Help in Setting up a pro site blog solution for colleges and students like edublogs

Thanks in Advance. I wish i could get some sort of advice on setting up prosites to offer a blog solution to colleges. Is the feature my class plugin is available to download, also advice on any plugin that can be used as alternative to this.
Secondly can u advice on the approach you use on edublogs to create a free , prosite and campus network. My specific question is Is each campus network is a subuser admin site of edublogs.org or you host it seperately as each prosites outside edublogs.org. How do you maintain super admin to control many campus installs. If a free or pro user in edublogs.org can be added or join in any edublog campus network.

I would be obliged if you provide a setup guide to create a blog platform similar to your edublogs service. I have limited clients so thinking to offer this as an a add on complementary service to them.
Greatly expecting your help on this.
DILEEP

  • aecnu

    Greetings DILEEP,

    Thank you for the great question which is certainly appreciated.

    Unfortunately you are going to have to come up with most of the design on your own because just like the construction of WPMU Dev web site is considered proprietary information applies to EDU Blogs as well.

    Not even us support staff have any knowledge of their design and I am also aware the developer staff all have pieces as the design was kept compartmentalized in their case.

    The only thing that has been made public or disclosed about the designs of either is that the forums, at least on WPMU Dev, are heavily custom coded versions of the original bbPress version 1.0

    I believe EDU Blogs indeed uses the Pro Sites plugin but probably custom coded as well.

    Not that they use this but to manage my multiple networks I use the Networks for WordPress plugin.

    Sorry that I could not offer any more insight then this but that is all I know about it.

    Thank you for being a WPMU Dev Community Member!

    Cheers, Joe

  • Sue

    Hi DILEEP

    Always happy to answer questions about Edublogs.

    Edublogs Campus is completely separate from Edublogs. Each Edublogs Campus site is their own customised install of WordPress Multisite. We have super admin access to all Edublogs Campus sites. Each Campus site has their own blog support team who have super admin access and assists with helping their users.

    You need to use Tools > Export and Tools > Import to move blogs from Edublogs.org onto Campus sites.

    Classes Plugin isn't yet ready for release on DEV. As James mentioned Classes Plugin is a massive project and we were still fine tuning its features. It also depends on what you are trying to achieve as to if Classes Plugin is your best choice. We're finding our users use different solutuions depending on if it is an individual teachers compared to a whole of school approach.

    You'll find detailed list of plugins used on Edublogs here - https://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/topic/edublogs-type-site-setup-guide

    Hope this has helped and please let us know if you have further questions.

    Thanks!

    Sue Waters
    Edublogs Support Manager

  • aecnu

    Greetings DILEEP and Sue,

    Sue thank you so much for chiming in here with your wonderful assist which is absolutely appreciated.

    @DILEEP Just touching base with you to see if we have got all your questions covered? and if not, please let us know and I am sure I can get Sue back in here for anything I do not know, which I admit concerning EDU Blogs and Campus I do not know a lot about ... lol

    Please advise.

    Cheers, Joe

  • thinkcadd

    Thanks Joe and Sue for your courtesy. Yes Sue has cleared the facts. Yet i wish i could get advice on the following
    Sue mentioned they have "super admin access to all Edublogs Campus sites" how is this achieved, according to joe i have explored WP multi Network plugin and someone also advised i should have ManageWp solution to achieve this. As managewp is a competitor product and a high paid one i don't want to again invest on that. So if you advice on the exact plugin to have superadmin access to each separate multisite installs is much appreciated.

    Also i point again to My Class plugin or similar one to achieve that function. Sue was mentioning that "her users use different solutions depending on if it is an individual teachers compared to a whole of school approach." Basically i could not understand the significance of a Pro site level with regard to a individual teacher role, i need to give some option to the pro site paid teacher to manage and create his students blogs and class management features. So it would be much appreciated to get your advice on this how it could be achieved with a paid prosite level to manage the students blogs. If you still have a premium plugin to achieve this function kindly let me know so that i can consider investing on that.

    Also as a matter of fact Sue could you give a demo entry to this blog http://universityofblogs.com/ to test the functions the given demo credentials are not working. username: admin and password: pass
    Sorry for my long questions.

    Thanks
    DILEEP

  • aecnu

    Greetings DILEEP,

    Thank you for your additional input which is certainly appreciated.

    I think it is odd that someone would recommend ManageWP since this was indeed the very plugin I fought with a members site just to try to get upgrades to happen from the dashboard though I admit I have never used it myself.

    But I have been using Networks for WordPress for about a year now if memory serves and I have not had one single issue with it and the price is right for sure.

    Not ranting just sharing learned wisdom.

    You mentioned the ManageWP product but you did not mention what and/or if Networks for WordPress did not meet your needs?

    Regarding EDU Blogs and the My Class plugin, I will once again try to see if I can get @Sue in here so she can address this in this ticket.

    Though this may take a bit longer then a normal ticket, I will try to get her in here asap.

    Cheers, Joe

  • Sue

    Hi DILEEP

    No need for a plugin for Super admin access. When we set up an Campus site we set it up with two super admin accounts; admin and our super admin account.

    Also remember on WordPress multisite you can grant any user super admin access by going to Users > All Users in the network admin, click on Edit and then scroll down to "Grant this user super admin privileges for the Network."

    Questions relating to pros/cons of "Networks for WordPress" plugin and "ManageWP" plugins vs separate installs of WordPress Mutlsite are probably best discussed with Joe and some of the other DEV team members.

    On Edublogs Campus sites most teachers are using the Blog & User Creator ( http://help.edublogs.org/2009/08/31/creating-student-blogs-using-the-blog-user-creator/ ) to create the student blogs while adding themselves as admin users so they can oversee their student blogs.

    I'm sorry but it isn't currently possible to give you access to University of Blogs. We're upgrading and changing this demo site and it will be awhile before it is available.

    The link to detailed list of plugins used on Edublogs I gave you really does cover the key plugins used on Edublogs.

    Here are additional key ones used on Campus:

    1. Ultimate branding - https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/ultimate-branding/
    2. Subscribe by email - https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/subscribe-by-email/
    3. Comment Control - https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/subscribe-by-email/
    4. New Blogs template - https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/new-blog-template/
    5. Batch Create - https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/batch-create/
    6. Log in Message - https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/log-in-message/
    7. Global Site tags - https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/global-site-tags/
    8. Global Site Search - https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/global-site-search/
    9. Blogs Directory - https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/blogs-directory/
    10. Terms of Service - https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/terms-of-service/

    Thanks!

    Sue Waters
    Edublogs Support Manager

  • grahamn

    I'm curious about how My Class functions on Edublogs - is "Create a Class" the same as just creating a new blog? I could just add a link to /blogs/create for instance right?

    I'm actually more interested in the "Join a Class" option. How do you accomplish this? It's just a simple blog directory search?

    I'm just surveying the different interfaces out there for university multisite networks and I think this is a really great idea since WP still doesn't sync up with the university POI.

    Thanks,
    NG

  • Sue

    Hi NG

    Create a Class is part of our Edublogs My Class plugin. How it works is educators first set up a Class blog by going to My Class > Create a Class.

    Students can then connect to the class blog by using My Class > Join a Class or the teacher can create student blogs using My Class > Create Student Blogs.

    Connecting with My Class means:

    1) it enables extra features on the student blogs
    2) you can manage the settings of all student blogs with one click
    3) you can easily monitor all student blogs
    4) you can reset student passwords yourself

    Also we recommend you start a new thread rather than reply on an old thread. The support team closely monitors all new threads. It is easy to miss a question when posted on an older thread. We like to answer your questions as quickly as possible.

    Hope this has helped!

    Thanks!

    Sue Waters
    Edublogs Support Manager

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