iblog: Blogging Service

  • iblog is a new blogging service for IUP. It is hosted through Edublogs | CampusPress and runs on the WordPress platform.

    iblog is open to any active faculty, staff, or student at IUP. The service is also available to any class, organization, or department.

    Starting a personal blog is easy… simply log in with your IUP network account and password. Once you log in, a new blog will be created for you. Your blog URL will be iblog.iup.edu/~username~. If you would like an additional blog, please log a request via ihelp.iup.edu.

    If you are looking to create a blog for a class, department, or organization, please request a blog via ihelp.iup.edu. Be sure to include the requested blog title, the name(s) of the blog administrator(s) and the suggested URL for the blog.  It would be in the form iblog.iup.edu/blogname.  The group blog name must be nine (9) characters in length.

    Additional information on the service can be found on the iblog home page


  • Common iblog tasks

    Embedding itube video in an iblog post

    To embed an itube video in an iblog post there are specific steps that need to be taken.  Those steps are outline here.

    1. Log in to iblog.iup.edu then click on the Log in link in upper left of screen. Select your blog from the My Sites link.
    2. In the left menu select Post then select Add New. Enter a title for the post in the Enter title here box. 
      _embedAddMedia
    3. Click the Add Media button just above the editing toolbar. From the left menu select the Insert Embed Code link. 

      _embedInsertLegacyCode
    4. Now you need to locate the embed code from the video in itube.  Log in to itube and go to either my media or a channel where the video is located. Click on the title of the desired video. Check to make sure your video's permissions are set to unlisted or published. Click on the Share button just below the video.
      _embedLecgacyCode
    5. Next click on the Embed button just to the right of the Link to Media Page label make sure that you click on the Legacy button. Then copy the code from the box. 

      _embedAddMedia
    6. Next go back to your blog and and select the Add Media button. 

      _embedPost
    7. On the screen paste the legacy code into the box on the Insert Embed Code window. Click the Insert into post button in the lower right corner.
    8. In the Publish box to the right of the window click the Publish or Save Draft button.
    9. To view your post click on the Preview post link at the top of the Edit Post screen or the Preview button in the Publish box.
      _embedtestvideo
    10. Test your video to make sure it works by clicking on the Play button on the video or the play button on the player toolbar.

    Inserting itube Video URL in an iblog Post

    Once you have uploaded a video to itube you can use a URL to link to it from an iblog post.  Follow these instructions to accomplish this.

    1. Go to iblog.iup.edu then click on the Log in link in upper left of screen. Select your blog from the My Sites link then next select Dashboard.
    2. If you are creating a new post, in the left menu select Post then select Add New and enter a Name for the post in the Enter title here box. Click the Add Media button just above the editing toolbar.

      _iblogInsertLink
    3. Click on the Insert from URL link in the left menu.
    4. Now go to itube.iup.edu and locate the video you wish to use. Log in to itube and go to either My Media or a channel where the video is located then click on the title of the video.
    5. Check to make sure your video's permissions are set to unlisted or published
    6. Click on the Share button just below the video.
    7. Copy the URL from the box just beneath the Link to Media Page button.
    8. Make sure you have placed your cursor in the place of your post where you want the link to be placed.

      _iblog_itubeURL
    9. Go back to your blog and paste the URL into the box at the top of the Insert from URL page.
    10. Next enter a title in the Title box as it becomes the link to the video. Click the Insert into post button on the bottom left of the screen.
    11. You are returned to your blog post and you should see the highlighted text of your link. Save your post by clicking the Save Draft or Publish button in the Publish box.
    12. Test your video by clicking on the Preview Post link above the blog post title then click on the link you created for the movie in the text. A new window should open to itube displaying the video.

      iblogTestLink

     

    Migrating content into iblog

    These instructions will help you to export your blog(s) from our old blog service "blog.iup.edu" and import the content into the new blog service iblog.iup.edu.

    Exporting Content from blog.iup.edu (old blogging service)

    • Log in to blog.iup.edu 
    • Click on "Tools, Export"
    • Make sure the "Blog to Export" lists the name of the blog you are trying to export 
    • Click "Export Blog"
    • Click "Save File" and browse to a secure location (we recommend using the H: drive), then click "Save"

    Importing content to iblog.iup.edu (new blogging service)

    • Log in to iblog.iup.edu 
    • In the top left corner click "My Sites" and select your blog 
    • Click "Tools, Import "
    • Click "Movable Type and TypePad
    • Browse to the location of your exported blog.iup.edu text file 
    • Click "Open"
    • Click "Upload file and import
    • Change author if desired, or map to an existing author 
    • Click "Submit"

    Please Note:

    Once the blog migration is complete, any blog assets (pictures, videos, etc.) will still remain linked to the blog.iup.edu server. CampusPress has offered to transfer these assets to the iblog.iup.edu servers prior to the decommissioning of our old blog servers. This transfer will take place shortly after the migration deadline, which has been set to January 15, 2015.

    Any users needing assistance in migrating their blogs can log a ticket via ihelp.iup.edu.

    Adding users to iblog

    Use these steps to add a new  "existing" user to a blog, one at a  time. 

    Before a user can be assigned a blog role, they must log in to iblog first in order to provision an account.

     

    1. Log on to iblog.iup.edu
    2. Click the Log in link in the upper left corner of the window. Enter your IUP network username and password
    3. From the My Sites drop-down menu in the upper left corner select the desiredblog name. Next select the Dashboard for that blog.

      _ibloglogin
    4. In the Dashboard menu down the left select Users then select Add New.

      _iblogSelectingAddNew
    5. Make sure you use the TOP box for adding a "existing"new user to your blog.

      _iblogAddUserScreen

    6. In the TOP Add New User box enter the email or username of the person you would like to add.
    7. Select the role from the drop-down menu that you want the user to have. Click the Add Existing User button just below the Role drop-down menu. If you are not sure what role to give the user, you can review the edublogs Standard User Role Overview.

      _iblogAddExistingUser
    8. You will see a confirmation the user has been added at the top of the screen. Continue to add users as needed. To review the users added click the All Users link in the menu on the left.
    9. The users of the blog are displayed in the Users window. You can also add, delete users or change the role of a user from this screen.

      _iblogUserList

     

     

     

    File upload limit in iblog

    iblog is hosted through Edublogs | CampusPress and runs on the WordPress platform.  There is a file upload limitation using iblog.  Follow theses recommendations to mitigate the limitation.

    We have discovered that iblog has a per file upload limit of 32MB. In order to reduce this limitation we recommend that video and audio files be loaded to itube and then utilize the hyperlink or embed code feature of iblog to link to the desired video and audio file.