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City Blogs student guide

This guide explains how to use City Blogs

How do I add users to my blog?

Add users with existing City Blogs accounts

If the person already has a City Blogs account, you can add them to your blog.

  1. From the Users menu, on the Dashboard select Add user.
  2. Input the user's City username (e.g. sbbg123 or abxy123) 
  3. Select the appropriate role from the Role drop-down menu
  4. Select Add user.

For a full breakdown of the roles please see the Edublogs guidance on roles.

Add City users without a City Blogs account

If the people you want to add don't already have a City Blogs account, you can generate an invitation and e-mail it to them. When they accept the invitation, their City Blogs account will be created and they will be added to your blog. They must have a City IT account.

  1. Go to your blog Dashboard and Users > Invite Users.
  2. Choose an invite code. This will be added to the URL you send to users.
  3. Select the role you want them to have. Please note - as the URL can be forwarded to other City users, select a role you will be happy with them enrolling themselves onto. For a full breakdown of the roles please see the Edublogs guidance on roles.
  4. Copy the URL that is generated and e-mail to the users you want to add.
  5. The site they access will ask them to log in using their City IT username and password, and then will direct them to your blog.

If you need to add a batch of users complete the batch create spreadsheet and log a request with the IT Self Service Portal.

How do I add a comment to a blog?

  1. From the My Sites tab, select the blog you want to comment and select Visit Site to view it.
  2. Select the link to comments (this is displayed underneath or alongside the post).
  3. Write your comment and select Post comment.

How do I view comments that have been made on my posts?

  1. From the Settings menu, select Discussion.
  2. Select the checkbox alongside E-mail me whenever… Anyone posts a comment. These notifications will be sent to your @city.ac.uk email address
  3. Select Save changes.

Your blog Dashboard also displays recent comments. If you are viewing your blog, you can see a count of the number of comments for each post and selecting on the number of comments opens these for you to read.