Creating Your First Blog
Making Posts to Your Blog
Creating New Pages in Your Blog
Deleting Posts/Pages
Moderating Comments
Creating an Additional Blog
General Options
Deleting Your Blog
Modifying Your Privacy Settings


Creating Your First Blog

Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! These directions will walk you through creating your first blog with UM-Flint Blogs. Currently, these blogs are available only to faculty, staff, and a select group of student testers. If you do not fall under one of these categories please keep checking http://blogs.umflint.edu/its/ for the date when blogs will be available to the entire UMF campus community.

1) Open your internet browser and navigate to http://blogs.umflint.edu .

2) On the right hand side of the page enter your uniqname and LAN password.

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3) Press “Login”.

4) If you were successfully logged in you will return to the same page you started at (the blogs homepage). If there was a problem with your log in information you will receive an error.

5) After logging in, click on the “Create a Weblog” link at the bottom of the page.

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6) Fill in the requested information for your new blog and click “Create Blog”. If you do not want your blog to be easily found by visitors to UM-Flint blogs or through search engines like Google, make sure to uncheck the box next to “I would like my blog to appear…”. Your “Blog Title” can be changed after the blog is created, but you can’t change the “Blog Name” once you pick it.

Creating a Blog

7) After you click “Create Blog” you will be taken to the home page of your new blog. Congratulations, you’re now a member of the UM-Flint blogging community!


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Making Posts to your Blog

1) Enter your blog’s address in the address bar of your browser (as shown below). Press Enter and your internet browser will take you to your blog.

Your Blog Address

2) Click on the “Site Admin”, which is typically located on the right hand side of your blog homepage. Depending on what theme you have chosen for your blog, the location of “Site Admin” will vary.

3) You will be asked to log in. Enter your uniqname and LAN password. Click “Login”.

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4) The “Dashboard” for your blog will now appear. The “Dashboard” displays links to the most common blog manipulations and access to other functions are easily accessed using the tabs along the top. Click on “Write”.

Writing a Post

5) The screen to compose your post will now be displayed. Enter a title for your post, and then the body of the post. The text area to enter your post features capabilities similar to some of the basic editing features found in Microsoft Word (bold, italic, numbering, bullets, etc.). If you would like to arrange your blog in Categories, create or select the desired category for this post from the “Categories” section on the right hand side.

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If you click on the second from last button, a ‘kitchen sink’ of additional features will drop down beneath the current bar. These features include changing the format of text, underlining text, adjusting the alignment, changing text color, paste from word or plain letter, remove formatting, and inserting custom characters. 

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6) Once you have finished modifying your post click on “Publish” to display the post in your blog. If you would like to continue making changes click “Save and Continue Editing”. If you would like to save the post to finish at a later time, click “Save”. Your post will not be available on your blog until you click “Publish”.


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Creating New Pages in Your Blog

In addition to writing posts for you blog, you can create new pages. These pages can include information such as “About Me”. These pages can also include any other information that you would like to share that doesn’t fit into blog format.

1) Enter your blog’s address in the address bar of your browser (as shown below). Press Enter and your internet browser will take you to your blog.

Your Blog Address

2) Click on the “Site Admin”, which is typically located on the right hand side of your blog homepage. Depending on what theme you have chosen for your blog, the location of “Site Admin” will vary.

3) You will be asked to log in. Enter your uniqname and LAN password. Click “Login”.

4) The “Dashboard” for your blog will now appear. The “Dashboard” displays links to the most common blog manipulations and access to other functions are easily accessed using the tabs along the top. Click on the “Write” tab.

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5) After clicking on “Write”, click on “Write Page”.

6) Fill in the information for your new page.

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7) Similar to creating a new post, your new page will not appear on your blog until you click “Publish”. You may save the page to continue editing at a later time.

8 ) The blue options on the right hand side of the “Write Page” window allow you to make the following modifications to your new page:

a. Custion Fields: Enables you to add on your own additional fields to your page.

b. Comments & Pings: Allows others to post comments on your page, and allows you to track back to whoever posted each comment if pings are enabled.

c. Password Protect This Page: You can set a password that must be entered for visitors to view this page.

d. Page Parent: If you are creating a complex system of webpages on your new blog you ma ywant to use the Page Parent option to keep pages well organized.

e. Page Order: You can change the order the pages appear in.


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Deleting Posts/Pages

1) Enter your blog’s address in the address bar of your browser (as shown below). Press Enter and your internet browser will take you to your blog.

Your Blog Address

2) Click on the “Site Admin”, which is typically located on the right hand side of your blog homepage. Depending on what theme you have chosen for your blog, the location of “Site Admin” will vary.

3) You will be asked to log in. Enter your uniqname and LAN password. Click “Login”.

4) The “Dashboard” for your blog will now appear. Click on the “Manage” tab.

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5) Once you have selected the “Manage” tab you can select “Posts” or “Pages”. Select the appropriate item to continue with the directions to delete it.

6) Click next to the post or page that you wish to delete. A confirmation message will appear, click “OK” if you really wish to delete the item.

7) The post or page will be removed from your blog.


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Moderating Comments

1) Enter your blog’s address in the address bar of your browser (as shown below). Press Enter and your internet browser will take you to your blog.

Your Blog Address

2) Click on the “Site Admin”, which is typically located on the right hand side of your blog homepage. Depending on what theme you have chosen for your blog, the location of “Site Admin” will vary.

3) You will be asked to log in. Enter your uniqname and LAN password. Click “Login”.

4) The “Dashboard” for your blog will now appear. Click on the “Comments” tab.

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5) The number in parentheses next to Awaiting Moderation tells you how many comments are awaiting your decision. Click on “Awaiting Moderation”.

6) All new comments will appear on the “Awaiting Moderation” page. You can read each comment and select the appropriate response.

a. Delete – Remove the comment from your blog entry.

b. Unapprove – Remove the comment from your blog entry.

c. Spam – Mark the comment as spam. It will be removed from your blog entry.

7) You can also mass edit comments. This feature will allow you to mark many messages at once, either as spam or as approved.


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Creating an Additional Blog

To create an additional blog, follow the same steps as in creating your first blog:
1) Log in at http://blogs.umflint.edu
2) Click the ‘Create a Weblog’ button. If when logging in, you’re taken away from the blogs.umflint.edu homepage, travel back to it and click the ‘Create a Weblog’ button.
3) You’ll be taken to the familiar blog signup screen, except this time your existing blog(s) will be listed as shown below: 4) Enter your new Blog Name, Title, and select your desired Privacy level, then click the ‘Create Blog’ button.



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General Options

To change the General Options for your blog, click ‘Options’ on the dashboard, then ‘General’ on the sub-menu:



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Deleting Your Blog

To delete your blog, click ‘Options’ on the dashboard, then click ‘Delete Blog’ on the sub-menu:

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Ensure that you fully read & understand the information regarding blog deletion, click the “I’m sure…” checkbox, then click the ‘Delete My Blog Permanently’ button.


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Modifying Your Privacy Settings:

When you create your blog you have the option to make it available in search engines and around the http://blogs.umflint.edu site.  If you want to modify this setting after your blog has been created you can do so by following the steps below. 

1)     Log into your blog.

2)     From the Dashboard click on the “Settings” tab, and then the “Privacy” tab.

3)     Select the level of privacy you would like to apply to your blog.

4)     Click “Save Changes”.


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