Blog Setup

User roles

Each blog user will be assigned a role in the system which will control the user’s access to features and tasks:

  • Administrator – somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site.
  • Editor – somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
  • Author – somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
  • Contributor – somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
  • Subscriber – somebody who can only manage their profile.

For a full breakdown of the roles in WordPress, please refer to Roles and Capabilities.

Allowing or restricting comments

When you apply for a blog, you will be asked whether you wish to allow comments to be posted on all posts. However comments can be allowed or restricted on posts on an individual basis as well.

Comments allow the author to receive feedback from readers about the information provided in a post. The Missouri State blog system is protected by a spam blocker, which quarantines unwanted comments and spam.

To allow or restrict comments on an individual blog post:

  1. Before publishing your post, navigate to the Discussion field near the bottom of the page.
  2. If you wish to change your default settings for comments, be sure to click the checkbox next to Allow comments on this post.
  3. Trackback and Pingbacks are slightly more advanced ways for users to reply to your post. If you want to disable these, be sure the checkbox is unchecked. Otherwise, they’re allowed by default.

You can also allow comments with moderation, which means that when a reader submits a comment it will not appear until the blog editor has approved the comment.

Missouri State blog theme

Web strategy and development has developed a theme for all blogs that uses the university colors as well as maintains compliance with the University's web policies and templates. All Missouri State blogs will automatically have the theme installed for them along with some default widgets. Administrators can later update their header image, menu navigation, and add or remove widgets as they choose.

Missouri State Blog Theme

Further documentation

You can find more documentation about WordPress. These pages include WordPress Lessons, a Getting Started section and Troubleshooting.