New! Join Codes and Invites Make Life Easier

We’ve solved a huge piece of the puzzle when it comes to managing class blogs and sites with many users. We think you are going to love it!

As of today, Edublogs Pro users can invite users to join their blogs by simply sending them a join code. This means there is no more creating student or user accounts manually! This should really simplify the “getting started” process when managing large groups of users.

This feature integrates perfectly with our My Class tool, and it allows you to keep total control over who is added to your blog and what permissions they have once they join.

Here’s a small preview:

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What’s This For?

  • Teachers wanting to add students to a class blog
  • Giving access to parents or guests on private sites
  • Inviting only those you wish to be able to leave comments on posts
  • Quickly adding a colleague as a co-administrator to a site
  • Creating a community blog where you can make it easy to add contributors or authors

How Does It Work?

It’s easy!

Get started by visiting Users > Invite Users in your dashboard.

There is a new step in our signup process for adding in a join code. And existing users will find a join code field in their profile pages too.

If you’d like more detailed information on how it all works, visit our help site here.

There’s More!

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This is just the beginning of the new features we’ll be adding through out the month of August.

And don’t forget, to celebrate 10 years, we’re giving away $10,000 in services too!

Learn more and enter to win here.

Happy blogging!

An All New Edublogs Home Page Is Here

As part of our month long celebration of 10 years of Edublogs, we’re excited to roll out a new look and feel to our home page!

This is only the beginning and in the coming weeks and months, we’ll add to this site and give a similar coat of paint to some of our other sites too, like TheEdublogger.com and our Help & Support site.

So What’s New?

Beyond just an overall update, there are a few new gems and additions to the site worth noting, including:

New Sign-Up Form

The account creation process has been streamlined to make it easier for students and it now works better on mobile devices too. It is now possible for new users to create a username only (so no blog) if you’d like.

The Trending Section

Scroll down the home page a little, and there’s a new ‘Community’ section that showcases some of the latest posts from across Edublogs. Perhaps your blog’s posts will be featured on our home page soon!

The Features Page

We’ve created a new and improved features comparison chart that will make it easier to see the differences between our free, Pro, and CampusPress services. Check it out here.

giveawayDon’t Forget!

During the month of August, we’re giving away over $10,000 of our services in celebration of our 10 year blogiversary. Learn more and enter to win here.

This re-design lays the groundwork for a huge new feature we’re excited to release in the very near future. So stay tuned!

Celebrating 10 Years: Win Edublogs Pro For Free!

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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Important Notes

  • 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.

And don’t forget to enter for your chance to win here!

Happy blogiversary to you all!

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!

Meet CampusPress: WordPress For Education

When Edublogs began nearly a decade ago, the idea was to bring blogging to every classroom.

Then, a few years later, our Edublogs Campus product was created to provide white label blog networks to schools and universities the world over.

Today, we’re extremely excited to share with the world the next evolution of Edublogs – say hello to CampusPress.

For way more than just blogging.

Today, every teacher needs a website, students need ePortfolios, and schools and universities need reliable and friendly web tools to make managing so many web presences painless.

CampusPress builds on our existing services, using the WordPress platform, to make web publishing accessible to all.

Existing Edublogs Campus networks will be moved under the new CampusPress name – allowing us to provide better support and services going forward.

All of our CampusPress networks come with the following:

  • a dedicated WordPress Multisite network at a branded domain, like sites.myschool.edu
  • unlimited sites, users, traffic, and storage
  • 200+ of beautiful themes
  •  100+ powerful plugins
  • expert hosting, backups, cacheing
  • 24/7 support

See all of the features and learn more here.

How’s CampusPress different than Edublogs?

As the name suggests, Edublogs has always been focused on blogging.

But, we’ve noticed our users leveraging our service for so much more.

For example, there already are newspaper sites, school websitesdepartment sites, student organization sitesalumni magazineslearning communities, and so much more.

The changes and improvements we’re adding with CampusPress will make it easier to create and manage sites like these. This includes huge investment in infrastructure to improve speeds and reliability, new tools for development environments, streamlined on-boarding, better change and custom development management, and we’ll continue to add new plugins and themes that cater to all types of sites.

No Obligation Free Trials

Be sure to visit the brand new CampusPress.com site to learn more and see additional examples.

We’ll happily set you up with a fully functional free trial too – just contact us here to let us know you’d like to get that up and running.

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  Edublogs Or CampusPress?

Edublogs is meant for individual teachers, while CampusPress is designed for entire schools, districts, or universities. Both come with the same great easy blogging features and tools.

  Is FREE Really Free?

Absolutely! Use our free blogging tool for as long as you’d like. There are no ads, gotchas, or anything like that.

  What About Student Privacy?

You have control over who can access all content. See our privacy guide for more information.

  How Can I Manage Students?

Using our class management tools, you can group and monitor students, and leave private feedback on all student work.

  How’s This Different Than WordPress?

We’ve added a ton of features, themes, and plugins that are geared just for education. Plus, we have a large community of educators and students that you won’t find anywhere else.

  Do You Offer Bulk Discounts?

Yep! If you’d like to purchase 5 or more Pro licenses, look for the ‘bulk upgrades’ link in your dashboard for more information.

  Can I Add My Own Theme?

Our CampusPress networks can submit themes to be added. We do a complete and thorough code review to keep everything safe and reliable.

  Can I Import Or Export My Blog?

For sure, we make it easy to bring over your existing blog from most major services and you can also export your content to take with you at any time.

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