Disabling Comments

The ‘Updates’ page is a true Blog page, in that (by default) it allows the reader to make comments so you can host discussions. You may choose to disable this ability so the Updates page becomes a non-interactive web page, like the others.

Remember that the ‘updates’ page is really just an index page with links to a bunch of subpages, each one designed to host a different topic. You have to turn off ‘comments’ in each post in the Updates page after you write it.

To do so is easy:

1) After you make and save a post, click on the dashboard and select <Posts/ All Posts>

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2) Then, beneath the post you want to disable comments on, select <Quick Edit>

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3) On the right hand side, you will see where you can de-select “Allow Comments”

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Do this for any posts or pages where you do not want comments active. 

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Deleting Old Posts

Getting rid of old posts on the “Updates” page is simple.

First, understand that the each of the posts on the Updates page is, itself, another page. You can see this if you click on the title of a post….it takes you to a different page where the post and all the threaded comments are. The ‘Updates’ page itself is sort of like an index page.

So to delete a specific post, just to to that Post’s page, and delete the page. It just takes two clicks.

1) Edit the post itself

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2) Move that page to the trash. It deletes the post in the Updates page.

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That’s it. Please delete all your old posts ASAP.

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Changing your banner image

You should consider changing your banner image on your WordPress site. It’s fairly easy, and really dresses up your site.

First, select and save an image. You can do a google search or use one of your own. Be sure to find one that can be cropped to the proper shape (short and wide) and still look appealing. Also, be sure the file size is large enough so the picture does not appear fuzzy. (Yes, I know the photo in my own blog is fuzzy….it was a bad photo that I took years ago, but I wanted to use it. Let it be an example of how distracting a fuzzy image can be….)

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 9.15.09 AMIf you do a google image search, when you scroll over the image, a popup on the bottom will tell you the image size. Choose one that is AT LEAST 1000 pixels wide….if you reduce an image, the quality does not deteriorate. If you enlarge it, it gets fuzzy.

Once you find an image that is large enough and can be cropped nicely, click once on it, then select “view image”. The you can download the image that appears to your downloads folder. NOTE: if you do not select ‘view image’ but merely download the image directly from google search, you are saving the tiny thumbnail.

Next, you should put the URL where you got the photo from on the image. This takes a little effort, but we are role modelling for our students, so it’s worth it. Here’s an easy way:

1) Double-click on the photo in your downloads folder to open it in Preview.
2) Select “Tools > annotate > text”
3) Put a text box where you want the credential to be in the final, cropped image.
4) Type in the URL from where you got the image. Feel free to make it a good color and size so that it is not distracting. If you want to put the “copyright” sign (©) in front of the URL, hit ‘Option / g”
5) Hit “Save” and close the Preview window.

Now, upload and crop that image:

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 8.58.38 AMIn your WordPress dashboard, navigate to “appearance/header”, and you can select the image to upload. Once it is uploaded, you get the option to crop it to size, and publish it.

That’s it. 🙂

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Uploading Documents to WordPress

For the most part, the documents people might want to upload are either Word/Pages docs, or PDF files.

Let me be clear about this right up front: WordPress makes it very challenging to upload PDF files….you are far better off if you upload (or embed) your documents as a Word file.

Embedding a Word document is simple.

1) Upload it to Google.docs
2) Set the sharing settings so that ‘Anyone with the Link can view’
3) Click “File/Publish to the Web” and start publishing
4) At the bottom of the window that pops up, grab the Embed Code (the one that starts with ‘iframe’)
5) Paste that code into your WordPress site in HTML (“Text”) view.

Here is what the final product will look like in your WordPress site:

(I embedded an image in the Word Document by taking a screen shot and pasting it in. That’s one good way to attach a PDF to your Word doc.)

However, if you choose to upload a PDF directly, it is possible.There are three ways to properly upload PDF document. Each has its advantage and disadvantage, so it would be a good idea to try all three so you can choose each one appropriately.

I will describe each method below, then you can watch the short video that recaps each method. It appears a bit complex, but really it’s not so bad. For the record, I think this all works best in Safari, but YMMV (that’s internet slang for ‘your mileage may vary’)

Method 1) Upload the document directly to the WordPress site.

  • Click on ‘Add Media’
  • Select your PDF file to add to the library
  • Click ‘insert into post’

ADVANTAGE: This is the easiest and most intuitive method
DISADVANTAGE: Instead of an embedded document, you will get a link in your post that lets the user download the file to see it, like this:

.Demo PDF file

Method 2)  Upload the PDF to Google.docs to get an embed code, then embed it into your post.

  • Navigate to google.docs (or google.drive), and select the ‘upload’ icon

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  • Select the file you want, and upload it.
  • When the ‘progress box’ appears in the bottom right, select “settings; convert file to google docs format”
  • Open the uploaded file, and set the sharing settings so that ‘anyone with the link’ (not just HKIS users) can view.
  • Then go to ‘file’ and ’embed this PDF file’. (You may not be offered that choice, but be offered “File/Publish to the web” instead. If so, choose that), then copy the embed code provided.
  • Be aware; you may have to use “edit/copy’ as Control-C and Control-V do not work in some browsers at this stage.
  • Navigate to your blog, go into HTML view, and paste in the embed code (use ‘edit/paste’)

ADVANTAGE: Despite how it looks, this is actually the easiest way to get the document embedded into your post where you want it. You also get a scroll bar for really long documents so they don’t take up a ton of space on your page
DISADVANTAGE: Lots of little settings things you have to watch for, and the uploaded PDF file can be very large, and has the thumbnails in the left margin which uses up space on your page, like this:

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Method 3: Change the PDF to a series of jpeg images, and insert them like photos. This is MY FAVORITE method.

  • Open your PDF in Acrobat, and ‘save as/JPEG’
  • In WordPress, choose ‘insert media’ and select the saved jpeg file. If the file has multiple pages, you can select them all at once and upload them
  • Insert the jpeg(s) in the order you want into your page.

ADVANTAGE: You get an in-line embedded document; probably what you are wanting
DISADVANTAGE: You have to upload and embed each image in order.

Demo PDF file jpeg

Here is a movie that shows these methods more clearly.

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