Meet Liquorice – A fun new mobile friendly theme

 
A couple of weeks ago, we introduced you to Yokoour most mobile and iPad friendly theme yet.

As of today, we’re adding Liquorice to the mix, which is also “responsive” to whatever screen size your blog’s visitors are using.

We think many of you will like the more whimsical fonts and easy to read layout of this new theme.

Make sure to go to Appearance > Premium Themes and check it out!

For those of you that don’t want to change themes and still offer your mobile readers something good to look at, not to worry, we’ve got even bigger news coming soon on that front!

A New Theme! Our Most Mobile and iPad Friendly Yet

We are thrilled to unveil a brand new theme today!

Yoko – as it is called – is our first “responsive” and HTML5 theme.

This means that it will look great on all types of devices – including tablets and phones.

Exciting, huh?

This works because the theme is designed to move the sidebars and change image and text sizes automatically  – all depending on the screen size.

You can see the theme in action on Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day blog.

Features

  • Responsive and mobile friendly design
  • Custom header image with several pre-set images to choose from
  • Select the link and background colors to personalize the look
  • A social widget that makes it easy to share links to your facebook, twitter, google+, and linkedn profiles
  • Modern feel using the latest in web design

Yoko is already available as a ‘premium’ theme on edublogs.org blogs – for Pro and upgraded student blogs. It will soon be available on all Edublogs Campus sites as well.

Quick help with themes:

  1. Changing your blog’s theme
  2. Uploading your own custom header image
  3. Creating your own custom navigation menu

We’ve got more themes like this in the works to release over the coming months. If you haven’t updated your blog’s look in a while – now might be a great time to do so!

Happy blogging!

Announcing NEW Unlimited Student Blogs, Better Class Management, and More!

 

We are thrilled to announce some big changes and improvements to Edublogs!

Our focus this summer is to raise the bar in what we offer so that we continue to be the best blogging, ePortolio, and class website service for teachers and students around the world.

To help us reach this goal, we start by bringing you…

Unlimited Student Blogs!

Previously, each Pro account could only enable extra features on up to 50 student blogs. But we know many teachers can have well over 100 students at any given time.

Student blogs will be able to access premium themes, use our new iOS mobile app, embed videos and other code, and the full range of privacy options.

In addition, students will be able to fully manage the look and feel of their blogs, but won’t be able to change the privacy and moderation settings you set for them.

The NEW ‘My Class’ Feature

This is the big one. Now that you can have unlimited students on Edublogs, you need a good way to manage them all!

You will find a new ‘My Class’ menu item near the top of your blog’s dashboard.

From here you can manage the privacy and moderation settings on all student blogs, get a list of pending comments and posts, and more.

As soon as a student blog is added to a class, it will automatically have the extra features enabled as discussed above.

This is just the first launch – so expect improvements and additions in the coming months!

Better Help & Support

You’ll find a brand new ‘Help & Support‘ menu item in your dashboard with quick links to our user guides and support posts.

There’s also an easier to find link for our Pro users to email questions directly to our support staff.

New Theme Customizer

Go to Appearance > Themes and check out the new ‘Customize‘ link.

From here you can quickly edit the look and feel of your blog’s title, background, and custom images and see how it looks live in real time. This addition is just plain fun to play with :)

And Tons More…

There are lots of other new features and changes you may notice. For example:

  • An improved and simplified image and media uploader
  • A fresh new look to the dashboard and top admin bar
  • Flyout menus that keep the menu items nice and neat
  • Better usability on tablets and mobile devices (no app needed!)
  • An improved ‘Inactive Widgets‘ area to save widgets and so widgets don’t get lost when changing themes
  • Embed tweets into any post by just pasting in the link
  • Behind the scenes changes to improve speed

All of this is available now on Edublogs.org and will be coming soon to our Edublogs Campus networks.

Leave a comment below or contact us with any feedback or questions you may have.

Happy blogging!

Announcing Loads Of New Themes!

Personalizing your blog is, for most of us, a fun and rewarding endeavor.

And we just made that experience even better by adding dozens of new themes to Edublogs and CampusPress.

That brings the total number of new themes so far this year to nearly 100!

You can see the most recently added themes by visiting the Appearance > Themes menu item in your dashboard. There’s a filter there to sort by just the newest themes.

Mobile Friendly Theme Info

All of our themes are now mobile friendly and responsive, meaning they will look great no matter the size of the device visitors are using.

This does take a bit of getting used to, as menus and sidebars might get hidden or moved around on smaller screen sizes. This is by design and worth it, for sure!

If you’d like to learn more about using mobile friendly themes, check out our post on TheEdublogger here.

Have A Favorite?

Give your blog a makeover and leave a link in the comments below.

We can’t wait to see all of the new looks and designs you all will come up with.

Happy blogging!

 

New Features! Private Comments and Group Lists

We’re happy to roll out two new tools that we think are huge for student and course blogging.

These features are available now on both free and Pro Edublogs and will be added to all CampusPress networks next week.

Let’s jump into it!

Private Comments and Feedback

Teachers can now leave private comments for students – perfect for detailed feedback.

When reading a post in our ‘Reader’ tool in your dashboard, you’ll see a new check-box in the comments section.

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Private comments can only be created and read by those that can edit the post. This means blog admins, teachers, editors, and the author of the post. Private comments will show up in the feed of other comments in the ‘Reader’.

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Unread private comments will appear under the “Pending” link in the reader too. There will be a notification number alerting you that a private comment needs to be read.

Group and Class Lists

This is ideal for those of you that teach more than one class and are looking for ways to organize all of your students’ blogs. You will be able to see a live feed of all posts from blogs in a list as they are published. Here is how the lists I made look:

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Making your own lists is easy. Here’s how:

1. Click on the “Create new list” button in the bottom right corner of your dashboard.

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2. Give your list a name. You can edit this name later.

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3. Then add in the sites you want added. You can paste the full URL of the site, like theedublogger.edublogs.org.

4. Click ‘Create‘.

Make as many lists as you want.

Lists can be used for much more than just to organize student blogs. For example, groups, projects, or just keeping track of your favorite edubloggers all in one place!

Other Reader Features

There is a lot that the ‘reader’ tool can do that you may not be aware of. Here are just a few examples:

Easy Moderation

Do you approve student posts and comments? If so, make sure to use the “Pending” link to help you do so in a quick and easy way, without needing to click through to all of your students’ blogs.

Mobile Friendly

Login to your blog’s dashboard on a phone or tablet, right in any web browser, and you’ll be able to use the same features as on your desktop. This means you can keep track of student activity, reply to comments, moderate posts, and more from anywhere.

Search By Author, Title, Category, or Tag

Ask your students to add a common tag to their posts. Much like they would use a twitter hashtag.

Then, use the search in the reader to pull all posts using that tag. This is great for projects between classes, or when global events or activities take place like Poetry Month, sporting events, and more.

It is important to note that only posts from public blogs will show up in search results :)

RSS Feeds

Want to follow your students’ blogs in an RSS feed reader? Or perhaps create a flipboard magazine of posts in a list you have made?

Click the orange ‘RSS’ icon at the top of the reader and a private feed, just for you, will be created for whatever you are looking at. There’s lots of cool stuff that can be done with this, and be on the lookout for a more detailed follow up post!

What’s Next?

As always, we’ll continue to work hard to bring you new tools and features.

Let us know in the comments below if there is anything you’d like to see!

New Themes! 75+ New Themes Added

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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