When to Use Blogs

Posted March 11th, 2010 at 12:30 pm.

How do you know when to use a blog versus pages maintained in Contribute?

At Bryn Mawr, WordPress blogs are used to easily update departmental sites with news and events or other content requiring frequent updates where archival of old content is helpful (e.g. job postings or meeting minutes), and to create websites for individual students and student groups (WordPress can be used to manage static webpages as well as blogs-- more on this later).

Multiple users can update the same blog, and updates may be performed from any computer by any students, faculty, or staff with access to post to that blog (whereas normal Bryn Mawr sites must be updated from Bryn Mawr-owned computers by users with access via Adobe Contribute). Updating a WordPress blog is much like writing a paper or other document on your computer. Blog updates can also be more convenient and accessible to users as they can subscribe to the blog's RSS feed. RSS feeds can also be used to incorporate automatic news & events updates or other content into a departmental website. For more information, please refer to this page on dynamic content.

Here are some examples of WordPress in action at Bryn Mawr:

  • The Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center's news page
  • Our very own TECH Bar uses its blog to facilitate access to documentation.
  • The Self Government Association website is a good example of using WordPress to build and maintain a student group's website, taking advantage of features like tags.
  • The Solomon Asch Center is another good example of using WordPress to create a visually rich website.
  • The Film Studies Program and the Department of Archaeology both use RSS feeds from their respective WordPress blogs to incorporate news and events into their departmental homepages.
  • The Art Club posts about club events, archives meeting minutes, and shares other information about the club using a combination of static pages and blog posts.
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