How to add a blog or news section

How to add a blog or news page

Use these instructions to add a blog or news section to your intranet. They are easy to set up and are similar to each other. The layouts are similar to what you would find anywhere on the web and are great tools for sharing news, ideas and other types of information.

Display subpages chronologically, as posts in middle of page

By setting a page as a blog or news page you transform the way subpages appear. Instead of showing up listed in the left-hand "tree" style navigation, subpages appear chronologically in the center of the page.


On the left-hand side of blog and news pages you see a list of recent post titles; click on a post title to view the full post. You can also browse posts by date (via a list of months) or by tags (learn about tags).

Difference between blogs and news pages

  • Blogs show whole posts: For each post, the title and full post show on the blog section main page. This makes it easy to read a full post, but can result in a lot of scrolling.
  • News shows excerpts of posts: For each news item the title and an excerpt of the first few lines show on the news section main page. This is more concise than a blog and the excerpts give the scent of the full post.

First add a new page

  • Step 1: Navigate to where you want to create the new page and click "Add" in the top right.
  • Step 2: Give the page a clear title. It's a good bet to include either "blog" or "news" in the page title.
    • Example: ThoughtFarmer Customer Care Team Blog.
  • Step 3: Click on the grey page type dropdown to the right of the page title and select the "News/Blog" page type.
  • Step 4: In the Settings section on the bottom right, click the text beside "Layout". The Layout tab of the Settings dialog will appear.
  • Step 5: Click on either the "News" or the "Blog" layout.
  • Step 6: Click on the "Security" tab on the left of the dialog and make sure all the right people have edit permission on the page. (See complete instructions on how to change permissions to view & edit.) Click "Done" when you are finished.
  • Step 7: Click "Save" and your Blog or News page will appear, ready for posts to be added.

Add a post or news item

See complete instructions on how to add a post or news item.

Lock this page feature

Once the page display option is set to News/Blog, a new option appears in edit mode - the checkbox "". If you check this box, people who have edit permission can still add new posts, but they are not able to make edits to the main news or blog page itself - it is "locked". Only the page owner can edit the news or blog page when it is locked.

Publish news or blog content to another page

If you want news or blog posts to automatically feed into another page (eg. a group page), you can accomplish that from the news or blog page by publishing the content to another page. See complete instructions on how to publish content to another page.

Hot intranet tips!

#1: Set up a meeting agenda & notes section

Try using a News section to post and collaborate on meeting agendas & notes. See the guide on how to set up a meeting agendas & notes section for all the dirty details. This can help you wrangle multiple versions of meeting agendas and meeting notes with ease and show your stripes as a true innovator!

#2: Give the page a full, clear title

"Team blog" No thank you!

How many teams do you have at your company? How many team blogs could there be? Stand out and make it easy to find your blog, forum or news section by giving it a clear title that people will recognize.

  • Do: "Global Call Centers Blog" or "Fondue Machine Help Forum" or "Fjarðabyggð Office News" (Fjarðabyggð is the tenth largest city in Iceland!).
  • Don't: "Office Blog" or "Help Forum" or "Latest News."