The new ‘Live Shortcodes‘ plugin makes it easy to add buttons, tabs, sidebars, accordions, and much more to your blog.
You can now take control over the content you publish like never before.
What Does It Do?
This plugin gives you the ability to easily add many new elements to your pages and posts.
Here is a quick overview of the available elements:
Break content into sections that visitors can open and close.
Just like accordions, but more than one section can be open at a time.
Like an accordion too, but with the sections across the top.
Break up paragraphs with one of several different divider styles.
Customize the color, shape, and style of buttons that can be links to anywhere on the web.
6. Latest Posts
Show a list of latest posts from your blog. Customize the details that are shown.
Display content from any RSS feed on any page or post.
8. Reader Content
Show latest posts from your reader – blogs you follow or all posts you’ve written on the network.
9. My Class Blogs
Add a list of all student blogs in a class using the ‘My Class’ tool. Determine if the list is alphabetical, random, or most recently updated.
10. My Class Recent Posts
Place a list of all posts from student blogs that belong to a class.
And we plan on adding more to this list soon!
How To Activate
The Live Shortcodes plugin is available to all Edublogs Pro and CampusPress customers.
Just go to your Plugins menu and click Activate to enable.
Then, whenever you add a new page or post, you’ll see a new “Add Shortcodes” button above your editor.
It is super easy to use and to customize each element, but if you’d like any additional help, please see the full plugin help guide here.
Let us know in the comments below if you have any ideas or requests for items we can add to the shortcodes plugin. We’ll do our best to build them in!
In the meantime, we have more new exciting features and news coming later this week.
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We’ve just released the new Edublogs for Android app – available now for free in the Google Play Store!
You can blog, upload photos, moderate comments, and more right from your phone or tablet.
Here are a few screenshots to whet your appetites:
For help using the app or more info about blogging from phones and tablets, check out the guide here.
And don’t forget our Edublogs for iOS app too :)
Happy mobile blogging!
One of the best parts about working at Edublogs is seeing daily all of the amazing learning experiences of students through blogging.
Six teachers, from six different corners of the world, have collaborated together and co-created the Our World, Our Stories project blog.
The seven week long project has a different class, each from a different country, leading the students through learning experiences each week. For example, this week the students are discussing about the similarities and differences between their typical school days in each country.
You can learn more about all of the details on the about page here.
We absolutely love this idea and encourage everyone to check-in on the blog over the coming weeks to see how it plays out.
Or if you are interested in doing something similar with your students, feel free to leave your name, location, age group, and a link to your blog or contact info in the comments below.
Perhaps you can find willing classes to start a global blogging project on your own.
What amazing work by these teachers, and what an exciting experience for these students!
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.
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!
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.
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 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.