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  • NYU Blogs is available to all NYU current faculty, staff, affiliates, and students with NYU email accounts.
  • With proper sponsorship, University affiliates may also access the NYU Blogs server.

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About Blogs

Blog is short for weblog. A blog is a type of web page where content is frequently updated and displayed in chronological order with the most recent information listed first. The content and purpose of a blog varies greatly - from links and commentary about events or other websites, to news about a person/idea, diaries, photos, poetry, mini-essays, project updates, even fiction.

Why NYU Blogs?

NYU Blogs is a web-based collaborative tool that faculty and students can use to create and manage private and public content for research, instruction, and University-related activity. With proper sponsorship, University affiliates may also access the NYU Blogs server.

About NYU Blogs

The NYU Blog service is built upon the framework of Movable Type (Enterprise), one of the most widely used blogging platforms.

The NYU Blogs Service is characterized by a large number of features and defaults, notably:

Multiple Blogs

An individual can create up to five blogs under the primary author's NetID namespace, i.e.,

  • http://blogs.nyu.edu/NetID/blogname1
  • http://blogs.nyu.edu/NetID/blogname2
  • http://blogs.nyu.edu/NetID/blogname3
  • http://blogs.nyu.edu/NetID/blogname4
  • http://blogs.nyu.edu/NetID/blogname5

Templates

Blog primary authors will have full access to customize their blog templates.

Search Engine Indexing

By default, all sites will be accessible by commercial search engines for indexing. Blog primary authors will be provided with the ability to disable indexing. Note: the main NYU Search (based on Google technology) will NOT index sites on blogs.nyu.edu.

Access Restriction

By default, all blog sites will be available on the Internet. However, primary authors are provided with a utility to restrict access to their site.

File Uploads

Authors may upload media files (e.g., images, video, audio) for display on their blog. Currently, the upload limit is 1MB per file.

Comments

Comments are used to enable dialogue about a blog post between author and readers directly on the blog. Comments are enabled by default. Anyone may post a comment; however, all comments first must be approved and published by the primary author before they are visible. The primary author may put access restrictions to the site into place (see section Access Restriction above). A primary author may disable commenting on a per post or per blog basis. Comment moderation is available for identifying and removing spam or inappropriate comments.

Trackbacks

TrackBacks are used to facilitate communication between blogs, enabling blog authors to keep track of who is linking to or referring to their posts. TrackBacks are disabled by default. A primary author may enable Trackbacks on a per post or per blog basis. TrackBack moderation is available for identifying and removing spam or inappropriate TrackBacks.

Syndication

Syndication is a publishing format that lets people view headlines of the latest updates from their favorite blogs and websites all from within a single newsreader program. Syndication feeds in both the Atom and RSS XML file formats are produced by default. Feeds can be disabled on a per blog basis.

For more information about syndication, see:

Archives

By default, all blog content is archived on a monthly basis in order to provide the ability to browse older entries that may not be present on the blog's front page, unless the blog primary author explicitly deletes the content.

When to Blog?

NYU Blogs is a great choice for a variety of uses and situations.

NYU Blogs are great for:

  • Frequent posting of news and updates about various projects, coursework.
  • Advanced commenting.
  • Easy website creation; no programming required.

NYU Blogs are not great for:

  • Creating complex websites with advanced programming languages.
  • Large numbers of individuals dictating document organization without best practices.
  • Advanced or complex content management.

Activating your blog provides you with an easy way to instantly create a web presence. Here are some examples of when you might use a blog:

Faculty:

  • Create a blog for each of your classes and encourage your students to comment on a specific blog entry. Each student may also be assigned permission to contribute content to your blog site.
  • Post assignments and encourage your students to create their own blogs to post their assignment responses.
  • Create a site for a particular research project on which you are working.
  • Report back from an event or conference.
  • Keep an online journal.
  • Present research issues or indicate progress in a study you are conducting.

Students:

  • Use your blog for personal reflections about specific topics.
  • Create an information site with references related to your plan of study.
  • Write reports on the progress of a group project.
  • Keep an online journal about your experience at NYU.

Staff:

  • Create a site to keep in touch with friends and family.
  • Write about your visit to a great venue or restaurant.
  • Write reports on the progress of a project.

When to Wiki?

In some cases, you may want to use NYU Wikis instead of NYU Blogs.

NYU Wikis are great for:

  • Group projects that require the collaborative creation of documents.
  • Graduate students who want to store lengthy and complex dissertation notes.
  • Faculty members looking to create asynchronous workspaces within or across NYU schools and departments.
  • Student organizations creating spaces for facilitating meetings and minutes.

NYU Wikis are not great for:

  • Creating complex websites with advanced programming languages.
  • Large numbers of individuals dictating document organization without best practices.
  • Advanced or complex content management.

Page last reviewed: January 31, 2013