As of today, we are making many of our previously ‘Pro’ only features 100% free for all!
This change will, without a doubt, make Edublogs the best free web publishing tool for students and teachers on the web.
We went through and have made many of our more popular features free, including:
- Student management – our ‘My Class’ tool, allowing teachers to control settings, group, and moderate their students’ blogs
- User invites – providing you a simple way to get students or blog collaborators attached to your blog
- User reports – making it easy to keep track of students’ posts and comments
- Privacy settings – so that you can password protect or make blogs completely private
- Themes – all themes are now available to free users
- Plugins – dozens more popular plugins are now available to free users
- Storage – free storage has gone up from a mere 50MB to a whopping 1GB per blog
- Support – every user will be able to send an email to our support team from their blog’s dashboard to get help with any questions they may have. We’ve become famous for our support, and endeavor to reply to all threads just as quickly as we can.
What’s The Catch?
Well, there are some features that will remain ‘Pro’, at just $7.95 per month or $39.95 per year. These include using your own custom domain, allowing a blog to be indexed by search engines, and the subscribe by email tool.
There is a complete run down on the comparison between Free and Pro on our features chart here.
In all cases where we’ve kept something as ‘Pro’ only, we did so only to ensure that Edublogs remains a safe place for students and complies with the ever changing state and federal student privacy data laws. These ‘Pro’ features are all ones that if we made free, our network would quickly be filled with spammers and marketers that would hog expensive resources and potentially publish inappropriate content. Our filters are good, but we want to remain on the side of caution when it comes to privacy and ensuring student-friendly content on the blogs that we host.
And for Pro users, we’ve also increased storage space on Pro from 10GB to 50GB!
Edublogs Pro is not going anywhere and it will remain a quality tool that many will find worth the small cost to upgrade. We invite educators, schools, student organizations, and others to create and host their blogs and sites with us. Existing ‘Pro’ customers will keep their subscriptions ongoing, but should you wish to cancel or downgrade to the new ‘Free’, this can be done in your blog’s dashboard at any time.
In short, 99% of what you want to do with student blogging can be done with our improved free offering. Professional blogs or group websites will probably be better served by upgrading to Pro.
What’s The Real Catch?
You caught me.
Over time, our CampusPress service has grown in such a way that we are now able to provide more for free here on Edublogs while keeping our server bills paid and our staff fed.
CampusPress makes it easy to create and manage blogs, portfolios, or class websites for your entire school, district or university. CampusPress also hosts main school and district websites, all with the same user-friendly WordPress backend that folks love about Edublogs.
We want to provide the best free Edublogs service possible so that more and more students and educators will be exposed to our tools, which ultimately will lead to more schools and districts looking for a CampusPress solution.
You will now see a few plugins and features in your Edublogs dashboard that are labeled as CampusPress only. These are tools that are useful for managing large numbers of blogs, like Google Apps/G Suite and LDAP integration, for example. And there are a few more advanced plugins that are ideal for main high-traffic websites.
If you can help us spread the word by sharing this post, that will go a long way to ensuring that our plan to grow CampusPress and keep more on Edublogs for free plays out :)
If you have any questions, please contact us here, and we’ll be sure to reply as fast as we can.
That being said, we’re excited! We can’t wait to see more students than ever blogging right here on Edublogs.
You can signup from our homepage, or just click this link here to start creating your new free blog now.
Happy free blogging!
It’s hard to believe, but today we are celebrating the TENTH birthday of Edublogs!
Our entire team is humbled and honored to have provided blogs and websites for millions of teachers and students over the past decade.
We certainly would not have reached this milestone without the support of people like you, and to say thanks, we’d like to give back.
The Great Edublogs Giveaway
Every single day in August, we’ll be giving away FREE Edublogs Pro subscriptions to lucky winners.
And then, on August 31st, we’ll choose a grand prize winner that will receive a free CampusPress network for his or her entire school, district, or university.
We plan to give away well over $10,000 worth of our services!
Entering is easy, just fill out this quick form here!
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- Only one entry per person will be counted
- Winners can upgrade a new blog, extend their existing subscription, or give their prize to a friend or colleague
- We’ll send winners an email and announce them via our Twitter and Facebook accounts
- We’ll randomly draw 3-4 winners each day until at least 100 Edublogs Pro accounts have been given out
- No purchase necessary, and you don’t have to be present to win ;)
Celebrating The Entire Month of August
In addition to these giveaways, this will be our biggest month EVER in terms of announcing new features and tools that we know you will love.
Thanks again for helping Edublogs continue to grow as celebrate this milestone together.
Happy blogiversary to you all!
We’re happy to roll out two new tools that we think are huge for student and course blogging.
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.
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’.
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:
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.
2. Give your list a name. You can edit this name later.
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:
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.
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 :)
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!
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!
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.
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.