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How do I begin writing pages?

Pages are used for information that you want to share with your readers but don't expect to update frequently.

For instructions on how to write posts and tips for writing pages, see Writing Pages.

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What is an about page?

An about page is where the reader find information about you and your blog.

For more information about setting up your about page, see Writing your About Page.

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How do I set up my first blog?

For more information on setting up your first blog, see UO Blogs: Setting Up Your First Blog.

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How do I create a UO-related Blog?

UO Blogs can be used to create blogs with UO-related content.

This type of blog should be used for:

  • UO related activities
  • UO groups
  • UO faculty and staff
  • Anything that can be said to be affiliated with the University of Oregon

To create a UO-related blog:

For instructions getting started with your blog, see Setting Up Your First Blog.

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What plugins are available for UO Blogs?

A list of available plugins and their description can be found here: List of Available Plugins for UO Blogs.

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How do I navigate between blog dashboards?

After you have logged in to Blogs, an admin menu bar appears at the top of your page. On that bar, click My Sites. In the drop down menu, click on the dashboard that you'd like to navigate to.

For more information, see Navigating between different blog dashboards inside your account

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Where can I find more information about comments?

Comments are an important part of blogging; they allow your readers to add feedback to posts and pages.

For more information about comments, see Comments Overview.

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Can I control who comments on my posts or pages?

Yes, you can change your default comment settings to give you full control.

For instructions on how to change your comment settings, see Controlling Who Can Comment.

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How do I manage, edit, and approve comments?

For instructions on how to manage your comments, see Managing, Editing and Approving Comments.

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How can I change my blog URL?

Once you create a blog, there are two ways to change your blog's URL:

  1. Departments and administrative units may request a '.uoregon.edu' URL. See Domain Mapping for UO Blogs for more information.
  2. An administrator can clone your existing site to a new site with the updated blog URL (blogs.uoregon.edu/SITENAME). Contact the Technology Service Desk if you'd like to clone your site.
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Can I disable comments for posts and pages?

Yes. If you do not want people commenting on your posts or pages, you can disable commenting.

For instructions on how to disable comments, see Disabling Comments.

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What is a pingback?

A pingback happens when another blogger writes a post and includes a link to your posts in their post.

For more information about pingbacks, see What is a Pingback?

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How do I insert links in my comments?

Inserting links into your comments is more difficult than placing links in a post or a page.

For instructions on how to insert links into your comments, see Writing Links in Comments.

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How do I activate a plugin?

Plugins can provide extended and expanded fuctionality of your blog. For instructions on how to activate plugins for your blog, see Activating Your Plugins.

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How can I change my personal settings?

In the menu bar on the left side of your UO Blogs dashboard, click Users and then click Your Profile. You can then modify the profile settings for that account.

For more information see Changing your personal settings in your profile.

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How do I add and use a wiki on my blog?

For instructions on how add and use the wiki feature for your blog, see Adding and Using a Wiki on Your Blog.

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How can I change or delete a Username?

There is no way to delete or change Username in the system. However, you can change your display-name (what your name appears as). To change it, go to 'Your Profile' in the admin bar of the dashboard. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and there you will find the place to change your nickname called 'Nickname.'  After you enter a nickname, go to the next field ('Display name publicly as') and select your nickname from the dropdown menu. Finally, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on 'Update Profile.'

For more information, see Changing or Deleteing A Username

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How can I insert links into my blog?

Linking is a great idea for blogs because it allows your readers to get more information on the subject without having to randomly search for it. For more information on how to link, see How to insert links in your post.

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How can I add categories and tags to my post?

Tags and categories on posts are used to help readers locate information in different ways.

For more information on tagging and categorizing your posts, see Adding Tags and Categories to a Post.

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Can I schedule a post to appear at a later date?

Yes. While editing a post, look for the Publish Immediately section on the right. Click the Edit link to the right. Fill in a time and date in the text box, then click OK to save. When you're done click Publish at the bottom of that section.

For more information, see Scheduling a Post For a Later Date

NOTE: This function only works for blogs/ site that are public. You can't schedule a post for private sites.

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How do I add and use a forum on my blog?

Previously a forum feature allowed each blog to have its own forum, embedded in any page or post. However, this feature is no longer available in UO Blogs.

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How do I add Google Maps to my blog?

The Google Maps (or WPMU DEV Maps) plugin allows you to easily embed Google Maps into your blog.

For instructions on how to add Google Maps, see Adding Google Maps to Posts, Pages, or Sidebar.

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How do I set up Google Analytics?

Google Analytics is a free tool that provides detailed statistics on visits to your blog.

For information about setting up Google Analytics for your blog, see Setting up Google Analytics on Your Blog.

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What themes are available?

 

   List of Available Themes for UO Blogs

One-Column Themes

Two-Column Themes

Three-Column Themes

Four-Column Themes

Single-column themes have a central post area with no sidebar. All widgets are located at the bottom of the theme.

Two-column themes for UO Blogs normally have a wide column for content with a narrower sidebar. You can place the sidebar on the left or right.

Three column themes have two sidebars, either side-by-side on one side of the blog, or on either side of the wider content column

Four-column themes have one content column and three sidebars. The content column is often the same width as the other columns. This type of layout tends to look cluttered and is less well suited to reading lengthy content.

 

For instructions on how to change your theme, see Managing Themes, Appearance, and Widgets on Your Blog.

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How do I change my blog's title?

Your blog's title is displayed on the title bar of a web browser and in the header of most themes.

For instructions on how to change your blog title, see How to Change Your Blog Title.

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