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Frequently Asked Questions

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

How can I make my posts display my name instead of my NetID?

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."

How do I disable comments on my posts and pages?

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.

Why doesn't my site turn up in search results (such as Google)?

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 Don't treat your website as an archive for old syllabi, outdated course descriptions and documents.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!

How do I install additional plugins?

You are unable to install plugins other than those provided, and we do not honor requests for additional plugins. We review our plugin and theme offerings at the beginning of each term. You can view the current list of the plugin offerings here.

How do I use Google Analytics on my site?

You can find instructions here.