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Requesting a WordPress Site

Faculty and staff members may request an individual WordPress site for use in conjunction with their work. To request a site, go to the Tools and Links bucket in your Faculty or Employee Portfolio, and select Blog & Wiki Request. Once you agree to the usage policies for the Web 2.0 tools such as the blogs, your request will be submitted and you will be notified by an email when your site is ready to go.

Faculty and staff members may also request group sites. Group sites can be used for courses, research, conferences, and collaborative projects. To request a group site please contact the appropriate person.

Policy Guidance
General use of Web 2.0 tools including blogs and wikis is addressed by the Computer Usage Policy. The following amendment addresses issues related to these tools.

  • Faculty and staff members may request a blog or wiki for use in conjunction with their work. The requestor will be the owner of the blog and assumes responsibilities as defined by the computer usage policies. Student blogs and wikis will be supported at a later time.
  • Faculty and staff members may also request group blogs or wikis. Group blogs can be used in courses, research, department websites, and collaborative projects.
  • Faculty and staff members may request additional Wesleyan computer accounts for collaborators from other institutions for participation in Web 2.0 activities, and their use will be covered by the computer usage policies.
  • Anonymous postings to blogs and wikis are not permitted. Owners of blogs and wikis may not reconfigure the system to allow anonymous postings.
  • Comments are an integral part of Web 2.0. All comments will be run through a SPAM engine. An individual making a comment is required to provide a valid email address before entering comments. The blog owner is responsible to review each comment before posting it to the blog for others to see. The blog owner reserves the right not to publish individual comments. The blog owner may opt to require Wesleyan password authentication before comments can be submitted.
  • Blogs created by Wesleyan-provided software will be listed on a web page and be available for RSS syndication.
  • Wesleyan does not guarantee that it will provide ancillary software, such as databases and script languages, that authors may wish to use in their blogs or wikis.

How To Use WordPress

Via the WesLive blog.

  1. Click on “New Post.”
  2. Type a title and start writing your content in the box below. Use the toolbar buttons to style your text as you would in a word processor.
  3. To create a link, select the text that you want to be the “link text” and then click the linked chain button, type in the URL and then click Insert.
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  4. To create a new paragraph simply press Enter/Return.
  5. To insert an image, position your cursor where you’d like the image to go, then take the following steps:
    • click the star icon next to “Add Media”
    • browse for your image and select it
    • click “Upload”
    • type a caption (recommended); title is optional
    • choose an image size
    • if the image will be a link, type the URL or click “File URL” for a link to the full-sized original
    • choose your alignment for the image
    • click “Insert into Post”
  6. Your image will then be inserted where you last placed your cursor.
  7. Remember to save your work by clicking “Save Draft”
  8. Preview your post by clicking “View post” after the browser reloads; the post will not be available from the blog homepage yet
  9. In this example we made the image a link, so you can click on it to view the original
  10. Click “Edit” to return to the Post editor
  11. WordPress automatically creates the full URL based on your title text; if you want you can modify this
  12. Tag your post by typing keywords separated by commas in the Post Tags section
  13. Click “Publish” to make your post live on the blog
  14. When your post is published the URL will be the “human friendly version”
  15. Log out when you are done editing

WordPress upgraded to 3.5.1

Plugin upgrades

We upgraded a large number of WordPress plugins during the maintenance window this past Tuesday morning. In testing before and after the fact we found only one small glitch that was easily rectified. If you notice anything odd on one of your sites, though, don't hesitate to contact your Academic Computing Manager or the Web Administrator.

For a brief period after the power outage, the automatic listing of WesScholar Works on faculty pages failed sporadically.  We have found the source of the trouble and made corrections so that it should not recur. Many thanks to the faculty who reported the trouble and helped us with their feedback to correct it quickly.

Over the past week we have seen occasional odd behavior on our WordPress sites (such as uploaded images seeming to disappear). We have determined that the oddities have to do with caching on our server, and we are on the trail of a solution. In the meantime, we believe that clearing the cache regularly should help to alleviate the problems, so we have set the cache to refresh automatically once an hour.

We've just installed a new plugin that lets you create a glossary for your site. It's called "Explanatory Dictionary." When a reader hovers over one of your key words, a definition you provide will appear beside your cursor. Contact your Academic Computing Manager or other ITS support staff for assistance.


We recently published the "CatWalker" plugin on the WordPress Plugin Repository. The plugin allows you to add a double dropdown widget to your site that will let you find the intersection of two categories. The plugin also allows you to use a custom taxonomy (called "Attributes"). Attributes work essentially like post categories, but you can assign them to Pages as well as Posts. You can read full details about usage at:


Earlier this morning we upgraded WesBase, our custom WordPress theme, to version 3.6.1. This latest release includes a full-width page template with no sidebar(s). The "one-column" page will offer a nice way to display large-format graphics. You can choose the new layout from the editing interface for any page. If your site has custom styles, we may need to make some adjustments to your site-specific style sheet.

Polling plugin

We've just added WP-Polls to our roster of WordPress plugins. Now you can add a poll to your sidebar, manage multiple polls, automatically display results, etc. Contact your Academic Computing Manager if you require assistance creating or managing a poll for your site.

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