General Blogging TipsBlog

  • Post regularly to keep your blog looking fresh and interesting - it's better to publish short posts regularly than upload lengthy essays every month
  • Use photos and video to make your blog more visual and eye catching
  • Enjoy your blog! Blogging should be fun. Encourage readers to comment on your posts and comment on other peoples' blogs - they normally visit back
  • Follow the Imperial College London blog terms and conditions

How to guide

Comments

Bloggers are responsible for accepting or declining comments to their blog entries. You will be notified by email of a new comment, and will be required to accept or decline and it. To do this you will need to log onto your blog, read the entry and if you are happy accept it.

Bloggers are reminded of the College blogger terms and conditions, and should refrain from accepting any posts which break these. If you require any advice on whether to accept a post please contact: (service.desk@imperial.ac.uk).

Declining a comment: A declined post will not appear on your blog.

Writing and uploading a post

We recommend you use Firefox for editing your blogs as there are currently problems with the Internet Explorer interface.

Publish status

Publish status: Shows two states for the post:

  • Published status means the post has been published on your blog for all to see.
  • Unpublished means the post has not been published and remains a draft.

Select a publish status and then click the 'save button'. You can see all posts organised by status by going to Manage > Posts.

Writing and editing pages

A "page" is a static webpage within your blog which is not listed by date. Pages do not use tags or categories and are often used to introduce the blog and blogger, and provide further information about the topic being discussed. An ‘About’ page is the classic example.

When you first receive your blog, you will find a basic page already created. We recommend that you edit this page to add details about yourself and your blog.

To edit or add pages, log into "Site Admin" and click on "Pages" in the left navigation. A list of existing pages will show in the main content area. You can edit existing pages from there in the same way as editing posts. There is also an option to "Add new" if you want to create more pages.

Categories

When writing content it is good practice to assign a blog entry to a category; the default category is "uncategorized". The categories appear on your blog homepage and are a really good way for readers to navigate your blog and jump to topics of interest. Examples of blog categories for a student blog could be study, social life, hall, food tips etc.

To create categories: Scroll down below the text box and entry the name of your new category. It is possible to have a top level category, or a category within an existing category.

Tags

In addition to setting a broad category for each post, you can also add a number of "tags" highlighting keywords relating to your content.

Uploading photos and videos

Photos

In your blog go into Site admin, Write blog and click on add media photo option. Follow the step by step process for uploading a photo. Please ensure you use titles for any photos you upload.

Videos

Youtube embedding: When you want to display Youtube video in your post, copy the video URL to your post and change http:// to httpv:// (notice the 'v' character)

The video will be automatically embedded to your post in the proper way. Example: httpv://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=iKrBlIXzI5I

If you want to post a high quality video (check if the video exists first!) you would use httpvh:// ('vh' for video high) If you want to post a HD (DVD quality, 720p) quality video you would use httpvhd:// ('vhd' for video high definition)

Plug-in usage addition

Plug-ins

If you wish to use any plug-ins please contact the Service desk: service.desk@imperial.ac.uk

KML Flash embed

This allows the user to embed Flash objects via a SWF Object routine. This plug-in is not part of the standard install, but can be made available upon request.

FLV Embed

This allows the user to embed FLV (Flash video) files into their posts.

Type [flv:url width height] into your post. flv:url = URL of your FLV file width = width of your FLV file height = height of your FLV file
Example [flv:http://www.imperial.ac.uk/imedia/vid/comms/NHSExpo.flv 320 240]

Spam

Please advise us (service.desk@imperial.ac.uk) if you receive a large quantity of spam comments, and we will work with you to find a solution to the individual problem.