About Brown Blogs

The BrownBlogs service is based on the WordPress blogging platform. BrownBlogs is optimized for blogging.  If you need a website, please use BrownSites. If you’re not sure of the best solution for your needs, contact us.

How to request a blog

To be eligible for a blog, you simply need to have an active Brown username. Each faculty member, staff member or student is eligible for one personal blog. If you are in charge of a department or group, you may request a blog for your group.

Request a course blog from courses.brown.edu

Request a personal or group blog

Where to log in


How long will my blog stay at Brown?

At least as long as you do. If you own a personal blog, one with your Brown username in the URL, it will go away when you leave the University. So if you want to keep it, export the content before you leave and import that into a WordPress blog somewhere else.

If your blog is for a group or department, the blog will stay active on the server for as long as there is someone to maintain it. Once all the users with the “administrator” role have left the university, the blog is eligible to be removed from the server.

Can I import my blog from elsewhere into Brown Blogs?

Yes. We have a WordPress Importer plugin available. Log in to your blog’s dashboard, and under the Plugins, use the WordPress Importer.

Can I add users to my blog?

Yes. However, we need you to add them in what is referred to as the “EPPN format.” An EPPN looks like an email address and in some cases may be, but at Brown they are not. The format is [email protected] For example, Josiah Carberry’s EPPN is [email protected] If you add a user with just the username and not the EPPN, the user will not be able to access your blog.

To actually add the user, log in to your blog’s dashboard, click on the lower left Users menu and add the EPPN and email address of the user.

What are the roles I can use for my blog users?

  • Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features
  • Editor – Somebody who can publish posts, manage posts as well as manage other people’s posts, etc.
  • Author – Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts
  • Contributor – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish posts
  • Subscriber – Somebody who can read comments/comment/receive news letters, etc.

Do you allow me to add groups of people to my blog?

Yes. The only problem is knowing what is the full proper name of the group you want to add. If the group is one that is maintained by Brown, such as enrollment for a course or an entire class year, contact the Help Desk for information on what the group name is and if you have permission to use that group for your blog, we’ll get the name to you.

Can I edit the author name in my blog?

By default, your WordPress blog can use several variations of your name, as it is listed in Brown’s directory. You can override these limitations and have full control of your author name by activating the Smart Custom Display Name plugin in your Dashboard. This plugin should be used to customize an author’s name on an individual blog. It does not provide author anonymity.