Six years later, those gaps have been filled. CQ, SFU’s officially-supported web content management system, provides authors with an easy-to-use publishing platform and a support structure backed by dedicated staff in IT Services and authors in dozens of campus units. Canvas, our new state-of-the-art learning management system, has seen widespread adoption (most students have at least one course per-term in Canvas) and has good support for discussions, the most common course-blog use-case.
While we have moved forward with our CMS and LMS options, SFU Blogs has lagged behind. It currently runs a very outdated version of WordPress, and does not feature the new, mobile-friendly look and feel sported by most major SFU websites. Remedying those shortcomings would require a major undertaking by IT Services, and resources are not available to do so. Given this, and with the availability of better-supported tools, SFU Blogs is being retired.
We have identified the following alternatives for groups using SFU Blogs:
You can export your site’s content in a WordPress-compatible format by logging into your site’s admin panel and selecting Tools > Export. This only exports the text-content of your site. If you wish to have a copy of your images and other media uploaded to your site, please contact email@example.com and include the URL of your site in your message.
If you wish to have your blogs.sfu.ca URL redirect to a new site, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with both the URL of your SFU Blogs site and your new site. Please note that we can not provide redirects to externally-hosted (e.g. non-sfu.ca) websites.
Log into http://blogs.sfu.ca/myblogs with your SFU Computing ID and password to see a list of your active blogs.
If you have a site on SFU Blogs that you are not using, it would help a great deal if you requested that it be archived and removed from the SFU Blogs server. You can request this by emailing email@example.com with the URL of your site.