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  • UW WordPress Blog Network Overview
  • Quick start : - Setting up your Blog
  • Administering your blog - Some Basics
  • Getting Help
  • Answers to Common Questions

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Overview - About the service

The University of Washington WordPress Blog Network is a communication tool for UW faculty and staff. It is distinct from setting up WordPress blogs on individual accounts in that installation and administration is much easier and your blog will automatically have a UW 'look.' Blogs in the WordPress Network are not as customizable as one you set up individually, but we expect that they will meet many needs. One attractive feature is that your WordPress Network blog will have the easy-to-remember address 'http://blogs.uw.edu/<your_blog_name>

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

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Administering your blog

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- Some Basics

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

And their Advanced Features page

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Note
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May not be the best idea to point our network blog owners to the documentation for the full product?

You may also address questions to UW IT Customer Services by sending email to help@uw.edu

Answers to Common Questions

When should I choose a WordPress Network blog vs. setting up my own?
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Setting up a WordPress blog on the UW Web Publishing site is difficult for many people. It involves downloading, installing and configuring both database and WordPress software applications. If you need full control and customization, then you probably want to install things yourself.

Many people are happy with a basic WordPress blog and just want to get started with out a lot of technical work. That is the need the UW WordPress Network blog service meets. You can have a blog ready to use in just minutes. You have some options for themes and plugins and administrator control of posting and comments. UW WordPress Network blogs do not allow customization beyond a common set of features.

Are there limitations on how I use my blog?
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Yes, the UW Web Publishing service and UW WordPress Network blogs are provided for use in support of academic, research and administrative activities. Your blog should be set up and operated in accordance with state laws and UW policy.

Will my blog be backed up and can it be restored if data is lost?
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Yes, .... (details coming soon)

  • Because your UW WordPress Network blog is using UW IT servers, it is protected against server failures. The application and data are regularly backed up and the service, with your blog data, will be restored by UW IT staff if the server fails. Backups are made daily so blog activities within the last 24 hours prior to loss are likely to be lost.
  • Blog owners can install the "WordPress Database Backup" plugin which will give you the option of on-demand backups. (question) ... if we make this available...

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