Creating Your Blog Site on Civatar

Civatar is a blogging site. You don’t have to create your own site to be here, it makes it a log easier to blog though, and the system is set up to make getting started with your own blog as easy as possible. This post will describe what it takes to make a site, how to modify it is the subject of other posts, but at its simplest, you create the site than hit “new” then “Post” and you have started blogging.

To start this process, click on the Sites tab then on the link “Create New Site”

That will bring up this screen. In the Site Name box, you need to type a single word, lower case, no spaces or special characters. Numbers are OK. The reason for that I’ll explain below, but essentially that is the URL for your site.

So Site Name for example, could be nutsyandtheegg and Site Title could be Nutsy And The Egg

They don’t have to match, but the Site Name DOES have to be unique – if somebody else used it already on this site, you can’t, and you will get an error, so keep that in mind

Here’s what it looks like after the site is created:

Notice “Nutsy and the Egg shoes up as the name of the site on the Browser Tab, as well as being the name of the site on the banner. nutsyandtheegg is part of the URL, https://civatar/nutsyandtheegg/

That’s the reason there can be no spaces or special characters in it.

I’d also like to point out that if you want to invite someone to visit your site without going to civatar first, just give them that URL, it will take them directly to your site, they don’t have to go directly to civatar first.

OK, one last issue and we are done:

This is where you decide whether you want your site to be publicly listed. Now keep in mind, you site is NOT entirely private if you click “No”, search engines however should not list it in a search, and it will not show up on the site listings at Civatar except for you and the super admins, which at the moment is me.

It is still findable if you have the URL to the site, and if you give that URL to somebody, they can get to your site.

The last item is if you choose to make it private as you work on it, I have to flip a switch for you to make it public afterwards. No big deal, I just have to check a checkbox, just let me know.

That’s it, two text boxes to fill, one radio button to choose, then hit that CREATE SITE box and you are on your way!

Last note: What you really have there is your own wordpress site. You can play with customization, menus, categories, pages, anything you can do on a wordpress site except for install your own plugins. That has to be done at the network level.

And if your site is marked public, anything you do there will make its way to the activity feed on Civatar itself.

Any questions, just ask.

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Quasi Motto

What about wpDiscuz 7 and all of that downloading stuff we find on our dashboard? I am assuming we have to download it for plugin usage if we want to post media or recipes or anything other than just a straight forward blog?

And secondly do we need to download it in order to have the log in/off opportunity for our pages. Right now, it is hard to log on and off to get between pages, there is a lot of searching and backtracking to our individual sites to log off of our sites,and then we have to log off of civatar’s site before being able to log in to our second sites. If we are going to use “sites” instead of groups because of the groups limitations it’s going to be even more of a headache.

Quasi Motto
  • When I go to either of my sites, if I click on “New”…and on “media”, “projects”, or “recipes” I get Disuz download stuff….Perch From Above
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Quasi Motto

So we just need to have multiple browsers open if using more than one page/site/group?….(whispering to self, I need a bigger laptop)

Quasi Motto

screenshot of the page…I get it when trying to add Media, project, or recipe

Quasi Motto

k, I will ignore what is still there, later on I will try to add a recipe or media and see how well it works.


Great article That should clear up a lot of things.
…annnnd the paper clip is back. (I bet you lose it on purpose so I can’t throw these silly looking smileys at you!)  :wpds_lol: 

Quasi Motto

One more question, I thought I saw it somewhere, but maybe I was wrong. Can you “pin” a particular blog to remain on top of your page?


I’m working on the site creation, and after some reading I may have questions…but speaking of reading, can something be done about the awful contrast deficiency? Gray on gray is an eye strain, and I would like to concentrate on the words without the pain of the strain. Please?


Second try. “quick draft” on the site just goes away with no option to post it. My question was if there is a setting to turn off “approve” and emails for each comment.


My replies aren’t sending. I’ve been on civitar but it shows I was last on 5 days ago? Am I doing something wrong? Thank you.


  :wpds_exclamation: Spooky things are happening again. I’m getting notifications about comments on my posts here,  :wpds_eek: