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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

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Log In

  1. Visit the CU Blogs homepage and click Sign in/Sign up at the bottom right of the page.
  2. Click Use my Cornell NetID, and, if prompted, enter your NetID and 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, contact CUBlogs. Include your name and NetID, your faculty sponsor's name and NetID, and how you intend to use the blog.

Request a First Blog

The first blog must be created by the IT Service Desk. Submit a request and include the following:

  • The blog administrator's name and NetID.
  • Requested name for the blog. (This is the URL. For example,
  • 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 CU Blogs service once to get your account set up properly. Go to the CU Blogs homepage and click Sign in/Sign up. 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 IT Service Desk, you can add additional blogs.

  1. Log in to the CU Blogs service at
  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 at the CU Blogs homepage. 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 Blogs service one time to have a proper account set up. They do not need to log into your specific blog.

Start Blogging

The Cornell Blogs service is provided by CampusPress/Edublogs. They offer comprehensive documentation for the service.

The CU Blogs 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 Blogs service uses 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.

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.

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, Custom Web Development can help. You can also ask them to test a theme available outside the Cornell Blogs 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 30 days, the blog will be deactivated, then archived.


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