This CMS at UBC workshop is geared towards members of the UBC community that have a need for the common look and feel (CLF) website such as faculty units, administrative departments, campus initiatives, etc. Participants will be introcuced to CLF theme options including layout, navigation, frontpage display, as well as ways to change the look and feel of your site, embedding external media, custom menus, domain mapping, utilizing short code for further customization, and much more. There will also be a brief introduction to copyright issues and creative commons licensing.
Need more info about CMS at UBC: Please visit http://cms.ubc.ca/ to register for a site
For individuals seeking a personal web publishing solution it is recommended that you look at UBC Blogs. Please visit http://www.blogs.ubc.ca for more information.
Training Guide: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Documentation:WordPress_Basics/CMS_Basics_Guide
Note: If you are interested in some further training for UBC Blogs, please register for WordPress Basics II
The CMS service is geared toward members of the UBC community that have a need for a common look and feel website, and as such, are often faculty units, administrative departments, campus initiatives, etc. It is recommended that individuals look at UBC Blogs for personal web publishing solutions.
Requesting a site is a two step process:
A showcase of more websites currently using CMS at UBC can be found at http://cms.ubc.ca/showcase/
Even though you are probably working on your own unit/dept CLF webspace, we would like everyone to use a workshop sandbox today - this will help keep us all on the same page ;)
Step 1: go to http://cms.ubc.ca
Step 2: log in with train 01-16 (facilitator will let you know which number you are!)
Step 3: Password is "4training"
The Common Look and Feel (CLF) is a WordPress them developed by CTLT in collaboration with UBC Public Affairs. It provides users with the UBC branding on their website as well as a variety of customization options.
All CMS at UBC sites have the CLF theme activated by default.
We will be looking at the following customization options:
You can access these options by going into your Dashboard and under Appearance, click Theme Options.
More information at http://wiki.ubc.ca/Documentation:UBC_Content_Management_System/CLF_Theme
Experiment with customizing the CLF in the Sandbox course
WordPress Widgets are designed to provide a simple way to add various elements to your sidebar or footer without changing any code. They can help visitors easily navigate through your site or find the specific information they need.
Take note though that widget areas are theme dependent. Not all themes will have the same places to put widgets in.
The Widget Section contains three important elements:
You can add widgets by simply dragging a widget from the Available Widgets box and dropping them into any of the Widget Areas.
Remove widgets by dragging them outside of the Widget Areas or dropping them into the Inactive Widgets box.
You can add widgets that will help visitors navigate around your site. Depending on how your structured your content, you have a number of options at your disposal.
The Text Widget provides you added flexibility with an area to add custom text, images, or any other media onto your sidebar. Some knowledge of HTML is needed for more advanced and customized uses.
If you don't know HTML, try creating your content as a post and then copying the code in HTML View.
Take note that space for the sidebar area is limited. You may need to adjust or experiment a few times to get the sizing correctly.
Section/Section (Tabbed) Widget
The Section widget allows you to add content only to specific areas within your site such as only the frontpage or specific post categories. There is also the Tabbed Section widget that allows you to create multiple tabs.
Try adding Widgets in the Sandbox course
Plugins are software components that you can add to larger applications to extend or customize its capabilities. In WordPress, you can install and activate a variety of plugins to perform more advanced tasks such as including a wiki page with your post/page or allowing visitors to receive notifications for new comments on a post.
You can find the Plugins area by going into your Dashboard and under Tools, click Plugins.
If you want to turn on/off a plugin, just click on the corresponding Activate/Deactivate link under the Actions column.
If you have a need or use case that cannot be met by the available plugins, you can fill out a Plugin Request Form. Each request is evaluated on a case-by-case basis as the support team will work with you to find potential solutions and perform testing to maintain the stability of the system.
For more information about plugins, visit the following resources:
Try adding and configuring PLUGINS in the Sandbox course
Documentation:WordPress Basics/Embedding External Content
In some themes in WordPress (Coraline, TwentyTen, TwentyEleven, UBC Common Look and Feel) you can customize your navigation using custom menus. This allows you to select which main pages, sub-pages, links and categories will be added to the header.
You can have multiple custom menus for a variety of audiences and diverse ways of navigating around your site.
Start creating custom menus going into your Dashboard and under Appearance click on Menus.
Domain Mapping is changing the url of a CMS site from mysite.sites.olt.ubc.ca to mysite.ubc.ca.
You can request a custom ubc.ca url from UBC IT at http://www.it.ubc.ca/service_catalogue/internet_telephone/network_management/ubcsubdomain.html
The process usually takes 2 - 3 business days and it is important to include the following information with your request:
Once your custom url has been approved, take the following steps to change your site's domain:
If you need to change the name your site and correspondingly change your custom url, you can easily add and change to a new domain by following the same procedure above.
If you have more than one domain already available just choose the one you want to use and click on Set Primary Domain. Take note that you cannot delete your primary domain.
Short codes are is named after what it means. Instead of inputting long lines of codes to take advantage of specific functionalities in WordPress, you only need to type in shorter ones.
For example, the short code [wp_get_archives] will automatically create an indexed archive of all of your posts.
You can add short codes to either pages or posts and unlike regular code, you can add these in either the Visual View or HTML View.
See a list of all available shortcodes on CMS at UBC.
[slideshow width ="560" height=300"]
[column size=4 border] We shall be in column 1 [/column] [column size=4 border] We shall be in column 2 [/column] [column size=4 border] We shall be in column 3 [/column]
[tabs] [tab title="tab1"] tab 1 content [/tab] [tab title="tab2"] tab 2 content [/tab] [/tabs]
Try inserting the above codes in some Pages/Posts in the Sandbox course
WordPress makes it easy for you to import your blog content from a variety of other blogging platforms, including Blogger, LiveJournal, Movable Type, and many more. You can also easily import content from another WordPress.com site!
You can also export a WordPress webspace. Why would you do this? Let's say you have created a Science course site at UBC (Science 201) using Wordpress. You have put a lot of time and energy in this ONE site, (i.e. a ton of pages, posts, multimedia, etc). But, you are actually teaching THREE sections of this course at the same time and each section needs their own wordpress site. The fastest and easiest way to duplicate a WordPress webspace is to export the master (or template) course and then import it into 3 blank wordpress sites, giving each of them a different - Science201LevelOne, Science201LevelTwo, Science201LevelThree, etc.
This should really go without saying, but backing up your WordPress website on a regular basis is extremely important. Although a lot of web hosts (UBC does daily backups) may offer free backups, it is still your responsibility to keep recent backups yourself, preferably hosted on a local hard drive.
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