Managing a corporate blog site with SharePoint Online and Office ProPlus

Managing a corporate blog site with SharePoint Online and Office ProPlus

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As I help organizations transition to think cloud-first, one of my goals is to help them get the most out of their Office 365 investment.  In this post, we’ll talk about tackling a corporate blog.

SharePoint Online comes with a number of out-of-the-box templates, and the one that most closely maps to the blog requirement is … wait for it … the blog site template.

Create a blog site

  1. From the SharePoint Online Admin Center, click Site Collections.
    Managing a corporate blog site with SharePoint Online and Office ProPlus
  2. Click New and select New Private Collection.
    Managing a corporate blog site with SharePoint Online and Office ProPlus
  3. Enter a name for the blog site, as well as a URL.  On the Collaboration tab, select the Blog template.  Select the time zone, and assign a site collection administrator.  Click OK to create the site collection.
    Managing a corporate blog site with SharePoint Online and Office ProPlus
  4. Navigate to the newly created blog site.  Select the URL and save it to the clipboard.  You’ll need it later when you configure Word to post.
    Managing a corporate blog site with SharePoint Online and Office ProPlus

Connect Word and Publish

  1. Launch Word from the Office 365 ProPlus suite.
  2. Select File | New and select the Blog template.
    Managing a corporate blog site with SharePoint Online and Office ProPlus
  3. Select Register Now.
    Managing a corporate blog site with SharePoint Online and Office ProPlus
  4. Under Blog Provider, select SharePoint blog, and then click Next.
    Managing a corporate blog site with SharePoint Online and Office ProPlus
  5. Paste the blog URL (from step 4) and click OK.
    Managing a corporate blog site with SharePoint Online and Office ProPlus
  6. Click OK to dismiss the dialog box.
    Managing a corporate blog site with SharePoint Online and Office ProPlus
  7. Edit the document and add a title, text, headings, and images.
    Managing a corporate blog site with SharePoint Online and Office ProPlus
  8. When you are finished, under the Blog Post tab of the ribbon, select Publish.
  9. Switch to the browser interface and refresh the blog page to see the blog page posted.
    Managing a corporate blog site with SharePoint Online and Office ProPlus

Overall, though, we’d recommend you use the modern Communication Sites Templates. 🙂

Published by Aaron Guilmette

Helping companies conquer inferior technology since 1997. I spend my time developing and implementing technology solutions so people can spend less time with technology. Specialties: Active Directory and Exchange consulting and deployment, Virtualization, Disaster Recovery, Office 365, datacenter migration/consolidation, cheese.

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