Support

Change the Owner of your Site

To add an new administrator to your site, please follow these steps for adding a new user. To change the primary owner of the site, go to Settings→General from your site’s admin dashboard. Next, change the e-mail address to the primary Temple email address of the user you would like to be the new admin. You can find […]

Manage Pages

Pages are for content such as “About,” “Contact,” etc. Pages live outside of the normal blog chronology, and are often used to present timeless information about yourself or your site — information that is always applicable. You can use Pages to organize and manage any content.

Manage Posts

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.

Embed a Video from Ensemble Video

These instructions will walk you through how to embed a video hosted on Ensemble Video. Find the Video’s Content ID To embed a video hosted on Ensemble, you will need your video’s Content ID. To find a videos Content ID, go to your Media Library and click on the blue information icon. Next, copy the Content ID […]

Export your Site

There’s a few scenarios in which you want to backup or export your site. You are graduating or otherwise leaving Temple University and want to take your site with you to another WordPress instance. You want to make a copy of your site on Sites.temple.edu. You want peace of mind that you have a backup […]

Create Forms with Gravity Forms

How to add a Gravity Form to your site Activate the Plugin Click on Plugins on the dashboard. If you are not on the Inactive plugins, then click Inactive. Click Activate under Gravity Forms. You will then be notified that the plugin has been activated. If you do not see a Forms link on your […]

Viscous Theme Home Page Slideshow

Introduction The Viscous theme has a feature which will allow your home page to have a slideshow.  This feature can be turned on and off under the Appearance Add-ons.  Featured images from the pages/posts you choose will be used to populate the slideshow.  When a user clicks on one of the pictures on the slideshow […]

Widgets

Widgets allow you to place common elements (such as links to other sites, index of content on your site, a log in area, or list of upcoming events from a Google Calendar) at a consistent location on every page of your site (called a Sidebar).  Some plugins provide widgets (such as the Google Calendar Events […]

Features Overview

Below is a sampling of the features available through Temple Website Hosting by way of the WordPress plugins. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, only a highlight. To view the full list of available plugins, visit the dashboard of your site and select “Plugins” from the left side menu. Lists and descriptions […]

Available Plugins

Sites.temple.edu has plugins that site admins can activate to extend the features and functionality of their site. Plugins are disabled by default. It’s recommended to only activate the plugins that you require. Having many plugins needlessly activated can slow down your site and clutter the admin menus. New plugins can be requested by opening a […]

Using Password Protection

Temple University Sites allows a few ways to limit access to your content. Using password protection lets you require users to enter a password before viewing a particular post or page. This will allow you to distribute a password for a post or page to anyone on the Internet, regardless if they have an AccessNet […]

Managing Site Privacy

Go to Settings->Reading in the admin area to manage your site visibility. Here are the available options: Allow search engines to index this site Discourage search engines from indexing this site I would like my blog to be visible only to registered users of Temple University Sites I would like my blog to be visible […]

Embeds

All you need to do to embed something into a post or page is to post the URL to it into your content area. Make sure that the URL is on its own line and not hyperlinked (clickable when viewing the post). For example: Check out this cool video: That was a cool video. WordPress will […]

Working with Images

When creating or editing a WordPress page or blog post, you can easily add images at any time using the WordPress Media Uploader tool. Here’s how to add an image, step-by-step, using the media uploader. Step 1 – Placing your cursor In order to add an image to your page or post, you must first […]

Using Post Categories and Tags

Categories and tags are used to make it easier for your users to navigate your website. Used correctly, they can increase your website’s overall usability. Each post must have one Category, but it’s up to you whether you have Tags or not. Some good advice is that your Categories are like your site’s table of contents, and […]

Setting Content to Expire Automatically

You can use the Content Expiration plugin to set posts or pages to expire automatically. The author is emailed two weeks prior to expiration and again upon expiration. When a post or page expires, it is not deleted. Instead, the post is hidden from users and put into an “Expired” status until the expiration is […]

Using the Jetpack Plugin

The Jetpack plugin provides many features that are separated into modules. Each desired module must be enabled after activating Jetpack. You are required to have a free WordPress.com account to use Jetpack. Activating Jetpack Visit your site Dashboard and find the Plugins link on the left menu. Find “Jetpack by WordPress.com” in the list of […]

General Settings

The General Settings let you change many of the items that control how your blog is displayed, such as the title, tagline, timezone, and date/time formats. Click Settings from the left hand menu in your Dashboard to access these settings. Changing your Site Title and Tagline # The first setting you will see is Site Title. The […]

User Roles

WordPress uses a concept of role, designed to give the site owner the ability to control what users can and cannot do within the site. WordPress has six pre-defined roles: Administrator – somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site. Editor – somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other […]

Adding Users

Only users with an Temple AccessNet username and password can be added to your site.  When adding users they can be added to one of several roles. To add users: On the dashboard, click Users A list of your current users will appear in the middle of the screen. On the left, in the User menu, […]

Getting Started with the Dashboard

Dashboard Overview The Dashboard is the first screen you see after you log into the administration area of your WordPress site. It is a place where you can get a convenient at-a-glance overview of what’s happening on your site and in the world of WordPress. You can catch up on WordPress news, view your draft posts, see […]

Creating a Static Front Page

By default, WordPress shows your most recent posts in reverse chronological order on the front page of your site. Many WordPress users want a static front page or splash page as the front page instead. This “static front page” look is common for users desiring static or welcoming information on the front page of the site. The look […]

Publishing your post at a later date

  You can schedule blog posts to automatically publish themselves at any time in the future. If you want to remove an already published post and automatically republish it at a specific time/date in the future, the directions are the same: In the Publish metabox to the right of the post editor, click the blue Edit link […]

Using Tags

Tags provide a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for people to find your content. Tags are similar to, but more specific than, categories. The use of tags is completely optional. For more information on the differences between tags and […]

Using Categories

Categories provide a helpful way to group related posts together, and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Categories also make it easier for people to find your content. Categories are similar to, but broader than, tags. For more information on the differences between categories and tags please check out this support doc. Depending on […]

Reading Settings

The Reading Settings control how your blog is displayed to visitors. You can access it via your Settings -> Reading page. General Settings The Front Page Display setting allows you to choose what content appears on your site’s front page. You can choose to have your latest blog posts or a static page that you have created in the […]

Posts vs Pages

There are very key differences between posts and pages in your WordPress site. About Posts  Posts are entries listed in reverse chronological order on the site homepage or on the posts page if you have set one in Reading Settings. If you have created any sticky posts, those will appear before the other posts. Posts can be […]

Discussion Settings

The Discussion Settings are used to control how visitors and other blogs interact with your site. Default Article Settings In the Default article settings, there are three options. These settings are defaults for new posts or pages, which can always be changed individually on each article. This first two options deal with pingbacks and trackbacks. Please […]

Site Administration

The Main Navigation menu is located on the far left side of the Administration Screen; it contains links to all the major administrative functions within your WordPress site. This Main Navigation bar is visible wherever you are inside the back-end of your site, and gives you quick access to all the work areas, site appearance, and important […]