WebComm partnered with EduBlogs, an education-centric blogging platform, to offer a safe, secure, and well-supported blogging solution. Essentially, it is a multisite WordPress install managed by WebComm and with support from EduBlogs. The blogs are now available to colleges, divisions, and administrative departments upon request. Blogs are a great way to feature new releases, outstanding students/faculty/staff, resources, and events. Here is an overview of the tool and resources:
To get your area’s blog started, submit a blogging agreement. The blogging agreement defines your blog name, goals, design, users, and general expectations.
Design and Functionality
At this time two blog designs are available to campus. Custom designs may be available through coordination EduBlogs. Please let WebComm know if you require a custom blog. Several widgets are available within the blog, and various functionality can be accomplished within the standard options.
Once your blog is set up, Web Comm will contact you with login details and other important information. Blogging access is controlled through LDAP, which means you will use your OU 4+4 and password to login. Blog administrators will be able to give users access and various levels of permission.
Online training is available here. Departmental and college training may be available upon request and as available. If interest is sufficient, WebComm may host a blogging bootcamp session for group training and questions. Stay tuned for details.
Be sure to review the style guide, accessibility requirements, and web policies. These resources are available here.
Be sure to promote your blog posts. While RSS feeds and subscription emails are fine, studies show that blogs require promotion. Be sure to include blog posts in social media updates and on your website.
Technical support and general questions should be sent to me. Contact me as needed, and I’ll follow up ASAP.