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Logging in to WordPress

Posted on 06 February 2015 by biggerds

NOTE: Before you can log in to Miami’s WordPress system, you must either be a site administrator or be added to a site by another administrator. To obtain a site of your own, request a WordPress blog.

To log in to the WordPress Dashboard, follow these two easy steps!

1. Access the WordPress website. Visit:

http://blogs.miamioh.edu/path-for-your-site/wp-admin

You will be directed to the login page.

2. If needed, enter credentials. If you are already logged in to another Miami service, it is possible that you will be logged in to WordPress automatically.

  • If you are not automatically logged in, enter your Miami UniqueID and password in the text boxes and press Log In.
  • If you are a guest blogger with no Miami affiliation, contact your site’s administrator for directions.

Once you have logged in successfully, you will directed to the Dashboard. See Overview of the WordPress Dashboard for more information.

 

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Customizing Your Blog Site Settings

Posted on 05 February 2015 by biggerds

From the Settings screen you can choose settings that define your blog as a whole: settings which determine how your site behaves, how you interact with your site, and how the rest of the world interacts with your site. Continue Reading

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Adding Users to a WordPress Blog Site

Posted on 04 February 2015 by biggerds

The Users screen lists all the existing users for your site. When you add new users, you can define roles and options from this screen.
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Adding Images to a WordPress Post/Page

Posted on 03 February 2015 by biggerds

It may be desirable to add images to a blog post or page to emphasize a talking point, enhance instructions, or just to make things easier to read. Here are some instructions on how to insert images into WordPress posts or pages.

Note: These instructions do not cover embedding YouTube, Vimeo, or other videos in a blog post/page. To embed video, use the WordPress Video Plugin.

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Understanding User Roles/Capabilites in WordPress

Posted on 02 February 2015 by biggerds

Each blog site offers a series of user levels that determine what tasks can be completed. This document outlines the specific role levels and capabilities for each role.
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Activating & Using Plugins on Your Blog Site

Posted on 01 February 2015 by biggerds

Plugins extend and expand the functionality of WordPress. You may activate or deactivate them here. Continue Reading

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Reordering the Navigation Menu

Posted on 09 October 2012 by biggerds

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Importing/Exporting from a WordPress Blog Site

Posted on 20 September 2012 by biggerds

You can export a file of your site’s content to import it into another installation or platform. The export file will be an XML file format called WXR. Posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, and tags can be included. You can choose for the WXR file to include only certain posts or pages by setting the dropdown filters to limit the export by category, author, date range by month, or publishing status.
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Creating a Blog Post / Page

Posted on 03 February 2011 by biggerds

Posts are the entries that display in reverse chronological order on your home page. In contrast to pages, posts usually have comments fields beneath them and are included in your site’s RSS feed.

New to blogging? See WordPress’s Best Practices for Posting in the WordPress Codex.

To create a new post or page:

1.  Log in to WordPress. If you are unsure of how to do this, view Logging in to WordPress.

Post menu from Dashboard2. Add New post. On the left side of your screen, click the Posts heading. If this list is not expanded, mouse over the heading and click the downward arrow that appears. Then click Add New.

To add a new page rather than a new post, click the Add New link under the Pages heading instead.

3. Add a title and content.  In the appropriate boxes, type the title and content for your post.

  • Note that both fields accept HTML tags; however, this may impact how your post appears in search engines.
  • If desired, click the Visual or HTML tabs to switch between the views.

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4. Insert pictures and/or other media. For more information, see Adding Images to a WordPress Post / Page.

5. (Posts only) Assign Categories and Post Tags.

  • Categories: Categories are used to establish a general hierarchy of the site. On the right side of the screen, under Categories,  select the checkbox(es) to file the post by category.

Although you can assign a post to multiple categories, it may hurt the organization of your site. We recommend choosing not more than two categories for each post.

  • Post tags: While categories establish site hierarchy, post tags are specific keywords that categorize your post. For example, a post on World War I might be categorized under “history” while the post tags might include “war,” “fighting,” “army,” etc.

As you type a tag, it will attempt to auto-complete using the list of previously-used tags from your site as a reference. Reusing post tags can be helpful when users are searching your site, such as using “army” for all posts rather than “army” and “armies.”

Separate all post tags with commas. When you are finished adding post tags in the text box, click the Add button.

Featured Image box6. Assign a featured image. Featured images appear next to your page or next to your post in an archived post. Often, the featured image helps make a post “stand-out” above the others. For more information, see Adding Images to a WordPress Post / Page.

7. Publish or schedule your post /page. Publish the post/page immediately or schedule it to publish in the future. You may also control who can see the post.

  • Click the Publish button to make your post publicly viewable right away.
  • Next to Publish immediately, click the Edit link to schedule the post to be made available at a time in the future. Choose a date and time, then click OK.
  • Next to Visibility, click the Edit link to control the visibility of the post.
    • Public (default): anyone can see the post.
    • Private: anyone who is logged in to your blog can see the post.
    • Password protected: allows the existence of the post to be made public, but only those with the proper password may view the content.

Note: Depending upon the permission level that you have on the blog site, you may need to receive approval before publishing your post or page. If approval is required, the Publish button mentioned above may be replaced with Submit.

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