Edublogs: Getting Started With Edublogs

How to get and setup an Edublog

To get started with Edublogs you need to navigate to the homepage or from LearningSpace, click on the Edublogs link.  Please do not search on Google for Edublogs as you will be taken to, which is not managed by Marjon.  You should be presented with the home page screen and you’ll need to click on the ‘Login’ link, either from the top-right or left hand corner of the screen.

This will present the sign-in page and you should click on the ‘Use Marjon ID’ link.  Click on this and enter your standard Marjon username and password. (the same one that you use to login to LearningSpace) – the only exception to this is if you previously used a Gmail account to register an account or external email, in this case try the ‘guest login’ option. If you have any issues logging in contact the Digital Innovation Team)

Follow our instructions on setting up an edublogs site here.

How to control who sees your Edublog

You can control the privacy settings of your blog to allow only certain users, users with a password or the public to view your blog. These settings can be adjusted by going to Settings > Reading.

The different options include:

Allow search engines to index this site – This will make the site fully public and will allow it to be found through search engines, such as google.

Discourage search engines from indexing this site – This will make the site public but will mean the site will request to not be found through search engines. This does not guarantee that it definitely won’t be included in a google search.

Visitors must have a login – The site is not public but can be accessed by any University of St Mark & St John users, they will have to login to view the site.

Only registered users of this site can have access – You can specify particular University of St Mark and St John users who can access the site, they will have to log in to access the site.

Only Administrators can visit – This settings will mean that the site is only accessible by administrators of the site. This will mean that the live site can be viewed for testing purposes but will not be live to the public.

Password protected – This means the site is not public but can be accessed by anyone with the password even if they are not a user. Users do not have to log in to access to the site.

Using templates

Templates can be set up for use with specific groups or classes. Templates specify the theme, layout and basic setup of the site, including the default pages. When you create your site from the homepage you will be given the option to select an existing template. For setting up a site for employability reasons there is a template to use for example.

How to add and edit content

Pages are static areas on your site which you can add content to and can be navigated to from menus on the site. In contrast posts are short pieces of content which appear on a dynamic posts page whenever they are added to the page.

For information on adding posts and pages to your site please visit our guide on adding content to your site.

How to change themes

The theme of your site decides the layout and style, including font styles. You can change the theme from the Customizer – this can be found from the Appearance menu (Appearance > Customise). The customiser will give you a live preview of your blog and show you any changes you make, from here you can select the option to change the theme.

change theme

You can then preview the themes before making it live on your site. Be aware that changing the theme may then require you to make significant adjustments to your site.

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Helen Baker

Head of Digital Innovation

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