Joel Murray, working in the College of Social Science, has produced a WordPress Guide for Research Groups. It’s a useful and comprehensive guide for anyone using WordPress at Lincoln. Please send any feedback on the guide to Joss Winn. The guide covers very similar ground to the two-hour staff development workshops held each month (book via the Portal).

Download WordPress Guide for Research Groups (PDF)

A recent upgrade to WordPress introduced oEmbed, a new and easier way to embed video and some other media in your blog post.Whereas before, You needed to either copy the raw HTML embed code and paste it in the WordPress HTML editor, or activate Viper’s Video Quicktags plugin, you can now simply copy and paste the URL of the video you wish to embed.

It only works for services that support oEmbed, but the number of those services is growing. Today, the following services will allow you to use the oEmbed method of embedding a video:

To embed media using one of these services, the tutorial is simple:

  1. Copy the URL of the video/image/audio i.e.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFsCFUCzwf0
  2. Paste it into your WordPress editor.
  3. That’s it!

If you’re new to WordPress or the University blogs, there are a few ways that you can find help and support.

  1. Joel Murray has produced a guide aimed at researchers in the College of Social Science. It is also a useful guide for any WordPress user at Lincoln. Download WordPress Guide for Research Groups (PDF)
  2. Browse the official documentation for WordPress.com. In most cases, it will apply to your site, too.
  3. There is a contextual ‘Help’ button in the top-right corner of every WordPress administration page.
  4. Read First Steps With WordPress
  5. For a good overview of how to understand and use the WordPress Dashboard, watch these short video tutorials
  6. Read the WordPress community documentation about each of the administration panels.
  7. Watch WordPressTV
  8. Ask Google ;-)
  9. Ask Joss to join your class, team or department meeting or faculty away day. I can provide training in an hour or just an overview in 20 mins.
  10. Book onto a WordPress workshop (staff) via the Portal.
  11. Log a support request.

Prologue, the WordPress theme which transforms a blog into a hub of discussion, has been updated and is now called P2. Here’s a video which explains how it can be used for realtime conversation. Use it for project members to stay in touch, for students to discuss their course or as your department’s noticeboard. As always, your site can be private, public or anywhere in between.

If you’re interested in learning about blogs, wikis, RSS and other web tools and social media, Common Craft produce popular videos that are fun to watch and aimed at simplifying seemingly challenging and rapidly evolving web technologies.

RSS in Plain English

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