This is the home of the UW Blogs Network Documentation. This is a work in progress in preparation for a public release of the service that is anticipated late in 2011. Suggestions are welcome.
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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 will soon launch 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 will have an official theme. Service administration is provided by UW-IT.
The new service will be 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 targeted for full release Winter 2012.
The service is available to UW faculty and staff for use to support UW activities and is subject to state laws and UW policies.
The service can be accessed at blogs.uw.edu
UW Blogs Network Features
- Uses the popular WordPress software.
- UW-Branded Blogs
- Easy to remember URL: http://blogs.uw.edu/<your_UW_NetID>
- 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.
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 email@example.com
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About Plugins There are a lot of really handy plugins and features that are available for WordPress that add new features and expand upon existing ones. We've included some of the most useful plugins in our Blogs network, and all you have to do is activatActivating your Blog
Activating your Blog Next Steps After your blog is set up, we recommend viewing Getting Started with your Blog.Add or Remove your Blog from the Blog List and Recent Posts
Add or Remove your Blog from the Blog List and Recent Posts The Blog List is an automatically generated page on the UW Blogs Network portal that displays a list of current blogs. The recent posts widget is displayed on the portal home screen and highlightAdding Administrators, Editors, or Users to your Blog
Overview In many situations, it is often desirable to add additional administrators, editors, or authors to your blog. While only faculty, and staff can "own" a blog, they can add any UW NetID holder to the site as an administrator once the blog is set up
|Blogs Network Policies
Relevant UW Policies All relevant guidelines that govern your use of web publishing on your personal or shared NetID also apply to your site on the UW WordPress network. Appropriate Use of UW Resources http://www.washington.edu/itconnect/policy/ UW DMCA (
|Changing the Name or Tagline of your Blog
Changing the Name or Tagline of your Blog Your blog is automatically created with a name closely resembling "Blog of <NetID>." It is often desirable to change this to something a little more creative, descriptive, or unique. Additionally, you can change yComment Management
Introduction Comment policy and moderation is the responsibility of individual site owners. As such, a large degree of flexibility is presented for selection and management. We think our default settings offer a good mixture of convenience and usability,Contacting Us
Your feedback is always welcome. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for comments, questions, or concerns.Custom URLs for your blog
All UW WordPress Network blogs will be accessed via links like: blogs.uw.edu/netid However, to achieve a custom address, the URL Forwarding service can be used with WordPress Network blogs. That would allow use of a custom domain address which would forwa
Answers to Common Questions of UW Blogs Network Blog Owners When should I choose a WordPress Network blog vs. setting up my own? Setting up a WordPress blog on the UW Web Publishing site can be a difficult and time-consuming task. It involves downloading,
|Getting Started with your Blog
Getting Started Congratulations! Now that you've activated your blog, you're ready to start adding content. WordPress is an application that is best learned by diving in and exploring what it can do, but there are many resources online that can help you g
Table of Contents 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 c
|Importing From Another Site
Overview It's possible to transfer content from one WordPress install to another. Posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags are all included and should work without too much additional effort. Media, pictures, and other data may not work
|Logging into your Dashboard
Logging into your Dashboard The dashboard is the central WordPress experience for users and administrators. You can edit your profile, administrate your blog, and perform other functions as necessary. There are multiple ways to access your dashboard. Go t
Overview Two different plugins offer the ability to track visits to your blog. Both require activating an account on a 3rd party server. Jetpack is tightly integrated with WordPress and is easier to set up, while Google Analytics is more powerful. Option
|Using the Redirect Theme
Simple theme that will redirect all page requests to a new specified location. UW Multisite offers a special 'Redirect' Theme to be used in cases where the site is being replaced either temporarily or permanently by a site in a different location. The ReUW Blogs Network Administration
Administering Your Blog We're currently in the process of writing documentation outlining commonly-asked questions and UW-specific tasks. A current list of pages is below: Answers to Common Questions of UW Blogs Network Blog Owners Answers to Common Quest