Software: WordPress 4.1
Every theme provides a unique combination of options. Most, such as our default theme, Twenty Twelve, include basic options for customizing the look and feel of your blog. We’ve also added several “Pro” themes with advanced features for building front-page based Web sites....
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) was 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 sidebar block of links,...
The WP Google Maps plugin allows you to add Google maps and markers to pages, posts or widgets on your blog. This page explains how to add a basic map. For advanced features see the WP Google Maps documentation.
Note: The WP Google Maps plugin is activated by default for all UMass Amherst blogs and...
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 personal blog, go to http://blogs.umass.edu/ and enter your UMass Amherst IT Account NetID and password.
Some members of the UMass community are administrators for more than...
WordPress has three types of Web pages:
Posts are the articles you add to your site.
A Blog Page collects posts and is generated automatically by the WordPress software. By default, the home page of your site displays your blog posts with the most recent post at the top. Visitors can click...
By default, WordPress automatically adds each new Page to the navigation scheme for your blog. Depending on your theme, there are different options for setting up page navigation.
Most themes support Menus. With custom menus you can easily create hierarchical sub-menus. Custom menus also allow...
Posts are the "articles" that get posted on your blog page. The newest post always appears at the top of your blog page.
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:
Posts can be organized into general topics called Categories. To help visitors find content, categories can be added to a Custom Menu, or you can add the Categories Widget to your blog.
When a visitor clicks the link for a category, a new page opens gathering all the posts assigned to that category...
In late August, 2014, Blogs at UMass Amherst blogging service will be upgraded to WordPress 3.9, "Jimmy Smith." Below are some of the changes and new features you'll find in the new version.
The dashboard has a new sleek look, but the basics of your administrative interface has not changed, so...
On December 22, 2014, Blogs at UMass Amherst will be upgraded to WordPress 4.0, "Benny."
Your blog contents (e.g., blog posts, images, plugins) will be automatically transferred from the old version to the new. The administrative interface has not undergone any significant changes and there is no...
On January 16, 2015, Blogs at UMass Amherst upgraded to WordPress 4.1, "Dinah."
During upgrades, your blog contents (e.g., blog posts, images, plugins) are automatically transferred from the old version to the new. For this upgrade, the administrative interface has not undergone significant changes...
OIT's Blogs at UMass Amherst blogging service is upgraded to WordPress 3.5 'Elvin' as of 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...
To change the appearance of your blog, change the theme. Themes are complete designs that are ready to use. Each theme offers a unique design and set of customization options. Changing your blog's theme will not affect Posts or Pages you have already added, but will require you to reconfigure...
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 default menu of pages. Most, but not all themes support custom navigation menus.
You can easily create drop-down menus that include not only your blog's pages, but also post categories, external URLs, and more. If your...