As James says “odds are you’ve noticed that Edublogs has just undergone a pretty radical upgrade – and that your admin area is looking a heap of a lot different!”
And I thought you might like a quick overview of the main changes since I’ve been working hard to get the new Help & Support section up to date.
The main area of your dashboard is now made of handy configurable modules such as Right Now, Quick Press, Recent comments — read using your dashboard to learn more about the cool features of each module !
These modules can be moved by left mouse clicking on their title, dragging to the new location on your dashboard and then release your mouse button. You can also expand and collapse these dashboard modules by left mouse clicking on their title bar.
Your Navigation menu
Each navigation item can be expanded or collapsed to view their sub menu by clicking on the arrow on the right hand side of the item.
Your administration panels for managing features such as posts, pages, comments, and media now all use action links. Hovering your mouse over a title brings up the action links associated with that item and then clicking on the action takes you to the required screen.
For example, in the Edit Posts screen hovering your mouse over a title of a post brings up links for Edit, Quick Edit, Delete and View. Clicking on the action link Edit opens up the post allowing you to edit the post.
Uploading Media Files
Media such as images, video, audio and documents are still uploaded using the Add Media icons.
The main differences are:
- The Flash uploader is greatly improved (I’ve not experienced any problems or needed to use the browser uploader)
- There is no Insert/Edit Image button in your formatting toolbar. All actions of this button are now done completely using the Add an Image icon. For example, if you want to add an image by linking to an Image URL you now use the Add an Image icon.
- Once you’ve uploaded a video, audio or document file make sure you click File URL before clicking Insert into Post otherwise the link to the location of your file won’t be inserted into your post.
Adding Widgets to Your Sidebar
Your Design navigation menu has been changed to Appearance and this is where features such as Themes and Widgets are now located.
For blogs with more than one sidebar, all sidebars are displayed on the right hand side of your Widget screen. Clicking a sidebar expands it to show all its current widgets. This feature means you can add widgets to all your sidebars at the same time.
Widgets are added to a sidebar by dragging the desired widget to the desired sidebar. When added the widget opens up; all you need to do is configured it and then click Save. Click on Remove to remove a widget from a sidebar.
Accessing all your blogs
Instead you need to go your My Blogs screen via Dashboard > My Blogs and then click on the link to the desired blog dashboard.
As I said this was just a quick overview of the main changes.
For more details check out our guide for Getting Started with Edublogs which can be viewed online or downloaded as handy PDFs! — I’m working hard to get it all completed…please send chocolate to keep my energy sustained
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