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Blogging at Middlebury

Introduction

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.

Organization

Entries

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 Once an entry is created, it may be previewed, saved as unpublished, or save as published.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.

Categories

Commenting

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.

RSS

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

Tagging

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

Podcasting

Links to audio files in a WordPress entry will appear in the RSS feed. Visitors may subscribe to this feed as a podcast.  To set up your WordPress blog to function as a podcast, do the following:

  1. Log into your Blog
  2. Click on the Plugins link in the upper righthand corner
  3. Chose to Activate the Audio Player plugin
  4. Click on links to Write > Post
  5. Give you post a title and add text (describing your podcast post)
  6. Click on the Add Media "starburst" in the post editor
  7. Click on the MiddMedia tab
  8. Chose to show files in your MiddMedia or Upload a new file to MiddMedia
  9. Click on the "use" button for the file you want to use in your post
  10. Click on the Publish button to publish your podcast post

Embedding Video

Wordpress has special plugins for video and therefore requires special plugin codes that normally aren't used in html coding.  In order to embed video, do the following:

  1. Log into your Blog
  2. Click on the Plugins link in the upper righthand corner
  3. Scroll down the page and make sure that the plugin labeled "Wordpress Video Plugin" is green, meaning it is active.  If it is inactive, activate it.
  4. In the upper lefthand corner, click on "Write" and begin a new post.
  5. Add a title and descriptive text.
  6. Determine which video hosting program you are using (ie. YouTube, Veoh, etc.)
  7. Head to this link and find the embed code that's specific to your video server and follow the instructions there.

As an example, YouTube's embed code for Wordpress is [youtube id] where "id" is replaced by the video id on the server.

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.

Customization

Design

Widgets

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

The cforms plugin can be used by all offices, departments, and organizations to create general forms for collecting information on the web. This plugin gives users a self-service interface to forms creation.

Curricular Use

Department Use

Journal/Research Use

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


References