Received an email about Jetpack?

Some users of blogs.tees might have received an email from “Jetpack by WordPress.com” letting them know that there’s a critical security update for the Jetpack plugin.

Although the email gives instructions on how you can update the plugin you don’t have to follow them as we’ve already done this for you.

As a managed service, we look after all of the plugins available on your blogs.tees site and we took the necessary steps to install the upgrade on 10/04/2014 when the vulnerability was announced.

The vulnerability has nothing to do with the “Heartbleed” vulnerability that has been talked about recently in the media and there is no need to change your password because of this (although it’s always a good idea to regularly do so).

If you have any questions please email: blogs@tees.ac.uk.

We’ve updated blogs.tees…

We recently updated the software that runs blogs.tees. The ways that you use blogs.tees shouldn’t have change too dramatically but it does now have a slightly different administration Dashboard.

Most of the things you know and use are in the same place, but the Dashboard has a more modern, mobile device friendly design. For an overview of the changes, the video below should show the main differences.

As you can see, most things are in the same place as before and you shouldn’t notice any difference in how you go about creating posts and pages.

If you have any questions please email blogs@tees.ac.uk.

Contact Us

If you’re having issues or need some help usually your problem can be solved by reading the User Guide.

If you’re still stuck please fill in the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Jetpack ‘Site Stats’

Once you have enabled Jetpack on your blog you can view ‘Site Stats’. Site Stats lets you view information about your blog, including the number of visitors, popular pages and how visitors found your blog.

‘Site Stats’ works without any configuration, however you might want to change some of the advanced settings to suit your needs.

How to view ‘Site Stats’

  1. If you are not already logged into your blog, click the ‘log in’ link from the main page of blogs.tees.
  2. Enter your username and password then click ‘Log In’
  3. From the Dashboard menu click ‘Jetpack’
  4. Click the ‘Site Stats’ link in the ‘Jetpack’ section of the Dashboard menu.
  5. You will then be taken to the ‘Site Stats’ for your blog.

How to change advanced settings for ‘Site Stats’

  1. From the Dashboard menu click ‘Jetpack’
  2. Click the ‘Configure’ icon for ‘WordPress.com Stats’.
  3. On this page you can configure advanced settings for the ‘Site Stats’.
    It is recommended to change the following options:

    • Smiley – Place a tick in the ‘Hide the stats smiley face image’ option.

    Click ‘Save configuration’ to save the changes.

Enabling Jetpack on your blog

Jetpack is a plugin for WordPress that adds a number of features you might find useful for your blog. These include Statistics, Social Sharing, Shortcodes and extra widgets, for more information on all of the features, click here.

To enable Jetpack on your blog do the following:

  1. If you are not already logged into your blog, click the ‘log in’ link from the main page of blogs.tees.
  2. Enter your username and password then click ‘Log In’
  3. On your blog Dashboard you’ll see a banner for Jetpack, click the ‘Learn More’ icon.
  4. Click the ‘Connect to WordPress.com’ icon.
  5. If you already have a WordPress.com account enter your username and password here, click ‘Authorize Jetpack’ and skip to step 9. If you don’t, click the ‘Need an account?’ link on the left.
  6. On the next page your email address should already be entered, choose a username and enter a password. Click the ‘Sign up’ button.
  7. WordPress.com will now send you an email, once received click the ‘Activate Account’ link contained within it which will take you back to the account signup process.
  8. Click the ‘Authorize Jetpack’ icon.
  9. You should now see the ‘Connected to WordPress.com’ message on the top banner, you can now activate or configure Jetpack features. For more information on these visit the Jetpack ‘About‘ page.