developerWorks Group customization: three approaches
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Yeesterday I found myself explaining the different approaches we currently have to Group customization here on developerWorks. It appeared to be a popular topic, so let me share what I said.
When you setup a default Group, it looks something like this:
Let’s go through and see how we can dress this up. (Note, you need to be the owner of the Group in order to make these changes).
Approach 1: rearranging widgets
The easiest step is to pick which widgets you want to feature in your Group, and in what order.
From the homepage, click on the ‘Customize’ button to see which widgets are available. Feel free to add any widgets to your group (you can always remove them at a later date).
Notice that once you add a widget, you can also drag it around the central section of the page using the widget’s title bar. Want people to see your beautifully penned blog posts first? No problem. Just drag the blog widget higher up the page.
Once you are finished, no need to save: your changes are automatically noted and applied.
Each bar also has an action drop-down menu on the right you can use to delete, minimize, or perform other operations.
Note that you also have this drop-down on the right hand side elements with the option to minimize these.
Approach 2: adding an editable html section
You can take the customization a step further by adding a blank canvas to the top of your Group’s central section in the shape of a block of html. In this example you can see how it includes a twitter module and YouTube embed:
Want to give this a go?
See this detailed tutorial with examples here:
Approach 3: adopting a customized blog template
If you are looking to take the customization a step further, you can elect to use the customized blog format for the community, eg:
You have much more control over the template (which also happens to be mobile-enabled) and can get into the html code and play around if you so desire.
In this instance, you are really making heavy use of the ability to customize the blog template, organizing blog posts using tags. These posts (eg. ‘download’, ‘blog’, ‘forum’, ‘faq’) can either link off to other areas of the community ouside of the blog application, or contain content in their own right.
Cesar Cantua has put together this resource to share the development he has done:
Bob Leah also has some useful information if you are looking to customize your blog:
Get started now!
What are you waiting for? Stop reading and go customize a developerWorks Group.
Oh, and don’t forget to share what you’ve been up to in the comments section below.