Create Your Own Twitter-style Group Blog With P2

What is the reason for Twitter’s popularity? It is a great platform for communication, what ever you write it can be viewed by your friends and they can join in the discussion too. What if you had the same power to communicate on your blog with your readers? Well this is possible with the P2 theme in WordPress with which you can communicate with your readers in a beautiful manner.

Getting Started With P2 Blog Theme

WordPress is by far the most popular tool to write blogs and publish them online. There are a lot of themes in WordPress; generally people use the regular, standard theme to write blogs. You would be quite delighted to know that WordPress comes with a theme similar to discussion boards in a group like Twitter etc. This theme is called P2 and is used for microblogging which helps in making a discussion platform.

To start up with this theme, it is obvious that one needs to have an account with blog. If you do not have an account with then, sign up for it.

To have clarity in understanding create a new blog.  Go to MyBlogs and Register another blog. Enter the intended name for your blog. On the page of Create Blog there is an entry field for Blog Domain. If there is a server or hosting account of your own then, you can run P2 theme on WordPress.

After creating a blog, log in to the dashboard and go to Appearances and then Themes. Enter P2 as the required theme and click on Activate, which is all needed.

If you want to activate the P2 theme on your existing blog then, similar to the above log on to your WordPress account and go to the dashboard; select Appearances and then Themes. Select the tab of Install Themes; enter P2 in search option and rest can be easily understood. Just follow the instructions.

Attractive Features of P2 theme

Once this theme has been activated on your blog then you get the control on a whole lot of new facilities.
First is needless to say that you will receive Notification when a new comment or post has been added. So it clearly directs you to whether there has been any activity or not on the first page itself. Also you can reply to the posts and comments without really refreshing the page.

Next another very interesting feature is that of Shortcut keys. You can use them to browse through the post, hide comments, reply to them etc. For example use the key j to go to the next comment or post, use r to reply to a post, h to show or hide help and many more.

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As it takes very less time to post a comment, it can be used as a Discussion form among a group of may be your business buddies or college friends etc. This will let all the members to view the group conversation. For this you can add multiple authors to your site and keep the public posting option turned off.  So all the members can post updates, pictures etc and other visitors can just read and comment on the posts. You can do this by checking on the Posting Access option under Theme Options under Appearance.

Also, you can make your blog Private for your group members only and not letting anyone else view anything about it. This can be done by going to the Settings option on the left of the page.

Go to Privacy and select I would like my blog to be private, visible only to users I choose, and Save Changes. You can by default add 35 users to your blog.

Below the above is an option to add the usernames of the members you want to add to your site. If you want to add unlimited users then, you need to pay for $2.97 for a year.

You can make your blog private if you have a Self-hosted site by just checking against the Posting Access which says Allow any registered member to post.

Although if you are running WordPress on your own server it is not possible to make your blog private, you will have to download plugins to achieve this target. Just go to the Plugins section on the menu and select Add New, enter Absolute Privacy and follow instructions.