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Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: if you have an IWR Portfolio site, check out the Portfolio FAQ's.

Go to "Edit my profile" (found under "Howdy, [username]" in the upper right corner). On your profile page, supply your first name, last name, and the format you would like under "Display name publicly as."

To disable all comments, go to Settings > Disable Comments then Save Changes.

To disable comments by default on all new posts and pages, go to Settings > Discussion, and uncheck "

Disabling comments by default

To disable comments on individual posts or pages, go to the Pages or Posts section on the dashboard. Hover over the post or page and select "Quick Edit." Uncheck the "Allow Comments" box.

Disabling comments on individual posts or pages.

The most important step is to make sure your site can be crawled. To do this, go to your site's Dashboard, and then go to: Settings > Privacy (in the left column). For Site Visibility, make sure you have the "Allow search engines to index this site" option set.

WordPress encourages site authors to structure their content in ways that it can more easily be found by search engines. If your page is long, a good practice is to break the text in your page into more bite-sized chunks with headings (use the "Heading 1", "Heading 2" etc. options in the dropdown menu in the page editor).

It's also a good idea to structure your site architecture in an intuitive fashion.  Pages can be nested under a "parent" page in a hierarchical manner. This allows you to group like topics together. In addition to increasing the usability of the site, this might also help search engines crawl your site -- especially if you use a theme or set up your menus so that subsections each have their own navigation as well.

It is also good practice to only keep current, useful information on your site. Don't treat your website as an archive for old syllabi, outdated course descriptions and documents.

Also keep in mind that it does take a little while for Google to find and crawl your site, especially if the site isn't linked from other sites already. So, if you've followed the steps above and your site does not show up in search engine results immediately, be patient!

You are unable to install plugins other than those provided.  However, we do consider requests for additional plugins.  If you would like to request an additional plugin, please email wordpress@dartmouth.edu.  We review our plugin and theme offerings regularly. You can view the current list of the plugin offerings here.

To set up Google Analytics on your site, go to Settings > Google Analytics.  Enter the Site Tracking Code provided by Google (something like UA-123456789-01), and save your changes.

If you want to see statistics from within your site, you can also login to your Google account, and get an access code that way.

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