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WordPress Network Documentation

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  • UW WordPress Blog Network Overview
  • Quick start: Setting up your Blog
  • Getting Help
  • Answers to Common Questions

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 policypolicies.

Quick start

Those eligible for a blog will find the service listed on 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.

Basics of administering your blog

Maybe just follow what University of Wisconsin - Whitewater did

And their Advanced Features page

Getting Help

Links to Vendor documentation

Answers to Common Questions

When should I choose a WordPress Network blog vs. setting up my own?
Are there limitations on how I use my blog?
Will my blog be backed up and can it be restored if data is lost?
Do UW data ownership and retention policies affect my blog?
Can I have a custom URL for my WordPress Network blog?
What are the controls and limits for comments to my blog?
Can I get a custom theme or plugin for my blog?

The service can be accessed at

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