Request a Blog

The Princeton University Blog Service supports blogs related to teaching, research, and communication outreach for University groups and programs. At this time, we do not support individual blogs of a non-academic nature (i.e. personal blogs).

Staff or faculty members who would like a blog for their organization should fill out the Blog Site Request form (PU netID login required).

Student organizations who need a blog should read the relevant section below, then fill out the Student Organization Blog Request form (Google Docs form).

Those interested in course blogs and personal blogs should read the corresponding sections below.

Student organization blogs

ODUS blogs

Through special arrangement with Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, the blog service is available to all officially recognized student organizations and publications, including those sponsored by ODUS, ORL, and PACE. ODUS serves as both the primary administrative contact and support conduit for student organizations that may desire a blog site.

It is against University policy to collect ad revenue (affiliate programs, Adsense, or other pay-per-click services) from pages served off of University servers. An externally hosted solution is the best option for organizations that wish to generate money from their websites.

Course blogs

Requests for blogs associated with courses offered at Princeton may be requested by filling out the Blog Site Request form (PU netID login required). Please indicate the course ID (for example ART123_S2011) in the Desired Blog Directory Name field in the form. A staff member from the Educational Technologies Center will create the course blog within two business days. The instructors of the course will be added as administrators of the course blog and will be sent instructions for accessing and using the course blog.

Personal Blogs

While the Princeton University Blog Service does not currently support personal blogs, the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) does provide a PHP/MySQL environment where you can install your own blog software. WordPress is the best PHP-based solution for individual blogs. OIT Knowledge Base article 9732 has information on how to set up a PHP/MySQL environment that runs right from your home file directory via the WebScript server.

Many external blog hosting providers have free or low-cost offerings. Popular options include Typepad, Blogger, and Wordpress.com.

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