The umlaw.net domain is available to any administrator, regular faculty, writing instuctor, or adjunct faculty member at the University of Miami law school who wishes to host a blog or a wiki related to the mission of the University of Miami School of Law (broadly defined). While well-suited for a blog related to a class, a legal issue, teaching, a law school committee, or to a subject area of the law, this resource is probably not best suited for purely personal blogs that are not predominantly law-related. Requests from authorized student groups will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Other web-based (server-side) tools may also be available on request.
We use the current version of Wordpress for blogs. You can find out more about Wordpress from the Online Manual.
We use the current version of MediaWiki for wikis. You can learn more about MediaWiki from the MediaWiki Handbook.
Send an e-mail request for a blog to firstname.lastname@example.org. In this message, please include the following information:
If you are in doubt, we recommend starting with a policy that you are the only author, and anyone can comment without requiring your manual approval, but names and email addresses are required.
Authoring (Choose one)
Commenting (Choose one)
- I will be the only author
- I will share authoring with one or more people (please include contact info for them, and their user name and password)
- Anyone who registers on the blog, including students, can post front-page articles, but they won't appear until I approve them
Identification of commentators (chose one)
- No comments on blog postings allowed
- Before a comment appears an administrator must approve the comment
- Readers can posts comments at will
- Before a comment appears comment author must fill out name and e-mail
- Before a comment appears comment author must have a previously approved comment (others will be held for approval)
- Before a comment appears comment author must fill out name and e-mail AND must have a previously approved comment (others will be held for approval)
- Identification is optional: anonymous posting is allowed
If your email request is not promptly acknowledged as received, please call Michael Froomkin at 305 284 4285. Please allow three business days from acknowledgment of receipt for installation to take place and for the new web site's domain name information to propagate to your internet service provider. [Note: response time may be substantially slower during academic holiday periods.]Blog Administration
Once the blog is created, you will be sent an email with further instructions as to how to log on to it, how to customize it should you wish to do so, and how to create blog posts. The basic interface is very simple, much like a stripped-down version of Word, and you should find it very easy to use.
You are the blog administrator. By default when your blog is set up, you are the only one that can post information on the front (or main page) of the blog. You will, however, be able to grant posting privileges to others if you so choose.
The procedure for requesting a wiki is basically the same as steps one through eight for a blog. Please note that we do not provide any themes other than those shipped with the default install of MediaWiki.
A blog or wiki created pursuant to this request will produce web pages that are publicly accessible and can be viewed by anyone with Internet access. It is possible to provide a very limited form of password protection, using a single shared user ID and password to block public access to your blog or wiki, but anything more than a very basic level of security will require you, as blog/wiki administrator, to take on a substantial amount of administration of permissions.
Ver. 1.2 (rev. 8/2/06)