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Creating a private wiki using UO Blogs

Purpose

This post is a guide to creating a private wiki page using UO Blogs. The setup is similar to setting up a course blog but with a few different settings and parameters. Click on any of the headings below for each step.

Setting Up A Private Blog Site

Go to blogs.uoregon.edu and log in with your DuckID and password then click on Create A New Site to proceed.

Give your page a name and title then select the preferred visibility level.

WPVisibilitySettings

You can only add users that have logged into UO blogs once or you can bulk import the users using this link: https://it.uoregon.edu/node/2977

Wiki-type features in UO Blogs

Once the site is setup, users can interact with the site in several different ways that resemble a wiki site. Click on one of the links below for more information.

Posting Content

WordPress allows users to add various types of content like text, images and videos, and external links. Posts and pages are used for organizing content into two different structures: website structure with menus and a blog structure which posts the most recent content first.

Adding content via Pages

Pages in WordPress act as a structural backbone for a site that allows for navigation with menus. Pages exhibit content that does not change much over time (e.g., like an About page or mission statement for a site) and display post categories and media content.

Adding content via Posts

Posts are content vehicles that allow users to publish information with a timestamp. Within WordPress, pages that use posts generally organize posts by the publish date and time and in reverse chronological order (newest post on top). Posts are useful when you are providing regular updates on upcoming events or making multiple entries in the same theme (like this particular post).

Posts can be organized using tags and categories. Tags assist site-wide searches and categories organize posts into a page or a tile. (See Organizing Content for more information.)

Adding media and forms to Pages/Posts

Media of various kinds (images, videos, documents, etc.) can be added to both pages and posts via the page/post editor. The Formidable and the Add Document icons are available via the Plugins menu.

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Organizing Content

Organizing Pages with Menus

Menus allow for pages, categories, and external links to be organized into thematic lists that link to the content of your site. Each theme supports a fixed number of menus but additional menus may be added using widgets.

Organizing Posts with Categories

Categories are used to associate posts under a common theme (e.g., frequently asked questions, project updates) and showcase them on a category page in reverse chronological order.

In the CAS Department theme, categories can be highlighted using Tiles on the front page of your site which shows the most recent post. Click here for more information.

Offering site subscriptions

WordPress offers a widget called Subscribe By Email for readers to receive notifications when a new post is published. The widget can be activated by going to Appearance > Widgets menu and selecting Subscribe By Email: drag and drop the widget into the desired area.

Posting Comments to Site Content

Comments appear for each post and page if the site administrator decides to allow discussion on the site. Go to the Settings > Discussion page for more information or view the image below. Article comments, additional comment settings, and notification settings for your site can be set on this page.

WPDiscussionSettingsExample

Links to Additional Content

CASIT Training has designed more help articles on various subjects and offer training opportunities to learn this and other software in a classroom setting or one-on-one.

Click here to see more software documentation and guides.

Click here to see available training sessions.

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