Getting Started

Ready to start blogging? The process is easy …

What you need…

  • A valid CLS user account. If you are a faculty, staff or student of the Law School, you already have one. This is the same account you use to login to CLS office or lab computers, Coursewebs and Lawnet.
  • To be a faculty member, an authorized departmental administrator or the head of a student organization/journal. Individual students cannot create blogs, at this time.
  • A plan for how you’ll want to use the blog?
    • Will the blog allow comments by anyone, including readers outside of the Law School?
    • Do you plan to moderate comments, only allowing them to be visible on the blog once approved?
    • Do you want to have other CLS members help you manage the blog by contributing or moderating posts, filtering through incoming comments, and changing settings; such as, the theme or plugins begin used on the blog?
  • A bit of time and patience and a desire to actively communicate with your audience.

What we need…

  • A Desired URL: All blogs at CLS begin with “http://blogs.law.columbia.edu/.” What comes after the last slash (“/”) is up to you. Tip: the shorter the better for your readers.
  • A Name: It could be the name of the course you teach, the organization or journal you run or the department you head. It could be a bit tongue-in-cheek, if you like (ie. the Admission Office’s blog for incoming students, “Class Actions“).
  • Your CLS Username and Email: When the blogs is created you will be granted administrative rights to your blog allowing you to customize it to fit your needs. Your e-mail will be registered with the blog so that you can be alerted of any issues or changes with the blog software by the server administrator and to receive notification of new posts or comments.
  • A Theme: Choose a custom CLS themes from the Blog homepage and let us know what you’ve chosen when making your request. We’ll apply the theme and get it configured for you so you can begin posting right away.
  • Submit Your Request: Click the “Request A Blog” link at the top of the page and fill out the form to get the process started. A member of the Webadmin team will get back to you, shortly.

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