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June 1, 2018

How to add a donation link for CAS Department websites

Purpose

This article is designed to guide site administrators through the process of adding a donation link to their department’s website.

This guide will employ examples from websites using the CAS Department Theme.

Process

In order to complete this process for your website, you will need the following:

  • UO Foundation donation link
  • Access as a site administrator for access to edit menus

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March 20, 2018

Posts and Pages

Purpose

This article is designed to guide you through the differences and use cases for posts, pages, and their respective organizational methods in WordPress and UO Blogs.

Similarities

Both posts and pages use the same editor interface. The default visual editor is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) layout which behaves like a word processor program with rich-text abilities (bold, italics, underline, links) and web heading levels. Font sizes and styles are typically set by the chosen theme and can only be altered by enabling a plugin for the editor.

Posts and pages can be tagged with keywords to help organize content and to assist in search engine optimization for your site. Featured images can be added to both as well.

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April 13, 2017

How to log in to WordPress/UO Blogs sites

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Purpose

This article will guide users through the process of logging in to their UO Blogs-based WordPress sites by way of two similar but different methods and a guide on how to add existing users of the service to such sites.

Login Processes

There are two primary methods for logging on to your site:

Method One

Click the Log In link on the upper-left of the browser window

Sign in using your Duck ID and password by clicking on the Use My Duck ID button.

Then, you will arrive at the Dashboard for your site(s)

Note: You may have to click on View My Sites if you have access to multiple sites (as seen below)

Method Two

Similar to Method One above, this will give you access to your site but through the UO Blogs main website. Go to blogs.uoregon.edu/ then click on the Login tab:

 

Then continue to proceed through the steps of Method One as described above.

Once logged in, you’ll see the administrative toolbar above the site header which will allow you to add more content or return to the site dashboard (as in the image below for CASIT Blog administrators).

Adding users to a site hosted on UO Blogs (for site administrators)

Most CAS departments, programs, and institutes have their websites hosted on UO Blogs.

In order for users to be added, they have to sign-in to the service once in order to create a service token that is connected to the user’s Duck ID account. To acquire the service token, follow the steps described in Method Two above. Once authenticated, the new user can create their own site or be added to any other site by site administrators.

Administrative Process

Administrators can add users to their sites by going to the Users > Add Existing option of their site’s dashboard.

UO Blogs Dashboard with Users then Add Existing highlighted

From there, administrators can add users who have authenticated with the service by entering the @uoregon.edu email of the person they wish to add then assign a role for their access on the site.

For more information on roles within WordPress, you can consult the WordPress Codex on Roles and Capabilities.

Add the @uoregon.edu email for the new user and their desired role. Click Add Existing User to proceed.

The Add Existing User screen with Email Address and Role fields highlighted. 1. Enter the @uoregon.edu email address then 2. Assign the desired role for the new user.

Once entered, the user will be added to your site. If you do not happen to see this message, ensure that the new user has created their token for the service.

The user has been added to your site. Success!

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May 18, 2016

Slides in the CAS Department Theme

Purpose

This article is to guide users of the CAS Department Theme in UO Blogs through the process of creating a slide on the home page of their department website.

Slides are customized posts that consist of an image and an associated post tagged to the image’s caption that are displayed on the designated homepage for the site. Follow the process below to create a slide.

Requirements

This process is specifically for CAS Department Theme users.

The theme is available for any campus entity to use but it is not available in the Appearance > Themes menu option. If you are interested in using the theme, submit your UO Blogs URL in a ticket to the UO Information Services Service Portal and they will apply it. After having the theme installed and you decide to change your theme, you must submit another request to have it reapplied.

For those who would like to see the theme and its features before proceeding, check out the CAS Design Toolkit here.

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September 11, 2015

WordPress File Security

Purpose

This article is designed to guide WordPress users through a couple specific methods to ensure greater security for files stored within WordPress sites (like those with sites using UO Blogs).

The way that UO Department sites are set up, they are published publicly to allow for being found by various web search engines. Files and media are stored using distinct URLs and as long as someone has the address, the files and media can be accessible.

There are, however, methods to mitigate some potential security issues. Follow one of the methods below for greater security. Follow the steps below to proceed.

Setting up a PDF with a password

When a PDF file is created, the author can set viewing permissions for the file. To set those permissions, click on Tools > Protection. From here, click on Encrypt.

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Then select Encrypt with Password from the drop-down menu.

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NOTE: You may be asked whether or not you want to proceed, click Yes to proceed.

Now, be sure to click the checkbox to Require a password to open the document then put in a password to open the document.

 

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Click OK to proceed.

NOTE: The password protection will not take place until the document is saved.

Privately Published Pages and Posts

When creating a new page or post within WordPress, users can set the visibility as to restrict access. Prior to publishing the new content, the user will select Private or Password Protected from the Visibility menu from within the Publishing menu. Then click OK.

NOTE: If a page or post has already been published and if the site is public (as all department pages are), then it will be indexed by Google (and other web crawlers) and will therefore be publicly searchable whether or not if the page is made private after the publication date.

In short, if the user would like to have the page or post made private or protected by a password without being found by a search engine, copy and paste the content into a new page or post and set to private before publishing.

May 29, 2015

Setting Up Formidable Pro

Purpose

This post is designed to guide WordPress/UO Blogs user through setting up Formidable — a plugin for WordPress that allows site managers to create forms for various needs. Some examples include sign-up sheets for events or avenues to receive feedback among many other options.

Enable Formidable Pro for your site

Note: Formidable Pro is a plugin that is part of the UO Blogs offering to all associated with the University by using your DuckID. If you do not yet have a UO Blogs site, follow this link.

Process

The process of enabling the Formidable form plugin shown in the video below and described with screenshots as well.

Video version

Text version

Login to your UO Blogs account using your DuckID and password, then go the site’s Dashboard

  • Example of your site: blogs.uoregon.edu/”yoursitename”/wp-admin
    • “yoursitename” is your user name used when signing up for a site.

Note: Some users may have multiple sites through UO Blogs. If so, you will be directed to a general Dashboard upon sign-in. You will then need to select which site you would like to directly edit.

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