Setting up a Blog
The blogging functionality within OU Campus includes the capability to support any number of blogs and blog users. Blogs provide the ability for blog content to be added and maintained throughout OU Campus to an existing blog. By utilizing Blogs, it is possible to allow users who might otherwise be unable to contribute blog content to write and configure new content. A workflow process can be put into place, allowing some users to contribute content but not publish, and then others can be identified as publishers. In addition, a specific group can be identified as contributors.
Blog content that has been published from OU Campus can be edited after publication and updated directly on the blog. Blog entries that were initially added from OU Campus and edited via the blog interface can be edited from OU Campus and changes made via the blog such as the addition of tags and categories are kept intact.
OU Blogs is compatible with almost all well known blogging systems that support XML-RPC, such as Wordpress. The blogging functionality does include the capability to support any number of users, each with their own blog. The blog must be set up outside of OU Campus prior to adding it to OU Campus. OU Campus is not a dedicated blogging system.
In order to manage blog content from OU Campus, a Level 10 administrator needs to initially set up the blog access. This is done from Setup > Blogs.
- Navigate to Setup > Blogs. This displays the Blogs screen and a listing of any blogs currently set up for the account, if any.
- Click on New Blog in the upper, right-hand corner of the screen. This displays the Add Blog screen with the General Properties and Publish Settings.
- Assign the blog to the site which it should belong.
- All settings configured here can be changed with the exception of the Blog Name.
- Configure the settings as follows:
Blog Name: This is a friendly name for the blog to be displayed in OU Campus.
Related Site: Allows the blog to be related to one of the sites within OU Campus
XML-RPC URL: URL to the blog being managed using OU Campus. This must be selected as leaving it set to None will cause the browse function for inserting images, links, and other media to function incorrectly. This must include the appropriate type of the blog (e.g., http://example.wordpress.com/xmlrpc.php). The XML-RPC that appears as a subdirectory is necessary for proper communication between OU Campus and the blog's hosting site. For more information on XML-RPC from WordPress, please see: XML-RPC Support (WordPress.org)
Username: Username to access the blog on its hosting site.
Password: Password to access the blog on its hosting site.
Blog ID: For WordPress, set to 1. For other blog types, the blog ID is dependent on the blogging system.
- Click Submit. The completed fields appear as follows:
This provides access to the WordPress blog for the WordPress user. To add more than one blog user, simply add another blog using the same login credentials for the additional user.
After the blog has been set up, new blog posts can be published to it. For more information: Posting to a Blog
When adding a blog, access settings default to None for each setting. After the blog has been added, the access settings for the blog should be configured.
- After creating the blog, click the Access icon. The Blog Access screen is shown.
- The Editors group determines the group that should have access to create or modify the blog's
entries. This defines the group who can access the blog in order to post content. None means that no group has been assigned and only Level 9 and 10 administrators have
access to the blog
- The Publishers group determines the group that is able to bypass an Approver setting. None means that no users have the ability to override the Approver setting.
- Assign an Approver to prevent anyone not identified as a publisher from publishing blog entries. None means that no approver has been set and anyone who has access to create or modify
content can publish it.
- Click Save.
Blogs can be edited at any time by clicking on the hyperlinked name of the blog or the wrench icon. Remember to commit all changes using the Submit button.
If a blog needs to be deleted, use the trash can icon. Remember, this makes any existing blog entries unavailable to edit through OU Campus, even if the blog is added back to OU Campus.