FAQs

October 10, 2012
How do I choose a 2 column or a three column template for my page?

If you are using the ‘University Custom Theme’, you can choose one of four templates when creating a new page. These are: 1. Default template (2 columns) 2. 3 Columns 3.  A news page 4. An events page A 3 column page will look similar to your front page with a 3rd column on the […]

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What is a plugin and how do I use one?

A plugin can be thought of a ‘bolt on’ to the main wordpress functionality that gives additional features. Examples of plugins include: – A twitter plugin – A language translator – Slideshare integration –  Anything else you can think of! Plugins often come in the form of a widget, and fora complete list of wordpress plugins you […]

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October 9, 2012
How to create a custom menu

By default any new pages you create will appear in your main menu. However, for large websites with many pages you may wish to provide a more structured navigation system. To create a custom menu do the following: Login to your dashboard Go to Appearance > Menus Type in a name for your menu (only you will see this) […]

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How do I disable comments on my website?

WordPress ‘Comments’ allow other people to leave messages regarding your articles typically blog posts, but also on individual pages. Unfortunately, comments provide an easy way for spam to enter your website, so if you are unsure it is recommenced you globally disable commenting on your website. To globally disable comments Login to your dashboard Go to Settings […]

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October 3, 2012
How do I use categories and tags?

Each post can be assigned any number of categories and tags. Categories allows for broad grouping of post topics e.g. ‘food’, and categories can also have a hierarchy e.g. Food – Sweet – Savoury Tags have NO hierarchy and are typically used to describe a post in more detail. For example, if your post was about dolphin shaped […]

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What is a ‘Post’?

A ‘Post’ is simply a blog post. You can think of it as a news item if you prefer. Most wordpress themes show the latest blog posts on the front page, but also keep an archive of previous posts on a separate page. Posts can be searched for using a word in the title OR in the […]

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What’s the difference between a WordPress Blog and a Blackboard Blog?

WordPress has a couple of key features that may make it attractive as a blogging tool for your students. However, it also lacks several features that the Blackboard Blog tool has. Advantages of WordPress over Blackboard 1. Customisation WordPress has many options for customising backgrounds, header images, menus and overall look and feel. There are […]

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How can I use wordpress at The University of Southampton?

You can use WordPress  as a simple content management system (CMS) for creating research groups, help pages, or simply as an external blog. Information on how to request a wordpress site can be found here WordPress sites at the University include: The Centre for Innovation in Technologies and Education (CITE) www.cite.soton.ac.uk Excel Placements www.placements.soton.ac.uk Languages At Southampton […]

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What is WordPress?

WordPress is a web application that allows you to create quick and easy news items, blog posts, event pages and much more. It was originally developed as a blogging tool, but because it is open source a large developer community allowed wordpress to evolve with the addition of plugins and different website themes. It is estimated that 1 in 4 websites are powered by […]

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How to use these help pages

These help pages contain FAQs and guides on the commonly used features of wordpress.  

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