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Getting Started

Add a blog, log in, and blog basics with pointers to documentation on the CampusPress/eduBlogs site. 

This article applies to: Blogs


Log In

  1. Visit blogs.cornell.edu, and click Log In at the bottom right of the page.
  2. Click Use my Cornell NetID, and if prompted, enter your NetID and NetID password. Once authentication is complete, you will see your CampusPress dashboard.

Students: The first time you log in, your blog account is automatically created for you. After you have an account, faculty and staff can add you to their blogs.

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 cublogs@cornell.edu. 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

If your blog will be used for a course that has an official Cornell course number or is listed in university Courses of Study, or a blog that is to be used as a thesis portfolio, send the request to cublogs@cornell.edu.
  1. For all other uses, the first blog must be created by the Service Desk. Send email to itservicedesk@cornell.edu 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. 

  1.  Log in to the blog service at blogs.cornell.edu/
  2. On your dashboard, click Add Blog.


     
  3. Complete the blog information form, and then click Create Blog.
Users MUST log into the blog service using the Cornell NetID and NetID password BEFORE you add them to your blog. They can log in on this page: blogs.cornell.edu/. If they do not log in once before you add them as a user, their account will not be set up properly and they will be unable to log in. See Add Users.
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.

Start Blogging

The Cornell blog service is provided by edublogs. They offer comprehensive documentation for the service.

The CU Blog service should not be used to store confidential data as defined by Cornell Policy 5.10.

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. 

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 200 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.

Help with Custom Themes and Images: If you'd like to create a more complex design or a custom header image, Integrated Web Services (IWS) can help. To request information, send email to iws-project@cornell.edu. You can also ask IWS to test a theme available outside the Cornell Blog Service.

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. 

Abandoned Blogs

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.

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