A URL, or blog/site address, is an important consideration. By default, sites on the commons are appended with .commons.hwdsb.on.ca in the same way that a site on blogspot would end with .blogspot.com.
- Choosing a short URL is a good strategy, because it will be easily remembered by your audience
- Avoid using a year in your URL. Your site can be re-purposed year after year, so calling it jarbenne2012.commons… will become outdated quickly
- If you are setting up the blog for professional use, avoid using the grade you are teaching. Identifying yourself as Grade1bennett.commons… will be problematic if you are suddenly assigned a different grade
- Because the URLs on the commons are distributed as a first come, first served model, coming up with a good name for your learning space might be a good strategy. Clarence Fisher (@glassbeed) refers to his classroom as the “idea hive”: I’m kinda jealous.
- URLs can’t have spaces. Spaces in a URL request are rendered as dashes, and make your URL longer than it needs to be. The format of the web consists of words without spaces: adhere to that
- Students are permitted one site on the Commons, and the URL must adhere to the format username####.commons.hwdsb.on.ca
- Teachers can add students as Members of a group blog: check out the Managing Users area of this site for more details
- We do have the ability to map custom domains to the commons, so if you own your own domain, you can use the commons as a hosting platform: mrjarbenne.ca is a blog on the commons with a mapped domain.
If you are ready to go, head over to the SITE REQUEST FORM and request a site. The form is processed every 24HRS. Once processed, the blog will appear under the My Sites menu at the top of the page.