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                    Instructor:	
  OIT	
  Training	
  
                                            	
                               Email:	
  oit-­‐training@duke.edu	
  
                                            	
                               http://www.oit.duke.edu/training	
  
                                            	
  
                                            	
  
	
  



                                  Duke	
  WordPress	
  
Overview	
  
	
  
WordPress	
  is	
  a	
  popular	
  web-­‐publishing	
  platform.	
  Any	
  Duke	
  student,	
  faculty	
  or	
  staff	
  
member	
  with	
  a	
  Duke	
  NetID	
  can	
  use	
  Sites@Duke,	
  Duke’s	
  WordPress	
  service,	
  to	
  
create	
  personal	
  or	
  event	
  websites,	
  professional	
  portfolios,	
  individual	
  or	
  group	
  blogs	
  
and	
  more.	
  Information	
  about	
  this	
  service	
  is	
  available	
  online	
  at:	
  
http://sites.duke.edu/	
  
	
  
Logging	
  In	
  
       •   To	
  log	
  in,	
  direct	
  your	
  browser	
  to	
  http://sites.duke.edu	
  
                  o Click	
  “login”	
  in	
  the	
  top-­‐left	
  corner,	
  below	
  the	
  Duke	
  logo.	
  
                  o You	
  will	
  be	
  greeted	
  with	
  this	
  screen:	
  




                                                                                       	
  DO	
  NOT	
  enter	
  your	
  NetID	
  into	
  the	
  
                                                                                      Username/Password	
  prompt.	
  Instead,	
  
                                                                                     follow	
  the	
  Click	
  Here	
  link	
  to	
  login	
  with	
  
                                                                                            your	
  Duke	
  NetID	
  and	
  password.	
  




           	
  
           	
  
           	
  


OIT	
  Training	
  -­‐	
  Duke	
  WordPress	
                     	
                                                      Page 1 of 11	
  
The	
  Dashboard	
  
	
  
Once	
   you	
   are	
   logged	
   in,	
   you	
   will	
   see	
   your	
   dashboard.	
   This	
   is	
   your	
   “home”	
   –	
   the	
  
starting	
  point	
  to	
  locate	
  all	
  of	
  the	
  sites	
  that	
  you	
  have	
  access	
  to.	
  	
  




                                                                       Click	
  My	
  Sites	
  to	
  see	
  a	
  list	
  of	
  all	
  the	
  sites	
  you	
  
                                                                                               have	
  access	
  to.	
  

                                                                     You’ll	
  note	
  that	
  your	
  left	
  hand	
  options	
  w ill	
  vary	
  
                                                                     depending	
  on	
  your	
  access	
  level	
  to	
  that	
  site	
  (e.g.	
  
                                                                      if	
  you	
  are	
  not	
  an	
  Admin,	
  you	
  will	
  not	
  have	
  the	
  
                                                                             option	
  to	
  change	
  Appearance	
  settings.)	
  
                                                              	
  
                                                              	
  


Creating	
  a	
  New	
  WordPress	
  Site	
  
	
  
       •   Subsites	
   is	
   a	
   unique	
   feature	
   to	
   the	
   Duke	
   WordPress	
   Service.	
   It	
   allows	
  
           members	
   of	
   your	
   site	
   to	
   easily	
   create	
   a	
   new	
   site	
   that	
   connects	
   to	
   the	
   main	
  
           (parent	
   site).	
   If	
   you	
   are	
   creating	
   a	
   subsite	
   as	
   a	
   part	
   of	
   an	
   academic	
   class	
   or	
  
           project	
   site,	
   you	
   may	
   be	
   asked	
   to	
   go	
   to	
   the	
   Dashboard	
   >	
   Tools	
   >	
   Subsites	
   and	
  
           set	
  your	
  site	
  address	
  and	
  title	
  and	
  click	
  Submit.	
  
	
  
       •   If	
  you	
  are	
  creating	
  a	
  site	
  for	
  personal	
  or	
  departmental	
  use,	
  navigate	
  to	
  the	
  My	
  
           Sites	
  button	
  on	
  the	
  sidebar	
  and	
  then	
  click	
  Create	
  a	
  New	
  Site.	
  
	
  
NOTE:	
  By	
  creating	
  a	
  new	
  site,	
  you	
  are	
  agreeing	
  to	
  the	
  Terms	
  and	
  Conditions	
  of	
  the	
  
Duke	
  WordPress	
  service.	
  See	
  http://sites.duke.edu	
  for	
  details.	
  
	
  
	
  
	
                                               	
  




OIT	
  Training	
  -­‐	
  Duke	
  WordPress	
                                     	
                                                                    Page 2 of 11	
  
Adding	
  Users	
  
Users	
   with	
   administrative	
   privileges	
   (for	
   example,	
   faculty	
   teaching	
   a	
   course	
   or	
   a	
  
project	
  lead)	
  can	
  add	
  other	
  users	
  (both	
  Duke	
  and	
  non-­‐Duke)	
  to	
  a	
  Duke	
  WordPress	
  
site.	
  	
  



                                                                            In	
  Sites	
  @	
  Duke,	
  you	
  have	
  the	
  
                                                                           option	
  to	
  add	
  non-­‐Duke	
  users	
  
                                                                           (Add	
  New)	
  or	
  Duke	
  users	
  (by	
  
                                                                                     their	
  Duke	
  NetID).	
  	
  
                                                                    	
  
                                                            	
  
	
  
You	
  will	
  be	
  prompted	
  to	
  assign	
  each	
  new	
  user	
  a	
  role:	
  subscriber,	
  contributor,	
  author	
  
or	
  administrator.	
  For	
  a	
  detailed	
  explanation	
  of	
  user	
  roles,	
  go	
  to:	
  	
  
http://sites.duke.edu/getting-­‐started/userroles/	
  
	
  
Visiting	
  the	
  Site	
  	
  
	
  
       •   To	
  see	
  what	
  your	
  site	
  will	
  look	
  like	
  to	
  others,	
  click	
  on	
  the	
  Site	
  Name	
  in	
  the	
  
           upper	
  left-­‐hand	
  corner	
  of	
  the	
  screen.	
  
       •   Depending	
  on	
  your	
  theme,	
  you	
  may	
  see	
  a	
  different	
  site	
  layout.	
  	
  (New	
  sites	
  
           have	
  the	
  same	
  default	
  theme.)	
  
       •   In	
  general,	
  you	
  should	
  be	
  able	
  to	
  navigate	
  between	
  pages	
  either	
  at	
  the	
  top	
  of	
  
           the	
  page	
  in	
  tabs	
  or	
  on	
  a	
  sidebar	
  menu.	
  
	
  
TIP:	
  	
  Right	
  click	
  on	
  your	
  Site	
  Name	
  to	
  open	
  your	
  site	
  in	
  a	
  new	
  browser	
  tab	
  or	
  
window.	
  This	
  will	
  allow	
  you	
  to	
  work	
  on	
  your	
  site	
  and	
  see	
  the	
  published	
  changes	
  in	
  
two	
  separate	
  pages.	
  
	
  
Changing	
  Your	
  Appearance	
  with	
  Themes	
  
	
  
The	
  Duke	
  WordPress	
  service	
  includes	
  70	
  +	
  themes	
  including	
  themes	
  from	
  the	
  
WordPress.org	
  theme	
  repository	
  and	
  in-­‐house	
  Duke	
  specific	
  themes.	
  To	
  choose	
  a	
  
theme,	
  click	
  on	
  Appearance	
  >	
  Themes.
	
  
TIP:	
  	
  Themes	
  don’t	
  just	
  differ	
  in	
  aesthetics;	
  some	
  also	
  have	
  different	
  features	
  such	
  as	
  
sidebar	
  menus,	
  customizable	
  headers,	
  and	
  different	
  content	
  layouts.	
  	
  Keep	
  the	
  
requirements	
  of	
  your	
  site	
  in	
  mind	
  as	
  you	
  choose	
  a	
  theme.	
  
	
  
NOTE:	
   	
   Duke’s	
   WordPress	
   team	
   recommends	
   a	
   few	
   of	
   the	
   themes	
   for	
   new	
   users	
  
getting	
  started.	
  Visit	
  http://sites.duke.edu/blog/2011/02/23/themes/	
  for	
  details.	
  
	
  



OIT	
  Training	
  -­‐	
  Duke	
  WordPress	
                              	
                                                     Page 3 of 11	
  
Creating	
  Content	
  
	
  
WordPress	
  offers	
  two	
  ways	
  to	
  post	
  content	
  –	
  via	
  Posts	
  or	
  Pages.	
  
     • Posts	
   are	
   what	
   we	
   traditionally	
   think	
   of	
   as	
   “blog	
   posts”	
   –	
   content	
   that	
   will	
  
       appear	
   in	
   reverse	
   chronological	
   order	
   that	
   allows	
   for	
   commenting	
   from	
   the	
  
       blog’s	
  readers.	
  
     • Pages	
   are	
   more	
   like	
   traditional	
   web	
   pages.	
   They	
   are	
   “static,”	
   meaning	
   they	
  
       won’t	
  change	
  unless	
  you	
  edit	
  them.	
  Because	
  of	
  this,	
  pages	
  are	
  often	
  used	
  to	
  
       add	
   information	
   that	
   you	
   might	
   want	
   to	
   always	
   be	
   available,	
   such	
   as	
   an	
  
       “About”	
  page	
  that	
  describes	
  the	
  purpose	
  of	
  the	
  site	
  and/or	
  information	
  about	
  
       the	
  author(s).	
  
	
  
NOTE:	
   All	
   WordPress	
   sites	
   default	
   to	
   the	
   main	
   page	
   being	
   a	
   “blog”	
   page	
   that	
   will	
  
display	
   your	
   posts,	
   with	
   the	
   most	
   recent	
   post	
   appearing	
   first.	
   You	
   can	
   go	
   to	
  	
  
Settings	
  >	
  Reading	
  to	
  adjust	
  the	
  Front	
  Page	
  displays	
  option.	
  
	
  
Creating	
  and	
  Editing	
  a	
  Post	
  
       •   To	
   create	
   a	
   post,	
   go	
   to	
   Posts	
   >	
   Add	
   New	
   on	
   the	
   dashboard	
   or	
   select	
  	
  
           Add	
  New	
  >	
  Post	
  from	
  the	
  Admin	
  bar	
  at	
  the	
  top.	
  




                                                                                                Enter	
  your	
  title	
  at	
  the	
  top	
  	
  
                                                                                                and	
  text	
  in	
  the	
  box	
  below.	
  




       •   Text	
   is	
   entered	
   as	
   you	
   would	
   in	
   any	
   other	
   program.	
   There	
   are	
   a	
   variety	
   of	
  
           styling	
  options	
  (e.g.	
  bold,	
  italic,	
  quoted	
  text)	
  available	
  to	
  you	
  in	
  the	
  toolbar.	
  	
  
       •   You	
  can	
  create	
  a	
  link	
  by	
  highlighting	
  a	
  word	
  or	
  phrase	
  that	
  you	
  want	
  to	
  link,	
  
           then	
  pressing	
  the	
  Hyperlink	
  button.	
  


OIT	
  Training	
  -­‐	
  Duke	
  WordPress	
                          	
                                                          Page 4 of 11	
  
NOTES:	
  	
  
     • To	
   create	
   an	
   internal	
   link	
   to	
   another	
   page,	
   use	
   the	
   hyperlink	
   button	
   and	
  
       choose	
  “or	
  link	
  to	
  existing	
  content”	
  to	
  find	
  the	
  page	
  or	
  post	
  you	
  want	
  to	
  link	
  
       to.	
  
     • To	
  embed	
  a	
  YouTube	
  video,	
  copy	
  and	
  paste	
  the	
  URL	
  directly	
  into	
  your	
  post	
  
       (or	
   page).	
   It’s	
   very	
   important	
   to	
   make	
   sure	
   you’re	
   linking	
   to	
   the	
   video	
  
       directly	
  and	
  working	
  within	
  the	
  visual	
  editor,	
  not	
  the	
  HTML	
  editor.	
  
	
  
Post	
  Creation	
  Tips	
  
     •     While	
  writing	
  your	
  post,	
  remember	
  to	
  Save	
  Draft	
  often	
  to	
  avoid	
  data	
  loss.	
  
     •     Don’t	
  forget	
  to	
  spell	
  check.	
  
	
  
Categorizing	
  Posts	
  
     •     After	
   you	
   finish,	
   you	
   can	
   tag	
   your	
   post	
   and	
   categorize	
   it.	
   Tagging	
   and	
  
           categorizing	
   are	
   tools	
   used	
   to	
   organize	
   sites;	
   they	
   make	
   your	
   post	
   easier	
   to	
  
           find.	
  
                  o Tags	
  are	
  used	
  to	
  “tag”	
  a	
  post	
  with	
  keywords	
  from	
  the	
  post	
  to	
  make	
  it	
  
                      possible	
  to	
  search	
  for	
  the	
  post	
  using	
  those	
  keywords.	
  
                  o Categories	
   are	
   broader	
   terms,	
   usually	
   encompassing	
   a	
   group	
   of	
  
                      related	
  posts.	
  
Example:	
   If	
   your	
   post	
   is	
   your	
   grandmother’s	
   secret	
   brownie	
   recipe,	
   then	
   the	
   tags	
  
could	
   be	
   “brownie,”	
   “walnut,”	
   “cinnamon,”	
   “KitchenAid,”	
   while	
   the	
   category	
   would	
  
be	
  “baking”	
  or	
  “dessert.”	
  
	
  
Commenting	
  
     You	
  can	
  comment	
  on	
  posts	
  at	
  the	
  bottom	
  of	
  the	
  page	
  under	
  Leave	
  a	
  Reply.	
  
     •
     When	
  your	
  comment	
  is	
  finished,	
  click	
  Submit	
  Comment.	
  
     •
     Once	
  a	
  comment	
  is	
  placed,	
  you	
  can	
  click	
  (edit)	
  to	
  edit	
  your	
  comment.	
  
     •
     	
  
NOTES:	
  	
  
  • All	
  blogs	
  in	
  the	
  Duke	
  WordPress	
  service	
  must	
  have	
  comments	
  moderated	
  
     (reviewed	
  prior	
  to	
  publication).	
  Blogs	
  will	
  be	
  set	
  up	
  with	
  moderation	
  
     enabled,	
  and	
  blog	
  owners	
  are	
  responsible	
  for	
  ensuring	
  that	
  moderation	
  takes	
  
     place.	
  	
  
  • Go	
  to	
  http://sites.duke.edu/blog/2010/04/09/nocomment	
  for	
  directions	
  on	
  
     how	
  to	
  remove	
  commenting	
  options	
  for	
  your	
  entire	
  site	
  or	
  just	
  for	
  individual	
  
     pages	
  and	
  posts.	
  
	
  
Creating	
  and	
  Editing	
  Pages	
  
     •     To	
  create	
  a	
  page,	
  click	
  on	
  the	
  Pages	
  dropdown	
  menu	
  
           on	
  the	
  left-­‐hand	
  side	
  of	
  the	
  screen	
  and	
  choose	
  Add	
  
           New	
  or	
  select	
  Add	
  New	
  >	
  Page	
  from	
  the	
  Admin	
  bar	
  
           at	
  the	
  top.	
  


OIT	
  Training	
  -­‐	
  Duke	
  WordPress	
                        	
                                               Page 5 of 11	
  
      •     A	
  screen	
  very	
  similar	
  to	
  that	
  of	
  a	
  new	
  post	
  will	
  appear.	
  
      •     You	
  can	
  then	
  edit	
  your	
  page	
  in	
  exactly	
  the	
  same	
  fashion	
  as	
  you	
  would	
  posts.	
  
	
  
Ordering	
  Pages	
  
The	
   easiest	
   way	
   to	
   manage	
   pages	
   is	
   to	
   click	
   on	
   the	
   Pages	
   dropdown	
   menu	
   on	
   the	
  
left-­‐hand	
   side	
   of	
   the	
   screen	
   and	
   choose	
   Pages.	
  A	
   screen	
   showing	
   all	
   of	
   the	
   pages	
   for	
  
your	
  WordPress	
  site	
  will	
  appear.	
  
	
  
          • You	
  can	
  hover	
  your	
  mouse	
  over	
  your	
  page	
  and	
  click	
  Quick	
  Edit.	
  
     	
  
     	
  
     	
  
     	
  
          • In	
  the	
  resulting	
  view,	
  you	
  can	
  change	
  such	
  things	
  as	
  the	
  title,	
  author,	
  date,	
  
                      etc.	
  	
  You	
  can	
  also	
  set	
  the	
  page’s	
  Parent.	
  
          • If	
   the	
   parent	
   is	
   set,	
   the	
   page	
   will	
   appear	
   below	
   that	
   parent	
   in	
   the	
  
                      hierarchy.	
  
	
  
NOTE:	
   	
   	
   If	
   you	
   are	
   creating	
   a	
   page	
   hierarchy	
   because	
   you	
   would	
   like	
   drop-­‐down	
  
menus	
  to	
  appear	
  as	
  part	
  of	
  your	
  site	
  navigation,	
  look	
  for	
  a	
  theme	
  that	
  supports	
  this	
  
option,	
  as	
  it	
  is	
  not	
  available	
  in	
  all	
  themes.	
  	
  
	
  
	
  
Publishing	
  
      •     Under	
  Visibility,	
  you	
  can	
  set	
  password	
  protection	
  on	
  the	
  post	
  or	
  page.	
  
      •     Private	
  mode	
  means	
  that	
  only	
  you	
  can	
  see	
  the	
  post/page	
  and	
  only	
  when	
  you	
  
            are	
  logged	
  in.	
  
	
  
NOTE:	
   You	
   will	
   need	
   to	
   publish	
   your	
   pages	
   before	
   you	
   will	
   be	
   able	
   to	
   see	
   them	
  
posted	
  on	
  your	
  site.	
  	
  You	
  may	
  need	
  to	
  refresh	
  your	
  browser.	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  



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Adding	
  Images	
  	
  
	
  
In	
   order	
   to	
   add	
   images,	
   you	
   must	
   click	
   the	
   Upload/Insert	
   button	
   and	
   use	
   the	
  
uploader	
  that	
  pops	
  up	
  to	
  add	
  your	
  pictures,	
  videos,	
  and	
  music.	
  




                                      	
  
TIP:	
   Don’t	
   use	
   a	
   huge	
   picture,	
   as	
   it	
   may	
   get	
   cut	
   off	
   when	
   you	
   publish	
   or	
   take	
   an	
  
extreme	
  amount	
  of	
  time	
  for	
  a	
  user	
  to	
  download.	
  
	
  
Media	
  Library	
  
	
  
The	
  Media	
   Library	
   acts	
  as	
  a	
  repository	
  for	
  all	
  of	
  the	
  files	
  that	
  you	
  have	
  uploaded.	
  
From	
  here,	
  you	
  can	
  insert	
  and	
  modify	
  any	
  image,	
  video,	
  or	
  music	
  file	
  that	
  you	
  have	
  
uploaded	
  in	
  the	
  previous	
  step.	
  
     • You	
   can	
   access	
   the	
   media	
   library	
   most	
   conveniently	
   by	
   clicking	
   to	
   insert	
  
         media	
  into	
  a	
  post.	
  
     • That	
  will	
  open	
  a	
  dialogue	
  box,	
  allowing	
  you	
  to	
  add	
  pictures	
  and	
  other	
  media	
  
         to	
  your	
  library	
  or	
  choose	
  from	
  the	
  items	
  already	
  there.	
  




      •     Once	
   you	
   have	
   pictures	
   in	
   your	
   library,	
   you	
   can	
   insert	
   them	
   into	
   posts	
   or	
  
            pages.	
  


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  WordPress	
                              	
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       •   You	
  may	
  also	
  access	
  the	
  media	
  library	
  by	
  clicking	
  on	
  
           the	
   Media	
   dropdown	
   menu	
   on	
   the	
   left-­‐hand	
   side	
   of	
  
           your	
  screen	
  and	
  choosing	
  Library	
  or	
  Add	
  New.	
  
	
  
Widgets	
  &	
  Plugins	
  
	
  
Widgets	
  
You	
  may	
  want	
  to	
  include	
  items	
  in	
  your	
  sidebar	
  that,	
  depending	
  on	
  your	
  theme,	
  
generally	
  appears	
  to	
  the	
  right	
  or	
  left	
  of	
  your	
  main	
  content.	
  By	
  adding	
  different	
  
“widgets,”	
  you	
  can	
  add	
  links,	
  search	
  boxes,	
  navigational	
  elements	
  and	
  more	
  to	
  your	
  
site.	
  	
  Go	
  to	
  Appearance	
  >	
  Widgets	
  to	
  access	
  the	
  available	
  Widgets.	
  




                                                                                     Drag	
  and	
  drop	
  the	
  w idget	
  into	
  position	
  
                                                                                                      in	
  the	
  sidebar.	
  	
  	
  

                                                                                                                   	
  




	
  
NOTE:	
  	
  This	
  is	
  where	
  you	
  can	
  add	
  the	
  Duke	
  Subsites	
  to	
  display	
  all	
  the	
  subsites	
  of	
  a	
  
parent	
  site.	
  
	
  
Plugins	
  
WordPress	
  also	
  has	
  a	
  large	
  number	
  of	
  plugins	
  available	
  to	
  enhance	
  your	
  site.	
  To	
  
activate	
  or	
  deactivate	
  plugins,	
  click	
  on	
  Plugins	
  on	
  the	
  left-­‐hand	
  side	
  of	
  your	
  screen.	
  
       	
  
    TIPS:	
  	
  	
  
    • Not	
   all	
   plugins	
   work	
   with	
   all	
   themes,	
   so	
   be	
   sure	
   to	
   test	
   them	
   out	
   before	
  
       making	
  your	
  site	
  live.	
  




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       •   Many	
  plugins	
  enable	
  new	
  widgets.	
  Check	
  the	
  Widgets	
  section	
  to	
  see	
  if	
  a	
  new	
  
           widget	
  is	
  available	
  after	
  enabling	
  the	
  plugin.	
  




Site	
  Settings	
  
	
  
General	
  
           The	
  General	
  Settings	
  tab	
  allows	
  you	
  to	
  change	
  some	
  of	
  the	
  most	
  basic	
  parts	
  
           of	
  the	
  website,	
  such	
  as	
  the	
  title.	
  To	
  change	
  the	
  title	
  of	
  your	
  site,	
  simply	
  delete	
  
           the	
  current	
  title	
  and	
  type	
  in	
  a	
  new	
  one.	
  
                  o The	
  Tagline	
  of	
  the	
  site	
  is	
  a	
  motto	
  or	
  description	
  that,	
  depending	
  on	
  
                        your	
  theme,	
  may	
  appear	
  just	
  below	
  the	
  title.	
  
                  o The	
  Date	
  Format,	
  Time	
  Format,	
  and	
  Week	
  Starts	
  On	
  sections	
  allow	
  
                        you	
  to	
  change	
  the	
  way	
  your	
  site	
  displays	
  dates	
  and	
  times.	
  
       •   When	
  you	
  are	
  done,	
  be	
  sure	
  to	
  click	
  on	
  Save	
  Changes	
  to	
  update	
  the	
  live	
  site.	
  
	
  
Writing	
  
       •   The	
  Writing	
  Settings	
  tab	
  allows	
  you	
  to	
  determine	
  how	
  written	
  content	
  is	
  
           submitted.	
  	
  This	
  tab	
  is	
  largely	
  for	
  your	
  benefit	
  rather	
  than	
  your	
  viewers.	
  
              o Changing	
  the	
  size	
  of	
  the	
  post	
  box	
  determines	
  how	
  large	
  the	
  editing	
  
                   pane	
  is	
  for	
  newly	
  submitted	
  posts.	
  
              o The	
  Default	
  Post	
  and	
  Link	
  categories	
  allow	
  you	
  to	
  save	
  time	
  by	
  
                   automatically	
  placing	
  newly	
  created	
  posts	
  and	
  links	
  into	
  certain	
  
                   categories.	
  
Reading	
  
       •   The	
  Reading	
  Settings	
  tab	
  allows	
  you	
  to	
  determine	
  how	
  written	
  content	
  is	
  
           displayed	
  on	
  your	
  site.	
  
              o You	
  can	
  either	
  display	
  a	
  Static	
  Front	
  Page	
  or	
  your	
  latest	
  posts	
  on	
  
                    your	
  main	
  page,	
  the	
  first	
  page	
  people	
  will	
  see	
  when	
  they	
  access	
  your	
  
                    site.	
  




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  Training	
  -­‐	
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  WordPress	
                         	
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                o Setting	
  your	
  Posts	
  Page	
  also	
  determines	
  in	
  which	
  page	
  your	
  blog	
  
                  posts	
  appear.	
  	
  Generally,	
  you	
  will	
  want	
  this	
  to	
  be	
  a	
  blank	
  page	
  created	
  
                  specifically	
  for	
  the	
  purpose	
  of	
  displaying	
  posts.	
  
                o You	
  can	
  also	
  change	
  the	
  number	
  of	
  blog	
  posts	
  or	
  syndication	
  feeds	
  
                  shown	
  on	
  a	
  single	
  page.	
  	
  Keeping	
  this	
  number	
  low	
  can	
  help	
  people	
  
                  with	
  slower	
  Internet	
  connections.	
  
                o You	
  can	
  also	
  choose	
  to	
  show	
  either	
  the	
  full	
  text	
  of	
  articles	
  or	
  a	
  short	
  
                  summary	
  on	
  your	
  feeds.	
  
Discussion	
  
       •   The	
  Discussion	
  Settings	
  tab	
  primarily	
  deals	
  with	
  administration	
  of	
  
           comments	
  and	
  blog	
  discussions.	
  	
  Most	
  of	
  the	
  settings	
  here	
  are	
  irrelevant	
  
           unless	
  you	
  intend	
  to	
  make	
  your	
  blogs	
  public,	
  but	
  a	
  few	
  may	
  prove	
  useful:	
  
              o If	
  you	
  expect	
  a	
  large	
  number	
  of	
  comments	
  on	
  your	
  site,	
  it	
  is	
  
                     recommended	
  that	
  you	
  uncheck	
  “E-­‐mail	
  me	
  whenever	
  anyone	
  posts	
  a	
  
                     comment.”	
  
              o If	
  you	
  wish	
  to	
  allow	
  avatars,	
  the	
  Avatar	
  section	
  allows	
  you	
  to	
  
                     determine	
  what	
  they	
  will	
  look	
  like,	
  what	
  avatars	
  are	
  available,	
  etc.	
  
	
  
Media	
  
       •   The	
  Media	
  Settings	
  tab	
  allows	
  you	
  to	
  determine	
  how	
  non-­‐written	
  content,	
  
           such	
  as	
  images,	
  videos,	
  and	
  audio	
  files,	
  is	
  displayed	
  on	
  your	
  site.	
  
              o Setting	
  the	
  Thumbnail	
  Size	
  allows	
  you	
  to	
  determine	
  the	
  size	
  of	
  the	
  
                     smallest	
  types	
  of	
  images,	
  and	
  whether	
  they	
  will	
  retain	
  their	
  
                     proportions	
  (width/height	
  ratio)	
  or	
  be	
  cropped	
  to	
  a	
  set	
  size.	
  
              o Setting	
  Medium	
  and	
  Large	
  Size	
  allows	
  you	
  to	
  determine	
  the	
  size	
  of	
  
                     larger	
  images.	
  
              o The	
  Embeds	
  section	
  allows	
  you	
  to	
  embed	
  
                     videos	
  and	
  images	
  just	
  by	
  linking	
  to	
  them.	
  
Privacy	
  and	
  Access	
  
       •   To	
  determine	
  who	
  can	
  see,	
  interact	
  with,	
  and	
  modify	
  
           your	
  site,	
  navigate	
  to	
  the	
  Appearances	
  tab	
  and	
  click	
  
           on	
  Privacy.	
  
       •   There	
  are	
  several	
  options	
  for	
  the	
  level	
  of	
  privacy	
  that	
  
           you	
  want	
  on	
  your	
  site:	
  
                 o For	
  a	
  class,	
  you	
  most	
  likely	
  want	
  the	
  third	
  
                     level	
  of	
  privacy,	
  “visible	
  only	
  to	
  registered	
  
                     members	
  of	
  Duke	
  WordPress	
  sites.”	
  This	
  will	
  
                     ensure	
  that	
  everyone	
  in	
  your	
  group	
  can	
  access	
  
                     the	
  site	
  but	
  avoid	
  visitors	
  from	
  the	
  “general	
  
                     public,”	
  including	
  spam	
  bots.	
  
	
  
	
  
	
                                          	
  

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Additional	
  Resources	
  	
  
	
  
Duke	
  WordPress	
  Site	
  
The	
   Duke	
   WordPress	
   site	
   itself	
   also	
   has	
   great	
   information,	
   including	
   Getting	
   Started	
  
videos	
  and	
  help	
  information:	
  
http://sites.duke.edu/	
  
	
  
OIT	
  Multimedia	
  Project	
  Studio	
  (MPS)	
  
Need	
   a	
   specialized	
   computer	
   lab	
   with	
   hardware	
   and	
   software	
   to	
   edit	
   graphics,	
  
develop	
   a	
   website,	
   edit	
   a	
   video	
   or	
   integrate	
   audio/video	
   into	
   a	
   project?	
   	
  The	
   MPS	
  
Labs	
  on	
  East	
  and	
  West	
  campus	
  have	
  all	
  that	
  plus	
  knowledgeable	
  staff	
  to	
  help	
  get	
  you	
  
started	
  and	
  keep	
  you	
  going	
  on	
  your	
  project.	
  
	
  
For	
  location	
  &	
  staffing	
  information	
  for	
  the	
  MPS,	
  visit	
  http://www.oit.duke.edu/mps	
  
or	
  email	
  mpslab@duke.edu	
  
	
  
lynda.com	
  
lynda.com	
   contains	
   instructional	
   videos	
   for	
   almost	
   any	
   topic	
   related	
   to	
   software.	
   All	
  
Duke	
  students,	
  faculty,	
  and	
  staff	
  can	
  access	
  this	
  resource	
  with	
  their	
  Duke	
  NetID:	
  
http://www.oit.duke.edu/training/online/lynda.php	
  	
  
            	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  
	
  




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