You can use a custom domain name with your blog. This process in handled in partnership with IT services and a final configuration step you can manage within your blog/website.
Please note there are additional requirements when requesting a .ac.uk ending domain name.
1. Purchasing a domain name
This process is handled within IT services.
- Find the appropriate budget code to cover the cost of your domain
- Raise a request online or by email email@example.com
- Ensure your request includes the following information:
- FAO: IT Services admin team
- The domain name you want to purchase, e.g. www.example.org
- The number of years you wish the domain to last for
- The budget code to be used
- Include a follow up action, that once purchased the request needs to forwarded to IT SysOps Net-Naming team for configuration
- The DNS record needs an “A record” pointing to this IP address: 184.108.40.206 or the VM hosting blogs.ilrt.org
Warning: Domain name changes can take up to 48 hours to propagate around the internet, once they have been purchased.
2. Configuring your blog/website to use your domain
Only do this final step once your domain name is ready.
Log into your website, e.g. https://blog-name.blogs.ilrt.org/wp-login.php
- Click Tools
- Click Domain mapping
- In the “Add new domain” section carefully enter your domain name
- Tick the Primary domain for this blog checkbox
- Click Add
- You may wish to add alternative mappings, so you have covered accessing your domain with or without www. For instance, if you have used www.example.com as your domain you may want to also record example.com as an alternative domain mapping.
NB: You will need to log in as a Administrator level user of your blog to see this settings page.
WordPress has been updated to version 3.9.2.
The main changes relate to bug fixes and various improvements, such as:
- Theme browsing
- Visual editor
- Image editing
- Ability to create music and video playlists
The following plugins have been updated. If you use any of these plugins, please review your site for any changes.
The Links feature is now disabled in new WordPress websites by default. Please contact the Research IT team to have the links manager re-enabled for you.
NB: You will probably need to recreate your Links and activate the Links widget (Appearance > Widgets)
We currently have a 250MB size limit for uploaded media files. If you need more than this allotted amount, you can request more space. Please contact the Research IT team via https://servicedesk.bristol.ac.uk/tas/public/xfg/researchit or email the service desk using, firstname.lastname@example.org Please be sure to mention the url of your website, e.g. example.blogs.ilrt.org or example.org and approximately how much space you require.
The following plugins and themes have been updated. If you use any of these plugins or themes, please review your site for any changes.
We strongly recommend that you set up tracking of website statistics as soon as you create your website, as you will not be able to collect this data retrospectively.
You will need to use a dedicated third party service to generate reports for your website statistics. At present Google Analytics
is a very popular tool for tracking website statistics. However, there are alternative collection tools available, such as the open analytics platform, Piwik
Using Google Analytics
- You will need to register for a Google Analytics account: http://www.google.com/analytics/. You will not be able to use a @bristol.ac.uk email address to sign up without first requesting that this additional Google service is enabled on your UoB account. Please note you may be advised to set up a delegate Google account to manage the identity that owns your Google Analytics data. You may also opt to use a separate non UoB Google account.
- Once you have signed up you will need to set up your tracking code. More help can be found here: https://support.google.com/analytics/#topic=3544906
- Once you have done this you can then return to your blog and log in. Please note you will need to be a site administrator to complete the remaining steps.
- Click Plugins, from the left hand menu
- Search for “Google Analytics“
- Once you have found “Google Analytics by Yoast“, click Activate
- You should now have a new menu item, Analytics towards the top of the left hand menu
- Click Analytics > Settings
- From here you can manually enter your tracking code into the configuration page or authenticate with your Google account.
The following plugins have been updated.
NB: All plugin authors claim that their plugins are compatible with the currently installed version of WordPress.