Blogs Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a Blog for my School

To apply for Blog Hosting for your school please see the steps on

What is a Blog?

More information on Blogs is available here.

Do I need a Blog?

Only if you want one. By default, all schools will have a Static Page created. A Blog must be created by the user through their Web Hosting Account Settings.

What should I put on my Blog?

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketches (sketchblog), videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting), which are part of a wider network of social media.

Schools may wish to use a Blog to write about a particular class, project or school tour.

What does the word Blog mean?

If a diary on the website is a log entry on a website, then it is a web log. This was shortened to weblog, which soon became blog.

How do I create my Blog?

You can create your Blog by logging in to your Web Hosting Account Settings.

I have created my Blog. How do I add content?

Information about using your blog can be found here or you can review Introduction to Blogging from Web 2.0 for Learning Module 2.

Is there training available?

To support schools, PDST Technology in Education funds courses on blogging, and on Scoilnet Blogs in particular, which may be available via your local education centre. Contact your local education centre to request more information and book a place. Check out for online courses on webhosting and blogging.

How to get your blog listed in Search Engines (Google, Yahoo etc)

Click here for information on adding your website/blog to a search engine.

How do you password protect a post

Click Edit next to Visibility in the Publish area to the top right, then click Password Protected, click Ok, and enter a password. Then click OK. Note - Editor and Admin users can see password protected or private posts in the edit view without knowing the password.

How do I resolve the excerpt issue with the twenty ten theme?

When using the Twenty Ten theme, when displaying posts on pages, instead of showing the full post (or even the post until the <more> tag), it shows the post excerpt and strips out all the formatting and images. It also puts on a [...] at the end of the excerpt but this is not actually a URL link

To fix this issue do the following: At the top of the screen where you enter the posts you will notice a tab called 'Screen Options' and if you click that a set of options will slide down. One of these options is "Excerpt'. Tick that and click the "Screen Options' tab again. It will slide the options back up out of the way.

You now have an excerpt box at the bottom of your post. You can now add a proper summary (excerpt) of the post which gets displayed on the archive, search and category pages. If you don't have an expert attached to the post the default is to display the first 55 words of your post.

On the home page, the post is displayed differently and requires the use of the <--more--> tag.

Publishing your blog updates to External Services (Twitter / Facebook etc.)

Scoilnet Blogs does not offer a plugin to natively publish your blog updates to Twitter, or other online services, however each Scoilnet blog publishes an XML feed which is automatically updated when your blog content is updated. This XML feed can be used by external services such as or, which can read your Scoilnet blog XML feed and update your external service i.e. twitter, facebook etc. Your Scoilnet blog XML feed can be found at http://<BLOG-NAME> i.e.