> select "Rebuild all files" option in the drop down combo box
-> click rebuild
-> if the build is successful it will let you know and you can then close the small dialog

Q. How do I change the history (milestones) that appears on the LHS column of my section?
A. Login


-> Click on the Blog name
-> new screen will have a list of menus on LHS
-> click on "Templates"
-> scroll down
-> click on "LinksHistory"
-> Edit the content in the "Module Body" box
-> Save

-> click on Rebuild on the LHS list
-> opens up another dialog which say Cancel or Rebuild
-> select "Rebuild all files" option in the drop down combo box
-> click rebuild

-> if the build is successful it will let you know and you can then close the small dialog

Q. What is a category?
A. A category provides a logical way of clubbing together various entries. For instance, the EEE blog may have a category of "Alumi Assisted B.Tech. Projects" to hold all projects where the alumni are helping out the students with their B.Tech. projects. On the other hand, the Hyderabad chapter may define a category for "Chapter Discussion" to hold all entries for the chapter related issues being discussed. You can also assign multiple secondary categories to an entry if it is relevant for more than one category.

Q. How do I add a new category?
A. Login


-> Click on the Blog name
-> new screen will have a list of menus on LHS
-> click on category
-> specify the name of the category
-> save

Q Are there any gotchas with respect to the categories?
A. Yes. There are 2 things that you should be aware of ..

     1. When you add an entry to a category it reflects on the LHS list as
            Category 1
                   Entry  1.1
                   Entry  1.2
            Category 2
                   Entry  2.1
                   Entry  2.2

The gotcha is - the categories will show just the 6 latest entries. So when you add the 7th entry, the earliest will roll off the list.

2. The category "Announcements" has a special purpose. Any entry added
to this category would be avaliable as an entry on the sections main page and
would also appear in the "New Posts" on the top of the itbhuglobal.org main page.

Q. How do I post a message?
A. See the article.

Q. How can the message I post get visibility on the itbhuglobal.org main page?
A. If you you assign the message (an entry) a primary or secondary category "Announcements", a link to your entry will automatically appear on the main itbhuglobal.org through the blog trackback mechanism. This is a really cool tool and what has made blogs so successful by linking them together based on content.

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