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Today we’re excited to announce we’ve rolled out many more new beautiful themes.

New themes

All these themes are mobile friendly; designed to display nicely on all devices.  Bring a fresh, sophisticated look to your blog with one of these new themes while making your posts easier to read on tablets and phones.

New Theme Categories

What’s more, we’ve sorted all themes into categories to make it easier to find your next theme.

Visit Appearance > Themes and click on a Category link at the top of the theme screen to display themes from that category.

Themes sorted into categories

We’ve sorted themes into:

  1. Accessibility Ready (9 themes) – meet the accessibility guidelines.
  2. Class (36 themes) – popular themes used on class blogs.
  3. Magazine (27 themes) – great for creating magazine and newspaper websites.
  4. Mobile Friendly (144) – responsive layout designed to display well on all devices.
  5. Newest (55 themes)
  6. Popular (40 themes)
  7. Portfolio (24 themes) – great for portfolio and photo blogs.
  8. Sliders (15 themes) – themes with sliders.

Theme Review

Here is a quick review of a few of the new themes:

Fifteen

Fifteen

Fifteen by Rohit Tripathi is a beautifully designed WordPress theme with a grid layout which makes it prefect for showcasing your work.  It’s ideal for photography and portfolio based websites for showcasing your photos or creative work.

Other popular themes by the same designer are Preus, Sixteen, Coller, Inkness, Market, Temptation, NewP, Aldehyde.  You need to set a featured image in your posts to display images on the blog post page when using these themes.

Hueman

Hueman

Hueman by Alexander Agnarson is a minimalist, flat theme that is ideal for magazine websites.  This theme provides extensive styling options and flexible layout.

Check it out in action on The Edublogger.

Swiss

swiss

Swiss by Tommek is a simple minimalist theme chosen for those educators who are looking for something a bit different for their class blog.

Popular class blog themes include Magazino, Noteworthy. Pachyderm, Patchwork, Radiate, Scrappy, Something Fishy,  Stitch, Surfarama and Writr.

There is something for everyone in these new themes and hope you enjoy them.

Give these new themes a try by going to Appearance > Themes.

Happy blogging!

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We’re thrilled to share the news about a brand new plugin now available to all Edublogs users – Symbaloo!

Symbaloo is a free social bookmarking tool. A fun and simple way to organize and store all your digital resources in the cloud.

Symbaloo helps teachers curate content and share the best of the web with their students. Teachers are able to work smarter and share more great resources and learning tools with their students in much less time.

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The Symbaloo Plugin

The Symbaloo plugin makes it easy to add ALL your favorite web resources in your posts and pages.

To learn more about the Symbaloo plugin, check out this support post.

Symbaloo Certification and Training

Symbaloo offers professional development, training and certification here.

Make sure to use the following code to get access to their courses for free: Edublogs14.

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When Edublogs began nearly a decade ago, the idea was to bring blogging to every classroom.

Then, a few years later, our Edublogs Campus product was created to provide white label blog networks to schools and universities the world over.

Today, we’re extremely excited to share with the world the next evolution of Edublogs – say hello to CampusPress.

For way more than just blogging.

Today, every teacher needs a website, students need ePortfolios, and schools and universities need reliable and friendly web tools to make managing so many web presences painless.

CampusPress builds on our existing services, using the WordPress platform, to make web publishing accessible to all.

Existing Edublogs Campus networks will be moved under the new CampusPress name – allowing us to provide better support and services going forward.

All of our CampusPress networks come with the following:

  • a dedicated WordPress Multisite network at a branded domain, like sites.myschool.edu
  • unlimited sites, users, traffic, and storage
  • 200+ of beautiful themes
  •  100+ powerful plugins
  • expert hosting, backups, cacheing
  • 24/7 support

See all of the features and learn more here.

How’s CampusPress different than Edublogs?

As the name suggests, Edublogs has always been focused on blogging.

But, we’ve noticed our users leveraging our service for so much more.

For example, there already are newspaper sites, school websitesdepartment sites, student organization sitesalumni magazineslearning communities, and so much more.

The changes and improvements we’re adding with CampusPress will make it easier to create and manage sites like these. This includes huge investment in infrastructure to improve speeds and reliability, new tools for development environments, streamlined on-boarding, better change and custom development management, and we’ll continue to add new plugins and themes that cater to all types of sites.

No Obligation Free Trials

Be sure to visit the brand new CampusPress.com site to learn more and see additional examples.

We’ll happily set you up with a fully functional free trial too – just contact us here to let us know you’d like to get that up and running.

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NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Please do keep checking incsub.com/careers for future opportunities.

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We’re looking high and low for the perfect new Account Manager to help support and look after our Edublogs Campus schools, districts, and universities.

You’d also pitch in with sales, general Edublogs support, and many other fun projects we have going on.

What we’re looking for:

  • Work from anywhere (we’re a distributed team, letting us be flexible in finding the right person no matter where you may live)
  • Must be proficient in using WordPress or Edublogs – you should already know your way around the dashboard, but we’ll help train up the right person too
  • Someone with a background in teaching, working in a school’s technology department, or other education experience
  • A self-motivated problem solver, that can jump in and take the lead on projects when needed

If this sounds like you (or someone you know), learn more and apply here.

Hope to hear from you soon!

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Woah!

Today’s news is kinda big.

We’ve made available a new plugin, called Jetpack, which when activated brings a ton of new tools and features to your blog.

jetpack

What Can Jetpack Do?

Post by Email

You can create a unique and private email address that can be used to publish a new post on your blog just by sending an email. Read more here.

Auto-post to Facebook, Twiiter, Google+ and More

Connect your blog to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Path, or Tumblr account to automatically share a link to each new post every time you publish. Read more here.

Sharing Buttons

Much like the AddThis plugin already available, Jetpack gives you another means of adding social sharing icons to the bottom of each of your posts.  Read more here.

Better Image Galleries

Visit our news post from yesterday about the new themes. Click on the image gallery at the top of the post (of all of the themes) and you can see how the images open up in a new full screen slideshow experience. There’s also ways of displaying images in fun new layouts.

Learn more here:

  1. Carousel
  2. Tiled Galleries
  3. Slideshows

Widget Visibility

Hide or show widgets on different pages, giving you total control and flexibility to really customize your sidebars. Read more here.

Spelling and Grammar

The additional spelling and grammar tools can be set so that you must run a check before publishing each new post – a great way to cut down on typos and errors!

And More

There are more modules too that you might find useful. Just activate the Jetpack plugin and take a look around.

Important Notes

Jetpack is developed by the team behind WordPress.com and in order to use the plugin, you must create or have a WordPress.com account.

Jetpack on Edublogs is available to Pro blogs and student blogs that Pro teachers have added as part of My Class.

The plugin is also available on our Edublogs Campus networks, though a Super Administrator must enable the plugin first.

How To Use Jetpack

Go to Plugins > Social in your blog’s dashboard and find the Jetpack by WordPress.com plugin. Click Activate.

Then, go to the new Jetpack menu item near the top of your menu and connect your blog to a WordPress.com account.

You can find more detailed instructions on setting it up here.

And as always, please contact us with any questions you may have.

Happy blogging!

 

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