Add a blog, log in, and blog basics with pointers to documentation on the CampusPress/eduBlogs site.
This article applies to: Blogs
- Visit blogs.cornell.edu, and click at the bottom right of the page.
Click CampusPress dashboard.
Add/Create a Blog
- Faculty and staff: Add or create blogs.
- Temporary staff: Can't create blogs.
- Students: Must have a faculty sponsor to request a blog. Once you have a sponsor, email email@example.com. Include: your name and NetID, your faculty sponsor's name and NetID, and how you intend to use the blog.
Note: Upload space size limit is 1 GB, with a 19 MB single file limit.
Request a First Blog
For all other uses, the first blog must be created by the Service Desk. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request the blog. Include the following:
- The blog administrator's name and NetID.
- Requested name for the blog. (This is the URL, for example blogs.cornell.edu/my_blog_name.)
- Blog title. (This is the main heading for the blog. You can change this later.)
Blogs are created by the IT Service Desk during standard business hours.
You must log into the blog service once to get your account set up properly. Go to blogs.cornell.edu/ to log in. You don't have to log into your own blog for this to work.
Add an Additional Blog
After your first blog is created by the service desk, you can add additional blogs.
- Log in to the blog service at blogs.cornell.edu/.
On your dashboard, click
- Complete the blog information form, and then click .
Note: Users just need to log into the blog service one time to have a proper account set up. They do not need to log into your specific blog.
The Cornell blog service is provided by edublogs. They offer comprehensive documentation for the service.
Writing/Editing Posts, Pages, and Comments
You can make standard posts on your blog or add pages, such as a contact page or a list of books. You'll also want to consider how you want to handle comments.
- Writing a post
- Editing a post
- Adding/Editing pages / Difference between posts and pages
- Comment options
edublogs or WordPress Apps to Manage a Blog
The edublogs and WordPress apps require a local account. Because the Cornell Blog Service uses the Shibboleth single-sign on accounts, you can't use the apps to update or manage your blog.
The latest version of the blog service is designed to be mobile-friendly, though, and works nicely on tablets.
You may want to explore the Post by Email module in the JetPack plugin. For more information, see http://help.edublogs.org/2014/01/27/post-by-email/
Appearance and Themes
Your blog's appearance is controlled by a theme. You can change the theme and add a custom image to the header.
More than 100 themes are available through your dashboard on the Cornell Blog Service. You can't download themes from other sites or from the main WordPress site.
If you want your blog to work well on tablets and phones, you should look for a theme that is "responsive." This label is sometimes included in the description of the theme.
All of the themes with Cornell branding include the Emergency Response Notification System code by default.
For more information, see Appearance and Themes on the edublogs documentation site.
Profile and Avatar (User Photo)
You may want to add information to your profile, including a display name that will be used when you write posts or comments on blog sites, or upload a photo to use as your avatar.
- Changing your personal settings in your profile
- Change display name
- Uploading user and blog avatar (user photo)
A note about abandoned blogs: Each year, every blog owner whose blog has not had any page or post updates in the past year will be emailed a notice about the lack of activity and alerted that if there is no response to the inquiry within thirty days, the blog will be deactivated, then deleted.