Sunday, 20 October 2013 06:29

Add a Blog RSS Feed to Mahara Portfolio

How to Add a Blog RSS Feed to Mahara Portfolio

  • Go to your blog, scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the text that says, Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)

google blog rss

  • A new page will open with the address to the RSS feed.
    • An RSS feed is a link to an XML formatted version of your blog. This will allow the blog feed to update automatically where you use the link to the feed.
    • It also allows the blog site to display only the post, not the entire blog site, in another page.

google blog copyrss

  • Copy the address of the blog feed from the address bar of the browser.
  • Go to MAHARA and open the page where you want to display your blog.
    • You will need to EDIT the page.
    • Refer to the section on adding or creating pages or collection to your portfolio for further information on how to do this.
  • Click on the EDIT CONTENT tab and then drag and drop the External Feed block to your page.

mahara edit rss

  • These are the most important options for the blog.

mahara add rssfeed

  • You will see other options, which you can leave as default if you prefer.
  • Paste the address of the feed into the FEED LOCATION box.
    • You may want to edit the layout of the page to allow for a wider column layout.
Sunday, 20 October 2013 04:18

Create a Blog using Google Blogger

Create a Blog using Google Blogger

  • Go to Google and sign in. Under the Tools menu, click on MORE and you will see the icon for Blogger:

google tools more

  • Once the Blogger page opens, click on New Blog.

google newblog

  • You will be asked to give your blog a title and a web address.

google blog title

  • In the title, you can give the blog a descriptive, but short name. Your blog name should indicate its purpose and semester.
    • For example, you can call it, My Reflective Journals - Semester 2, 2014.
  • In the Address, use a name that is easy to remember. It also has to be unique.
  • Once you have created the blog, you can set many different options including the template and side bar.
  • Many of the settings can be left as default. However, you should look over them to be familiar with the privacy settings.
  • Please note - the proxy server at the college may prevent you from creating a blog. You may have to repeat this process at home.


Post by Email

You can create a post for your blog via email from your smart phone or tablet if you so desire. You can also insert an image or two via email as well.


  • Click on SETTINGS and then click on Mobile and Email

google blog settings

  • Once in the settings, you can set up your blog to allow you to post to your blog from your mobile device.

google blog mobile

  • You can create an email address to which you can send your posts from your phone.
    • Add a word in the email box. It should be something easy to remember.
    • Then, add the email address to your phone contacts. Call the new contact, Blogger.
    • Test it by taking a photo with your phone and then emailing it to the blog.
    • The subject of the email will be the title of the post. Any words you type into the message box will appear in the body of the post.

google blog final