Creating Message Boards

You can create and manage message boards in the Global, Site, and Page scopes. Regardless of scope, you manage a message board via the Site Administration menu. The following sections show you how to use this menu to manage message boards in each of these scopes.

Site-scoped Message Boards

By default, the Message Boards app in Site Administration is scoped to the current Site. To administer this message board, open the Menu (Menu), expand the menu for your Site, then navigate to Content & DataMessage Boards. The Message Boards administration screen then appears. Note that the options available on this screen are the same regardless of scope. The next sections show you how to change scope and then access this screen.

Figure 1: A Message Board instance starts empty, ready for you to configure for your purposes.

Figure 1: A Message Board instance starts empty, ready for you to configure for your purposes.

Page-scoped Message Boards

If you need a page-scoped message board, you must add a Message Boards widget to that page and then set its scope to the page. Follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the page.

  2. From the Add menu (Add), open WidgetsCollaboration.

  3. Drag a Message Boards widget onto the page.

  4. Click the Options icon (Options) in the widget’s title bar and select Configuration.

  5. From the Scope menu in the Scope tab, select the page’s name or PageName (Create New) if the page scope doesn’t exist yet.

  6. Click Save, and then close the dialog.

Note that you must still use the Site Administration menu to administer a page-scoped Message Boards widget. You do so by setting the Site Administration menu’s active scope. Follow these steps to do this:

  1. Open the Menu (Menu), expand the menu for your Site, then expand Content & Data.

  2. The current scope appears just below the Content & Data heading. Default Scope is the current Site. To change this, click the gear icon (Gear) and then select your desired scope. This changes the Site Administration menu to reflect scope you selected. To work in a page’s scope, for example, select that page from the gear icon. That page’s name then becomes the Site Administration menu’s title.

    Figure 2: Select the pages scope under the Content & Data menu in Site Administration.

    Figure 2: Select the page's scope under the *Content & Data* menu in Site Administration.

  3. Select Message Boards from the Content & Data menu. Any changes you make here apply to the scope that you selected in the previous step.

Globally-scoped Message Boards

To manage a message board in the global scope, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Menu (Menu), then click the compass icon (Compass) on the Site Administration menu. This opens the Select Site dialog.

  2. Select the My Sites tab, then select Global. This closes the dialog and changes the Site Administration menu’s title to Global.

  3. Select Message Boards from the Content & Data menu. Any changes you make here apply to the global scope.

    Figure 3: After changing to the global scope, select Message Boards from the Content & Data menu in Site Administration.

    Figure 3: After changing to the global scope, select *Message Boards* from the *Content & Data* menu in Site Administration.

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