FAQ 2018-08-15T16:25:25-04:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Here we address your frequently asked questions.

About UCalgary Blogs

ucalgaryblogs.ca is a blogging service offered by the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning,. The goal is to provide a publishing platform that offers features tuned to making it easy to publish, manage, and share content in a higher education environment.

This service runs the same software as the popular WordPress.com and EduBlogs.org services. This means there are literally millions of people using this blogging software, and the community of developers and users is extremely active and productive.

The main reasons for hosting this service (as opposed to just sending people to use WordPress.com and EduBlogs.org) are local hosting – avoiding the Patriot Act and its privacy implications that are invovled with any server hosted in the US – and fostering a community of users around a powerful publishing platform on campus. A non-ucalgary.ca url was selected to show that it is intended as a separate service, where students and faculty will be able (and encouraged) to publish their own content, and make their blogs entirely their own. Change the theme. Add your own widgets. This is your space.

Absolutely not. If you’re rather use WordPress.com, EduBlogs.org, Blogger.com, TypePad.com (or any of a long list of options) or even host your own blog, please feel free to do so. You are not compelled in any way to use ucalgaryblogs.ca.

Nope. All of your content is easily exported, and can be imported anywhere else later if you want to move. After you graduate, for instance. Or if you move to another institution. Your content is not locked down here – you can take it with you at any time.

Getting Started

To get started with your UCalgary Blogs site, you will need to register for an account with your UCalgary email. You will receive a confirmation message in your email.

In the top navigation menu, select My Sites.

You will see a list of your site(s). Select Visit if you want to see how your viewers will see the site. Select Dashboard if you want to work on your site.

Your Display Name identifies you as the author of anything you publish with your UCalgary Blogs account, including comments left on other blogs. To change your Display Name, click on your display name show in the upper right corner.

Under the section Name, you can edit your first name, last name, and nickname, as well as identify which name you wish to display.

To change the title of your site, go to the left navigation menu and select Settings>General.

In the field Site Title, you can enter your new site title.

Blogs

On the left navigation menu, select Appearance>Customize.

You can choose from dozens of themes and tweak the theme to create a look that best fits your site.

To add users to your blog, go to the left navigation menu and select Users>Add New.

If the user already has a UCalgary Blogs account, you can enter their information under Add Existing User. If the user does not have a UCalgary Blogs account, enter their information under Add New User. You can assign the following roles for the users you are adding:

    • Administrator: They have the power to do anything on the site, including changing the appearance of the site and adding/removing users
    • Editor: They can publish posts and pages and edit posts and pages published by other users
    • Author: They can write posts and pages
    • Contributor: They can edit and delete posts
    • Subscriber: They have access to read the site if the site is private, but they cannot contribute content

As a UCalgary Blogs user, you can make as many sites as you need! Simply go to the left navigation menu and select Dashboard>My Sites.

To create a new site, select Add New at the top of the page.

Pages are static and thus includes content like information about the site or contact information. They are ordered according to a hierarchy, meaning you can create sub pages to structure your site.Posts are articles that are published in the blog section of your site and are organized in reverse chronological order. As you publish more posts, older posts will be archived. To make your posts easier to find, posts can be given categories and tags. To learn more, take a look at this really informative article.

In the left navigation menu, select Settings>Reading.

Under Your Homepage Displays, select A Static Page. Then choose which page you would like to be your homepage, and which page you would like to display your posts.

Yes! UCalgary Blogs has two plugins that allow users to add math to their posts: WP-LaTeX and WP-MathJax. WP-Latex generates image files, while WP-MathJax renders the text with JavaScript or CSS, making the content resizable. To activate these plugin, select Plugins on the left navigation menu.

Then search for the plugin you wish to use (we recommend just picking one or the other) and select Activate.

When you are writing your post, simply write your LaTeX inside the  shortcodes like so: e^{\i \pi} + 1 = 0. The resultant LaTeX will look like the following:

Privacy and Security

To make your site private, hover over Settings in the left menu and select Reading.

Under the Site Visibility section, choose the privacy setting that best suits your needs, and save your changes.

Deleting your site permanently removes your site from the web and you will not be able to recover the content. To do so, go to the left navigation menu and select Tools>Delete Site.

Check the box to confirm you want to delete your site and click Delete My Site Permanently. You will then be sent an email including a link to delete your site. Click on this link to permanently delete your site.