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What is Blogs@NTU?

Blogs@NTU is a platform managed by the Office of Knowledge, Information & Library Services for the Nanyang Technological University community. It can be used for a multitude of purposes such as showcasing your research, provide learning opportunities, promote programmes and participate in global communication.

Leveraging on the popular WordPress platform, it is easy for a user to start a blog. With our 24/7 self-help guides available online, users may find the answers to their questions speedily with minimal waiting time. To apply for a blog, the user must be a current NTU staff or student. Approval is on a case-to-case basis.

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Academic & Research

Comprising of academic profiles, research sites, course blogs, showcases, graduate student blogs and community sites.

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Administrative & Others

Includes library blogs, administrative office sites, and other non-academic/non-research blogs.

What You Need To Know

Only current NTU staff and students may apply for a blog. Approval is on a case-to-case basis. Blogs for academic and research use are usually accepted. Upon leaving the University, users will not be able to access the blog.

Themes

We have a range of different themes available including the highly customisable Divi theme. Installation of new themes is not allowed as well as access to server files.

Plugins

A variety of useful plugins are available for activation. Blog admins may either activate plugins or submit a request. Installation of external plugins is not possible.

Online Guides

Need help? We have a range of self-help guides available online. Can’t find what you are looking for? Reach out to us by submitting an enquiry via our email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s some answers to the questions that you may have about the Blogs@NTU.

About Blogs@NTU

We are using WordPress. Blogs are hosted externally and maintained by a vendor who will ensure the security and integrity of our multisite network. A valid NTU network account is required to successfully login to our Blogs@NTU platform. Login is not required for blogs that were set as ‘public’.

All blog users are expected to comply with the University’s policies and guidelines namely, Social Media PolicyCorporate Identity and IT Usage Policy. Users will be personally liable for any infringement of Copyright and Licensing laws. We reserve the right to retrospectively edit or remove any content (text, images, etc.) without consulting the content owner/author upon advice from the schools or NTU offices. 

Login

To login, please click on the Log In link at the top left corner of the blog or append “wp-admin” at the blog address. For example, “blogs.ntu.edu.sg/yourblog/wp-admin”. You must have a valid NTU network account and be registered to the Blogs@NTU as a user.

 

Can’t login?

If you encountered login issues, please do the following before trying again:

  1. Verify that your NTU username and password is correct.
  2. Empty the cache or browsing history.
  3. Completely exit the browser (closing tabs may not exit the app).
  4. Use incognito or private browsing mode.
  5. Use a different browser than the one you had used previously.
  6. Use a different computer or device.

If successful, it was likely a cache or browser issue rather than network issue.

Should your attempts failed, please email us screen captures leading to the error page as well as any error messages that you had received. Alternatively, you may make an appointment with us to troubleshoot the login issue together. To make an appointment, please email us your preferred date and time. We could meet you at our office (NS1-B3S-18) during office hours.

For NTU network password reset, please click here.

Blog Request

All current NTU staff and students may request for a blog. Please email us using your NTU email the details. Approval is on a case-to-case basis and must fall under academic, research or administrative purposes. Blogs that are ‘personal’ in nature (e.g. an online diary) will be declined. NTU alumni and staff or students from NIE/RSIS are not eligible.

 

Request Information

The following details must be provided upon request.

  • What is the blog’s purpose?
  • Which category do you think your blog falls into? Academic, Research or Administrative?
  • If approved, what is your preferred blog address?
  • What is the title of the blog?
  • Who will be the blog admin(s)? Please provide NTU email addresses. Additional users may be added later.
  • Who will be designing and developing the blog?
  • Indicate expected deadlines. 

 

Custom Domain

We no longer accept custom domain requests except for those with the suffix “ntu.edu.sg”. Users should submit a request to CITS. Once approved by CITS, we will map the domain to the blog. Users are responsible and liable for all fees related to the custom domain.

 

Blog Access and Export

Upon leaving the University and cessation of NTU network account, blog users will no longer be able to access the blogs. The blog may be exported and imported to an external WordPress platform (such as wordpress.com) in XML format. Media files must be exported/imported and relinked manually.

We do not provide any support for external WordPress platforms including export/import and relinking services.

Design & Development

Blogs are provided as-is. Users are expected to design, develop and populate content themselves.

 

Themes and Plugins

Installation of themes and plugins are disabled. However, blog admins may request to activate existing themes and plugins. Access to server files is prohibited. However, blog admins may customised their blogs using custom CSS and the Divi theme. Insertion of scripts is possible but not guaranteed.

 

Design and Development

We don’t provide the following services:

  • Blog design.
  • Blog development.
  • Populate content.
  • Update content.
  • Troubleshooting for customised blog.
  • Troubleshooting for customised plugin (e.g. Formidable Form).

Blog admins may engage other NTU users to design and develop the blog. It is also possible to pay an external vendor to design and develop the blog. However, blog admin must apply for a temporary NTU network account on behalf of the vendor. Issues arising from the vendor’s design and development must be routed to the vendor or resolved by the blog admins themselves.

 

Special Projects

For special projects that require our involvement, please submit a detailed project proposal for discussion.

  • Executive summary.
  • Goals and objectives.
  • Proposed start date, timeframes and deadline.
  • Resources, skills and manpower requirements.
  • Budget and costs.
  • Expected results of the project.

We will carefully consider the proposal based on its own merit, our limited resources and manpower needs. 

 

NTU Logo and Branding

Blog admins who wish to incorporate our NTU logo and branding into the blog must get prior approval from our Corporate Communication Office. Please adhere to their guidelines to ensure consistency and professionalism with our NTU brand.

Leaving the University

Before Leaving

Upon leaving the university, staff and students may not be able to access the dashboard of their blogs as a valid NTU user account is required. Future additions or edits are no longer possible. Please ensure that you had exported your blog beforehand. Should you wish to deactivate your blog, please email us your request using your NTU email. Do note that deactivated blogs are not deleted but archived – meaning, it will not be viewable nor accessible.

 

Exporting Your Blog

You may export your blog in XML format and import it to an external WordPress platform (such as wordpress.com). You must be the blog admin to do this. Please note that media files (images, videos, documents, etc) must be exported and imported to the new blog manually. Pages and posts that linked to these files must be relinked to it’s new location.

We do not provide any support for external WordPress platforms including export/import and relinking services.

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