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This page provides an introduction to the topic of blogging. For more information on blogs or for help getting started, contact Tom Wilkowske, Office of University Relations (x8516) or Mike Twining, webmaster, (x8008).
The Basics of Blogs
A blog can be a useful tool for publishing content on the web. Before you decide whether to start a blog, consider:
A blog (short for weblog) is a type of website that's designed to make it easy for users regularly publish new content on the web. The content can include text, links, images, video, audio, documents and data. Typically, authors log in with a username and password to access an administrative back end which allows them to draft and publish content.
Bloggers connect with each other by following blogs, cross-linking to other blogs and articles, commenting on each other's posts, and writing guest posts on others' blogs.
Blogs are commonly used by individuals or groups for personal expression or to connect with others and build audiences around a particular subject. The most recent content is usually displayed at the top of blog pages.
Blog service providers such as Blogspot/Blogger and Wordpress.com provide users with a limited amount of free hosting space, a content editing system and some basic design choices. The Technology Services department does not provide technical support for blogs that are hosted outside of UW-Superior servers.
Technology Services staff also can assist individuals and departments in creating blogs hosted on UW-Superior's servers. Such blogs will use the Blog Manager built in to the website's content management system, CommonSpot. Technology Services provides free hosting of blogs within CommonSpot and offers technical assistance in maintaining them. The university also will display links to all UW-Superior CommonSpot blogs from its website, which may result in increased traffic to your blog.
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