Information Services

Blogs.ed.ac.uk service

A University-hosted and supported WordPress platform with all the features most bloggers will need.

What is blogs.ed.ac.uk?

This WordPress based platform offers pre-defined plug-ins and themes set to address most basic blogging needs. It is centrally managed by the University whilst still offering some space for digital skills development and external access. While you would access blogs.ed through EASE, you have the possibility to make the platform public and share it via social media. 

Blogs.ed.ac.uk is the perfect option for you if you wish to explore academic blogging without requiring a specific development  which is not available in our pre-defined package. If you require advanced customisation or a structured assessment workflow you might want to consider another service. Consult our comparative matrix for more information.  

Key features

  • Free to use
  • Available to all staff and postgraduate research students 
  • Centrally managed and supported
  • Easy integration with social media 
  • Indexed by search engines 
  • Ability to import your existing content, or export it later 

Recommended for

Research, professional profile blog or College, School, department, unit or community blog. 

Getting started with blogs.ed.ac.uk

If you go to blogs.ed.ac.uk, you should see a button called ‘Create your blog’. Clicking on this link should helpfully give you a list of any other blogs you’ve already created (if any) but also provide a form to allow you to create a new blog.

Blog Address – should be your chosen address for the blog – your blog address will start blogs.ed.ac.uk/ but you get to choose what happens after the /. Keep this short, memorable and without capital letters or any symbols. An example of this might be blogs.ed.ac.uk/onlineassessment.

Blog Title – this is the title which will appear in the blog’s banner once it is created.

Blog Description – this is the sub-title which appears under the blog banner.

How to add a description to blogs.ed

Blog Category – choose the category that fits closest to the objective you have in mind for the blog.

Make sure you read the Terms of Use and check the box underneath, once you have.

Blog Template – leave as default just now (there is only one template currently available, this will change in the future).

Once you are happy, click on the Create Blog button. It should only take a few seconds to create your blog.

Help and support documentation

There are lots of useful tutorials and documentation freely available on how to use WordPress. We have created a reading list of videos and documentation which we’d recommend viewing if you are new to WordPress. We also recommend using the Help available in WordPress itself.

Please note that the some of the functionality, plugins and themes described in materials developed elsewhere may be different to those available in blogs.ed.ac.uk.

Finding your WordPress dashboard on blogs.ed.ac.uk

 

Using the WordPress admin panel/dashboard

There are lots of sites around which give detailed instructions on how to use the dashboard:

Who can see your blog

 

Adding a new post

There are lots of sites around which give detailed instructions on how to add a post:

Adding a static homepage

There are lots of sites around which give detailed instructions on how to add a static homepage:

Creating a menu

 If you want to create a custom menu for your blog, these self-help resources might help.

Adding in widgets to help navigation

You might want to add in widgets to the side panel of your site that display links to the most recent posts or which allow you to look at posts by category.

Changing appearance

Some themes work a little differently. These differences are described in the following Theme helpsheet:

Useful plugins

Managing users

 WPBeginner article on user roles and permissions, includes tutorial video and comparison infographic. 

 

Importing and exporting

 Before you migrate, please look at our Blog Migration Checklist.

Using media

 

Blog analytics

 University web stats with Google Analytics 

Changing the name of your blog

 

Changing permissions

 

Making sure your blog is accessible

 If you want more information about writing your blog in an accessible manner, consult our page on how to create accessible content.  

Providing your WordPress materials in another format

 If you want to provide your WordPress material in another format, read our Accessible Material page.  

Choosing how your name displays

 

Changing the settings for blog post comments

  Consult this Lynda.com video tutorial to learn more about managing comments and spam.  

How to change blog category

 

Following blogs (using RSS feed)

 

Managing comments

 

Blog source:  using syndicated and curated content