You can log into HAAGA-HELIA’s blog service using HAAGA-HELIA user ID at http://blogit.haaga-helia.fi by selecting “Kirjaudu sisään” (Log in) under the title “Linkit” (Links). After logging into HAAGA-HELIA’s blog service, you will see your blog in the My Sites drop-down menu at the top of the page.
Maintenance functions are divided into tabs with various subsections.
- Dashboard – The update environment main page offers quick links to functions, blog statistics and maintenance notices.
- Posts – Here you can write new posts.
- Media – All the files you add to your blog are saved here.
- Links – You can specify a links list for the blog, usually presented in the sidebar. You can edit sidebars in closer detail under Appearance.
- Pages – Here you can add pages to your blog.
- Comments – Here you can remove or edit comments that have been left on the blog and find information on comments awaiting approval.
- Appearance – Currently, HAAGA-HELIA is using a WordPress theme (TwentyTen). You can choose between several headers for the theme that fit HAAGA-HELIA’s look and contents for the sidebars of your blog.
- Plugins – You can increase WordPress functionality with various plugins. Here you can adopt plugins installed for the service for your blog.
- Users – Here you can edit the user’s personal information and share blog update rights with other users of the blog service.
- Tools – Here you can import posts and comments from other services to your blog or export them to other WordPress services.
- Settings – Various settings that apply to the entire blog can be found here. In addition to the name, description and language of the blog, you can change its visibility to search engines (Reading) and specify whether you need to approve comments to your posts before they are published (Discussion).
You can change some of your information in the Dashboard section “Users > Your Profile”, such as:
- Display name publicly as (name display mode) – Shows on your posts and comments. Instead of the default user ID, you should choose the format First name Last name. However, if you want to choose another name, add it first in the section “Nickname” and save changes. After that, your nickname will show in the display name options.
- Contact info
- Website – The address of your own blog, for example. You should fill in this section so that any comments you leave at other blogs will lead to your blog.
- About yourself – This description will be displayed on the writer’s archive page, which opens when a user clicks on the name of the writer of a post. Basic (X)HTML marking allowed (at least links).
After making changes, select “Update Profile”.
Pages and posts
The current content of blogs is written as posts. Pages, on the other hand, are for presenting more permanent information.
- By default, posts are shown chronologically on the main page and archives, with the most recent post on top.
- You may decide separately for each post whether others are allowed to comment (Discussion->Allow Comment).
- Pages are shown as headlines in the section “Pages”, or the main navigation menu.
Add a post by selecting “Post > Add new” on the Dashboard.
- Title your post.
- Write content.
- If you want, you can add images and attach files on the left-hand side of the text editor > Add Media. (N.B. The maximum size of uploaded media files is 1 MB.)
- By checking the box Categories on the right side under Screen Options, you can assign your post to a certain category, so that your readers can get an easy listing of all posts belonging to a certain category. By checking Discussion, you can specify your post as receptive of comments. By checking Post Tags, you can add descriptive tags.
- When the post is complete, select Publish.
Write and edit pages as follows:
- Select “Pages > Add new”. The instructions for posts (see above) also apply to page titles, writing contents, attachments and saving.
You can make a page the sub-page of another in the page edit mode by selecting the master page at Page Attributes ->Parent. This will also add subsections to the navigation menu.
Widgets are blocks that form the sidebar in WordPress blogs. As a blogger, you can freely choose the widgets on your sidebar as follows:
- Go to the “Appearance > Widgets” tab at the top of the page.
- Change widgets by dragging them to Sidebars at Available Widgets.
- You can change the settings of some widgets using the Edit button on the right side of the widget.
- At the bottom of the page, you can increase or decrease the number of various text and RSS widgets.
- Remember to select “Save changes” at the end (and between previews)!
The following widgets are available:
- Pages – A list of all pages.
- Categories – Categories into which posts have been assigned. (There may be several category lists. You can add more at the bottom of the page “Appearances > Sidebars”.)
- Archives – Links to monthly lists of posts.
- Search – Search the blog.
- Links – Links list. (Can be edited at the section “Links” on the Dashboard.)
- Meta – Depending on the situation, includes the links “Log in”, “Log out” and “Admin”.
- Text – Free text field for contact information, among other things. May contain XHTML. (There may be several free text fields. You can add more at the bottom of the page “Appearances > Sidebars”.)
- Tag cloud – A tag cloud of key words.
- Recent Posts – A list of the blog’s most recent posts.
- Recent Comments– A list of the comments left on the blog.
- RSS – The latest headlines of any selected news feed.
- Calendar – Links to posts by date.
- Search – Search the blog.
- Custom Menu – You can add a custom menu as a widget in your blog’s sidebar.
- qTranslate Language Chooser – If you select this, your blog’s sidebar will show the language versions you have selected in Settings.
Sharing user rights
You can also invite other HAAGA-HELIA staff and/or students and people from outside HAAGA-HELIA as an author in your blog.
- In order to add a person as an author in your blog, he/she must have already logged into the HH blog service at least once.
- If you want to invite a person from outside HAAGA-HELIA as an author in your blog, you must first request a HH visitor ID for them and forward the visitor ID, which will start with the letter V, to Helpdesk (firstname.lastname@example.org). Helpdesk will add the person to the authentication group BlogitHenkilostoVieraat (BlogsStaffVisitors).
Add users in the Dashboard section “Users > Add User”.
- Select Add New -> Add Existing User. Enter the person’s HH user ID (staff number, student number or visitor number) in the “E-mail or username” field.
- Choose the desired role (see below).
- Select “Add User”.
User roles and the associated rights
It is possible to specify different user rights for different users.
- Administrator – Access to all maintenance actions.
- Editor – Can publish posts and manage posts and comments by others.
- Author – Can post and manage his/her own posts.
Contributor – Can write and edit his/her own posts, but not publish them.
- Subscriber – Can read and make comments and receive newsletters.
You can make changes to user rights in the Dashboard section “Users > Users”.
The appearance of blogs connected to the operations of the HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Sciences must follow the official look.
There is a ready-made theme available at blog services, which official blogs must use. The theme includes several header images to choose from, enabling users to adjust the appearance of their blog.