UThink Blog Upgrade: Useful Features

You have probably noticed a change in the blog interfaces of your favorite UMN pages. The latest UThink blog upgrade completely changed the look and added new functionality which might be useful to you.

UMN blogs now have:


  • New templates that display recent activity, file uploads (like podcasting), comments, etc.

  • Widgets including tag clouds, slide show presentations, and tagging.

  • Interface upgrades like WYSISYG editing capabilities and easy media upload.


If you have an older blog and would like to upgrade to use the new features, try these instructions.

Do you need a website for your lab or group? Since the change on June 15th UThink blogs are now capable to four blog "types" that can be customized to:


  1. Classic: traditional blog with upgrades listed above

  2. Forum: This type of page creates treads where multiple people can add entries and make comments on. Each member of the forum can upload avatars, limit access (private space), and vote on topics to rise them to the top of the page.

  3. Community: This type has similar features to the forum, but orders the posts chronologically, perfect for a class. Students can interact on the assignments throughout the semester.

  4. Website: the content management system allows uploads and management of assest(images, files, media), a database widget can be customized to organize your information, and the built-in pages (Home, About, Contact, Blog) can be easily customized to give you a professional-looking website quickly and easily.

To learn more about how UThink might fill you web-presence needs, check out the FAQ .