New look edublogs homepage & how to get your own themes at

Was getting very very tired of the old orange lines and stuff so knocked this together in double quick time the other day.

Nothing special, just aesthetics (um, to a degree), how do ya find it?

Also, have discovered a way you can have your own theme while editableness isn’t going… basically you’ll have to edit an existing wordpress theme, email it to me and I’ll install it just for you. I figure I should probably charge a nominal amount for this down the line (more to dissuade everyone from asking me rather than making any money!) but for the timebeing I’ll do it for free – james /at/ edublogs /dot/ org

Just running a quick upgrade

Just running a quick upgrade to try to get the text editor to work… should be a few bonuses (if a little buggy at times) in there soon too… am still half way through vacation but it’s gnawing away at me like a hippo on a branch!

Update: yep, not quite there yet but most things seem to be going OK… and check out the new image management system!!!

Update 2: Fabuloso, we are green to go and everything should be working smoothly!!! Big thanks to Jason Bainbridge (also of 911blogs) for assisting!

Our first month…

Well, we’re coming to the end of the first month of edublogs… 6,934 unique visitors visiting 18,356 times and using 182,014 pages so far as part of 846 different edublogs!!!

So howabouts we celebrate by each edublogger inviting 10 of their colleagues to use the service….

In return I’ll get the next upgrade right ;) and fix up some community features, remember to contact me if you’d like to have your edublog featured… please don’t be shy!

Say it loud and say it proud, edublog strip at the top?

I’ve been thinking how great it is to have over 700 edublogs going and still be into our first month and about how we can get even more up in the next. Basically how can we ‘badge’ an edublog as an edublog and how can we best ‘spread the word’?

The way I though would be simplest woudl be to put a small strip at the top of each blog as Weblogs Inc do (check it out). I figured this would also be a great way to promote community stuff, feature blogs etc. (no advertising though as promised!)

Let me know what you think? Would thsi be cool with you or just plain annoying? Can you think of any better approaches (given that the editable themes thing hasn’t quite come along yet?)

about was founded in 2005 by James Farmer as an extension of the project aimed at providing teachers, students, researchers, librarians, writers and other education professionals with freely available emerging technologies.

What makes different from, for example, Blogger is that we’re dedicated to educational professionals, we’re nice and small (by blog provider standards), we’re aiming to provide more and more freely available (and ad free!) emerging online technologies for your use… and we’ve got a much better blogging tool at our disposal :)

We also won an award in 2005! is built using WordPress MultiUser which means that you’ll get a fully featured WordPress blogging platform to work with, for information on what that means checkout the features and FAQ.

As of February 2006 we’re delighted to be supported by The Chalkface Project especially because this gives all users free access to their stunning Yacapaca assessment tool.

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