Software: WordPress 3.5.x
Every theme provides a unique combination of options. Some themes such as WordPress's most recent default theme, Twenty Twelve, are more customizable than others. Twenty Twelve also offers the advantage of being mobile-ready and device responsive so it is useable on phones...
You have two options for entering content: the Visual Editor or Text Editor. The Visual Editor gives you an interface similar to that of a word processor (i.e., MS Word). The Text Editor lets you enter content in HTML mark up and has buttons for most common HTML tags.Note: Not all HTML mark up is...
Note: The Links Widget (Blogroll) and Links admin tab were discontinued for blogs started after February 2013. Only blogs created before the upgrade to WordPress 3.5 in February 2013, have a Links Admin screen or the option to add a Links Widget.
ALTERNATIVE AND RECOMMENDED METHOD: To create a...
You can add a menu of links to other Web sites as a sidebar widget.Notes:
This method replaces the Links widget (Blogroll) and Links admin panel in previous versions of WordPress.
If your theme allows, you can also add external links to other navigation on your site (e.g., the top navigation...
Use roles to distribute responsibilities among regular contributors to your blog. For instance, an instructor might allow a TA to moderate discussions, or let students in a seminar create posts and comments.
Note: You can only assign roles to members of the UMass Amherst community with OIT Account...
Log in to Your Blog
All UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff have access to Blogs at UMass Amherst. To log into your blog, go to http://blogs.umass.edu/ and enter your OIT Account NetID and password.
Some members of the UMass community are administrators for more than one blog. Be sure to...
In addition to your posts page, you can create “static” Web pages that display only their own content, and not your blog posts. Use pages for personal or professional information (e.g., your contact information) or for other information that is not time-sensitive (e.g., policies, an "about" page,...
WordPress will automatically add a link for each new page you create as part of the navigation scheme that appears on every page of your blog. Depending on your theme, there may be a number of options for displaying page navigation.
Top Tabs or Sidebar Widget?
Based on the layout options of your...
Posts are the "articles" that get posted on your Blog page. The newest post always appears at the top of your blog.
Write a Post
Log in to your blog and on the Dashboard toolbar click Posts, then Add New. The Add New Post screen will open.
On the Add New Post screen:
In the field at...
Categories are subject headings that are displayed in the sidebar and help visitors find posts faster. When a visitor clicks the link for a category, a new page opens gathering all the articles tagged as belonging to that category. Articles can belong to more than one category, allowing for...
Upgrade to WordPress 3.4 "Green" - July 25, 2012
OIT's Blogs at UMass Amherst is upgrading to WordPress 3.4 on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. The new version comes with a few enhancements that give you more control over the appearance and function of your blog. As usual, your blog's content (e.g.,...
OIT's Blogs at UMass Amherst blogging service is being upgraded to WordPress 3.5 'Elvin' on March 6, 2013. Below are some of the changes and new features you'll find in the new version.
New Workflow for Managing Media - Simpler, more intuitive ways to work with images, video, and...
Frequently asked questions about Blogs at UMass Amherst are answered below.
What is a blog?
Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is an online journal that can be updated regularly and is intended for general public consumption. Blogs generally reflect the personality of the author or the Web...
By default, visitors can leave comments or respond to comments that others leave on your blog. You can disable comments, limit access to commenting, edit comments, and hold comments for approval before they appear on your blog.
Comments are controlled by Discussion Settings...
You can change the appearance of your blog by changing the theme. Themes are complete designs that are ready to use and customize to give your blog the desired look. Changing your blog's theme will not affect any content you have already added, but may require you to reconfigure widgets.
To customize the settings for your blog, log in, and in the Dashboard toolbar, click Settings ?(). The options for General Settings will appear in the main area of the page and the tool bar will expand below the Settings icon to show more options.
On the General Settings...
The Menus administration screen lets you create custom navigation in place of a theme's default menu. Not all themes support this feature, but if your theme does, you can easily add navigation and create drop-down menus that include your blog's pages, post categories, external URLs, and more....
The WordPress Image Gallery feature creates a block of thumbnails on a page or post. Clicking a thumbnail will open a larger version of the image.
Image Gallery Quirks
You can only insert one gallery on each page or post.
To be included in the gallery, images must be uploaded to your blog's...
Insert Links into a Page or Post
To create a link to another Web page from a post or a page, you must work on the Add New Post, Edit Post, Add New Page, or Edit Page screens.Note: The instructions below are for the blogs Visual Editor. For more information about the editor, see About the Blogs...
The preferred way to display video or audio on your blog is to embed a movie hosted on a media sharing service such as YouTube or Vimeo. You can upload your own media to the hosting service (and avoid filling your blog’s limited storage space), or you can display content someone else has posted and...