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City Blogs staff guide

Explore how to set up and use City blogs for teaching and learning activities.


You can add a skip Twitter link to the CityFlex theme to help users navigating the blog skip the Twitter feed if they don't want the screenreader to read it.

Add the code below at the start of the custom HTML block used to display your Twitter feed.

<a id="beforeTwitterTimeline" tabindex="0" title="Start of twitter feed" aria-label="Start of twitter timeline"></a>
<a class="skip-link sr-only sr-only-focusable" href="#afterTwitterTimeline">Skip twitter timeline</a>

Add the code below after your Twitter embed code

<a class="skip-link sr-only sr-only-focusable" href="#beforeTwitterTimeline">Skip to the start of the twitter timeline</a>
<a id="afterTwitterTimeline" tabindex="0" title="End of twitter feed" aria-label="End of twitter timeline"></a>

  1. From your blog dashboard or view click on +New and select Page.
  2. Give your page a Title.
  3. You can add content (e.g. text, images, links) into the input field.
  4. From the Page Attributes menu select the page that you want to be as the Parent page from the Parent drop-down menu and your new page will nest underneath the page you have selected as your Parent page.
  5. Once you have finished, select Publish.
  1. From the Pages menu on the blog Dashboard select All Pages
  2. Click edit on the page you want to set as your first page
  3. From the Page Attributes section input the Order number for the page. 1 is the first page, 2 is the second and so on.
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 for each page in your blog.

Your display name may be set to your username. You can change the display to your full name. To do this:

  1. From the Dashboard click Update profile
  2. From the Display name publically as drop-down menu select your full name
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Update profile.

You need to complete the External Examiner Account Request Form (via the IT Self Service Portal).

Include a list of blog URLs that the external examiner requires access to and indicate what level of access the External Examiner should have on the blogs. The Subscriber role is recommended as this enables the External Examiner to view the blog(s), read comments and write comments.

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