How-To Guides

UW Blogs

UW-IT now offers Wordpress-powered blogs for faculty and staff. Blogs can be created and maintained at blogs.uw.edu.

If you're interested in your own UW Blog, we've created the following tutorials to help get you started with creating, posting to, and customizing your blog.

Contents
Activating UW Blog Networks (required)
Logging In and Posting Content
Adding Users and Setting Roles
Managing Themes

 

Activating UW Blog Networks

  • Before you set up your blog, you must go to your myUW to activate blog activity. Go to myuw.washington.edu, log in, and click on My Account in the top right corner of the page.

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  • From the menu on the left of the page, click Computing Services. This will reveal a list of active and inactive services. To activate your UW blog, check the box next to WordPress Network Blog and click Subscribe.

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Logging In and Posting Content

  • Go to blogs.uw.edu. This is the UW Blogs Network home page. Click Login/Dashboard at the top of the page and sign in with your UW NETID.

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  • You will be automatically directed to your personal profile for the site. Fill out your personal information (nickname & email required) and click Update Profile.
  • Go to the top of the page and find My Sites. Hover your mouse over it, and select your blog from the drop-down menu that appears. It should be called Blog of XXXXX (your NET ID).

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  • You will be redirected to your blog's Dashboard. This is where you can publish new posts, view and edit comments, set preferences, and manage users for your blog, among other things.
  • To add a new post, click on Posts from the menu on the left side of the page. This will give you a view of all of your previously published posts and drafts, and will also allow you to create new posts. To do this, click Add New next to the title.

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  • Give your blog post a name, then begin typing content in the spaces provided. Click any of the icons next to Upload/Insert to add media to your post. If you would like to format your post, use any of the tools in the text toolbar.

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  • When you are ready to publish the post, click the blue Publish button to the right of your content.

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  • Your post is now published! To view it on your site, click the link that says Blog of XXXXX above the Add New Post title.

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Adding Users and Setting Roles

If you would like to allow others to contribute to your blog, you may do so by adding them as users and setting their roles. Please note that new users you add must have a NetID.

  • From your blog's Dashboard, click the Users tab from the menu on the left side of the screen.
  • You will be redirected to the main user page, and a drop-down menu will appear under the Users tab. Choose Add New from this menu.

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  • You will be directed to the Add Existing User page. "Existing users" can be defined as anyone with a UW NetID.
  • Enter the UW email address of the user (student@uw.edu, student@u.washington.edu) under Email.
  • Select what role you would like to assign the user. Choose from Subscriber, Administrator, Editor, Author, or Contributor.

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  • Click the Add Existing User button. You will recieve the message: "Invitation email sent to user. A confirmation link must be clicked for them to be added to your site" if the user has been successfully added. 

Managing Themes

  • To change the theme of your blog, click on the Appearance tab on the left menu bar and select Themes.
  • When you find the theme that you would like to install, click Activate under its description.
  • You can pick from existing themes or search for additional themes to install. A custom Bothell campus theme has been developed for use on UW Bothell pages.

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