UBC Blogs provides a platform for you to set up your own website using WordPress, a free open source tool for creating websites. Using UBC Blogs for your ePortfolio will enable you to tap in to on-campus support services, and you won’t have to pay a web-hosting fee.
If you aren’t familiar with UBC Blogs, their F.A.Q. page is an excellent resource. It explains terms like “dashboard,” “post” and “theme,” and will help you to familiarize yourself with the basics of this platform.
Directions for setting up a site on UBC Blogs:
1. Go to https://blogs.ubc.ca and click on “CWL Login” to login with your UBC CWL username and password.
2. Next, click on “Create a Website” and then type in your site name (in lowercase a-z only). Note that this will be your permanent URL and cannot be changed.
3. Then create a site title that reflects you and your interests. Note that unlike your site name, your site title can be changed at a later date. Some examples of site names (from the Example ePortfolios section) include:
- representation | expression | engagement
an ePortfolio by Camille Maydonik
- Evan R. Goodwin
Artist | Illustrator | Designer
- Making Connections; Solving Problems
A Human-Centered Design Portfolio
4. Under “Privacy,” choose to allow or restrict search engines to index your site. Click here for a detailed explanation of your privacy options.
5. Then click “Create Site” at the bottom of the page to save your changes.
6. Next, click “Dashboard” at the top left corner of the page. From there, navigate to “Settings” and then “Reading”. Under “Site Visibility,” select whether or not you’d like search engines to actively seek out your ePortfolio.
7. Finally, click “Save Changes.” You are now ready to customize your site or import the template.