What you wish you knew, before you started!
Tips for getting the most out of your new blog and the startup process:
- Since you are using the PSMU Blogging Service, you do not need to start in the Blog Training area of the University, all that you need is right here in the Blogging Service Training Center.
- If you have any questions as you go through the setup process with your blog, please look over the training videos, consult the FAQs and use the search capabilities of this site first, as the most popular questions have already been answered.
- As you start to create content on your new blog, please remember to ensure that you have the rights to use any photography or imagery that you place on the blog. Great stock photography resources can be found all over online. We like bigstockphoto.com for relatively inexpensive stock photography. You can also find royalty free, public domain images that are available to use at Google > Input your search terms > Click on IMAGES > Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the page > Advanced Search > Click on the drop down menu next to USAGE RIGHTS > Select “Free to use, share or modify, even commercially.” Pixabay.com is also another great resource for royalty free stock photography images. Another great choice is to use as many of the photos or images that you have taken or created yourself.
- Please also make sure that you source content referenced by another site or publisher (facts from a study, images, video, a quote, etc.). If you are using content from another source, then you need to have permission to use that content from the content owner on your blog.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your success!
BLOGGING SERVICE AUTOMATED UPDATES & BLOGGER RESPONSIBILITIES
All blogs that are part of the blogging service offered by Practical Social Media include automatic updates to all WordPress.org installations, themes and over 200 plugins contained in a central repository. Automatic updates provide a greater level of security for every blog on the service. Outdated WordPress installations and plugins are key source of infiltration by hackers. Plugins contained within the repository may change from time to time without notice due to potential conflicts or security issues that may be found. These conflicts, new updates by WordPress or automatic updates may cause temporary disruption of service. PSMU is not responsible for disruptions of service.
WHAT ARE THE BLOGGER’S RESPONSIBILITIES TO PROTECT THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL SITES
- UPDATE YOUR PASSWORD: Log into your blog’s dashboard and update your admin account’s password to 8+ digits. The best passwords use upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters (&^%$#*, etc.). You can do that via Dashboard > Users > All Users > Edit > and then scroll down the page until use see “New Password.”