UO Blogs: FAQ

Overview

This article provides answers to frequently asked questions about UO Blogs

Information

How do I export my blog content?

At some point in your career, perhaps when you graduate, you may want to export all of your personal content to another WordPress installation.

To export all posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags:

  1. Log into https://blogs.uoregon.edu
  2. On the top left hover over My Site and choose the blog you want to export.
  3. Go to your Dashboard
  4. Click on Tools
  5. Click on Export
  6. Choose what you want to export
  7. Click on Download Export File

This will create an XML file to save to your computer and allow you to import your blog content at a later date to another WordPress installation.

Why can't I use any WordPress theme or plugin in UO Blogs?

UO Blogs has a large list of plugins and themes available for customers to use to customize their sites. These plugins and themes have been thoroughly tested and customized to ensure that they are compatible. There is more work that goes into installing a theme or plugin than just clicking the "Download" link; there is a commitment to maintaining it as well. As UO Blogs updates WordPress, which powers this service, themes and plugins often need to be revised and updated to continue functioning.

Themes:

We ask that customers use the themes already available to them before requesting additional themes for UO Blogs.

If there is a custom theme you would like to use, see UO Blogs: Custom Themes.

Plugins:

In order to keep our UO Blogs network safe, secure, and reliable, we will no longer allow plugins other than those currently offered on UO Blogs to be installed. Campus Press, our host company, hosts WordPress for a number of colleges and universities around the country. As you could imagine, they have to support a large number of different plugins for each WordPress installation that they host. Supporting hundreds of different plugins can be risky and create problems during upgrades.

How do I insert a document, PDF, or PowerPoint into my post?

You can upload documents, PDFs, of PowerPoints directly to your blog posts. This does not embed the file into your posts; it inserts a link to the file. When readers click on the link to the file, the file will either open up in another web browser or download the file to their computer. For instructions on how to insert documents, PDFs, or PowerPoints into your posts, see Inserting Documents, PDF and PowerPoint into your Posts

How do I change my blog's theme?

The default theme for all blogs is TwentyFifteen. If you would like to change your theme for UO related use, choose a theme and use the UO Banner Plugin. If you would like to change your theme for personal use, choose any theme and include the following disclaimer:

“This site is maintained by the author for personal and professional communications as authorized by the University of Oregon’s computer use policies. Unless otherwise indicated, the content and opinions expressed on this web site do not necessarily reflect the views of nor are they endorsed by the University of Oregon or the Oregon University System.”

For instructions on how to change your theme, see Changing your Blog's Theme

How can I import my content from another blog?

You can easily import a Wordpress blog to your UO Blog! For instructions, see UO Blogs: How To Import Content From Another Blog

How can I delete my blog?

To delete your blog permanently, go to the admin bar on the left, click on Tools and then click Delete Blog. Blogs will then send you an email confirmation asking you if you're sure you'd like to delete this blog. For more information, see How to delete a blog.

What should I consider when choosing a theme for my blog?

Your blog's theme controls the visual layout and appearance of your blog. For some tips of what to consider when choosing a theme, see Choosing Your Theme.

What happens to my blog or site after I graduate?

You will have access to your blog or site to make edits or changes for one calendar year after graduation.  If you would like to keep your site after you leave the UO, you will need to migrate your content to another content management system (i.e. wordpress.org, wordpress.com, blogger.com, etc.). For instructions on how to export your content, see "How do I export my blog content?"  Please note that sites or blogs that are inactive for more than two years will be archived.

Can I use my mobile device to post to my blog?

Yes, you can use your mobile device to post to your blog. Just access your blog as you normally would on your computer.

How do I change my blog's privacy settings?

Setting certain privacy settings for your site allows you to control who can view your site and who cannot. There are six different privacy settings to choose from. For more information and instructions, see http://help.edublogs.org/blog-privacy/.

How do I insert an image into my posts?

Images are an effective way to grab your reader's attention and encourage them to read your posts. For instructions on how to insert images into your posts, see Inserting images, pictures and photos into a post and page

How do I insert a photo gallery into my post?

A photo gallery can be used to display a series of photos on a post or page. For instructions on how to insert a photo gallery into your post or page, see Inserting a Photo Gallery into your post

How do I add video or audio files to my posts?

For instructions on how to add video or audio files to your posts, see Inserting Video or Audio Files into your Posts. Note: Allowed file formats are the following: jpg jpeg png gif doc pdf mp3 ppt wmv mp4 xls ins isf te xbk notebook m4a ist kmz kes mov flp avi swf wxr xml wav fjsw docx pptx xlsx xml m4v max kmz zip

How do I embed videos into my posts?

You can embed videos into your posts by posting the video's URL. For instructions on how to embed videos into your posts, see Embedding Videos from Video Sharing Websites into your Posts.

How do I manage my Media Library?

All media files, such as images, video, audio, and documents that you have uploaded to posts or pages are listed in your Media Library. You can manage all existing media files or upload new media files directly to your blog without having to start a new post. For instructions on managing your Media Library, see Managing your Media Library

How do I add an additional administrator to my blog?

Additional administrators can be added to your blog. You would want to add an administrator to your blog when you want other people to write posts on the blog or when your blog is private and is only visible to registered subscribers. For more information, see UO Blogs: Adding and Deleting Users From Your Blog

How do I change the role of a user on my blog?

If you have an additional administrator on your blog, you can change the role of that user in the future if you wish. For instructions on how to change or remove a user from your blog, see Changing user roles

How do I enable email subscriptions on my blog?

You can allow other people to subscribe to your blog by adding an email subscription widget to your sidebar. When reader subscribe, they will receive an email each time your publish a new post. For instructions on adding email subscriptions, see Enabling Email Subscriptions on your Blog

Can guests use UO Blogs?

Yes, guests visiting the University of Oregon can request guest UO Blogs accounts to create a blog during their time on campus. To request a UO Blogs account, a faculty or staff member will need to sponsor the account. They can do so by filling out this form. See UO Blogs: Guest Policy for more information.

Can I use UO Blogs to create a personal blog?

Yes, UO Blogs can be used to create personal blogs. For all personal blog use, you are responsible for adding the following disclaimer to your blog:

"This site is maintained by the author for personal and professional communications as authorized by the University of Oregon's computer use policies. Unless otherwise indicated, the content and opinions expressed on this web site do not necessarily reflect the views of nor are they endorsed by the University of Oregon or the Oregon University System."

The disclaimer for UO personal blogs is in compliance with the Terms of Service for Academic Web Publishing and Collaboration Services and other UO Policies.

What is my blog dashboard and how do I use it?

The first screen you see when you log into your blog is the Dashboard. Your Dashboard provides a quick overview of what is happening with your blog while also supplying tools to navigate to other areas of your administrative panel. For more information and how to use your Dashboard, see Using Your Dashboard

How do I begin writing posts for my blog?

Blogs are composed of two main structures: posts and pages. For an explanation of the difference between posts and pages, see Differences Between Blog Posts and Pages. For instructions on writing your first post to your blog, see Writing Your First Post.

How do I edit my posts?

Posts can be edited at any point in time. For instructions on how to edit your posts, see Editing Posts

What is the difference between posts and pages?

The main difference between posts and pages is the following:

Posts: Posts are where you publish the latest update or new articles on your blog.

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

For more information on the differences between posts and pages, see The Difference between Posts and Pages.

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

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

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.

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.

What plugins are available for UO Blogs?

A list of available plugins and their description can be found here: UO Blogs: Recommended Plugins

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

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

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

How do I manage, edit, and approve comments?

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

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.

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

What is a pingback?

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

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

How do I activate a plugin?

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

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.

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

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 drop down menu. Finally, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on 'Update Profile.' For more information, see Changing or Deleteing A Username

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

What themes are available?

For a list of available themes, see UO Blogs: Overview of Available Themes. For instructions on how to change your theme, see UO Blogs: Managing Themes, Appearance, and Widgets on Your Blog.

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

What widgets are available for me to use?

Widgets are tools that you can add, arrange, or remove from the areas of your blog. For more information and a list of available widgets, see UO Blogs: UO Libraries Widget. For instructions on how to change your sidebar widgets, see Changing Your Sidebar Widgets

Can I password protect my posts and pages?

When editing a post, look for the Visibility section on the right and click the Edit button. Next, click the button labeled password protected, enter a password, and then click the OK button. Click the Publish button at the bottom of that box when done. For more information, see Password Protecting Posts.

Can I make a post stick to the top of my blog?

Yes. When editing a post, find the Publish section on the right. Find the Visibility option and click its Edit link. Click the check box labeled "Stick this post to the front page". For more information, see Making a post appear "stuck" to the top of the blog's front page.

Can I edit my posts in bulk?

To apply a change to many posts at once, go to the admin bar on the left and click Posts. Next, in the menu that appears, click All Posts. In that interface, select the posts you want to edit, select an action, and click Apply. For more information, see Bulk editing posts to apply changes to multiple posts.

Can I create a static front page for my blog?

Sometimes bloggers will want to change their home page to something else so that it doesn't display the most recent post automatically. For more information on how to accomplish this, see How to Create a Static Front Page For Your Blog.

Can I change the page order in my blog?

For more information on changing the order of page viewing for your blog, see Changing page order in your blog navigation.

There are too many plugins to choose from. Which ones should I use?

For a list of recommended plugins, see UO Blogs: Recommended Plugins

How do I import links to UO Blogs?

To import links from a previous version of WordPress to UO Blogs, follow these instructions:

  1. Type https://<sitename>/wp-links-opml.php into the address bar
  2. Copy this URL
  3. Go to the UO Blogs site's dashboard for which you are importing the links to
  4. Select 'Tools'
  5. Select 'Import'
  6. Select 'Blogroll'
  7. Paste the URL into the 'Specify an OPML URL:' field
  8. Optional: Select a category for the links
  9. Select 'Import OPML File'

How do I create a custom navigation menu?

Users have the ability to create custom navigation menus for their site. For instructions on how to do this, see Creating a custom menu. NOTE: For sites with large menus, please be aware that UO Blogs does limit how many menu items a site can have.  If you have a menu that has approximately 50 or more items, you may have troubles adding additional menu items. If your site needs a large amount of menu items, we recommend splitting your items across multiple menus. 

Why can't I just download and install any WordPress theme or plugin available on the web?

UO Blogs is a hosted WordPress service that has a wide variety of themes and plugins available. For a list of current plugins, see UO Blogs: Recommended Plugins. UO Blogs is a shared service for faculty, staff, and students, currently running more than 2,900 sites and blogs. A problem with a third-party theme or plugin could impact all of those websites, especially when it comes to upgrading WordPress versions in the future.  If there is a custom theme you would like to use, see UO Blogs: Custom Themes. In order to keep our UO Blogs network safe and secure, we no longer offer custom plugins.

Why can't I log in with a Role/Department Account?

Unfortunately, role/department accounts are ineligible to have access to blogs.

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Article ID: 49709
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