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What is Projects unedited?

What is Projects unedited?

Projects unedited is a place for artists to discuss their practice and experiences through personal blogs about the projects they're working on, as they happen, wherever they happen.

Questions & answers

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help & FAQs Who can post blogs in projects unedited

All those with a personal login (username and password) can post blogs in Artists talking/degrees unedited blogs. This maybe a user registration or a current or expired subscription. If you access the site through a university JISC subscription or through IP authentication (single-network subscription) where the user can not be individually recognised you will be unable to make any posts to the site and you will not be shown any menus to do so. You can however still make posts by taking out a user registration.

help & FAQs How do I start a blog?

Go to www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking

To start a blog you need to be either a subscriber to a-n or a registered user. Subscribers have access to the full range of a-n resources and services. Registered users can contribute to a-n's 'unedited' features but do not get access to any of the subscriber only resources.

  • Already a subscriber or registered user? Login by entering your Username and Password.
  • Not yet a subscriber or registered user? Go to www.a-n.co.uk/subscribe
  • Click on Projects unedited tab at the top of the page. Scroll down and click the Start a blog tab on the right hand side. This will open up a new page with blank fields labeled Blog title and Personal link identifier.
  • Complete as many of the fields in the form as you can - they are designed to explain to the reader what your blog is about.
  • Agree to the terms of use (you will be unable to publish your blog without doing this).
  • Save your blog by clicking Save and preview.
  • When you are happy with your blog click Publish blog.

Your blog is now live.

help & FAQs I have started a blog but can't see how to add posts to it.

Assuming you have logged in and navigated to the blog pages:

  • Under “Have your say” (in grey right-hand column) click “My blogs”
  • Click on the name of your blog (in main column) 
  • Under “This project blog” (in grey right-hand column) click “Add a post”
  • Enter your post and Save

help & FAQs How can I add an image to the blog introduction?

You can't directly. But you can add up to five images to each of your subsequent posts. The last image you add to your posts is the image that shows next to the blog introduction. In this way the image is constantly refreshed as you add new images to your posts.

help & FAQs How do you add images to the posts?

Assuming you have logged in and navigated to the blog section:

  • Under “Have your say” (in grey right-hand column) click “My blogs”
  • From the main column click the post you want to add an image to
  • Under “This post” (in grey right-hand column) click “Add image”
  • Upload image from local hard-disk - it will be sized automatically
  • Enter image caption details
  • Save image

help & FAQs How do I receive email notifications when new comments are added to my blog?

From www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking go to My blogs.

  • Click Manage my blogs and select the blog you want to alter.
  • Click Edit blog intro.
  • Scroll down to Email notification and click [ ] Enabled.
    If you no longer want to receive notifications click [ ] Disabled.

help & FAQs We are two artists, doing a collaborative piece. How do we start a blog to which we both can contribute?

Register with something like First name : (one person's names) & Last name : (other person's names).To register in this way you must not login first under any existing account. And you must use a new username. And then you share the login - it won't say which one of you submited each post but you can add at the top or bottom of each post something like "Posted by: (initials)". The only other issue is that the system allows only one email address to send notifications of added comments - you could set up a free web-based email account that you can both share solely for this purpose.

help & FAQs I have received an email notification about a comment posted on my blog but it has not appeared on the website.

Email notifications are automatically sent when a comment is published. However the comment writer may rethink what they have written and delete their comment before the blog writer has had the opportunity to view it.

help & FAQs If I delete my blog can I retreive it if I change my mind?

No, if you choose to delete your blog it will be deleted from the website database and cannot be retreived.

Using the Unpublish option is safer as this removes the blog from public view, but it remains on the website database for you to access or re-publish  it again if you want to.

help & FAQs How do I create a personalised URL link to my blog?

From www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking go to My blogs.

  • Click Manage my blogs and select the blog you want to alter.
  • Click Edit blog intro then Personal link identifier.
  • Type in the word you want to appear at the end of the URL (for example if you enter joe_bloggs, your personalised link would be www.a-n.co.uk/link/joe_bloggs
  • Click Save and preview.

help & FAQs The personalised URL link I am using goes to the Artists talking home page rather than to my blog.

The program running the website treats URLs in a case sensitive way (it regards A as different from a)  - check that your link and your personal identifier are exactly the same.

help & FAQs When I first started my blog I decided to not allow comments but would now like to change this - how?

After you have created a blog you can still amend these settings by going to My blogs and select the blog concerned and then click Edit blog intro. There are two settings - whether or not you want to allow comments and whether or not you want to receive email notifications of any comments added.

Note: If once comments have been added to your blog - you can not turn them off again.

help & FAQs I've started a blog and can't see if there is a way to be notified when comments are posted and whether I can reply?

When you create a new blog there are options to set whether or not you want your blog to be open to comments and whether or not you want to receive email notifications whenever someone adds a comments. After you have created a blog you can still amend these settings by going to My blogs and select the blog concerned. Then click Edit blog intro.

Note: If comments have already been added to your blog - you can not turn them off.

help & FAQs How do I add video to my blog?

Videos must be hosted by an external source such as YouTube » or Vimeo »

You need to register for a free YouTube account in order to upload content. YouTube automatically converts your video files into Flash and provides you with the Video embed code (HTML code) required to upload video to your Projects unedited blog.

Once your video has been uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo click Embed link which will provide you with the Video embed code.

Go to www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking and click My blogs.

  • From Manage my blogs select the blog you want to add video to.
  • Click Add a post.
  • Scroll down the page and click Add video.
  • Enter the Video embed code along with a description of your video.
  • Click Save and preview.

help & FAQs Have you any plans to add an audio option to your site?

We hope to be able to do this in future.

help & FAQs I have updated my online profile but it didn't go live.

1. You can have a generic profile that will be the default for all articles you post on the site. This is the profile in Join in > My account > My online profile

2. When you post an article you have the opportunity to use a profile that can be tailored specifically for that one article. This setting can be found in the add and edit functions for the Blog intros. This article-specific will only be shown alongside that particular article.

3. The above add or edit tool contains an option which allows you to copy the article-specific profile to your default profile, ie the one in Join in > My account > My online profile. This will then be shown alongside all articles you have made except for those that you have added an article-specific profile.

help & FAQs I have just started a blog and put two posts on but they are not appearing on the website.

If you don't see you blog on the website it's likely that  you haven't yet published it. You need to publish the publish the blog intro before it along with each of its published posts appears on the website.

1. Log in and go to: http://www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking/projects/myProjects
2. Click the blog
3. Click Publish blog from the user control panel on the right

help & FAQs How do I unpublish my blog?

To remove your blog from the website, simply login to www.a-n.co.uk go to the Artists talking page. Then select ‘My blogs’ which is located in the menu on the left hand side. This will open up your blog posts, select the blog heading at the top of the list. You will then be taken into a different screen and from here select ‘Unpublish blog’ on the right hand side of the screen. 

Using the Unpublish removes the blog from public view, but it remains on the website database for you to access or re-publish it again if you want to.