Blogging at Middlebury


WordPress MU [1] is an open source platform that is used at Middlebury for individual blogs. Uses include journals creative writing tools, and news publishing.

New Blog Creation and Access

New Blogs

You must have a Middlebury netid to have a WordPress blog. To create a blog

To learn more, go to the Blogging at Middlebury blog.



An author adds material to their blog by creating entries. Entries may be of any length, and can include text, audio and video. Once an entry is created, it may be previewed, saved as unpublished, or save as published. Only published entries will be seen by visitors.

Entries can be edited after they are published.



Visitors to a blog may leave a comment through the use of a simple web form. In most cases, this is a name, an email address, and the text of their comment. Authors may decide whether comments appear immediately on the blog, or if they are held until the author can read them.


WordPress supports both publishing its own content via RSS (really simple syndication) as well as accessing RSS feeds with widgets.


All entries can be assigned one or more tags for use in a guided search.


Links to audio files in a WordPress entry will appear in the RSS feed. Visitors may subscribe to this feed as a podcast.

Access to Blogs

A visitor can view all published entries in a blog. Unpublished entries may have a scheduled publishing date, or they may be manually published.

A blog owner may allow, or not allow comments on their blog.




Widgets are available to add character and functionality to the blog. Some widgets that are available include:

  • Calendar
  • Latest entries
  • Search
  • Creative Commons License
  • Tag cloud
  • Subscribe to feed

A feed widget can be added to create a list of links to any other blog or website that has an rss feed. Also, third party widgets can be added.

WordPress at Middlebury

Curricular Use

Department Use

Journal/Research Use

For more examples, see the blog roll on the home page of Blogging at Middlebury.


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