Documentation and Training
- WordPress Essential Training with Morten Rand-Hendriksen (LinkedIn Learning)
- WPHub WordPress Tutorials
SMU uses WordPress for its blogging platform and is available at blog.smu.edu. Traditionally, blogs display content in reverse chronological order and remain fixed after publishing. This content can include traditional blogs, news sites, notification systems, etc., or replace static HTML pages.
To begin editing any content on the SMU blogging platform, you must create an account on the system.
Before requesting a new blog, please review the University's Information Technology Acceptable Use and Web Accessibility policies. The campus blog system is available for official, departmental, or academic uses. See Appropriate Use below for more information.
To request a new blog, open a ticket at our Online Help Site titled, "New Blog Request."
|Faculty Academic Needs.||These blogs will have URLs based on the faculty member's SMU email address. For example, a faculty member with email email@example.com may have a blog at blog.smu.edu/johndoe.|
|Courses||The blog's URL will contain a clear reference to the class.|
|Official/Department use||Must be requested, owned, and managed by an SMU department for official university business purposes. URL naming must be based on the department name or the blog's intended use. If the URL does not contain the department name, the association with the department must be clearly stated on the blog.|
All existing acceptable use policies also apply to the blog server where they don't conflict with the above. Reference Computing and Communications Acceptable Use Policy and web appropriate use policies.
|Discussion Forum|| While visitors can post comments on a blog entry, if allowed, the discussion may be lost under the original post. The blog system is not a threaded forum system, and its comment system was not designed to facilitate detailed discussions. The discussion feature in Canvas may be a more suitable solution.
|Documentation||Documentation needs regular updating. Wiki.SMU would be a better solution.|
|General Websites||General websites belong on www.smu.edu.|
|Dynamic Content||Blogs normally display relatively fixed content. Once a blog post is created, it generally is not updated.|