How to guide
General Blogging Tips
- Post regularly to keep your blog looking fresh and interesting - it's better to publish short posts regularly than upload lengthy essays every month
- Use photos and video to make your blog more visual and eye catching
- Enjoy your blog! Blogging should be fun. Encourage readers to comment on your posts and comment on other peoples' blogs - they normally visit back
- Follow the Imperial College London blog terms and conditions
How to guide
Writing and uploading a post
We recommend you use Firefox for editing your blogs as there are currently problems with the Internet Explorer interface.
Publish status: Shows two states for the post:
- Published status means the post has been published on your blog for all to see.
- Unpublished means the post has not been published and remains a draft.
Select a publish status and then click the save button.
Bloggers are responsible for accepting or declining comments to their blog entries. You will be notified by email of a new comment, and will be required to accept or decline and it. To do this you will need to log onto your blog, read the entry and if you are happy accept it.
Bloggers are reminded of the College blogger terms and conditions, and should refrain from accepting any posts which break these. If you require any advice on whether to accept a post please contact the Service Desk.
Declining a comment: A declined post will not appear on your blog.
Writing and editing pages
A page is a static webpage within your blog which is not listed by date. Pages do not use tags or categories and are often used to introduce the blog and blogger, and provide further information about the topic being discussed. An About page is the classic example.
When you first receive your blog, you will find a basic page already created. We recommend that you edit this page to add details about yourself and your blog.
To edit or add pages, log into your dashboard and click on Pages in the left navigation. A list of existing pages will show in the main content area. You can edit existing pages from there in the same way as editing posts. There is also an option to Add new if you want to create more pages.
When writing content it is good practice to assign a blog entry to a category; the default category is uncategorized. The categories appear on your blog homepage and are a really good way for readers to navigate your blog and jump to topics of interest. Examples of blog categories for a student blog could be study, social life, hall, food tips etc.
To create categories: Go to Categories in the right hand side of your post. Scroll down below the text box and enter the name of your new category. It is possible to have a top level category, or a category within an existing category.
In addition to setting a broad category for each post, you can also add a number of tags for a post, highlighting keywords relating to your content. Go to the tags section on the righ handside of your post. Type a tag into the text box and click add.
Uploading photos and videos
In your blog go into the dashboard, click on add Media in the left navigation. Select Add New. Add files you wish to upload.
Click on the file you have uploaded to add further details. You can rename the title, add a caption, AlT Text and a description.
You can delete the file from here if not longer required.
Plug-in usage addition
If you wish to use any plug-ins please contact the Service Desk.
Please advise the Service Desk if you receive a large quantity of spam comments, and we will work with you to find a solution to the individual problem.