Category Archives: Blogs

UMass Blogs Quota Increased

UMassBlogsAs of October 30, 2009, you have 100 MB of space allotted to your blog. This increased quota, the previous quota was 50 MB, will allow you to store more images, videos, and other files with your blog. Enjoy!

Faculty can contact the OIT Help Desk for information about increasing their quota beyond 100 MB. 

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Tracking Visitors to your Blog with Google Analyitcs

If you’ve set up a UMass Blog to document your research or teaching, you might be interested to know who your visitors are. The days of the simple hit counter are gone, replaced with Google Analytics, a Google tool that tracks a wealth of data about where your visitors are coming from, which sections of your blog they are reading, and how often are they returning. 

Here’s how to enable Google Anayltics on your blog, (instructions via Kevin Skelly’s OIT Software Support Blog)

  1. Log in to the administrative dashboard of your blog.
  2. Click the Plugins link (at the right hand side of the banner.)
  3. Click Activate to the right of Ultimate Google Analytics.
  4. Go to http://www.google.com/analytics/
  5. Click the Access Analytics button.
  6. To the right of Website Profiles click Add New Profile.
  7. Enter the URL of your blog. The http:// is already supplied, so enter the rest of the URL e.g. “blogs.umass.edu/YourUsername”.
  8. Click Finish.
  9. Select the string that looks like UA-#######-# and copy it.
  10. Return to your blog dashboard and click Settings (at top right).
  11. Click Ultimate GA under the banner.
  12. The box labeled Account ID should now have that same number in it, but if it doesn’t, you can paste it in now.
  13. Click Update Options.
  14. After some people have visited your blog, you can go back to Google Analytics and click “View report” in the line next to where your blogs website is displayed. This will take you to the report for your blog, where you will be able to see how much activity your blog has received.

Blogs as Coursesites: Spring 2009

Tried building a web site from scratch but never quite finished? Never have the time to slog through programs like Dreamweaver to update your existing site? Maybe setting up a blog is the answer.

Many instructors are finding blogs to be a friendlier alternative to building a traditional course website. The UMass Blogs service provides a space for you to construct a blog using the popular WordPress blogging system. Most people find setting up (and updating!) a blog quick and easy. This lets you focus on the important things; the content you want to put on the web, not wrangling with the tools for getting it there.

Here are some example course blogs in full swing for Spring 2009:

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