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    • IBM Lotus Notes Domino Blog Template Steve Castledine
    • What is a Blog?
      • A blog (short for weblog) is a online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general consumption.
      • Blogs are defined by their format: a series of entries posted to a single page in reverse-chronological order. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author/s or reflect the purpose of the Web site that hosts the blog.
      • The author of a blog is often referred to as a blogger. Many blogs syndicate their content to subscribers using RSS (Really Simple Syndication), a popular content distribution tool.
    • What is a Blog (more)?
      • Visitors can post comments to entries on the site.
      • Each individual entry can be linked using a “Permanent Link” (or Static URL) from other sites
      • Contains archives of posts – By Month, by Category
    • A typical “Blog”
    • Where did blogs come from?
    • Blogs in the Enterprise
      • So what do blogs do in the Enterprise?
      • They enable groups of people to Communicate, Discuss, and therefore collaborate. So not just for personal use.
      • Who are these Groups?
      • CEO’s Office (organisation communication)
      • Projects (You can email in Content, Central store of project data)
      • Teams
      • Organisations (free marketing, instant response to negative market information, product research, solicit customer opinion)
      • Yourself – just sharing ideas with others
    • The IBM Lotus Notes Domino Blog Template
      • Introduced at version 7.0.2 as part of the “Innovation Pack” (includes the blog template, Notes in a USB Stick and RSS template) – will run on 6.x+ but not supported or licensed
      • Included within the server install
      • Allows end users to create blog websites on a Domino Server
      • Easy as creating a new database from the server side template
      • Template is powerful and allows end users/customers to customize the web site entirely and without changing the underlying notes design.
    • It is a standard Lotus Notes Application
      • Blog Database
    • Key Features
      • Content can be added via a Notes Client or Web Client
      • Inbuilt RSS feeds – Content/Categorised Content/Comments
      • Comment System (with built in SPAM protection)
      • Podcasting – iTunes feeds
      • Social Bookmarking – Categories/Tags
      • Automatic content archiving, searching, future publishing and expiry
      • HTML Template and Tag based system for ease of Web Design editing
    • Why use Domino for blogging?
      • Key Features mentioned before
      • Security
      • Replication
      • Ease of Use
      • Existing Architecture
      • Notes on a Stick – take your Lotus Notes Client on a USB stick and blog anywhere
    • Creating a New Blog Creating a New Blog is as simple as creating a new Notes Database from a Template
    • Creating a New Blog - Wizard
      • Database then asks some questions and you are away
    • Out of the Box Website – www.jeffeisen.com Lotus Notes Chief Architect
    • Customising the Blog Application
      • Entire Website can be customised (via Lotus Notes Documents)
      • Database can be customised via:
        • HTML Template and Tag system
        • Stylesheet (CSS)
        • Configuration Document
    • Customised Template – www.edbrill.com Business Unit Executive, Worldwide Lotus Messaging Sales
    • Customised Template – www.stevecastledine.com Myself
    • Customised Template - developerWorks Blog
    • Domino Server Team Blog – www.dominoblog.com
    • Theme - CoffeeSpot
    • Theme - Regulus
    • Add On – Statistics Template
      • Allows you to capture usage information for your blog. For example:
      • Daily Page Impressions
      • Monthly Page Impressions
      • Referrers – Any “linkage” to your site from others
      • Site Searches (including Googles if a public site)
      • RSS Feed Hits
      Available from Lotus Support Website: http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?rs=463&context=SSKTMJ&context=SSKTWP&q1=blog&uid=swg21246924&loc=en_US&cs=utf-8&lang=en
    • Add On – Statistics Template
    • Add On – Theme Template
      • Allows you to capture, manage and distribute themes easily between databases
      • Build a list of preferred company themes
      • “ Push” updates to existing blog databases
      • Download Themes from a central source
      Available shortly (version 1 Early May) …. Probably direct from my website, maybe it will get upgraded to Lotus support download
    • Add On – Theme Manager
    • Manual “Theme” editing/customisation
      • HTML Templates (stored as Lotus Notes Documents) hold the html and system tags.
      • Three Template Types for Customisation
      • Page – For formatting each web page eg homepage
      • Item – For formatting each entry
      • Block – So we can reuse blocks of html within our pages
    • HTML Templates
    • Tags
      • Tags tell the blog application where to place key data
      • <$DXSubject$> - Subject of Post
      • <$DXAuthor$> - Author of Post
      • <$DXItemContent$> - Actual Content of Post
      • <$DXTitle$> - Title of Blog
      Example: <html><head> <title> <$DXTitle$> </title> </head> <body>
    • Stylesheet (CSS)
      • Edited within Notes Document so do not need to edit Lotus Notes design.
      • Database “parses” Content Rich Text when saved so stylesheet takes precedence on formatting (removes font tags – can be switched off)
    • Configuration Document
      • Configuration document stores all the key settings for the database – including:
      • Any text/html generated by the system
      • Site Settings/Options
      • Switching on/off various features: Emailing Content, Logging Statistics, Email Subscriptions, Technorati Pings, Podcasting
    • Configuration Document Location
    • Resources
      • Lotus Support site under “Domino Server” – search “Blog”
      • Lotus Notes 8 Help Documentation
      • Personal Website http://www.stevecastledine.com
    • Resources
      • Two Articles on creating Themes from Scratch:
      • http://www.stevecastledine.com/sc.nsf/dx/Creating-a-new-Theme1.htm
      • http://www.stevecastledine.com/sc.nsf/dx/Creating-a-new-Theme2.htm
    • Questions