UChicago Voices - Configuration

This article explains the different options blog administrators and everyday blog users have for setting up and maintaining sites on UChicago Voices.


Your theme controls the visual layout and appearance of your site’s content. UChicago Voices has many different theme options for users to use on their sites.

To learn more about Themes and how to use and change them, please visit the Themes page in the Edublogs documentation.

Your site’s theme helps to set the tone for visitors and display your content in the most appropriate way. There are different categories of themes for different types of sites, such as portfolios, class blogs, individual blogs, online “magazine” sites, and more.

Many themes can be customized to fit your particular needs. And, you can change your theme at any time without changing the underlying content of your site.

Site Title & Tagline

Your blog title and tagline are one of the first things a reader sees when visiting your blog. Your blog’s title should be descriptive to clearly convey to visitors the purpose of the site. 

Your site may also have a tagline, which should be a memorable phrase that sums up the tone and premise of the blog. Taglines help first-time readers understand what your blog is about before they start reading the content on your site. 

There is more information about Titles and Taglines on the Edublogs documentation site.

Default Class Blog Title

Department, Course Number (Quarter Year) e.g. MUSI101 (Winter 2015)

We strongly recommend that you include your department and course number in the blog title to make it easy for students who might have multiple blogs easy to find your blog.

How to Change Your Site’s Title & Tagline

In the sidebar, go to Settings > General. You should then see a page with form elements, including the title and tagline for your blog.

After you change the site title and tagline to meet your needs, click Save Changes.

Blog Privacy

Blog privacy settings controls who can view your blog.

To change your blog’s privacy settings, go to Settings > Reading > Site Visibility.

Default Privacy Settings

Class Blogs

Only those enrolled in your class blog can view it by logging in with their CNetIDs and passwords.

Personal Blogs

Discourage search engines from indexing this site. You can change it to allow search engine after you have finished customizing your site.

Viewing & Access

User Roles

Personal blog owners (in personal blogs), instructors and TAs (in class blogs) are given the role of blog administrator, which allows them to modify blog settings and moderate posts and comments.  Students (in class blogs) are given the role of authors by default, which allows them to write and publish blog posts. View a comparison chart of the 5 possible roles.

To grant authoring access to individuals yourself, ask them to go to voices.uchicago.edu and log-in with their CNetIDs. Then go to your blog’s Dashboard > Users > Add New. Under Add Existing User, enter the individuals’ CNetIDs, and assign the role of Author.  (Do NOT use Add New Users, as users will not be able to log-in with their CNetID and password.)

Class Blog Enrollment: Contact academictech@uchicago.edu to batch enroll students for your class blogs.

Keywords:blog   Doc ID:60359
Owner:Cecilia L.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2016-02-02 11:15 CDTUpdated:2017-06-19 06:41 CDT
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