Major News! Edublogs blogs are all now 100% advertisement free!

This is the first of what will be several big announcements from us over the coming months!

As of today, there are no more advertisements of any kind on Edublogs!

Including FREE blogs!

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But we need YOUR HELP to keep it that way.

We are close to our ONE MILLIONTH blog on Edublogs.org, and if we can break 1 million by the end of August, we’ll keep ads away, even on free blogs, forever!

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You can keep track with the counter right at the top of the Edublogs.org homepage.

So be sure to share this post with colleagues and friends and let them know that there has never been a better time to start blogging!

And stay tuned for several exciting new features we’ll be announcing soon. Leave a comment below with your guess as to what those new features might be ;)

Edublogs Celebrates 1 Million Blogs By Giving More Away!

We did it!

Well, actually YOU did it!

We have officially surpassed the ONE MILLION blog mark here on Edublogs.org!

Truthfully, we have several hundred thousand additional blogs on our Edublogs Campus sites which put us over the top over  a year ago.

But we couldn’t be more excited, as this also means we will remain 100% advertisement free, even on free blogs! :)

Here are some things we would appreciate you do to help us celebrate:

 

1. Become a facebook fan and follow us on twitter to keep up to date with our latest news – we also like to randomly give away free Edublogs Pro accounts to our fans and followers :) Share our great news with your followers too if you like!

2. Check out the Teacher Challenges to brush up on your blogging skills or share it with others who may just be wanting to start out. This self-paced free and open professional development will take your blogging to the next level.

3. Let your school administrator or tech coordinator know about Edublogs, our million blog milestone, and what we offer – including the ability to make it easy to create and manage as many blogs as you want through an Edublogs Campus site.

4. Write a post on your blog about our millionth blog and/or what you like about blogging – leave a comment below with a link to the post.

And for anyone that leaves a comment below with a link to your blogging post we’ll put you in for a drawing for a free Edublogs Pro annual subscription (or extension if you are already a Pro user)!

We’ll also give you a SECOND Pro account to give to a colleague of your choice! 

Make sure to get your post and comment in by Wednesday, August 24th.

Happy blogging!

Unveiling Wikis, Maps, Easy Blogging, a New Look, and More!

If you’ve logged into the dashboard of your blog in the last few days, then you probably have already noticed – but we just rolled out many exciting new features!

Plus, we’re just 11,000 10,000 blogs short of the 1 million we need to keep all blogs advertisement free forever!

It’s just too much to share all in one post, but here is a quick overview of some of what is new:

1. A new dashboard look

This will be the first thing you notice if you haven’t already. Everything is still in a familiar location, but the look and feel is a bit more polished.

As you explore the made over dashboard, you will find several improvements such as better search for themes, easier ways to sort posts and pages, and other little tools built in that should make blogging a bit easier.

2. The Admin Bar

Across the top of your blog you will find a new Admin Bar which will help you navigate around your blog and our site.

You can turn off this bar under Settings > Admin Bar in your dashboard if you would prefer – but we find it handy to quickly add a new post, login, or go back and forth between the site and dashboard.

3. Wikis

You will find a new Wiki plugin which lets you add pages to your blog which are fully functional wikis!

Settings allow you to choose between letting all visitors, only registered users, or a select few to edit the wiki. Changes are tracked and discussion is encouraged. This one we know many of you will love!

Read more about wikis on our help and support site here.

4. Custom Menus

Under Appearance > Menus you will find a brand new area for customizing the order and layout of your menus.

The drag-and-drop menu creation allows you to add links to any site on the web, specific categories, and more.

Adding custom menus is easy, and detailed directions on how are here.

5. Easy Blogging

Our Easy Blogging dashboard got a complete face lift too! This feature was designed so that more inexperienced bloggers can get their feet wet by removing a lot of the less used options. Plus, we just think it looks cool :)

You can go back and forth between the Easy Admin and the normal dashboard areas anytime.

6. Blog and User Creator

We greatly simplified the process of creating new users and blogs by rolling everything into this one new and improved creation tool.

Pro users will now be able to more easily create additional blogs, student blogs or accounts, and set it up so that you can manage them all right from the get-go.

7. Google Maps

There is also a new Google Maps plugin which makes it easy to add maps to your blog – including satellite and street views!

Best of all, it is easy to use, but you can find more details of how to use it here.

There’s more!

There is actually quite a bit more – including the ability to hide parts of a post until a selected time, improved form making, and updates to many themes. We will be sharing those in more detail in the coming weeks.

In the mean time, play around and let us know what you think! 

As always, feel free to contact us should you need any help with any of these new features.

Enjoy!

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Please find our Privacy Policy here.

Edublogs.org is a site specifically for teachers, students, librarians, researchers, professors, administrators, corporate trainers and anyone else involved in education.

The following terms and conditions govern all use of the Edublogs.org website and blogging platform. Edublogs is owned and operated by Incsub, LLC. Edublogs is offered subject to your acceptance without modification of all of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating rules, policies and procedures that may be published from time to time on this Site by Edublogs (collectively, the “Agreement”).

Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing or using Edublogs. By accessing or using any part of Edublogs, you agree to become bound by the terms and conditions of this agreement. If you do not agree to all the terms and conditions of this agreement, then you may not access Edublogs or use any services. If these terms and conditions are considered an offer by Edublogs, acceptance is expressly limited to these terms.

1. Creating an Account and Blog. Edublogs is intended to be used only by students, teachers, and educators. Students under 13 may only create accounts and/or blogs under the express approval and supervision of their teachers or school. The teacher or school is responsible for ensuring that use complies with local laws and policies. Parents can contact support@edublogs.org to request the creation of individual blogs for children under 13 that wish to use Edublogs for a project or purpose outside of school.

2. Responsibility of Contributors. If you operate a blog, comment on a blog, post material to Edublogs, post links on Edublogs, or otherwise make (or allow any third party to make) material available by means of Edublogs (any such material, “Content”), You are entirely responsible for the content of, and any harm resulting from, that Content. That is the case regardless of whether the Content in question constitutes text, graphics, an audio file, or computer software. By making Content available, you represent and warrant that:

  • the downloading, copying and use of the Content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights, of any third party;
  • if your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have either (i) received permission from your employer to post or make available the Content, including but not limited to any software, or (ii) secured from your employer a waiver as to all rights in or to the Content;
  • you have fully complied with any third-party licenses relating to the Content, and have done all things necessary to successfully pass through to end users any required terms;
  • the Content does not contain or install any viruses, worms, malware, Trojan horses or other harmful or destructive content;
  • the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
    • the Content is not pornographic, libelous or defamatory, does not contain threats or incite violence towards individuals or entities, and does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party;
    • your blog is not getting advertised via unwanted electronic messages such as spam links on newsgroups, email lists, other blogs and web sites, and similar unsolicited promotional methods;
    • your blog is not named in a manner that misleads your readers into thinking that you are another person or company. For example, your blog’s URL or name is not the name of a person other than yourself or company other than your own; and
    • you have, in the case of Content that includes computer code, accurately categorized and/or described the type, nature, uses and effects of the materials, whether requested to do so by Edublogs or otherwise.

By submitting Content to Edublogs for inclusion on your Website, you grant Edublogs a world-wide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and publish the Content solely for the purpose of displaying, distributing and promoting your blog. If you delete Content, Edublogs will use reasonable efforts to remove it from Edublogs, but you acknowledge that caching or references to the Content may not be made immediately unavailable.

Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, Edublogs has the right (though not the obligation) to, in Edublogs’s sole discretion (i) refuse or remove any content that, in Edublogs’s reasonable opinion, violates any Edublogs policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable, or (ii) terminate or deny access to and use of Edublogs to any individual or entity for any reason, in Edublogs’s sole discretion. Edublogs will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid.

3. Fees and Payment. Optional premium ‘Pro’ paid services such as extra storage, Pro themes and plugins, or Campus Packages are available on Edublogs. By selecting a premium service you agree to pay Edublogs the monthly or annual subscription fees indicated for that service. Payments will be charged on the day you sign up for a premium service and will cover the use of that service for a monthly or annual period as indicated. Premium service fees are not refundable.

4. Paid Services.

  • Fees; Payment. By signing up for Pro account you agree to pay Edublogs the fees indicated in exchange for the services. Applicable fees will be invoiced starting from the day your Pro account is established. Pro accounts can be canceled by you at anytime.
  • Support. Pro accounts include access to priority email support. “Email support” means the ability to make requests for technical support assistance by email at any time (with reasonable efforts by Edublogs to respond within one business day) concerning the use of the Pro account. “Priority” means that support for Pro account customers takes priority over support for users of the standard, free Edublogs.org blogging services. All Pro account support will be provided in accordance with Edublogs Pro practices, procedures and policies.

5.  Responsibility of Website Visitors. Edublogs has not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, posted to Edublogs, and cannot therefore be responsible for that material’s content, use or effects. By operating Edublogs, Edublogs does not represent or imply that it endorses the material there posted, or that it believes such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Edublogs may contain content that is offensive, indecent, or otherwise objectionable, as well as content containing technical inaccuracies, typographical mistakes, and other errors. Edublogs may also contain material that violates the privacy or publicity rights, or infringes the intellectual property and other proprietary rights, of third parties, or the downloading, copying or use of which is subject to additional terms and conditions, stated or unstated. Edublogs disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from the use by visitors of Edublogs, or from any downloading by those visitors of content there posted.

6. Content Posted on Other Websites. We have not reviewed, and cannot review, all of the material, including computer software, made available through Edublogss and webpages to which Edublogs.org links, and that link to Edublogs.org. Edublogs does not have any control over those non-Edublogs websites and webpages, and is not responsible for their contents or their use. By linking to a non-Edublogs website or webpage, Edublogs does not represent or imply that it endorses such website or webpage. You are responsible for taking precautions as necessary to protect yourself and your computer systems from viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and other harmful or destructive content. Edublogs disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of non-Edublogs websites and webpages.

7. Copyright Infringement and DMCA Policy. As Edublogs asks others to respect its intellectual property rights, it respects the intellectual property rights of others. If you believe that material located on or linked to by Edublogs.org violates your copyright, you are encouraged to notify Edublogs using this form here. Edublogs will respond to all such notices, including as required or appropriate by removing the infringing material or disabling all links to the infringing material. In the case of a visitor who may infringe or repeatedly infringes the copyrights or other intellectual property rights of Edublogs or others, Edublogs may, in its discretion, terminate or deny access to and use of Edublogs. In the case of such termination, Edublogs will have no obligation to provide a refund of any amounts previously paid to Edublogs.

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(This is a "Page")Edublogs Free, Pro or Campus?

Edublogs offers three different educational blogging services: Free, Pro and Campus.

Here’s quick guide to help you understand what each service offers:

Edublogs Free

The free version of Edublogs is ideal for students or anyone wanting to just try out a blog.

Edublogs Pro

The professional version of Edublogs gives an individual teacher or blogger the ultimate blogging platform – perfect for classes or for your own powerful functional blog

Edublogs Campus

The enterprise version of Edublogs is ideal for any institution looking to provide Pro level blogs to all of its teachers and students, with personal support, SLAs, custom designs, functionality and more

100% Free

$3.33 p/month
$39.95/year (saves 58%)

$0.75 p/blog p/month
Reduces with larger licences

Limited upload space

10GB upload space

Unlimited upload space

30 free designs

137 premium designs (can be enable all on 50 student blogs)

137 premium designs for all blogs + your own custom designs

Some extra functionality

Plugins, privacy, stats, forums and more

All Pro features + custom functionality and plugin development

Supported by advertising

No advertising, can turn off ads on 50 student blogs

No advertising on any blogs

Cannot create other blogs

Student blog creation and management tools

Batch creation of 1000s of blogs, LDAP integration and more

In addition to this, which service you choose will depend largely on what you want to use Edublogs for, so here’s a brief outline to help you decide.

Edublogs Free

Edublogs free is suitable for people who:

  • Wanting to just try out Edublogs
  • Don’t mind having a few ads on their blogs
  • Want to use a blog only for a very short time
  • Are looking for a ‘free blog’

Educators can disable ads on up to 30 free student blogs using one Edublogs Pro blog!

Edublogs Pro

Edublogs Pro is suitable for people who:

  • Want to have the ultimate educational blogging platform
  • Need full control over privacy
  • Don’t want any advertisements on their blogs
  • Want to create and manage student blogs (without having an institutional (Campus) set up)
  • Would like premium email support
  • Would like access to premium themes and plugins
  • Need more space to upload audio, video and other media
  • Might like to user their own domain name
  • Don’t mind paying the price of a cup of coffee per month for the above!
  • Want to disable ads on up to 30 ‘free blogs’ – ideal for removing ads from your student blogs!
  • Would like access to XML-RPC for 3rd party application and sites such as Delicous, Flickr, LiveWriter, WordPress for iPhone
  • Want to enable to XML-RPC on up to 30 ‘free blogs’ – ideal for enabling mobile blogging!

Edublogs Campus

Edublogs Campus is suitable for people who:

  • Are looking to set up blogs for their institution or district
  • Want all the features of pro, for every user at no extra cost
  • Would like comprehensive email , telephone and webinar support
  • Want to run all of their blogs at their own domain
  • Want to brand and unify their own blogs
  • Would like to upload custom designs and extra features
  • Require unlimited upload space and bandwidth
  • Are looking to save tens of thousands of $s

Supporting edublogs.org

 

It’s pretty much at the end of each month… when the bandwidth limits are drawing near… that the only downside of running edublogs.org kicks in.

Essentially we’re going to need a dedicated server very very soon as in the first place we’re running out of bandwidth / space and in the second I figure we’ll all be happier with better performance (especially around backups). The problem is, however, that it costs. And when you’re sustaining yourself of a lecturers salary with a new mortgage, well, you know how it can be.

But I’m fundamentally against putting any advertising on blogs. Down the line I’d like to leave that option up to you (i.e. advertise if you want to & for yourself) but I certainly don’t want to slap ads on any edublogs.

So, it’s going to have to be sponsorship & partnership. Here’s the deal…

  • Plain old simple advertising as a ‘supporter’ on edublogs.org
  • Inclusion (and write up) in the edublogs.org newsletter
  • Inclusion in the ‘backend’ of each blog (this can be done in a number of ways)
  • Partnership in offering edublogs.org users tools and services

And if you’d like or anyone can suggest other approaches / arrangements please leave a comment or contact me.

We can negotiate arrangements for 3, 6 & 12 months. If you’re interested or know anyone who might be interested please get in touch or let them know!

 

[Oh and for January so far we’re dealing in 32,665 uniques & 1,113,482 pages… and rapidly growing!!! Getting a 12 month agreement in now could be an enormous marketing bargain!!!]

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