Getting Started: Blogs.chapman.edu

Chapman University uses WordPress for the blog environment blogs.chapman.edu. Schools, colleges and departments have the ability to request their own blog to keep audiences up to date on the latest news, events and happenings within their specific area. SMC supports and maintains this system and therefore has the right to determine whether certain requests for […]

Read More

How to Set a Post as a Featured Post

This article will inform you how posts are set as featured and the reasons why Featured stories – those found in the image rotator at the top of the blog landing page – are automatically set using data from social networks based on a special algorithm developed by SMC. This has been set to default […]

Read More

Finding the Right Voice and Tone for your Blog Post

This article will give you more insight into how best to write in the blog environment When writing blog posts, your end goal should be to craft something that is informative yet conversational, in-depth and friendly. Blog posts are different from other types of writing – they are meant to be more ‘user friendly’ from […]

Read More

Choosing the Best Stories to Blog About

This article will give you a brief overview of how you can choose the best stories to write about for your blog. The best types of stories you can write about are the ones that have the most lasting impact, relevance and importance to your department, school or college. A post about a student or […]

Read More

Maximum Amount of Users

This article will explain SMCs stance on the maximum amount of users (contributors) in a blog environment. At this time, SMC has no mandates to how many users can exist within a specific blog account. It is important to remove any staff members or student workers who no longer are employed by your department from […]

Read More

Adding a New User to your Blog

This article will explain to you the procedure of adding a new user to your blog To add a new user, contact your web coordinator. If the user is new to Chapman or new to the blog environment, it’s important to set up a training date so they can be properly acclimated to the blog […]

Read More

Changing Permission Levels for an Existing User

This article will walk you through the steps necessary to change a users permission levels within the blog environment. Please note that 1) SMC reserves the right to make these changes, and 2) the only available permissions settings are ‘Editor’ and ‘Contributor’. To change a user’s permission, navigate to the left sidebar on your dashboard […]

Read More

Training New Users without the Involvement of SMC

This article explains the policy of new user training and the importance of SMCs involvement.  Given the amount of necessary information and proper adherence to existing policy, we ask that all new users be trained by a member of the web team. To request training for a new user, contact your web coordinator in order […]

Read More

Permission Levels: Administrators, Editors and Contributors

This article will explain the difference between the various permission levels in the blogs.chapman.edu environment. Please note that users outside of SMC are only able to act as Editors or Contributors. Administrator permissions in the blog environment are strictly for SMC, and more specifically the web team to use. These permissions allow us to take […]

Read More

Recommended Length of a Blog Post

This article will provide with information on the recommended length of a blog post. Though there is no policy dictating exact word length, SMC recommends that blog posts be quick, light and engaging in the shortest length necessary.  A blog post should always be short in length, heavy in information and fun and friendly in […]

Read More