Sites on CSU Thinkspace are primarily comprised of ‘Posts’ and ‘Pages’. The main difference between posts and pages is the following:
- Posts: Posts are where you publish the latest update or new articles on your blog.
- Pages: Pages are used for information that you want to share with your readers but don’t expect to update frequently.
Introduction to Posts
Your posts are where you’ll publish your main content such as what’s been happening in class, assignment information, documents etc. They are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order with the most recent post at the top of the page.
By default, your home page is your blog post page and this is where you’ll see your new posts published.
If you look closely at a post you will see it is normally made up of:
- Post Title – tells the reader what the post is about. A great post title grabs readers attention and is more likely to encourage them to read your post.
- Date published – all post display the date a post was published. You’ll normally see this displayed at the top of the post.
- Written by – most themes display the name of the post author. Your username is automatically displayed unless you have changed your display name.
- Your post content – this is the main information that you want to share or reflect on with your readers
- Comments – all themes have a link to comments. This is where your readers can click to write a comment in response to your post. Comments allow students, and other readers, to engage in discussions, share their thoughts and connect with your class blog.
- Tags – are used to help readers locate posts on your blog. Tags are more like the index at the back of the book and explode the topic into a million bits.
- Categories – are used to help readers locate posts on your blog. Categories are often used like chapters of a book; they provide a general overview of the topics you blog about.
To create a new post rollover the ‘Posts’ Tab on the left hand menu and choose ‘Add New’.
This will take you to the Post editing screen where you can add text, images and other media.
When your post is ready for publication click on the ‘Publish’ button on the right hand side of the page.
For further information about Posts, check out the following links:
- Publishing a New Post
- Editing Posts
- Bulk Edit Posts
- Schedule a Post
- Change Post Publish Date
- Password Protect Posts
- Stick Post to front page
- Post Visiblilty
- Post Revisions
Introduction to Pages
Pages on CSU Thinkspace are normally used for information that you want to share with your readers but don’t expect to update frequently.
Commonly used pages on educational blogs are:
- The About Page: Used to tell readers more about yourself and your blog.
- Blogging Rules and Guidelines Page: Use to set the framework for contributors or commenters on your blog
- Contact Page: so users can get in touch with you
- A Subject Outline Page: for students to follow.
If you look closely at a page you will see it is normally made up of:
- Page Title – tells the reader what the page is about.
- Your page content – this is information you want to share on this page
To create a new page rollover the ‘Pages’ Tab on the left hand menu and choose ‘Add New’.
This will take you to the Page editing screen where you can add text, images and other media.
When your page is ready for publication click on the ‘Publish’ button on the right hand side of the page.
For further information about Pages, check out the following links: