Santa Clara University

Web Publishing @ SCU

Blog Feature

This element would be used as a companion to a Commonspot blog element. With this element, you can display one or more featured items on your home page, or any other page in your Commonspot site. The element will display the featured items' title and description, and provide a link to the page that includes the full blog. Optionally, you can include the titles of one or more recent, but not "featured" items in your blog.

The blog feature on this page provides an example. If no items in the blog were set to be "featured", the element will display the most recently posted blog item.

Custom Settings

The only required parameter for this element is a blog channel id. When you add the element to your page, you'll see a list of the available Commonspot blogs and their corresponding channel ids.


Display Options

Instead of featuring the most recent post, or items set as featured in the full blog, you can set this element to randomly select an item from the blog and display it as featured. You can also modify the background color of the element. And by default the element will display two recent posts. If you want to change this to show more or less, supply a number in the "recent_posts" parameter. If you set this to zero, the Recent Posts heading and list will not appear.  You may also choose to display the featured blog posts in a list, instead of the default featured view.


style=red (options are: red, gold, and beige - default is beige)
recent_posts=3 (default is "2")
random=true (default is "false")

This would randomly select a featured item from all blog posts, set the background color of the Web Publishing blog (channel_id 21) feature element to "red", and increase the number of recent posts to three.


Setting the display attribute to "list" will render the featured blog posts using the directory list style.

Web Publishing News

  • view or hide links Disqus Comments now available for any page
  • view or hide links Slideshow element supports alt tags
  • view or hide links Mailto links post-Groupwise

Web Publishing News

  • iconDatabase Server Migration

    We plan to migrate the www database server to a new host on March 25th, starting at 11pm. Updates to some databases accessible from www will be unavailable during the migration, although read-only access will be supported. We expect the migration to be complete by 12:30 am on the 26th.

    Update: the migration has completed, and database update access has been restored.

    Mar. 25, 2014 | Permalink
  • iconFlickr slideshow change

    If you're using the Flickr Slideshow element for an embedded photo set that originates outside of the SCU Flickr account, you'll need to update the element settings.

    Flickr now requires the username for the account. The standard SCU account name is "santaclarauniversity". If your photo set is in a different account, enter the username in the element configuration form.

    Mar. 6, 2014 | Permalink
  • iconCourse Listing

    Looking for an easy way to list course descriptions in your web site? Try the Course Listing element in Commonspot. This will select course description text from Peoplesoft, and will automatically update if the official course descriptions are changed in the administrative database.

    Feb. 28, 2014 | Permalink
  • iconPrinter Friendly view and print

    The base template style sheet has been updated to include formatting optimized for print. The style sheet removes the header, navigation and footer sections of the page content, and appends URL paths to any link text. When selecting File > Print in your web browser, this style sheet will be applied.

    For pages that had used the original version of the "Printer Friendly" element, that now will open the browser's print dialog window and apply the new print style sheet.

    Feb. 20, 2014 | Permalink
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