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Is there a way to enable blog functionality on a "case-by-case" basic

  Asked By: Tucker    Date: Jan 10    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1074

In a recent user group roundtable, a number of participants discussed
policies around using social network tools such as blogs, wikis, etc.
If a company were to decide that they want to control how blogs are
used, for example, by enabling them only on a case-by-case basis, how
would one handle that from the technical side? If you remove the blog
site template, it's not available to anyone, right? So you'd have to
put it back any time a blog is approved and you want to create one?

I've read about how you can disable the the template in the 12 hive,
but again, you'd have to re-enable it when you want to create the
approved blog. And what would disabling it do to the existing approved

I don't see any kind of permissioning that is customizable insofar as
templates are concerned.



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Breann Beach     Answered On: Jan 10

I think there's a permissions level that allows users to create  sites
- sounds like that may be your answer. Not in front of a computer, so
I can't check.

Answer #2    Answered By: Timothy Hall     Answered On: Jan 10

You're right Peter, there is that permissions level. But it's not
specific as to any certain kind  of sites. Flip that switch to "No"
and users could not create  ANY site. Also, I don't know how that
would affect the Personal blog  functionality with in My Sites, which
appears to operate a little differently than the blog site

Answer #3    Answered By: Ian Powell     Answered On: Jan 10

I don't think that it actually does affect MySite functionality  -
creation of MySites and whether users have that ability is set at the
web application level (possibly the Central Admin level). Even if
they can't create  sites, they should still have access to that

However, you are correct - there are no template-level permissions,
which would be the ideal answer to your question. I'm wondering
whether there's a way around not having template-level permissions via
the SharePoint API, but that would require a developer familiar with
that class structure. I'll let others chime in who know far, far more
about that than I do.

Answer #4    Answered By: Osvaldo Winters     Answered On: Jan 10

Within a Site Collection the administrator can choose not to display the
template for creating sites.

That only controls the UI. A blog  site could still be created with
stsadm operations.

As far as wiki goes, one does not have to create  a wiki "site," one can
simply create a wiki page library within a site.