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Lotus Notes Blog Template


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Presentation of the Lotus Notes Domino Blog Template

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Lotus Notes Blog Template

  1. 1. IBM Lotus Notes Domino Blog Template Steve Castledine
  2. 2. What is a Blog? <ul><li>A blog (short for weblog) is a online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general consumption. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is a Blog (more)? <ul><li>Visitors can post comments to entries on the site. </li></ul><ul><li>Each individual entry can be linked using a “Permanent Link” (or Static URL) from other sites </li></ul><ul><li>Contains archives of posts – By Month, by Category </li></ul>
  4. 4. A typical “Blog”
  5. 5. Where did blogs come from?
  6. 6. Blogs in the Enterprise <ul><li>So what do blogs do in the Enterprise? </li></ul><ul><li>They enable groups of people to Communicate, Discuss, and therefore collaborate. So not just for personal use. </li></ul><ul><li>Who are these Groups? </li></ul><ul><li>CEO’s Office (organisation communication) </li></ul><ul><li>Projects (You can email in Content, Central store of project data) </li></ul><ul><li>Teams </li></ul><ul><li>Organisations (free marketing, instant response to negative market information, product research, solicit customer opinion) </li></ul><ul><li>Yourself – just sharing ideas with others </li></ul>
  7. 7. The IBM Lotus Notes Domino Blog Template <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Included within the server install </li></ul><ul><li>Allows end users to create blog websites on a Domino Server </li></ul><ul><li>Easy as creating a new database from the server side template </li></ul><ul><li>Template is powerful and allows end users/customers to customize the web site entirely and without changing the underlying notes design. </li></ul>
  8. 8. It is a standard Lotus Notes Application <ul><li>Blog Database </li></ul>
  9. 9. Key Features <ul><li>Content can be added via a Notes Client or Web Client </li></ul><ul><li>Inbuilt RSS feeds – Content/Categorised Content/Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Comment System (with built in SPAM protection) </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting – iTunes feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Social Bookmarking – Categories/Tags </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic content archiving, searching, future publishing and expiry </li></ul><ul><li>HTML Template and Tag based system for ease of Web Design editing </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why use Domino for blogging? <ul><li>Key Features mentioned before </li></ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul><ul><li>Replication </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of Use </li></ul><ul><li>Existing Architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Notes on a Stick – take your Lotus Notes Client on a USB stick and blog anywhere </li></ul>
  11. 11. Creating a New Blog Creating a New Blog is as simple as creating a new Notes Database from a Template
  12. 12. Creating a New Blog - Wizard <ul><li>Database then asks some questions and you are away </li></ul>
  13. 13. Out of the Box Website – Lotus Notes Chief Architect
  14. 14. Customising the Blog Application <ul><li>Entire Website can be customised (via Lotus Notes Documents) </li></ul><ul><li>Database can be customised via: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HTML Template and Tag system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stylesheet (CSS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Configuration Document </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Customised Template – Business Unit Executive, Worldwide Lotus Messaging Sales
  16. 16. Customised Template – Myself
  17. 17. Customised Template - developerWorks Blog
  18. 18. Domino Server Team Blog –
  19. 19. Theme - CoffeeSpot
  20. 20. Theme - Regulus
  21. 21. Add On – Statistics Template <ul><li>Allows you to capture usage information for your blog. For example: </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Page Impressions </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly Page Impressions </li></ul><ul><li>Referrers – Any “linkage” to your site from others </li></ul><ul><li>Site Searches (including Googles if a public site) </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feed Hits </li></ul>Available from Lotus Support Website:
  22. 22. Add On – Statistics Template
  23. 23. Add On – Theme Template <ul><li>Allows you to capture, manage and distribute themes easily between databases </li></ul><ul><li>Build a list of preferred company themes </li></ul><ul><li>“ Push” updates to existing blog databases </li></ul><ul><li>Download Themes from a central source </li></ul>Available shortly (version 1 Early May) …. Probably direct from my website, maybe it will get upgraded to Lotus support download
  24. 24. Add On – Theme Manager
  25. 25. Manual “Theme” editing/customisation <ul><li>HTML Templates (stored as Lotus Notes Documents) hold the html and system tags. </li></ul><ul><li>Three Template Types for Customisation </li></ul><ul><li>Page – For formatting each web page eg homepage </li></ul><ul><li>Item – For formatting each entry </li></ul><ul><li>Block – So we can reuse blocks of html within our pages </li></ul>
  26. 26. HTML Templates
  27. 27. Tags <ul><li>Tags tell the blog application where to place key data </li></ul><ul><li><$DXSubject$> - Subject of Post </li></ul><ul><li><$DXAuthor$> - Author of Post </li></ul><ul><li><$DXItemContent$> - Actual Content of Post </li></ul><ul><li><$DXTitle$> - Title of Blog </li></ul>Example: <html><head> <title> <$DXTitle$> </title> </head> <body>
  28. 28. Stylesheet (CSS) <ul><li>Edited within Notes Document so do not need to edit Lotus Notes design. </li></ul><ul><li>Database “parses” Content Rich Text when saved so stylesheet takes precedence on formatting (removes font tags – can be switched off) </li></ul>
  29. 29. Configuration Document <ul><li>Configuration document stores all the key settings for the database – including: </li></ul><ul><li>Any text/html generated by the system </li></ul><ul><li>Site Settings/Options </li></ul><ul><li>Switching on/off various features: Emailing Content, Logging Statistics, Email Subscriptions, Technorati Pings, Podcasting </li></ul>
  30. 30. Configuration Document Location
  31. 31. Resources <ul><li>Lotus Support site under “Domino Server” – search “Blog” </li></ul><ul><li>Lotus Notes 8 Help Documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Website </li></ul>
  32. 32. Resources <ul><li>Two Articles on creating Themes from Scratch: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  33. 33. Questions