Blogging (WordPress)

WordPress is the most popular blogging system on the Web, powering over 60 million websites worldwide. UOW has a supported instance of WordPress, customised for educational purposes. Those who have used WordPress for personal blogging will find it very similar.

UOW Blogs provide staff with a way to encourage communication and collaboration with their students, colleauges and/or their external  research partners.

If you need to blog as part of your work at UoW, consider a UOW blog. You can login with your UOW password, and have your blog promoted via official UOW social media.

What does a UOW WordPress blog look like? See our public blogs for some examples.
How can i get a UOW blog? Fill out the short form on this page.
New to blogging? The information below is for you. Contact blog-support@uow.edu.au for any other queries.

What is a blog?
A blog (short for weblog) is a website where a writer (or writers) posts commentary, links, images and other media. It is arranged in reverse chronological order (most recent at the top) and ideally should be updated frequently.Most blogs also include a comment facility that allows readers to post their comments on individual pieces written for the blog. The effect of this is to create dialogue and conversation around topics of common interest. Most public blogs also allow sharing and “liking” by the common social-media platforms, and so the conversation may take place not in the blog but in the social media platform. See our public blogs for examples.

Who uses it?
Only a staff member of UOW can be a Blog Administrator to manage or run a blog, however HDR research students can manage a blog if their supervisor requests this on their behalf. The idea is that any legitimate teaching, learning or research partners can be enrolled to contribute to your blog. Blogs are about encouraging communities of common practice or interest. Some are about keeping a small group together for the purposes of completing a specific project. Others are encourage discussion around a broader set of related topics – such as Health and Medical research, or Language and Literacy in education. Blogs are often password protected (using your regular UOW login details) but they can also be open to the public if required. Each blog will typically have a small group of people who actively author posts, and a larger group who may read and sometimes comment. You can have your blog settings such that all posts and comments are moderated before publication – which is useful if your blog is open to all to read.
If you would like to get a UOW blog please fill in this online form on the “Request a Blog!” page. For help or support pleae email blog-support@uow.edu.au.

How does it work?
We use the expert provider “edublogs campus” to host our Blogging service. Edublogs service is built on a particular blogging platform called WordPress MU (multi-user). If you have used WordPress for blogging, it will be familiar to you. Some of its features are:

  • editing of blogs through a browser
  • discussion through comments and trackbacks
  • post categorisation
  • RSS feeds

To find out more visit the WordPress tutorials websites or the website of the edublogs campus service.

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