SJD Blog Help Doc

This is a brief guide to working with the SJD Blog as a content provider. You can click on the screenshots in each section to get a closer look. If you have any issues with posting to or editing the blog, please email

Login to the CMS

There is a login link at the bottom of every Pennlaw page, once you click there, you can log in to use the Content Management System (CMS) with your Pennkey.

Check logged in group

If you have used the CMS before, or have been given access to multiple groups, make sure you’re on the SJD Blog group or you won’t be able to edit or access any of the SJD Blog content. If you are not in the SJD Blog group, click on the group name and use the dropdown menu to switch to the correct group.

Add new posts and publish them

Once you’re logged in, you can either click on the Dashboard link beside the group name on top, or if you’re already inside the CMS, click on the Stories tab to access the main blog content area.

Add and save

Make sure the story has a title and summary along with the main content. The story should be Live and not shared. Once all the content is in and the post is tagged (tagging explained below), scroll down to the bottom and save the post. Note: There is no auto-saving function for blog posts, make sure you save before you leave the page or your post will be lost.

Edit existing posts

Click on the title of the post you want to edit in the Stories tab and you’ll be able to edit any of the content. If you don’t see the post in the main content, it might be archived. Click on the Archive tab below the Stories tab to get a list of the archived posts.

Add new tags and assign new or existing tags to posts

It's important that all blog posts have relevant tags (but don't over-tag!). You can add new tags, or choose from existing tags to add to your blog post.

New Tags

You can add a new tag in two ways:

  1. Click on the Tags link on the top right and creating your new tag there. This way, you can see all the other tags being used for the blog as well, the blue titles are tags used on the SJD blog specifically, and the grayed out tags are common tags over the Pennlaw site.
  2. Start typing in your tag in the Tags box on the right side of your blog post. After you've typed in your new tag, hit enter, and the tag should now have a blue background with a dotted border. This means it's a new tag and will get added both to your post and the main tags list once you hit save on your post.

Existing Tags

You can add existing tags by clicking on the Show all tags link underneath the tag entry box on your blog post. This will bring up a box with all available tags, which you can then choose by clicking on one or more tag name, and then click on Use selected tags.

Note: Selecting tags shows tags for the SJD blog, as well as general Penn Law tags. Make sure you only select tags that are used on the SJD blog, these are the tags will show up on the main blog as well as on the Tags page as mentioned above.

Add images

You can add existing images or upload new images for your blog post. Click on Select from your image library, and then either choose an image from the list (this list shows images shared throughout the Penn Law site, as well as images saved directly in the SJD Blog group) or click on Add new images from your computer to upload a new image.

Add links

Select the text you want to have linked in your post, and then click on the chain icon in the toolbar above the text box. This will bring up the Make a Link box where you can choose to Link to a page within the group, the Penn Law site, to an outside URL, to an email address or to a file.

Note: When linking to a page outside the Law school site, make sure that the link starts with an http:// or https:// and the option for the This link will open in dropdown is a new window.

Add files

If you need to link to files in your blog posts, you can add files through the Files link on the top right corner. Make sure you name the file with a descriptive name and post it as Live instead of the default Hidden. You can add a link to the file in your blog post as described above.

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