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Instant Internal Blogs with WebAides

Published: March 28th, 2009

If you have the need for a personal diary or journal, or an internal corporate blog or FAQ, LuxSci’s Blogs WebAide is an ideal solution.  Blogs WebAides allow you to create any number of personal or collaborative Blogs with zero setup and zero software installation.  Blogs are accessible via LuxSci’s WebMail interface or using RSS feeds.

LuxSci’s Blogs WebAide were previously called “eJournals”.  The new name better represents the many features associated with a blog.

The user interface for Blogs, formerly known as “eJournals”, has been completely revised in the AJAX Web 2.0 style that matches WebMail and other WebAides.  The Xpress portal view has been optimized for presentation and performance on mobile devices with narrow screens.   Take a look at the Blogs WebAides feature set to see why it is the perfect solution for an instant internal blog.

What makes the Blogs WebAide good for Blogs?

The “Blog Views”

In addition to the usual “List View” of posts (which is ideal for performing bulk operations on many posts at once), you can click on the “Full” or “Summary” tabs to show the posts in a “Blog View”. This view is designed to look like a blog.

Unlike a typical blog however, the user can hide and show various extra bits of information (like what tags a post has, when it was created, etc.) by hiding and showing the respective column headers.  Similarly, users can change the sort order of the posts by clicking on those headings.

The “Summary” Blog view shows the first 55 words of any post with a link to view the entire entry. The “Full” Blog view shows the complete post with all formatting and markup.

HTML and Attachments

Posts can contain file attachments up to 50MB each, and can be composed using a visual HTML editor.  You can include arbitrary HTML as well.

User Comments on Posts

Blog WebAides support arbitrary numbers of comments on posts.  These comments can themselves contain attachments and visual markup.  You can specify which, if any, users are allowed to make comments on posts.

Automatic Email Notices of New Posts

This is an optional property.  When enabled, anyone subscribed to the Blog WebAides will be emailed notices of new posts (as a plain text summary or full post HTML) within minutes of the posting.

Automatic Creation of Posts from Inbound Emails

Users can create custom email filters which use whatever criteria is needed to match inbound messages that should be converted into new Blog posts.  The message content becomes the post content, attachments are converted to post attachments, and the message subject becomes the post title.  These posts can be auto-tagged when they are created.

Tagging

You can tag your entries with any number of labels to aid in sorting, searching, and categorization.  Tagging is used across all WebAides and in WebMail for email messages.  Users can also specify tag color, so that entries become visually distinct.

Publish as an RSS 2.0 Feed

This is a an optional setting. When enabled, a link is made available that anyone can use to access your Blog content via an RSS v2.0 feed.  This feed can be password protected and secured over SSL.  You decide if the feed contains full post content or plain text summaries, and if it contains all posts or just a certain number of recent ones

What else can Blogs WebAides do?

Encryption

Encryption of entries can be enabled in Blog Properties.  When enabled, this allows the user to make individual entries whose content, attachments, and comments are all encrypted using PGP, so that only selected users can view and open them.

Audit Trails

When enabled in the Blog Properties, this tracks actions such as: entry creation and editing, comment creation, deletion, attachment downloading, and entry decryption.  Audit trails on Blogs are ideal for Blogs that contain sensitive information.

Consolidated Views

Users with access to multiple Blogs can view all posts for any arbitrary combination of Blogs in a single “consolidated” view.  This makes it easy to search and sort across Blogs, print combined lists, and view data from different sources in one summary list.

Sharing

Like all other WebAides, Blogs can be shared with other users in your account.  You can share globally with your account or domain, share with specific User Groups, with individual users, or any combination thereof.  For each individual or group, you can specify if they are allowed to make, edit, delete, or comment on posts, etc. You can even differentiate between “editing all posts” and “editing posts made by the user”.

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