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Blogs

WordPress or Blogger?

In simple terms, a blog is a web site, where you write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so your visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it, link to it, or contact you about it. Information Technology offers two blogging platforms, Blogger and WordPress.

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Creating a Blogger Blog

To create a Blogger blog through the College, use your Google Apps account to sign in to Blogger at blogger.com.  You can also access Blogger through the More menu of Google Apps.

Once you login to Blogger, you can create a new blog by clicking the New Blog button.

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You will then be prompted to define the blog title, address, and template.  Click the Create Blog button when you are ready to start blogging with Blogger.

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Requesting a WordPress Blog

Faculty and staff can request a WordPress blog by contacting Helpdesk and opening a support ticket.  By default your blog’s address will be blogs.cofc.edu/username. Special URLs can be created for blogs for departments by request. Once set up, you will use your Cougars username and password for administrative access to your blog hosted on blogs.cofc.edu

By maintaining a blog on the College’s servers, you are bound by the policies and procedures of the College of Charleston governing use of computing resources.

Logging In

In a web browser, open blogs.cofc.edu/wp-admin.  You will be taken to the College's Central Authentication Server page.

Login with your COUGARS login and password.

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Logging Out

To logout of your blog, hover over the Howdy message in the top right corner.  The menu will drop down and provide a link to Log Out.

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Requesting Themes, Plugins, or Widgets

The College's WordPress blogs are hosted which means the host provider oversees the approval of themes and plugins. If you have a request, please contact Helpdesk and open a support ticket. Requests will be evaluated and you will receive notification if your request is implemented. Please note that not all requested themes, plugins, or widgets can be implemented because of their impact on the blog application.  If a theme, plugin, or widget is found to have a negative impact on the performace of the blog server, it will be subject to removal.

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