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2a. Further hints on setting up a blog

Here are some areas worth checking when you first set up your blog. Depending on the purpose of your blog, you can have different privacy needs and variation in the details that you might put on your blog. Consider when setting up a school related blog how you might be modelling for students.

How much information is too much? What sort of footprint are you leaving online? How much do you need to reveal online and in your blog? After considering these questions run through the following options.

1. Privacy

There are 2 main areas where you could consider privacy settings:

  1. whether or not you want your blog searchable on Google, Edublogs etc.
  2. whether or not you will allow comments to go up automatically or wait to be approved (by you)

The first can be set when you sign up (by clicking on the option to not have your blog visible in search engines). After set-up, you can go to Settings/ Privacy and opt to have your blog visible or not on the Edublogs site.

Comments. It is also a good idea to moderate comments. This means that you can approve/ edit/ or delete comments as they come to your blog. Moderation helps avoid spam and inappropriate comments being added automatically to your blog.

To do this go to:

  • Settings/ Discussion and tick all boxes except ‘Comment author must have a previously approved comment’
  • N.B. you can also opt here to click on  ‘Don’t show avatars’

2. Edit Your Profile

In Users/ Your Profile you can:

  • Edit your personal details
  • Ensure you are using the visual editor
  • Change your email address for notifications, etc.
  • Change your password
  • Only your username remains uneditable

 

3. Change Settings

In Settings/ General you can change just about anything listed – blog title, time zone, calendar, etc. Just be sure to Save all changes you have made. This applies to all changes made on your blog at any time.

By clicking on the Settings/ Reading tabs, you can opt to have a particular page as a static front page. This is the way that ’15 Things’ has been set up, so that updated links are easily available. Many blogs, however, will have posts in chronological order, so that the newest post is the first post you will see. This allows you to see updates when you visit each time – this is also the default setting if you don’t make changes here.

(You may wish to use a static page to simulate a regular web site. Just update and provide links on the front page.)

 

4. Other settings

All other variables on the blog (e.g Design) will become familiar as you play with them. There are lots of videos (though sometimes slow to load) and helpful hints available from the Edublogs web site. There is also a Forum for questions, including FAQs at Edublogs, and the Edublogger provides lots of advice.

We will also develop an FAQ page here for questions that come up during the course. Look for the FAQ page in the sidebar.

# Exercise

Consider some of the questions posed at the beginning of this post. You could  add a comment either here, or on your blog – if appropriate.

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One comment on “2a. Further hints on setting up a blog

  1. This page has been really useful as a guide to what is needed to be done to deal with privacy and moderation of comments- Thanks for this. Cathy H

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