How To Build Your Own Edublogs.org Site in 7 Easy Steps
Did you know that Edublogs.org is run by the same people who are behind WPMU DEV?
That means that WPMU DEV supplies members with all the plugins and functionality that anyone would need to build their own Edublogs.org style site.
Well, we figured that we’d create a quick guide to assist:
Step One – Themes
The first thing you’ll need is the ability for your users to select from all the great themes offered by Edublogs, using the theme pack we supply here.
The ultimate WordPress / WPMU theme pack – 133 themes – tested, 100% supported, custom headers, threaded comments, internationalization, tags, gallery CSS and guaranteed to work!
And for a homepage themes you might like to customize our old Edublogs homepage:
The Edublogs.org homepage theme, ready for you to disassemble and use in as many personal, business or other projects as you like!
For which we also provide bbPress and help themes too:
A perfect theme for providing help and support, frequently asked questions and building a serious knowledge base!
A fantastic bbPress theme, incorporating avatars, unbelievably cool design and compatibility with the regular Edublogs theme
Alternatively you could try one of our other CMS / Homepage style themes:
WPMU Nelo is a CMS frontpage or blog theme thats a little bit special. Not only does it allow a massively configurable layout, but also simple editing of all images without a custom field in sight!
WPMU Triden is a powerful and immensely customizable theme that you can use as a homepage or individual blog… perfect for WPMU!
WPMU Dixi is a powerful and immensely customizable theme that you can use as a homepage or individual blog… perfect for WPMU!
Step Two – Blogs & User Management
Then you’ll want to add tools t help you (and your users) create and manage new blogs and users:
Allows you to bulk create new users on a site and add them to a blog, including the facility to set their role and password on the new site.
Create hundred or thousands of blogs and users automatically by simply uploading a csv text file – subdomain and user creation automation has never been so easy.
The blog and user creator plugin is an amazing powerful feature that allows you, and your users, to batch create gazillions of blogs and/or users while setting passwords, urls, titles and more!
Step Three – Global Listings
After that you’ll want to display dynamic lists of recently updated blogs, latest posts and other interesting network activity around your site:
This powerful plugin allows you to simply display a global tag cloud for your entire WordPress MU site. How cool is that!
A magnificent plugin that allows global search across all blogs on your WordPress MU / BuddyPress install with ease!
This plugin provides a paginated, fully search-able, avatar inclusive, automatic and rather good looking directory of all of the blogs on your WordPress MU or BuddyPress installation.
Would you like an automatic list of all the users on your site, with avatars, pagination, a built in search facility and extended customizable user profiles? Well, you’ve found it!
Step Four – Community
You may also want to introduce community elements into your site, just like we use in Campus.
Create internal communities with their own discussion boards, wikis, news dashboards, user lists and messaging facilities
An internal email / messaging / inbox solution (that notifies real email) that’ll get the communication juices flowing!
Show recently updated blogs across your site, with avatars, through this handy widget
Show a nice list of random users from your site, with avatars, wherever you want with this handy widget
Lets your users ‘friend’ each other, display funky widgets with avatar mosaics of all their friends on the site and generally get all social!
Allows each blog to have their very own forums – embedded in any page or post
Allows users to upload ‘user avatars’ and ‘blog avatars’ which then can appear in comments and blog / user listings around the site (and is incorporated into all WPMU DEV Premium plugins and themes!)
A widget that shows recent posts from all the blogs across your entire WPMU installation – hugely powerful and massively configurable!
Display all the latest comments from across your entire WordPress MU site – using a simple but powerful widget!
Step Five – Communication
And you’ll want a number of ways in which you can interact with your users:
Allows you to send emails to all users via defined mailing lists. Users also have the option to unsubscribe from the mailing list.
This is a simple plugin that makes it easier to place a message in the admin panels that all users will see
When a new users signs up at your site, you want to welcome them, and this plugin allows you to do that extra well by sending automatic welcome emails for several days after they have joined.
Step Six – Making Money
There’s nothing wrong with running your site for a profit, and we provide you with exactly the same tools we use at Edublogs for just that purpose:
The ultimate upgrade plugin, turn regular users into subscribers with premium themes, premium plugins and more – even works at sign up! Developed for uber-WPMU site Edublogs and provided here for you!
The perfect affiliate marketing plugin for your WordPress MU site – allows your users to simply become affiliates, send you referrals, track their clicks and sales and get paid while you do!
Step Seven – Join WPMU DEV Now!
The plugins and themes listed above are only the start.
Almost every one of the 100+ plugins and 150+ themes we provide can be used on your site – and we’re developing new ones all the time.
Plus, every single release is backed by our Upgrade and Support Guarantee – so you’ll never struggle with out of date plugins, theme bugs or mno help from plugin or theme authors again.
It’s just a little over $1 a day to be a WPMU DEV member, so join up today and access all of the above, a heap more besides, and brilliant help and support for any issues you come across.