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This is the home of the UW WordPress Network Documentation space. This is a work in progress in preparation for a public release of the service that is anticipated late in 2011. Suggestions are welcome.

On This Page

  • UW WordPress Blog Network Overview
  • Quick start - Setting up your Blog
  • Administering your blog - Some Basics
  • Getting Help

Overview - About the service

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About the service

In response to the rising popularity of Wordpress blog sites at the UW, UW-IT, UW Marketing and other partners have launched UW Blogs Network, an easy-to-use blog service for faculty and staff. The new service cost is covered in the basic services bundle. The UW Blogs Network uses an official UW theme. Service administration is provided by UW-IT.

The new service is easily activated through the "computing services" page, and makes it easier to use Wordpress by providing UW-specific themes, NetID login support, up-to-date plug-ins, and a blog framework. The site, content, and administration are up to the site owner. The service is currently live and accepting new signups.

The service is available to UW faculty and staff for use to support UW activities and is subject to state laws and and UW policy.

Quick start - Setting up your Blog

Those eligible for a blog will find the service listed on the Manage UW NetID Services page. (Note: As of September 2011 until further notice the activation must be done via a special development version of the Manage UW NetID Services page.) To activate a blog, select the WordPress Network Blog service and click on Subscribe. Your activation will be confirmed and you will get email with information about how to access and administer your new blog.

Administering your blog - Some Basics

Until we have University of Washington content here, you may use the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Easystart pages.

And their Advanced Features page

policies.

The service can be accessed at blogs.uw.edu

UW Blogs Network Features

  • Uses the popular WordPress software.
  • UW-Branded Blogs
  • UW NetID Authentication: no need to remember a new password.
  • Centrally maintained by UW-IT: blog owners don't need to worry about keeping the software up-to-date.

Who is Eligible

Current faculty and staff can activate a UW Blog. Once activated, an individual blog owner can add any NetID holder they choose to assist in administrating that blog, if so desired.

Getting Help

General Use Information and documentation for blog owners can be found at UW Blogs Network Administration

Answers to common questions can be found at Answers to Common Questions of UW Blogs Network Blog Owners

If your question is not covered by the sources above, please email the UW-IT Service Center at help@uw.edu