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Some questions about BLOG POSTS in BP. Help please

  • Avatar of Asif Irtiza
    Asif Irtiza
    Participant

    @jujunkie

    Hi, i am new to buddypress so this question maybe a newbie question.

    i recently installed the socialbuddy theme. it looks fine and all but i can not locate my blog posts. i can write blog posts from the admin panel, but in the actual website, i can not locate them.

    where are they?
    how can i create a button besides the ABOUT button to easily point out the blog?
    how can multiple users write in that blog under their own names?
    how can the titles or summaries of those posts be shown in the homepage?

    i would be really grateful if you decide to help me out. as i said earlier, i am new and i am not familiar with plugins. so if you can suggest anything, that would be great.

    for reference: ju.bangladeshtalks.com

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  • Avatar of Asif Irtiza
    Asif Irtiza
    Participant

    @jujunkie

    anyone please help. :(

    Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    @jujunkie – hi there, you should be able to get free support from theme authors after purchasing that premium theme. I don’t know what files they have in there but here’s giving it a try:

    “how can i create a button besides the ABOUT button to easily point out the blog?”
    I assume that your theme has a home.php (most premium themes do), so follow #2 instruction here – http://www.nathanrice.net/blog/creating-a-blog-page-with-paging/ – take care to delete the space between less than sign and question mark in the posted codes

    “how can multiple users write in that blog under their own names?”
    Do you mean you want to set up your installation as one site with many authors – you’re not giving them free blogs? Then you should at least make your users “Contributors” – where you have to approve each post before in order for the post to be published – or “Authors” whose can publish their posts without any moderation.

    “how can the titles or summaries of those posts be shown in the homepage?”
    Looks like your home page is widgetized in the left column. Go to Appearance > Widgets and get the “Recent Posts” widget on left side and move to appropriate widget name.

    Avatar of Asif Irtiza
    Asif Irtiza
    Participant

    @jujunkie

    @mercime thanks for replying!

    “how can multiple users write in that blog under their own names?”
    That is exactly the information i needed. I set them as “contributor”. That means they will be able to write posts but i can approve them, right? but how can they enter the writing zone? i mean the admin panel where they can choose new posts to write? i dont see any links. :-/

    “how can the titles or summaries of those posts be shown in the homepage?”
    Thanks. that’s solved too.

    “how can i create a button besides the ABOUT button to easily point out the blog?”
    I will have to work on this one a little more i think.

    ***NEW QUESTION***
    but how can they enter the writing zone? i mean the admin panel where they can choose new posts to write?

    Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    “how can multiple users write in that blog under their own names?”
    Right. Basic WordPress – http://codex.wordpress.org/Roles_and_Capabilities#Contributor

    “but how can they enter the writing zone? “
    Simplest way – if your users are logged in your BP install as contributors, they can go to bp-admin-bar at top and move cursor to “My Blogs”, which has a dropdown to list of blogs. When they hover over JuConnect link, the flyout nav will show the link “Add New Post” where they will be brought to the Post > New Write panel.

    Avatar of r-a-y
    r-a-y
    Moderator

    @r-a-y

    There’s currently a bug in BP where if you have a role less than administrator, your blog and user role will not show up under “My Blogs”.

    Avatar of Asif Irtiza
    Asif Irtiza
    Participant

    @jujunkie

    @mercime @r-a-y Thanks for the help! i think the problems are solved for now.

    Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    @jujunkie should you encounter the bug which @r-a-y mentioned above, do this

    http://wordpress.pastebin.com/WCmvpvnU

    Avatar of r-a-y
    r-a-y
    Moderator

    @r-a-y

    @mercime – Just looked into this bug… and found the problem! Check out ticket #2431.

    Avatar of @mercime
    @mercime
    Keymaster

    @mercime

    @r-a-y Cool, thanks. Many thanks also for addressing ticket #2427 :-)

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    @r-a-y your patch for this issue ticket#2431 was intended to correct the issue of a user elevated to ‘contributor’ or similar supposedly then having links under ‘My-Blogs’ ? The ticket is marked closed/resolved, yet testing on WP 3.0 BP 1.2.5.2 doesn’t produce links for a user with role ‘contributor’ has this issue reared again with WP 3.0 – haven’t time right now to look deeper so didn’t want to reopen the ticket and move to 1.2.6 until sure it is still an issue and why.

    Avatar of r-a-y
    r-a-y
    Moderator

    @r-a-y

    @hnla – Just tested this and it works for me… logged in as administrator and set up an existing user as a contributor on a blog. Logged in as the other user, blog shows up under the “My Blogs” menu.

    Using same test environment as you.

    The thing the “My Blogs” menu doesn’t do is list the role next to the blog, is this what you mean?

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    No I get no drop down at all and the top level link ‘My Blog’ is not an active link, checking the DOM shows an empty child UL. It’s an odd one, if you say it works for you on same setup there’s probably something I’ve overlooked and I’ll investigate further.

    Avatar of r-a-y
    r-a-y
    Moderator

    @r-a-y

    You need to have network mode enabled in WP 3.0 to view the “My Blogs” menu.
    Do you have this enabled?

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    Hmm on WP 3.0 BP 1.2.6 user with own blog , elevated to ‘contributor’ on main blog, at least logged in as Admin and selected user and changed role from ‘no role for user’ to ‘contributor’ yet logging in as this user shows only their blog under My Blogs. Still not convinced I’m not simply overlooking something obvious so will leave for a while and come back to this when thinking clearer :)

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    Yep realise needs to be network mode and most of my test installs are, but that also raises another issue which I left a ticket on ‘ lack of link to dashboard with single blog install’

    Avatar of r-a-y
    r-a-y
    Moderator

    @r-a-y

    How are you adding the user? Are you adding the user via the Super Admin menu? or via the blog in question’s dashboard under “Users”?

    I did the latter as a super admin.

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    Tried both figuring there was likely a difference, seemingly same results, I’m going to have to look deeper before commenting further and discount any gross ignorance on the part of the operator – me ;)

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    I have to admit defeat here ‘my blogs’ will not show anything other than ‘create blog’ been through every setting repeatedly in different combinations.

    Avatar of Andrea Rennick
    Andrea Rennick
    Participant

    @andrea_r

    I think the “my blogs” link pulls blogs that the user is an *admin* on, not just ones they have any access level to.

    Avatar of r-a-y
    r-a-y
    Moderator

    @r-a-y

    Hi Andrea, this isn’t true. A bug was fixed a few weeks ago in bp-blogs-classes.php that wasn’t correctly pulling a user’s blogs.

    @hnla – Just for sanity’s sake, I tried again. This time via “Super Admin > Blogs”. I clicked “Edit”, then added an existing user to the sub-blog that way. Works. Can you check to see your wp_bp_user_blogs table to see if it’s recording anything?

    Avatar of Andrea Rennick
    Andrea Rennick
    Participant

    @andrea_r

    @ray – i’m thinking of the one under the Dashboard – My sites… :D

    Avatar of Hugo
    Hugo
    Moderator

    @hnla

    @r-a-y
    @hnla – Just for sanity’s sake, I tried again. This time via “Super Admin > Blogs”. I clicked “Edit”, then added an existing user to the sub-blog that way. Works. Can you check to see your wp_bp_user_blogs table to see if it’s recording anything?

    May be testing at cross purposes here? Also I t may well be my misunderstanding of things.

    It isn’t so much sub blogs issue it’s a general member of the main site BP / WP blog has no means of easily logging in to the dashboard to make a post as a ‘contributor’ or a level elevated from ‘subscriber’ (As was raised by the OP on this thread?) further to that I realised that also there was a similar issue when installing WP as single blog in that users – at any level – had no bp-adminbar links to access the dashboard (normally under ‘My-blogs’) this issue is known but I had to quickly whip up a crude function to test user level and drop a series of dashboard links on to the adminbar if !bp_core_is_multisite() not ideal but functional.

    The issue which still puzzles me is that on, for example, a multisite install, no user blogs created; if I take a user and elevate their role to ‘contributor’ or even ‘admin’ they still get no means of logging in to the dashboard, not at least under the my-blogs link (as the super admin gets) Perhaps they were never intended to be able but it does mean an awkward route for them to be able to make a post, in my mind I expected them to receive a link to the main blog under ‘my-blogs’ as the super admin or main admin gets, but it isn’t their blog so they don’t.

    I would suppose that a bit of a rewrite of the ‘my-blogs’ function would solve things for both missing link on single installs and for elevated member roles to receive the link as well, I was starting to look at ‘my-blogs’ and adapting it but time is my enemy at the moment.

    Avatar of marco-raaphorst
    marco-raaphorst
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    @marco-raaphorst

    how can I enable network mode?

    I alow multi users to blog on one blog. There’s no easy way to show a New BlogPost button it seems that with network mode it can be done, but how can I switch it on?

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