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Sharing blog posts are a great way to share content and draw readers to your blog. In order to do so you will have to install the ShareThis plugin.
To do this select the Plugins from your left toolbar:
Then find the ShareThis plugin and click Activate:
Now a few options will appear at the bottom of your blog posts allowing readers to share your story:
Depending on your settings, you may have to approve comments to get them to display publicly when readers post them without logging in. It is important to manage comments to weed out spam.
Check your settings by clicking Settings, and then Discussion.
To enable prospective students, alumni, or anyone else to comment on the blog, make sure the box next to “Users must be registered and logged in to comment” is unchecked.
Comments will always be held for moderation if the box next to “An administrator must always approve the comment” is checked.
Make the appropriate changes and click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
Recent comments will be displayed in the dashboard where you can approve the comments directly.
Hover over the comment and click Approve. If the comment is approved, you will see “Unapprove”.
You will also be notified by the two comment features below:
Manage comments by clicking Comments on the left menu column.
A forum is a good way to let readers leave general comments or questions that may not be relevant to specific blog posts or pages.
Adding a forum to your blog is easy using the Mingle Forum plugin.
What it looks like:
To activate this plug-in, go to Plugins in the left menu column, and scroll down to find “Mingle Forum.” Click Activate.
You will then see Mingle Forum in the left menu column.
Customize the Mingle Forum settings according to your preferences. If you would like to enable any users who may not have a MIIS username and password to leave comments or questions, make sure to uncheck the box next to “Registration required to post”.
Once your settings are saved, click on Forum Structure.
The “category” is the overarching topic and “forum” is the sub-topic.
Click add new to create a category.
Enter the name and a description (optional) and click Save category.
To add a forum as a sub-topic, click Add forum under the appropriate category. Enter the name and description and click Save forum.
You have now created the forum and customized the settings, but you now need to make the Mingle Forum display on your blog.
To do this, create a new page.
Type [mingleforum] in the body of the text. Click Publish.
Now that you have created the forum page, go back to the Menu under Appearance and make sure the newly created page is included in the main menu. If it isn’t, click the appropriate box for the newly created page and click Add to Menu and then Save Menu.
Plugins are tools that can extend the functionality of the blog. There are various plugins installed in the MIIS blogging community.
Click Plugins in the left menu column and check the extensive list to see if any would be beneficial for your blog.
Click Visit plugin site to check out screenshots and descriptions of the various plugins. If you decide to use a specific plugin, simple click Activate under the name of the plugin.
But remember that WordPress runs faster with fewer plugins, so deactivate ones that are not in use.
For example, you can activate the Prezi Shortcode blog:
Once you have activated this plugin a prezi icon will appear on your Visual Toolbar. Click on this icon and you will be able to add in your Prezi url then click Insert:
You can have a list of links to other blogs or relevant websites using the Links widget.
The Korean blog has links to the MIIS language landing page and all the other MIIS language blogs:
To use the Links widget, you will first need to set them up by clicking on Links in the left menu column. Then click Add New.
Enter the name of the link as you want it to show up in the list, the web address, and a description. Then click Add Link.
Note: The links will show up in alphabetical order of the “Name” of the link.
Once you are done setting up your links, go back to the Widgets, under Appearance.
Drag the Links widget into the Sidebar and configure the settings as you please.
The selection of pre-installed widgets depends on the theme you have chosen and the plugins that have been installed.
In the left menu column, click Appearance, then Widgets. Then simply drag the widgets you want in your blog into the Sidebar on the right to activate them.
There can be more than one Sidebar, depending on the theme.
You can have a Twitter feed in your blog using a number of methods. Using the Neosential theme and the Twitter Widget Pro, the Twitter feed looks like this in the right sidebar:
The Korean blog uses the Twitter Widget Pro. To use this widget, drag it into the Sidebar, enter the Twitter username without the “@” and click Save once you finish configuring the settings according to your preferences.
If you can’t find this widget in list of Available Widgets, click Plugins from the left menu column, scroll down to find Twitter Widget Pro and click Activate. It should then be visible in the list of Available Widgets.
You can also use the plugin for Twitter Tools instead, which enables cross-posting from both the blog and Twitter:
By activating the Twitter Tools plugin, and dragging the Twitter Tools widget into your Sidebar, you will be able to write tweets directly from your blog:
This is the menu for the Neosential theme:
You can create sub-menus by using the same click and drag technique used to re-order the menu items. Drag and drop the menu items left and right and make sure the sub-menu item is indented.
In the example, the “Curriculum” menu item was dragged and indented under “GSTILE”:
This created the sub-menu as seen below:
Each theme may have a menu that is different in terms of where it is located and what it looks like.
To customize the menu, click Appearance, and then Menu.
You can have more than one menu but some themes will only support one.
The menu items are made up of the “Pages” or “Categories.”
To add new menu items: From the Menu screen, scroll down to “Pages” or “Categories” and check the box next to the desired items. Then click Add to Menu, and Save Menu.
To change the order of the Menu, simply click and drag the menu items up and down.
Also, menu items can be configured so that the titles visible on the blog are in one language and the hover-over text are in another language.
To do this, click on each menu item and it will expand to show the “Navigation Label” and “Title Attribute.”
The “Navigation Label” is what will be displayed in the menu and the “Title Attribute” is what will appear when the user hovers over the menu item. Change the titles as desired and don’t forget to click Save Menu when you’re finished.
You can create pages containing information other than regular blog posts (i.e. FAQs, helpful information about housing and transportation in Monterey, information about faculty, etc.). You will then make these pages visible by adding them to the Main Menu.
To create a new page, Click Pages from the left menu column. Then click Add New.
Write the content of your new page using the same tools as you would for a blog post. Click Publish once you’re finished.