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News center vs blog site

  Asked By: Deangelo    Date: Dec 11    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 919

We want to develop a news center on our Intranet, and I've tested the
News Center site template for this purpose. However, folks here like the
comment functionality that comes with the Blog templates, and would like
to add that to our news center. Any suggestions on how to do that? The
big pro with the news center templates is being able to assign content
types and use the CQWP for rolling up (e.g. we would like to roll up
news from 4 or 5 different areas on to one page, and possibly target to
various audiences). I experimented but was not able to add content types
to the Blog functionality (because it's a list?) and just creating
content type columns and adding did not work within the CQWP (list
content types available in the web part settings don't include Blog).

I prefer to use out-of-box functionality but if someone could suggest a
light code treatment that we could take to get the comment functionality
into the News Center, we could look at that too.

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Answer #1    Answered By: Omar Arnold     Answered On: Dec 11

In case it helps, you can configure the CQWP to retrieve blog  posts,
with a bit of fiddling.

The content  type used for blog posts is marked as "hidden" for some
reason, which is why it doesn't show up in the drop-down lists when you
configure a CQWP web  part. The easiest workaround is to configure the
web part  with some other content type  then export it from the page,
which creates a file on your hard disk. Edit the web part file with
notepad (it's actually just an xml file) to change the selected content
type to Post. Then import the web part back into the page.

I don't have a connection right now to give you the detailed steps, but
let me know if you want them.

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Christen Roberson     Answered On: Dec 11

Same thing happened to me and managed to get the hidden drop-downs back
by enabling "Team Collaboration Lists" in site  Features under "Site
Settings". If it doesn't work, then try enabling from the top-level
settings. By the way, there might be a reason why its not enabled so
just look out for any other changes in the sites. I've enabled mine and
I was able to see the hidden fields.

 
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