Saturday, July 18, 2009

Indexing A Team Blog By Author

Many bloggers who setup team blogs, and anticipate having significant numbers of authors providing significant numbers of posts, eventually start wondering
How can I list all of the posts, by author?


This is the sort of feature that one would hope to find in any well designed content management system, which is yet one more thing that Blogger is not. I'm sure that this question came up in the AppsSpot Blogger Enhancements forum, I don't recall that it was discussed terribly vigorously.

There is a solution for this need, though it's manual, and may have to be enforced by the blog owner. Simply have each author assign a label to each post, using his / her name. You, the blog owner, can verify consistent and proper labels, by checking against the Edit Posts menu, which lists both author name and label membership of each blog post.

With each post properly labeled, simply add a labels index - either a Blogger standard one, or a third party one like the Cumulus Multi-Style label index. You could even make your own as part of a custom "Blog Members" gadget.

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4 comments:

Hans-Georg Lundahl said...

Thank you!

I have or may later have, another problem:

"Blogger puts a cap on the number of readers that can view a private blog and frankly, we are way over that limit. Therefore, we regretfully cannot provide ongoing access to the website."

Quoted from Dinoscopus newsletter.

What is this? Will my blog be accessible to invited readers only, or deleted or myself sued if I get more readers than ... what quota?

Chuck said...

No lawsuit, you just can't have more than 100 administrators, authors, and readers. The Settings - Permissions wizard won't let you.

Hans-Georg Lundahl said...

readers means here: registered readers?

Chuck said...

Correct. The limitation is a total of (designated) administrators, authors, and readers.