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SharePoint Template - Blog

This article describes the SharePoint 2010 blog… a SharePoint template intended “[…] for a person or team to post ideas, observations, and expertise that site visitors can comment on.”

You can find more descriptions of SharePoint templates at:

The blog site template is available for

  • SharePoint 2010

SharePoint 2010

Screenshots

Here are some screenshots where you can see how the blog looks like including the front page, the site content and the form for creating a new blog post:

SharePoint 2010 blog template front page. The lists created by default with the blog template. Creating a new blog post. 

Common tasks

If you need to do some common tasks as a site member or site owner please have a look at the following tasks including possible differences between SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010:

SharePoint template functionality

The blog template comes with the following lists and libraries:

  • Photos
  • Categories
  • Comments
  • Links
  • Posts

There is a difference between the functionality of the blog template in SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010:

  • SharePoint Server 2010 allows tagging and rating as well as the note board while SharePoint Foundation 2010 doesn’t include these features.
  • The rating feature are not enabled by default and requires the user profile service application.
  • The tagging feature are not enabled by default and requires the user profile service application.
  • The note board feature are not enabled by default and requires the user profile service application.

Enable rating for blog posts

You can enable the SharePoint 2010 rating feature for blog posts by going to the list settings of the post library.

Don’t forget that the user profile service application is required although the rating stars are displayed without the service application.

Enable rating for blog posts. Enable rating for the blog template.

Multi language

The SharePoint 2010 blog isn’t multilingual user interface (MUI) enabled: SharePoint language settings and regional settings.

This is the same for the different meeting workspaces.

SharePoint template development

If you want to use a custom design you can use Deploying Branding Solutions for SharePoint 2010 Sites Using Sandboxed Solutions to brand your blog.

Resources

Summary

The SharePoint 2010 blog template differs regarding it’s functionality depending on the version of SharePoint you use.

Furthermore it’s important to have a different look on the use in an intranet or an internet scenario.

Although I haven’t found a detailed list comparing the SharePoint 2010 blog with a full blown blog like WordPress or BlogEngine.Net regarding the internet scenario it looks like the are some important differences like a search engine friendly URL.

Please take a look at another SharePoint template.