PrimaryBlogger November 2011 Update

It’s that time again, time for us to let you know what we’ve been up to behind the scenes to make PrimaryBlogger better, easier to use and safer for all our users.

This month we’ve concentrated on cleaning, tidying and optimising rather than adding lots of new features. The downside is there isn’t much to report with new plugins and themes, but the upside is PrimaryBlogger is now faster and more stable than ever!

We’ve made some of our many plugins enabled by default so you don’t have to do anything to enjoy more functionality. We’ve enabled the Members plugin, which allows you to easily create new roles for your users and make pages, posts, forums and all other content restricted to any or as many user groups you like. These new features are available from the Users settings section in the wp-admin area. As another bonus privacy feature we’ve enabled the More Privacy Options plugin, which allows you to password protect your blog, allow only blog members to view content or make your blog visible to only blog administrators. You can view these new options in your wp-admin area under Settings > Privacy.

Some more great news, we’ll soon be creating lots of easy to follow guides for how to make the most of PrimaryBlogger. Guides listing details of how to view stats on your blog with Google Analytics, moving your comments to Disqus – enabling a more social experience on your blog and guides on how to use our many other plugins, so keep an eye out for those on this blog or on our Twitter account @PrimaryBlogger.

We’ve cut down spam massively by adding a new layer of protection in the form of the Akismet plugin, you might see it’s name pop up in the wp-admin area if you look closely. You don’t have to do anything with it, it just protects you from spam automatically making moderating your blogs even easier!

Finally we will soon be phasing a lot of our older themes out and replacing them with far more appealing ones, that you and your pupils will love. This is due to the software we use is always adding new features and some themes stop working with updates, we want your experience to be without flaws so this is to make sure you are up and running 100% of the time. We will email you if your blog is going to be affected and give you some time to change them. More information on this soon.

So that’s it for this months instalment. If you have any feedback, let us know in the comments or give us a shout on Twitter @PrimaryBlogger.

P.S. Want to be featured on our home page at Send us a link to your PrimaryBlogger blog and your school logo and we’ll get you up there!

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