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Phame is a blogging platform.

Overview

Phame is a simple platform for writing blogs and blog posts. Content published through Phame is integrated with other Phabricator applications (like Feed, Herald and Dashboards).

You can use Phame to write and publish posts on any topic. You might use it to make announcements, hold discussions, or provide progress updates about a project.

In the upstream, we use several Phame blogs to discuss changes to Phabricator, make company announcements, photograph food, and provide visionary thought leadership.

Blogs

To get started with Phame, create a blog. Blogs can be personal or edited by a group: the Editable By policy controls who is allowed to write new posts.

You can provide a title, subtitle, and description to help users understand the role and purpose of the blog.

After creating a blog, you can optionally provide a header image (a large image shown on the main blog page, like a beautiful photograph of food) and a picture (a small logo or profile image shown in various places in the UI to help identify the blog).

Blogs can also be hosted externally. See "External Blogs", below, for more information.

Posts

After creating a blog, you're ready to write your first post. You can navigate to the blog and choose Write Post to get started.

Posts have a Visibility field which controls who can see them. The options are:

  • Published: Anyone who can see the blog will be able to read the post.
  • Draft: Allows you to work on posts before publishing them. Only users who can edit the blog will be able to see the post.
  • Archived: Allows you to remove old posts. Only users who can edit the blog will be able to see the post, and it won't appear in the pending drafts list.

After publishing a post, it will appear on the blog and on the Phame home page for all users who can see it.

Using Phame With Other Applications

Phame integrates with other Phabricator applications, so you can do a few interesting things:

Dashboards: You can create a dashboard panel which shows posts on a particular blog, then put the panel on the homepage or a custom dashboard.

This is an easy way to create a list of recent announcements.

Herald: You can use Herald rules to make sure you get notified whenever your favorite author publishes a new post.

Remarkup: You can reference a blog post in any other application using the J123 monogram for the post, or embed a more detailed link with {J123}.

(We ran out of letters a while ago, but thinking about journal may be helpful in remembering this.)

External Blogs

WARNING: This feature is still a prototype and has some known issues.

You can host a Phame blog on an external domain, like blog.mycompany.com. The Phacility corporate blog is an example of an external Phame blog:

https://blog.phacility.com/

External blogs are public (they do not require login) and are only supported if your Phabricator install is also public. You can make an install public by adjusting policy.allow-public in Config, but make sure you understand the effects of adjusting this setting before touching it.

Once you've made your install public, configure the blog that you want to host like this:

  • View Policy: Set the "View Policy" for the blog to "Public". Blogs must have a public view policy to be served from an external domain.
  • Full Domain URI: Set this to the full URI of your external domain, like https://blog.mycompany.com/. When users visit this URI, Phabricator will serve the blog to them.

To configure the blog's navigation breadcrumbs so that it links back to the right parent site, set these options:

  • Parent Site Name: Put the parent site name here (like "MyCompany").
  • Parent Site URI: Put the parent site URI here (like https://www.mycompany.com).

Configuring these options will add a new breadcrumb to the navigation to let users return to the blog's parent site. It will look something like this:

  • My CompanyBlog Name

Finally, configure DNS for blog.mycompany.com to point at Phabricator.

If everything is set up properly, visiting blog.mycompany.com should now serve your blog.