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27 April 2008 at 3:10pm
Someone was asking about developing a system where site users could have their own blogs. Rather than email them personally I thought it would be more useful to post here.
I would think that this could be built on top of the existing blog module; you would need to extend it in two ways:
1) Have some kind of facility for creating new blogs. This might be a registration form on the site, or your site administrator might just go into the CMS and do this manually.
The following actions would need to be performed:
- Create a BlogHolder Page - e.g. "Sam's Blog"
- Create a Group - e.g. "Sam's Blog Administrators"
- Add the relevant user to the "Sam's Blog Administrators" group
- In the access tab of the BlogHolder page, say that the "Sam's Blog Administrators" group is allowed to administer this page.
This multi-step process is a little unwieldy, so it would be better to write a script to do it. Ideally, you would build these scripts onto the blog model object themselves, rather than baking them into a specific controller. This will make it easier to re-use these scripts in other contexts.
$blog = new BlogHolder();
$blog->ParentID = XX;
2) Update the security checks on BlogManagementWidget class and BlogEntry::EditLink to perform a more sophisticated access check. You probably want to create a new permission code like "BLOG_EDIT", and check that the current user has that permission as well as having been given access to this specific blog.
27 April 2008 at 3:24pm
It would probably be handy if Admin didn't have to setup a blog for user as it could create a lot of work for little reward.
Would be good if the user could activate the blog in their member profile.
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