Using UMW Blogs
Creating a blog at UMW Blogs
To create your own blog on UMW Blogs go to the sign-up page and enter a username and e-mail address (you must use your UMW email). Once you have done this, you should receive two e-mails: the first will confirm your account and the second will include your login and password.
Creating more than one blog at UMW Blogs
Keep in mind that you can create as many blogs as your desire at UMW Blogs. However, you can only do so when you are logged on to UMW Blogs with your original login name and password. You will not need to create a new username and password each and every time you want a new blog.
Where is my blog? And how do I login?
First things first, where is your web log? Your individual blogs should be located at the address you specified on UMW Blogs. Your initial blog address is determined by the domain you choose when creating your blog. For example, if the domain you chose is "myblog" your blog address will be http://myblog.umwblogs.org. To access the administrative backend of your blog you should see a login link on the main page. If you do not see this link, for whatever reason, enter the following at the end of your url address "/wp-admin" (no quotes) - the address should look like the following:
Once you've done this, you will see two fields asking for your login and password, as pictured below.
Login and you should be taken directly to your administrative backend.
Changing Your Password
- The first thing you should do after creating your blog and logging in is change your password to something you'll remember.
- You can do this from the Dashboard of your blog. You should see a link that reads "Update your profile or change your password," click on it to be taken to your account profile. You can also do this from the Users tab --> Profile subtab.
An Overview of the Backend Tabs
Once you click the “login” button, you will be brought to the Dashboard. This is the default starting page of the administrative backend. From here you can click on several different tabs that will bring you to various pages wherein you can post new articles, edit your own posts or comments, update your user profile, and view your blog, etc. This Tab allows you an overview of the recent postings, comment activity, as well as providing several links to recent news about WordPress (often containing useful info about updates, features, as well as more general information about this open source community).
For a more in-depth discussion of writing posts and pages and the options you have for each watch a more detailed tutorial here.
This is where you can edit your posts and pages; manage your uploads (keep in mind you can not upload from the Upload subtab -uploads can only be accomplished from the write post/page subtab); create and manage your categories; import content from a variety of different blogging platforms; and export your blog content to an XML file than can be uploaded to another free hosted blog or one that you yourself host.
For an in depth discussion of both the Manage and Options tabs watch the video tutorial available here.
Blogroll Tab (Links)
The presentation tab is where you control the overall look and feel of your blog/website. If you go to the presentations tab you will see a number of images that highlight different themes you can use for you blog. Double click on any of the over 70 themes available and view your site to see if you like the new diggs.
The presentation tab is also where you can enable widgets for your blog. WordPress widgets are content elements that can be added to the sidebar of your blog or website. For example their are widgets that include del.icio.us bookmarks, flickr photos, etc. Read more here about available widgets for UMW Blogs and what they do.
Depending on the theme, you can also further customize the look and feel of your blog/website. Go here for an in-depth look at a few recommended themes that enable you to add a custom image header and other features. Read more about the Presentation tab here.
You can also watch a video about both the Manage and Options tabs here.