Getting Started

How do I set up a blog?

If you don’t already have an account at, select the “Register” button at the top of the page. Complete the web form with a username and Harvard-related email address. Then select the “Set up a new blog” radio button selection and submit the form. You’ll need to verify the email address, and you’re all set.

If you already have an account at, log in to your account. You’ll be presented with a form to set up a new blog.

Can I make changes to my blog after I have created it?

Yes; if you would like to change the appearance or functionality of your blog, you may do so centrally through the dashboard, which you may access from the toolbar header when you are logged into your account.

Where do I find themes, widgets, and plugins for my blog?

In your blog’s dashboard. Navigate to your blog’s name on the toolbar header (if you are a new user, you will be directed to the administrative dashboard immediately) to access the dashboard. Select “Themes” or “Widgets” from the “Appearance” drop down menu in the left navigation pane. For plugins, select the “Plugins” option on the left navigation pane. Once you have found a theme or plugin you like, select “Activate”; to install a widget, drag and drop it into the widget pool to activate it.

Can I manage my readers?

Yes. Blog owners can choose to make their blog private or public, control the discussion and commenting settings, and add users with different roles. These settings are controlled in the administrative dashboard.

If I have a private blog will this appear in the showcase or directory?

No. If your blog is private it will not be visible or searchable.

Where can I get help?

If you are new to blogging, we recommend WordPress’s comprehensive introductory “First steps.” For bite-sized videos detailing anything from creating a new post to recovering a lost password, we have provided video help in the administrative dashboard. Select “Help” from the left navigation pane.