Creating a Blog on your School Website

Watch the video: Creating a Blog

Using the Blog module, you can set up virtually any page on your school website as a Blog, this means Clubs, Teams, Classes & Groups can all "Blog" to their respective communities to help drive awareness and support for programs and activities.

To create a blog you first log into your account. Click on the log-in link and fill in your username and password.

log_in_1.png


The following services buttons will appear. Click on the Blog button.

create_buttons.png

The blog-adminstrator screen will appear. You have the following options: Add New Post, Blog Settings, Assign Blog Editor, Delete Blog, View Archive. Also on the left side of the screen you can press the edit button and give the new blog a name.

new_blog.png

Click on the Edit Title button.

blog_title_input.png

Enter the name of your new blog and clilck the green accept button.


new_blog_admin_view.png



After you create the blog you need to initiate your blog settings. Click on the Blog Settings link and the Settings window will open. To include an option click in the appropriate check box. admin_links_2.png
settings_1.png

Allow Comments:  This will allow responses from your readers to be posted in a comments area of the blog. If you include comments then the settings screen will change to include two more fields:

a.  Notify When Comment Posted: Check this box if you want to be notified by email when a comment is posted to your blog.

b.  Notify Email: Enter the email address you want the comment notification sent to. This should be your email address.

settings_2.png

Show Author's name: This will display the name of the author of the blog.

Show Category:  This will display the category you have chosen for each blog post.

Show Keywords:  Keywords are used to search the blog pages so someone can find a topic they might be interested in.

Show Summary:  This is a short summary of your blog. It will appear at the top of your post so that a potential reader can decide whether or not the subject is of interest to him.

Show Date:  The date of the post will be displayed. If this is checked then another field will appear on the form.

Date Format:  Chose the format of the displayed date from the drop down list.

Time Zone:  This should be set to your time zone. This will prevent the web server's time zone to be used when comments are submitted and changes are made to your blog.

Click Cancel to discard any changes or Submit to save your changes and exit the window.

 



Next you will assign an editor to the blog by clicking on the Assign blog Editor link on the top right side of the administration blog area. admin_links_2.png
The window that opens allows you to add an existing editor from the Select User drop down list,

editor_settings_1.png

or add a new user by filling in the fields in the option 2 area of the window.

editor_settings.png

Make sure you fill in all of the *required fields. If this is the first blog you have created then you will be adding a new editor. As you create new blogs all of the new editors you have added will be listed in the Select User drop down list.

a.  Note that you will be responsible for creating the username and password for your new editor. Don't forget to give this information to them otherwise they won't be able to edit the blog.

b.  Note that the editor's name is automatically used for the author's name. You can change this by clicking on the author edit button and typing in a new name, that is if you have selected the option to display the author in the blog Settings panel.

author.png

If the Show Category option was chosen then this edit button will be available and you can click to add a category for your slate the same way you did for the author name. author_category.png

author.png

The last option on the blog is the Delete This blog link.  admin_links_2.pngWhen you need to remove a blog click the link. You will receive a confirmation message.

delete_blog_1.png

Click Cancel to abort the operation or OK to complete the delete operation.

This finishes the administrator's duties. The blog has been created, set and the editor chosen. If you find that you need to make any changes to the blog, including deleting it, you can return to the blog page and make any adjustments. The administrator also has the ability to edit the content of a blog post if need be.