What is a Weblog?

"Weblog" (also known as "Blog") is a Web based Log or Diary system.

What makes a Blog valuable?

They provide individuals and groups with a convenient solution for automated Web content generation and publication.

Why should I set up a blog?

A blog is a socially oriented tool for informally or formally sharing information, experiences, and knowledge across personal and professional networks.

How is my blog organized?

All your posts are displayed in reverse-chronological order, the latest post being displayed on top.

What are comments?

Comments are usually short articles from other people regarding a post you have written. You can always leave comments regarding certain posts. Other readers can again comment on these comments. Also, readers leave an email or the internet address of his or her blog with the comment so people can learn a bit more about the person.

However, please beware that spamming other people's blogs by including commercial ads in your comments is NOT welcome.

What is RSS?

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication which enables you to notify other people about your new blog entries. You post your Web log entries in the XML specification RSS. News readers all over the world can view your blog entries on content aggregators.

What is RSS Auto Discovery?

RSS Auto Discovery will automatically find the syndication feed of a blog, news item, or web page if it has one.

What RSS versions are supported?

ODS Weblog currently supports RSS versions 0.91, 0.92 and 2.0.

What is a tag?

A tag works like a keyword. Like categories, they are used to describe people, groups, or posts. You can tag a post with several tags separated by commas.

Example: tags for the post your wrote about your holiday in Australia could be:

holiday, Australia, down under, sun, hot, Melbourne, Sydney, dingos.

Tags Technology Virtuoso SQL XML Web 2.0.

Having many tags helps your posts be found more easily, but fewer tags may also help more in organizing your posts.

Does one have to register with ODS Weblog to view my blog?

No. Your blog can be viewed by any internet user. They do not have to register with ODS to view your blog.

What blogging APIs are supported?

ODS Weblog provides support for several APIs based on the XML-RPC. These include the blogger API, MetaWeblog API, MovableType and xmlStorageSystem API.

How do I go about creating a blog in ODS Weblog?

Log in to ODS, go to Home->My Blogs and click Create.

Can I personalize my blog?

Yes, you can personalize your blog in several ways. One way is to just modify items shown on your Weblog Home page, example Amazon Search or AltaVista's BableFish translator. Another option is choose another template under the Settings -> Templates. Here you can change template by selecting from a list of templates or customize one of your own.

How can I post entries to my blog? What tools?

ODS Blog has a web age with a text area or a WSYWIG editor.

Are there other tools I can use to post to my blog?

Like most blog applications, ODS Weblog supports the Blogger API which allows desktop and mobile client tools to connect to the blog for posting and management. Virtuoso also supports MetaWeblog or Movable Type protocols and through moblogging you can use your mobile phone or PDA to post to your OpenLink Virtuoso Weblog.

What is a blogroll?

A Blogroll is a collection of links to your favorite blogs which are usually placed on your blog homepage.

What is a permalink?

Permalink, short for "permanent link", is the permanent internet address of a post. This is important, as most blogs change regularly, and without a permanent link, the posts would be impossible to find later.

Permalinks are usually indicated by a hash (#) or the permalink at the end of the post.

What is Trackback?

TrackBack is a tool to allow you to notify other blog authors of your blog posts. Most bloggers use it to comment on a blog post as an entry on their site, rather than as comments on the other blog. It's similar to linking to a permalink but it adds the functionality where you actually tell the original blogger that you've linked to them. This is called "sending a ping".

Here's an example:

How to Give My Blog Content Tags Meaning via MOAT Ontology?

MOAT (Meaning Of A Tag) provides a Semantic Web framework to publish semantically-annotated content from free-tagging. For more information about Virtuoso MOAT Server and ODS support you can read here. Here is a scenario showing how this ontology can be used in Weblog post message:

How to Hyperlink Content in My Blog?

How can I upstream (export) my Blog?

Upstreaming keeps your blogs synchronized amongst your various blog sites. You can find an example of ODS Weblog Upstreaming using Atom Protocol here.

Does ODS Weblog support Movable Type API?

Yes. You can find detailed information here.

Does ODS Weblog support Meta Weblog (XML-RPC) API?

Yes. You can find detailed information here.

Does ODS Weblog support Blogger API?

Yes. Detailed information you can find here.

How to stop the Automatic Links for a relevant string?

At the moment, you cannot stop Automatic Links only for a chosen string. You can turn them off for an entire post, by including the following tag anywhere in the article --

<no-auto-href />

OpenLink recommends that the author always place the <no-auto-href /> at the very end and/or the very beginning of a post, so it is easily visible to later editors.

How do I Downstream (Import) from other blog sites?

You can Downstream content from other blogs to your own blog through Settings ->Downstream (Import). You can find a sample scenario here.

What Weblog Ubiquity Commands are supported?

A full list and examples of Weblog ubiquity commands you can find here.

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