How to Create Your on.uvu.edu Blog

What is a blog? Blogs in Plain English explains nicely what a blog is and how it can be used as social media. This semester we are piloting a blogging platform for UVU. Here's how you get started:

Creating Your Blog

You only need to create your blog once. Afterwards, you will make new Posts or Pages on your blog. To create your blog:

  1. Go to on.uvu.edu
  2. Click Create Your Site on the right
  3. Login using your UVID and password--the same you use to login to UVLink.
  4. Type in your desired blog domain. This will be part of your blog's website address (for example, steinspace.on.uvu.edu)
  5. Type in the name of your blog. This will appear in the blog's header.
  6. Click Create Blog

You can revisit your blog anytime by typing in your blog domain + on.uvu.edu

Note: Because this blog system is in pilot testing phase, you may be asked to confirm a security exception the first time you revisit it.

Posting to Your Blog

You will need to login to your blog each time you visit the site and want to make a post. To make a new post, first go to your blog's web address, and if you haven't logged in yet, click Log in.

Once logged in your will be in the Site Admin area of your blog. Here you can create a new post (top right). A post needs at least three things:

  1. Title
  2. Content
  3. Tags

You may also put your posts into a Category. When you have completed at least these three things, you should Publish your post.

Tagging Posts

Title and content should be obvious. Tags are keywords that you can use to describe your post and help people find related posts later. Tags must be separated by commas. You must also click Add before you save your post.

Pages vs Posts

The on.uvu.edu system allows you to create both Posts and Pages. "Posts" are primarily for chronological articles that are tied to your blog's timeline. News, current events, journal entries, updates all may be "Posts". "Pages" are more static, and are not tied to a timeline. An "About Me" page or a resume may both be "Pages".

Customizing Your Blog

You can customize your blog's appearance and features by visiting the Site Admin link on your blog. There is lots to explore, and little that you can break, so have fun!