How to insert images, multiple users (on one blog) and have your own individual theme

A few housekeeping notes.

As you’ll probably have noticed I haven’t been able to fix the “Upload Photo” thingy yet but have high hopes that I can get it done in the very very near future so thanks for your patience on that one!

In the meantime though you can display images in your blog using the ‘picture’ icon. You can upload images (or audio, or whatever you want to display) at ourmedia and just link it in.

It also looks like adding multiple users to a blog by simply ‘adding users’ is also being phased out of WPMU… but all is not lost, if you want to add users just get them to get their own edublogs here and then you can ‘add user from community’ at Users>Authors and Users – easy and they get a bonus edublog :)

Also, this is the last call for individual themes before I have to start charging… if you would like your own individualised theme you need to basically edit a wordpress template (like one of these) give it a unique name (this is important as otherwise it might overwrite an existing theme) and email it to me: james / at / edublogs / dot / org with your blog address… and I’ll enable it especially for you. Get it to me in the next two weeks (i.e. before 14th November) and I’ll do it gratis.

Fingers crossed customisable themes aren’t that far away though, we shall see, in the meantime you do have 39 to choose from though!!!

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

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

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?)

Frequently Asked Questions

***I’d love to be able to edit a themes / add something to the sidebar / tweak this template…

You can do… some templates allow you to extensively customise them thought the ‘template options’ or ‘current theme options’ section in ‘Presentation’

For example, try out the ‘Fauna’ template.You can also manipulate the ‘Links’ section of your blog to achieve a pretty impressive look ‘n feel, checkout the tutorials on the front page for how to do this.

***How do I add users to my blog?

If you want a collaborative blog or to just add users all you have to do is to ask them to create their own blog here and then use the ‘Add user from community’ option in Users: Authors & Users (the bonus is that they get their own blog too!)

***How do I delete my blog?

Try to think of this as a bit like hotmail, you’re welcome to delete all your content and you can decide never to use your blog again but unless you’ve got a very good reason (i.e. you created it using your bank pin as an id) then we won’t specifically delete your blog (too much time / pain). Try not to worry about it…

***I want to blog from my phone / mobile device / using a third party tool… can I?

You certainly can by using xml-rpc which is fully integrated into edublogs.org. You just need to know your username and password and point whatever you’re using to blog to:

http://yourblogname.edublogs.org/wordpress/xmlrpc.php

***How do I set up this kind of thing for my school, organisation, community group etc.?

You can either run your own WPMU installation or get in touch with James Farmer (founder & owner of edublogs.org) who also happens to do blog consultancy and implementations of this kind of system at very reasonable rates!

Formating post issues – getting the WSYWIG working…

If you’ve got an existing edublog then you might have problems with formatting posts… the link / bold / block-quote buttons don’t work etc

You can fix this by pointing to wp-admin/upgrade.php and clicking there. Sorry it’s not easier at the moment!

So just got to http://yoururl.edublogs.org/wp-admin/upgrade.php (make sure you’re logged in) and the WSYWIG should be installed!

Apologies for the stress…

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