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!

 

The New P2 Theme: The Ultimate in Collaboration

Many of the new themes now available to Pro and Campus users have unique features that we think you will be excited about. P2, the theme, is no exception!

p2colors

Designed for discussion and collaboration, P2 combines the instant update ability of Facebook walls, the quick posting nature of Twitter, and the tagging and post features of blogs.

It is something that is best experienced to understand, and we encourage you to visit our P2 Theme Playground to get a first hand look.

Don’t just look – PLAY!

If you are signed in to Edublogs, you can reply to posts or start a new thread.  We would love to use the Playground to share ideas of how this theme might best be used in classrooms and schools.  Don’t be shy!

A favorite feature is the instantaneous and real-time updates of comments on the blog.  Users can be logged in from anywhere and communicate exactly as if they were in a chat room.

A few ideas of how this theme could be used with students:

  • Group projects – P2 is a great way for groups to discuss projects and share ideas – you could use it to help manage communication on a group project and review it yourself any time you’d like.
  • Idea board – Your school could use P2 as an ‘ideas board’ that teachers, students, and even parents could simply add to and then discuss.
  • Note taking – During class, you could easily add notes or links to P2 that students could then access, and even add to, after class.

Not only is P2 tailored for collaboration, but you are able to customize the background color and image in just about any color imaginable.

If you are looking to enhance class discussions, manage a private collaboration blog, or completely replace message forums, you should consider checking this powerful and cool looking theme out.

And don’t forget as a Pro user you can simply upgrade up to 50 student (or other) blogs!

Once upgraded, student blogs will have:

Features on upgraded student blogs

Upgrading is as simple as 1, 2, 3:

How to upgrade a student blog

Unveiling 33 new themes – and new theme features all round…

PremiumThemesYou may have noticed recently that there are a lot more options when it comes to themes to use on Edublogs.

We now have a whopping 137 themes to choose from, including 33 new snazzy themes available to Pro users.

And alongside that, we’ve added new features to almost every single theme – including threaded comments, extra custom headers and plenty more besides.,

To see the new great looking themes, click on the “Premium Themes” link in your Dashboard.

We’ll be featuring various themes over the next few weeks, and talking about how you can utilize the new features, but for the moment you might particularly like:

Autofocus photo blogging theme
Autofocus photo blogging theme

Autofocus automatically creates a beautiful front page based on photos (or other images you upload) to your posts.

A theme full of detail
A theme full of detail

Color paper provides you with a colorful and interesting new interface for your blog.

A clean, professional look
A clean, professional look

PrimePress is everything you want well styled, customizable, fresh looking blog.

In addition, more of the themes now include the ability to upload a custom header image and they all now allow comments on pages.

And, of course, one Pro user can turn on all of these themes for up to 50 of their students, just by entering their details on the ‘Disable Ads’ section.

More tips, highlighted themes, and news about feature enhancements on their way soon… stay tuned!

Edublogs gets a makeover

It’s not quite a brow-lift, nose-job, full set of Da Vinci crowns and a tummy-tuck… but we’re pretty happy with our new look nonetheless :)

And what’s more, your blog backend is going to get a makeover really really soon too (more details at the end of this post).

So here’s how we used to look:

Old Look Edublogs

And here’s how we look now:

New look Edublogs

We’re hoping that the new look demonstrates how far we’ve come as a company in the last year and also improves on your Edublogs experience. It’s a lot lighter on the load, contains some nice new useful links for logged in users, describes what we do much better, profiles The Edublogger better than before and shows off more Edublogs Supporters rather nicely too.

And of course, hopefully it also helps build awareness of Edublogs Campus too :)

As for your blogs, well we can’t confirm the date yet but most likely in the next few weeks we’ll be upgrading the site to the latest version of WordPress which means that your admin area is going to start looking a lot like the below:

New WordPress admin area

And it also means that you’re going to get a heap more of most excellent features, some of which are so cool it’s exciting just anticipating them :)

So we’ll let you know when that happens, and also (in case you’re worried) have a whole new set of video tutorials and other materials to help acquaint you and your students with the new admin layout.

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