Monthly Archives: January 2015

Assign different roles to people who contribute to your blog

To ensure you may always have control of your blog you should assign roles carefully to the people who write for you:

  • contributor
  • author
  • editor
  • admin

They all have different levels of access to your blog.

If the primary admin changes job or is otherwise unavailable, you will still want to have access to the page. And anyone can have their WordPress account compromised. You might get hacked, and it is easy to forget your login – then blogs under your control are in jeopardy. Therefore you should give more than one person admin rights.

If possible you should require all require all admins to have 2-factor authentication (sometimes called login approval or verification) enabled on their WordPress account. This requires users to enter a code they receive via text message if WordPress doesn’t recognise the device they are logging in from. So, even if a hacker obtains their password, they still wouldn’t be able to access their WordPress account (and your blog) without the code.

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Don’t feed the trolls!

In a previous post we mentioned Dr Melissa Terras’ excellent presentation about ‘Is blogging and tweeting… worth it?’ – in the same presentation Melissa very openly and honestly examined her experience of the nastier side to having an online presence.

Dr Melissa Terras

Audio and video podcasts are available of Dr Melissa Terras presenting “Is blogging and tweeting about research papers worth it?”

What can go wrong?

Blogging about an academic study should provoke discussion with comments on your blog, and (as we wrote in a previous post) you have a responsibility to label your tolerance and response to negative comments. Dr Melissa Terras, UCL speaks about Is blogging and tweeting about research papers worth it? The Verdict. (Also available as audio or video podcasts podcasts in the University of Oxford Engage series.)

When Melissa became the subject of inappropriate comments and other activity designed to rubbish her reputation she found it hard to cope. Reflecting back Melissa has a number of suggestions for how to react:

  • Don’t feed the trolls!
  • If you know someone who is behaving badly: tell them.
  • Take the conversation offline, and talk directly, or find an intermediary who can do so for you.

This is part of the first series of posts about securing your blog.

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