Blogs

Choosing a Blog Solution

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 CampusPress as a blog solution. There is also Blogger, but we don't offer as much support for that platform; it has proven to be buggy when creating new blogs and inviting new readers/authors.

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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/<title of your choosing>. 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

As an admin, you will be able to manage users and their roles within that blog site.

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.