A blog or weblog is a diary kept on the Internet. Typically, a blog is a long list of entries sorted by date that is updated regularly. The most recent entries are at the top of the list and can thus be recognized as “newly added” by blog readers as soon as they visit the site. Readers of the blog also have the opportunity to comment on these list entries. Blogs also provide functionalities that make it easier to link to entries in other blogs and inform readers about updates (new articles and new comments). This quickly creates a network of mutual article references between different blogs and contributions to discussions by readers – the so-called “blogosphere”.
The WordPress software presented here makes such a blog available on the Internet or intranet and must be installed on a server. On the user side (also: administration) only a browser is required.
Please also note the article on blogs at Wikipedia with many further links.
WordPress is easy to install and manage – even on a school server or on the school’s homepage. Only three conditions have to be met:
- You need database software (e.g. MySQL or MariaDB),
- the PHP programming language must be installed
- and the server must be accessible over the network using HTTPS encryption.
Talk to your network advisor and/or the person responsible for the school website.
There are also many plugins available for WordPress – i.e. extensions to the basic software – which you can use to integrate video or audio files into the blog, for example. In addition, a large, German-speaking community of users (“community”) provides help with problems. WordPress is also easily adaptable to the school’s corporate design – a collection of free and customizable “themes” that affect the look of the software is available for download.
Please direct questions to the help forum – but only after you have searched it for an answer to your question and have not found what you are looking for. Various books on WordPress and the online documentation can help you with your first steps with the blog system, as can some of your students!
Data protection when working with students
If you don’t want to install and maintain WordPress yourself, you can also use so-called WordPress hosters: They maintain the technology behind your blog for you and relieve you in this way. We cannot make specific recommendations on this – but make sure that the hoster is authorized to process data on behalf of you so that you do not come into conflict with data protection rules when working with your students. In any case, ask the host of your choice and have them confirm compliance with the provisions in writing before you conclude a contract. Involve your school’s official data protection officer in this process!
Please note the information on this topic stored on our server in the area of copyright and data protection in the school.
Only use WordPress (or similar software) on your school’s intranet and install it either on the school server or at BelWü.
Technical note on “one-click” installations
Many Internet hosters offer so-called “one-click” installations for standard software such as WordPress, which you can find via your domain’s administration interface.
The advantage of this functionality is certainly its simplicity.
However, the disadvantage of such installation methods with many hosters is that WordPress is only imported once in a specific version. WordPress updates that are necessary for security reasons are then often no longer made available via “one-click” functions, but must be carried out manually by the user.
You should therefore first find out from your hoster how they proceed with the import of necessary security updates for “one-click” installations and rather look for another option if security updates are not imported centrally.