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Dominoblog - inserting your own profile photo

Steve Castledine  June 22 2010 11:21:46 AM GMT -6
When you setup Dominoblog for the first time, you get a "generic" picture for the owner, like so: One of those "if I had a pound for each time I was asked I would be rich" questions is how to change

Dominoblog: Templates

Steve Castledine  March 11 2010 06:39:10 AM GMT -6
Denny had a question: I want to have a 'Home' page that starts when the blog is opened, then I want to have a link that will take me to the Blog and I want to do all this with the .nsf file. So I t

Download the Blog Template for IBM Lotus Notes Domino

Steve Castledine  November 24 2009 12:19:04 PM GMT -6
I've been asked many times this month about getting hold of the blog template file. Well it is hosted on OpenNTF so you can download it directly from here (OpenNTF also hosts other build Notes Domino

Automatically send emails to users who post comments on your site when you reply

Steve Castledine  November 7 2008 03:00:00 AM GMT -6
Something I often forget exists, is the ability to send an email to someone automatically when you respond to their comment (Notes Client Only) within the blog template. To set this up, you need to g

Accessing the Web Client for the Blog Template

Steve Castledine  November 4 2008 04:01:58 AM GMT -6
Publishing something I replied to in an email yesterday: You can access the web client for the blog template via the "admin" link (within the default "yellow" theme) which can be found in the top rig

Hiding advanced sections in blog template for users

Steve Castledine  November 4 2008 03:43:10 AM GMT -6
Just a quick tip today, I have a lot of work I need to complete by close and its my wife's birthday so I guess I should finish work before 10pm (kidding). By default the blog template is a "personal

Switching on anti spam in Dominoblog

Steve Castledine  October 9 2008 04:40:49 AM GMT -6
I've mentioned this a few times, but it can't be mentioned too many times due to its importance for web facing blog's. The Domino Blog template has a pretty effective anti spam mechanism to prevent r

Domino Blog Theme editing and Tag Library

Steve Castledine  October 2 2008 08:06:36 AM GMT -6
I have today published an article on editing the default theme within the blog template and general information about the html templates etc on the Domino Wiki site. You can access the document here.

Some basic info on how the Tag Cloud tag works in Domino Blog

Steve Castledine  September 8 2008 09:51:48 AM GMT -6
Reproduced from forthcoming documentation: DXTagCloud provides an automatic tag cloud within your web pages: The system outputs the tags in an unordered list. You need to surround the tag with u

Blog Template 8.01 update presentation

Steve Castledine  January 31 2008 05:54:01 AM GMT -6
Here's a short presentation I put together going through the changes in the 8.01 release of the Blog Template. It contains some useful technical information about upgrading etc. Hopefully will have

Blog Template Web Rich Text Editor Upgraded

Steve Castledine  December 17 2007 03:54:50 AM GMT -6
One of the things that desperately needed sorting was the web rich text editor in the blog template. Pre IBM it used Tiny MCE: Then for various reasons it had to be removed in order to meet the cod

Blog Template gets some new Clothes

Steve Castledine  November 29 2007 01:44:18 PM GMT -6
When the next version of the blog template is released, it will sport some new clothes. The new default will look like this: You can see for yourself at Bob Balaban's blog. There is also the opti

Tags v Categories

Steve Castledine  November 28 2007 06:15:47 AM GMT -6
Traditionally content has been organised by "categories" in order for us to keep controlled and structured with our data. With the recent web2.0 explosion "tags" have emerged as a fairly new technolog

Notes Domino 7.0.3

Steve Castledine  October 17 2007 06:10:32 AM GMT -6
Notes Domino 7.0.3 is available but I am sure pretty much anyone reading this will have read it elsewhere anyway. The point of the post is to state that the Blog Template was updated in 7.0.3 to the

Domino Blog XSS Warning

Steve Castledine  October 2 2007 07:35:42 AM GMT -6
It seems the Domino community is being targetted right now by the dull, nothing better to do script kiddies who put javascript calls into web site comments. I know a few people have had to shut off

Theme Manager Video

Steve Castledine  September 3 2007 07:02:18 AM GMT -6
I did this video to show the theme manager exists :) On viewing, the video quality is poor so I need to work out optimum settings for this to work. In the meantime you can hear for yourself - and see

Theme Manager Update

Steve Castledine  July 13 2007 05:58:23 AM GMT -6
I have had some time to spend on the "Theme Manager" of late. It probably will not be called that at full release, as it will do a whole lot more as it will be a full enterprise blog management tool (

Blog Presentation - Extending IBM Blog Template

Steve Castledine  June 6 2007 04:22:55 AM GMT -6
This is a presentation done by top bloke Sean Burgess at ILUG. I'm guessing it is a repeat of a Lotusphere 2007 session done with the super cool Jon Vaughan.

Locale based date tags in Blog Template

Steve Castledine  May 18 2007 05:43:34 AM GMT -6
One of the "bad" things in the 7.0.2 release of the blog template is that in the default theme/html templates are date tags to display the date/time of the creation of each entry. You will see which t

List of Hot Topics <$DXHighlighted$>

Steve Castledine  May 17 2007 05:15:00 AM GMT -6
One of the things you can add to your blog is a list of "Hot Topics" (well actually they do not have to be hot topics they can be anything you like). There is a two stage process to this. First addi

Blog Template: When you want to use raw html but Rich Text is not playing ball

Steve Castledine  May 16 2007 04:26:46 AM GMT -6
Sometimes you may have some raw html that you want to post in your entry, but for some reason when saved as rich text it is not coming out the other end as you would expect. In order to ensure your

Blog Template - Including HTML in your content without it being used as HTML

Steve Castledine  May 15 2007 05:52:33 AM GMT -6
Often us bloggers need to demonstrate use of html in our posts. With the IBM blog template we need to tell the application where this html is, so it converts it so it is not used as actual html. We

<$DXDeleteURL$>

Steve Castledine  May 15 2007 05:40:50 AM GMT -6
is used when building advanced websites where you want to give users the ability to delete comment or content documents using a browser. The tag provides the link as text to add to the flexibility.

<$DXDocumentLink$>

Steve Castledine  May 15 2007 05:33:08 AM GMT -6
can be used in either a page (for a document) or an item template and provides the final part of the URL for the current document being displayed. It is provided as text and not a full URL so you ca

<$DXURL$>

Steve Castledine  May 15 2007 05:26:45 AM GMT -6
can be used in any page template and inserts the full url to your database as text. So you would use it like: <a href="< $DXURL$ >" title="title">Home</a> The actual value comes

<$DXCategoryList$>

Steve Castledine  May 9 2007 05:00:00 AM GMT -6
is a powerful tag that can be used in advanced content management solutions. This tag can be placed in any "Page Template" to display content by any category (or sub category) and you can indicate a

SNUG Blog Presentation

Steve Castledine  May 8 2007 05:47:21 AM GMT -6
Here's the presentation I used at SNUG last week on the Blog Template (slideshare link and the direct file link below that). This will receive further work when I have time, I also plan to add some au

<$DXSubCategories$>

Steve Castledine  May 1 2007 08:53:40 AM GMT -6
is an automatic category navigation tag. You can use this within any page template and it will display a list of categories or sub categories that you can navigate to from that point. This is an adva

<$DXBreadCrumb$>

Steve Castledine  May 1 2007 06:49:58 AM GMT -6
can be placed in any Page Template (although with the homepage it doesn't do anything - maybe I need to add a "home" ability) or Item template that is used for content, to automatically create "Bread

< $DXSimpleCategories $>

Steve Castledine  April 30 2007 08:23:22 AM GMT -6
can be used in any "Page Template" in order to provide a list of Sub Categories under the category you specify. This is an advanced tag really only used in custom content management solutions. So if

<$DXQuickList$>

Steve Castledine  April 27 2007 10:05:00 AM GMT -6
Used within your content only (so not in HTML templates). Allows you to present a list of content for a particular category. Each item in the list can be formatted by going to the configuration docu

Blog Template Documentation Snippets

Steve Castledine  April 27 2007 09:53:25 AM GMT -6
You may see "half created" documentation snippets appearing on this site. Apologies for the poor quality of them, I am putting together some notes for some future documentation and rather than write i

Intranet Journal - Setting Up the IBM Blogging Template

Steve Castledine  April 26 2007 01:16:13 PM GMT -6
John Roling has written a superb article over at Intranet Journal on setting up the IBM Blogging Template. I should also apologise to John as seeing the article reminded me that I told him I would he

Enabling Comment Spam Protection - IBM Lotus Notes Blog Template

Steve Castledine  April 10 2007 04:06:45 AM GMT -6
Sometimes I wake up thinking "why did I do it like that". Actually I do that often, maybe I dream about my work which is 1) Probably sad and 2) Don't tell my employer I do things which I later think s

IBM Lotus Notes Blog Template - RSS Options

Steve Castledine  April 4 2007 09:53:41 AM GMT -6
By default the blog template provides RSS feeds out of the box and on the default theme you can see links to these on the left side bar. Clever browsers like Firefox will also pick up this feed aut

Creating an "about" or "contact" page for your blog

Steve Castledine  April 3 2007 01:39:10 PM GMT -6
Within the blog template pages such as "Contact" or "About" as classified as "Web Pages" as they do not form part of the blog content itself. You can find these "Web Pages" under "Resources/Web Page

Having Categorised Links/Blog Roll on your IBM Lotus Notes Blog

Steve Castledine  March 30 2007 06:40:00 AM GMT -6
By default when you add links to your blog roll they appear in a flat list sorted in alphabetical order. We may, however, wish to split these links into categories. For this example I will split the

Automatic meaningful page names with the IBM Lotus Notes Blog Template

Steve Castledine  March 29 2007 05:32:03 AM GMT -6
By default the blog template generates unique page names for your content like so: Sometimes you may wish to have a more meaningful page name such as "contact.htm" or "about.htm". This is achieved

Changing the Character Encoding for your RSS Feeds

Steve Castledine  March 22 2007 05:47:18 AM GMT -6
The IBM Lotus Notes Blog Template uses a character encoding of UTF-8 by default for its RSS feeds. However you may wish to change this to say iso-8859-1in order to provide for an extended character se

So you want some blog documentation?

Steve Castledine  March 21 2007 09:35:24 AM GMT -6
After talking to a colleague I remembered that draft documentation is within the Notes 8 Beta 2 Help:

Multiple level categorisation with the Blog Template

Steve Castledine  February 28 2007 06:45:00 AM GMT -6
By default the IBM Lotus Notes blog template has a single level of categorisation that is the standard for "blog" websites. Sometimes when more complex sites are built you may wish to have multiple

Podcasting with the IBM Lotus Notes Blog Template

Steve Castledine  February 26 2007 01:00:00 PM GMT -6
Setting Up for Podcasting You do not actually need to do anything to setup podcasting, but there are some things you can do to automate a few tasks. Setting an Default External Host It maybe more e

CoffeeSpot Theme

Steve Castledine  January 24 2007 09:29:50 AM GMT -6
At the request of some customers today, I have made available the CoffeeSpot theme for the IBM Lotus Notes Domino blog template for download below. When I return to the UK in February I will complete

Domino Blog Template - Attachments Part 1

Steve Castledine  December 21 2006 06:15:00 AM GMT -6
This will be a two part article as attachments are handled differently in the blog template than you might expect. However this leads to interesting ways of using this feature to create solutions such

Domino Blog Template - Adding a "Blog Roll" to your site

Steve Castledine  December 20 2006 06:45:00 PM GMT -6
The default template that comes with the blog template does not have a "blog roll" configured. However it is relatively straightforward to create one. Adding links to the database The actual links

Domino Blog Template - Restricting amount of content displayed for each entry on homepage

Steve Castledine  December 19 2006 05:45:00 PM GMT -6
By default when you create new entries in the blog database, the full entry is displayed on the homepage. Sometimes it might be preferable to show a small amount of the text and/or have users click

Domino Blog Template - Be notified when someone adds a comment

Steve Castledine  December 8 2006 08:39:16 AM GMT -6
The Lotus Notes blog template has the facility to notify you or a group of people when someone has added a comment to your site. There are two stages to setting this up. The first is to specify who

Domino Blog Template - Highlighting Author Comments

Steve Castledine  December 5 2006 06:07:00 AM GMT -6
The Lotus Notes blog template allows us to highlight comments entered by the content author's. I have this setup on this site (see right). To do this is quite straightforward. First of all we need t

Blix Theme for IBM Lotus Notes Blog Template

Steve Castledine  November 23 2006 05:00:00 AM GMT -6
So you want to look like me? Wouldn't recommend it so here is the Notes application for the theme for my blog instead (blix.zip at bottom of post).

Domino Blog Template - Adding Email and Website Links to Comments

Steve Castledine  November 22 2006 08:01:48 AM GMT -6
The default blog theme does not include links to the email or website addresses of users that have posted comments. Should you wish to add these links, then this can be done very easily and you hav

Domino Blog Template - Creating a new Theme Part 2

Steve Castledine  November 10 2006 09:30:00 AM GMT -6
In part one of this two part series, I showed you have to create the homepage and the services running off it such as the archives and RSS feeds etc. This article will show you how to edit the other p

Phigment and Jonvon Show

Steve Castledine  November 8 2006 05:15:48 PM GMT -6
Sean Burgess and John Vaughan are doing a session at Lotusphere 2007 on the blog template - can't wait to see this! Congrats!!!!

Domino Blog Template - Creating a new Theme Part 1

Steve Castledine  November 7 2006 03:15:00 PM GMT -6
This article will go through the process you can use to take an existing design that has been created by a web designer (maybe your corporate look and feel) or is perhaps already available to other bl

DeveloperWorks Blog

Steve Castledine  November 7 2006 11:39:01 AM GMT -6
How cool is this - a new developerWorks blog using the domino blog template - blends in nicely with the current site. I know I should grow up - but for me it is still cool to have my software running

Domino Blog Template - HTML options within Rich Text

Steve Castledine  November 2 2006 08:15:00 AM GMT -6
There are many options surrounding the use of Rich Text and HTML and combinations of within the Domino Blog Template. This article will try and explain some of these options. Standard Rich Text By

Domino Blog Template - XHTML Mode

Steve Castledine  November 1 2006 04:38:47 AM GMT -6
The Lotus Notes 7.0.2 blog template can either run in "XHTML" mode or standard HTML. To switch the XHTML mode on or off, goto the configuration document and tabs "Site Settings" (default) and "Conte

Domino Blog Template - Adding Comment Numbering

Steve Castledine  October 31 2006 07:15:00 AM GMT -6
Comment numbering is actually one of the features that the default skin for the blog template has out of the box. However it is helpfull to know how it is done so it can be incorporated into your skin

Converting from DominoBlog v3 to IBM Lotus Notes 7.0.2 Blog Template

Steve Castledine  October 30 2006 05:59:21 AM GMT -6
Apologies I should have done this a while ago - it was such a simple piece of code to write in the end. Anyway I have attached a zip file containing a notes database with an agent that will do the co

Domino Blog Template - Emailing Content to your Blog

Steve Castledine  October 27 2006 07:27:35 AM GMT -6
Whilst looking around for some documentation today, I came across an old Video Blog/Cast that I did a while ago on the subject of adding content to your site via email. You can download it here. Be w

Domino Blog Template - Who is posting comments in your organization and what pages are they reading?

Steve Castledine  October 26 2006 01:45:00 PM GMT -6
If your blog is open to anonymous access then most of this information will be of little relevance. However if you have authenticated users it shows how you can see who really is posting comments and

Adding Author Images to your blog

Steve Castledine  October 20 2006 05:45:00 AM GMT -6
When using the Lotus Notes blog template, you may have multiple authors and wish to display a picture automatically beside each entry in order to easily identify each post. So that this is an autom

I blog, You blog, weblog

Steve Castledine  October 19 2006 04:32:41 AM GMT -6
As picked up by Ed, the IBM homepage has a feature on blogging right now. This feature highlights Ed and the Lotus Notes blogging template. Nice work and great graphics!

Collecting Statistics from the Domino Blog Template

Steve Castledine  October 6 2006 04:04:50 AM GMT -6
Using this technote you can download a sample statistics template and record site usage of your blog site. Previously statistics were contained within the same database as the blog content, however

Podcast with Bruce and Julian talking about blog template

Steve Castledine  October 5 2006 06:21:56 AM GMT -6
Yesterday I had fun with Bruce and Julian and took part in their Lotus Notes Podcast. Episode 34 includes myself talking about the blog template. Listening to myself over audio is the equivalent of

Differences between Dominoblog and 7.0.2 Blog Template

Steve Castledine  October 4 2006 05:09:44 AM GMT -6
There are differences between my old dominoblog template and the version distributed by IBM. One of the technotes I have written describes these differences and it is now available here. You can pos

Notes/Domino 7.0.2 Blog Template Out

Steve Castledine  October 2 2006 04:33:10 AM GMT -6
The blog template for IBM Lotus Notes/Domino 7.0.2 is now available. You can find the template with the Server install. I will write some entries on this template over the next few weeks to highli

Corporate Flogging

Steve Castledine  August 17 2007 07:18:56 AM GMT -6
Picked up from an internal blog, this is quite funny: