The Fellowship blogging platform is available at http://blogs.fsfe.org.
This page has some basic instructions to use your blog, please read it carefully.
If you want, you can also have your blog added to the Fellowship Planet available in several languages (see below).
To start your blog, just login with your Fellow username and password at http://blogs.fsfe.org/wp-login.php, and the http://blogs.fsfe.org/USERNAME blog will be automatically created.
The Fellowship blogging platform is implemented with Wordpress, configured in multisite mode; this means that some blog features are limited, compared to a classic stand-alone Wordpress installation (for example, plugins and themes must be installed in a centralised way, see below).
If you are new to Wordpress and want to learn more, some useful starting points are:
If you are new to blogging, here's a good introductive article:
If you already know Wordpress (or even hacked on it!) and you have any suggestions about possible improvements to the platform, please have a look at the FellowshipHacks/Projects/Blog project.
Here you'll find some tips for using your Fellowship blog.
Tags, Categories and Languages
Organizing the content of your blog is important if you want people to find easily what they’re interested in. Tags also give your audience a clear idea of what you’re talking about precisely. However, you might be confused between tags and categories. Well, you’re not the only one in that case.
Moreover, we aren’t all English speakers, and most of us want to blog both in English and in our mother tongue.
So we came up with a quite simple solution. Tags are used to carry content, subjects, whereas Categories are used for languages (and if you want you can also use categories for classification).
Currently the following Wordpress themes are available:
Use the official colours of FSFE and/or the Fellowship
You can find the official Fellowship colours and other designer guidelines on the designer section of the website.
Wordpress plugins must be installed centrally by the system administrator, then each blogger can decide to enable them on his blog. So if you want to use a particular plugin, write to <fellowship AT fsfeurope DOT org> (please note that not all Wordpress plugins are compatible with the multiuser feature).
You can enable/disable plugins in the Plugins section of your blog administration dashboard.
Create your hackergotchi
A Hackergotchi is a picture of your head. If you don't have one, here is an howto with the GIMP. And if you need some inspiration take a look at Gnome’s hackergotchi heads, planet kde, planet debian, or other planets.
Get your blog into the FSFE Planet
If you want to get into this planet, please send an email to <fellowship-hackers AT fsfeurope DOT org> with the following information:
RSS feed for the language category, http://blogs.fsfe.org/USERNAME/?feed=rss2&cat=CATEGORY-ID. Note that you can play with the options to have a little more explicit RSS URL. If you are already using an external blogging platform, we can certainly add that RSS feed instead of your fellowship blog.
- Optionally: Your Hackergotchi, in 80×80 px and PNG format
Some notes about categories
There are no common or "agreed" categories for languages across the planet or in the Fellowship blogging platform. Instead, you assign a category of your choosing to represent each of your blogging languages, and then you include the numeric identifier of that category in the URL sent to the mail address above. To find out what the identifier is in Wordpress, just look for the category in the list of categories displayed alongside your posts and see what the hyperlink contains. Indeed, just copying that link, which will look like this...
...and adding &feed=rss2 to the end of it will give you a usable URL for the planet.
If you are already blogging to one of the planets and didn't use a language category to start with, but you then find yourself wanting to blog in another language, you can create a language category and then assign it to many of your existing posts at once in the Wordpress authoring interface. To do the latter update, choose the "Posts" section of the interface, select as many as you need to change, choose "Edit" from the "Bulk Actions" menu and click "Apply", and then select your new language category. Finally, click "Update" to add the category to the selected posts. (This is described in the documentation for the "Posts" screen.)
After updating the categorisation of your posts, you will need to tell the Fellowship Planet maintainers the updated URL for your language-specific posts using the mail address given above.
To fight spam in your blog comments, we provide some wordpress antispam plugins: you can test them and use the one(s) you prefer.
- A free collaborative antispam service
See instructions here: http://blogspam.net/plugins/
- Another collaborative antispam service; you'll need to request an API key (this is free for personal non-commercial use!)
- This plugin is not actively maintained anymore (so you could get some warning messages), but it still does quite a good job.
If you have other antispam suggestions please let us know!