Users can create personal sites, group or course sites, and departmental sites. Personal sites might be used to create a portfolio or discuss topics of interest. Departmental sites might include information about faculty, events and more. For each type of site, there might be multiple administrators and other roles.
Creating group or course sites allow you to share access and responsibility for your site with colleagues or students. Group sites are particularly useful for labs, projects, student organizations, and courses. Using a separate site for groups or courses allows each person to keep their personal space - and lastname.# url - for their own purposes. In particular, we encourage instructors to use these strategies for courses instead of having the students use their personal sites for assignments.
Here are the basic steps to think about while creating a site:
Create an additional site. See Creating a Site detailed instructions. By default, your dashboard opens to your personal U.OSU site. From your initial site, you can switch into any additional sites to which you have access by clicking My Sites.
There are a couple strategies you may want to keep in mind if you plan to use course sites for multiple semesters.
You can reuse one site (e.g., Astronomy 1001) multiple times. Simply delete all posts and comments at the end of the semester. If you plan to do so, give your site a general name (e.g., u.osu.edu/astronomy1001yourlastname).
You can create a new site each semester. Since you cannot reuse the same site name more than once, name your site with the corresponding semester, course and section information if applicable (e.g., sp14astronomy100102).
Add Users to your site. See Managing Users and Roles in U.OSU for detailed instructions. Before you can add users to your site, your colleagues or students first need to login at http://u.osu.edu to activate their account. This will also activate their own personal U.OSU site.
There are five roles from which you can choose to add users to your site: administrator, editor, author, contributor and subscriber.
Set the privacy settings. See Privacy Settings for detailed instructions.
There are a spectrum of privacy settings from which to choose, ranging from settings that limit search engine indexing of your site to settings that limit visitor access. Choose the appropriate setting for your site. This consideration is especially pertinent for course sites.
Set your site's comment settings. See Turning Comments On / Off for detailed instructions. Keep in mind that each post and page has settings for comments that can override the site's overall comment settings.
Customize your site. See Customizing Your Site (Themes & Branding), Using Widgets and Menus for details. Depending on the purpose of your site, you may wish to create a static homepage.
Add content! If you have existing content you would like to import, see Importing / Exporting from an Existing Site.