Step 3: Check settings

This time you are going to check the settings of your blog. Look on the left side of your dashboard and hover over settings to find each of these.

General

  • change the title of your blog
  • change the tagline (not all themes have a tagline)
  • choose correct timezone (Hobart will do)
  • save changes

Reading

This is where you can decide how much privacy your blog has:

  • Is it going to be open to the world? – least private
  • Do visitors need a password? – most private

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The section labelled ‘Site Visibility is where you can decide on the amount of privacy you want for your class blog.

  1. All search engines check for your blog. Xpress360 has its own search engine that allows me to read all posts and comments easily on the main xpress360 blog.
  2. No search engines should be checking your blog including our xpress360 one.
  3. Only users on our xpress360 database can read your posts and comment when logged in. You have now started to limit who your commenting visitors are.
  4. Only users on your class blog can read and comment.
  5. Only admins of your blog
  6. Need a password that you have set – this is good for private blogs in Kindergarten – give parents the password.

Discussion 

The image below shows how Miss W.  has her  ‘Discussion’ settings in her blogs.

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  1. This can be unticked if you make connections with another class and the students don’t have email addresses. But it is better to have this ticked.
  2. Change this number to 3 on the dropdown menu, otherwise some comments will look very silly in layout.
  3. If you are not on your blog every day, I suggest have an email sent every time someone leaves a comment. Any comments written by the owner of the blog or a super admin ( Miss W. or Kent) will go through without moderation.
  4. You’ll notice Miss W. moderates or manually approves  every comment even if a visitor or student has already left a comment that has been approved. By moderating every comment, it allows you to immediately reply to the comment as you read it. But if you have it set to ‘Comment author must have a previously approved comment’, you might miss a chance to easily reply to a great comment from one of your students or visitors.

Some other settings relate to plugins which is the next step in getting our blog ready to use in the classroom.

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