User Guides

Below are as series of frequently asked questions with info customised for UOW environment, and in many cases linked to PDF guides that use our UOW blog template screen shots (as at 2011).
For a comprehensive list of user-guides published by edublogs (our service provider) , see this website.

UOW specific info
How do I login?
What is my Dashboard? Where can I find it?
What are Tags?
What are Categories?
Can I use UOW blogs from my phone? or iPad?
How do I get the content from My WordPress.com site?
Can I add people to my blog who don’t have a UOW account?
Whats is a subscriber?
Whats is an Author? How is it different to an Editor?
What is a Blogroll?
What is a forum and How can I use one?
What file formats can I use?
How do I Upload a large video file?
How can I collect information from my audience?
How do I archive my blog once I am finished with it?
Does Edublogs have off-site data-mirroring to ensure the blogs are still accessible should their primary servers fail?
If one of our blogs dies completely or there is some kind of substantial data loss, can we get back to an earlier version?
Can we get back to a version from a previous day or hourly?


How do I login?
On the sidebar of you blog you should see a “META” widget. This widget will give you a link to login to your blog. See the example below, this widget may not always be in the right sidebar. UOW account holders need to use their UOW account username and password, while those without UOW accounts will need to use those provided to them via email. If you believe you should have access to a blog, and have not recieved an email please contact your blog administrator, or it-innovation@uow.edu.au.

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What is my Dashboard? Where can I find it?
Your Dashboard is the very first thing you see when you log in. This is the window to all the editing functions of your blog. For more information on your Dashboard make sure you read the information sheet: Dashboard.

Tags and Categories
Making good use of your tags and categories will help you & your readers find the information you’re after. For more information see the information sheet: Tags_and_Categories.

Can I use UOW blogs from my phone? or iPad?
UOW Blogs can be accessed from a number of mobile devices. For more information about how to set it up read the information sheet: Mobile_blogging.

How do I get the content from My WordPress.com site?
If you already have a WordPress.com site that you would like to move over to UOW Blogs, you can do so. For more information on this process and importing in general read the information sheet: Exporting_Importing_Archiving. To see a short video on exporting click here. To see a video on importing click here.

Can I add people to my blog who don’t have a UOW account?
Currently the system does not allow blog administrators to add anybody that does not already have an account on the system. To add external users to your blog you will first need to complete some training, the follow this guide: external users procedure_v1.

Blogging Roles
Blogging roles define how editing and viewing access a user can have to your blog. There is a hierarchy of roles that are employed with this system, with Blog Administrator having ultimate access and editing power, down to subscriber that just has access to view. More about these blogging roles can be found on the Blogging Roles Page.

What is a Blogroll?
Blogrolls are another way to have permanent links to other blogs or websites on your blog. For more information see the information sheet: Blogrolls.

What is a forum and How can I use one?
Forums are a great way to get your community of users talking about different topics that may or may not be related. For more information see the information sheet: Forums.

What file formats can I use?
Accepted file formats are jpg, jpeg, png, gif, mp3, mov, avi, wmv, midi, mid, pdf, doc, xls, ppt, docx, xlsx, and pptx.

How do I upload a large video file?
The maximum upload limit to a blog is 2000MB currently. However a file of that size would take a very long time for you to upload, not to mention the download time for the viewer. With a file that large I would be suggesting the video be hosted by a third party site (eg, youtube), unless copyright or other restrictions prohibits this. It is far easier to embed a video of that size than it to upload it. Also that would leave your blog site very little room for other activity since the maximum capacity for storage in a blog is currently 2GB. Please also consider the only accepted file formats for video are MOV, AVI, and WMV.

How can I collect information from my audience?
You can collect information or data from you readers in a number of ways. One such way is through the use of a form. For more information on the use of forms read the information sheet: Forms.

How do I archive my blog once I am finished with it?
Keeping a record of your work is encouraged, for more information on archiving read the information sheet: Exporting_Importing_Archiving.

Does Edublogs have off-site data-mirroring to ensure the blogs are still accessible should their primary servers fail?

All of our servers run on RAID 5 configurations out of LA’s number one datacenter – One Wilshire.

We make twice weekly backups of all data in addition to this onto separate storage facilities and monthly entire server backups to an Atlanta datacenter (in the off chance LA fell into the sea).

We also maintain an extensive cluster configuration at http://www.serverbeach.com/ which we run edublogs.org off – which can be used in case of any emergencies – so you’ll be absolutely fine in even the most extreme of circumstances.

However, as we’re not directly mirroring your data constantly through different datacenters in the even of a catastrophic failure there would most likely be some hours of downtime before we had you up and running again.

We’re currently looking into that kind of arrangement, but we need to make it as affordable as possible too – for example http://vip.wordpress.com/hosting/ provides exactly that but as you can see they first up require that you have your own FT developer and second would charge around US$5000 p/month for a large multisite install (and wouldn’t allow the extra features we offer with Campus).

If one of our blogs dies completely or there is some kind of substantial data loss, can we get back to an earlier version?

In that event we can restore from backup up to a month in the past at any point.

Can we get back to a version from a previous day or hourly?

The software actually contains an ‘autosave’ functionality of every revision of every post, so as a site administrator you can recover to any previous content, at any time.

2 thoughts on “User Guides

  1. hi Sarah, this is Honglin here. I accidentally deleted the Lecture Slides page. Can this be retrieved? Thanks.

  2. Yes Honglin, you can backtrack to an earlier version ie with the Lecture Slides page in. I’ll give you a buzz to show you how.
    Regards,
    Sarah

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