Frequently Asked Questions

What is blogs.sfu.ca?

blogs.sfu.ca is a blogging service provided by IT Services to the SFU community.

What’s a blog?

A blog (an abridgment of the term web log) is a website, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Source: Wikipedia

Why blogs?

Blogs allow people to quickly disseminate and consume information of relevance to them. Blogs promote discussion and can help build community.

Who can get a SFU blog?

At this time, blogs are available for SFU courses, departments (both academic and administrative), services, graduate students and faculty members (for SFU-related material & research). Personal blogs for undergraduate students will not be provided under this service; we are investigating this as a future project.

What blogging platform does blogs.sfu.ca use?

SFU Blogs is powered by WordPress. We are currently supporting WordPress 2.9.2.

How is SFU Blogs different than running my own blog on a private host?

SFU Blogs is a SFU-hosted and supported service, meaning that we take care of installing your blog, backing it up, installing updates, etc. Because SFU Blogs is a shared service hosting hundreds of sites, there are a few restrictions on what you can do with the service.

How do I get a blog?

If you fall into one of the above categories and would like to try SFU Blogs, simply email blogs@sfu.ca with the following information:

  1. Type of blog (course, department, service, faculty)
  2. Name and description for your blog
  3. Primary user responsible for the blog
  4. Any additional users/authors

Once we have all the information required to set up your blog, we’ll send you an email in response letting you know the URL to your new blog.

Note that you will need the URL that will be sent to you in email in order to access your blog as there is not a central directory of all blogs.