Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

Student FAQs

Faculty/Staff FAQs

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General FAQs

What is Edublogs?

Our WordPress networks are hosted by Edublogs, a company that specializes in managing large-scale WordPress networks for higher education. Edublogs’s service for higher education is called CampusPress. Whether you hear it called “Edublogs” or “CampusPress,” at the end of the day, it’s still just a customized instance of WordPress. If you’re familiar with WordPress already, then working in the Edublogs environment will come easy to you. WordPress is the application powering WordPress.com and may be self-hosted through the resources available via WordPress.org.

How do I login?

Visit http://blogs.baylor.edu, click the “Site Login” link, and authenticate with Bear_ID (firstname_lastname) and password. These are the same credentials you use for other campus systems like Box, Canvas, and Outlook.

What’s my username?

Your username is your Bear_ID (firstname_lastname), not your 9-digit Baylor ID number. If no previous accounts or sites exist for you, a user account–but not a site–will be automatically created for you when you login.

How do I know if I have a site?

After you login, click the “My Sites” link found either in the Admin Bar or in the Dashboard. If you have a site, you’ll likely see a link for it in the “My Sites” menu. For additional guidance, visit http://help.edublogs.org/navigate-blog-dashboards/. Very often, you’ll see the site title, which will look something like, “Betty Baylor’s site.” If you don’t see a link to your site’s Dashboard in the “My Sites” menu, refer to the FAQ, “I have a user account but not a site. How can I get a site?” for further guidance.

What is my site’s URL (web address)?

Your site’s URL will look something like this: http://blogs.baylor.edu/firstname_lastname. The part of the address that comes after blogs.baylor.edu is known as the “sitename” and will most commonly be (though not always) your username–your Bear_ID. Keep in mind that your sitename is not the same thing as your site title, which is the text that appears at the top of your web site.

When I login, I don’t see the Dashboard for my site, only a very limited one. How can I get to my Dashboard?

Your Dashboard may not default to the correct one. If you are not directed to your site’s Dashboard when you login, click the “My Sites” menu and select the Dashboard for your personal site.

How do I give another user access to my site?

Follow these instructions to add a collaborator to your site: https://help.edublogs.org/add-users/. Those you invite to as “Existing Users” must already have accounts. For more information on roles in WordPress, refer to the “Standard User Roles” section of this page: https://help.edublogs.org/what-are-the-different-roles-of-users/#Standard_User_roles.

How do I delete my site?

Please visit the following guide for more information about deleting your site: http://help.edublogs.org/delete-blog/.

How do I make my site private?

You may want to make your site inaccessible to regular web users while you’re developing it, or you may simply want to blog in privacy. Refer to this guide for more information about site privacy: https://help.edublogs.org/blog-privacy/.

I’m leaving the university and want to take my site content with me. How do I do that?

WordPress features an export tool that allows you to transfer your pages, posts, and media to another WordPress site. In order for this process to work, both sites must be accessible to the Internet. Please refer to this guide to learn more about the export/import tool: https://help.edublogs.org/importing-your-content/.

Student FAQs

I have a user account, but not a site. How can I get a site?

It is the responsibility of the student’s instructor or faculty sponsor to request a site for the student. Unlike faculty/staff, students will not automatically be granted sites when they login. Faculty may request sites for an entire class or a single site for an individual student, but they may also request that student accounts be added to an existing site. Please refer to our site registration instructions page for more information or speak with your instructor or faculty sponsor about requesting a site for you.

All my classmates got a site, but I didn’t. What’s up?

Often a faculty member will request sites for his or her students before you decide to add the class. If your name is not on the course roster at the time the faculty member makes the request, you may not get a site. And sometimes, we just make mistakes. In any case, just follow the guidelines in the FAQ “I have a user account but not a site. How can I get a site?” to get your site.

Can I get sites for more than one class or project?

More than one of your instructors may require you to use a WordPress site. If using one site is too cumbersome for two classes, you may request an additional site. Please refer to our site registration instructions page for more information or speak with your instructor or faculty sponsor about requesting an additional site for you.

faculty/staff FAQs

How do I request sites for the students in my class?

To request sites for each student in a specific class, instructors of record should complete this form: https://www.baylor.edu/lib/factech/index.php?id=928283. We recommend that you notify your students a day or two in advance of your request so that they’ll not be confused by automatically generated confirmation emails we send to all new account/site owners.

May I request more than one site?

Absolutely! Simply complete this form to request your site: https://baylor.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_40iJR7mEP2GxyqV.

What’s the difference between http://sites.baylor.edu and http://blogs.baylor.edu?

The sites.baylor.edu network is for faculty only and may be used for personal web sites or project sites. The blogs.baylor.edu network is for faculty, staff, and students. We recommend using the blogs.baylor.edu network for student class sites and portfolios. Both networks have identical features.

How do I make my site look like a Baylor site?

Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to develop WordPress themes that look like the Baylor web site. However, most of our themes can be easily configured and styled to be consistent with the Baylor look and feel. Take advantage of all the variety of styles and layouts of our WordPress themes and be creative!

May I use Edublogs for my departmental web site?

Official department web sites belong in the university content management system supported by Electronic Communications. If you need assistance with your department’s web site, please contact the appropriate representative in the Electronic Communications department for further assistance.