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Frequently Asked Questions

Please note: you can find a lot of answers at the Edublogs Help site.  Edublogs and CampusPress are both part of the company that provides the hosting for Dartmouth WordPress.

Although you might think it is the Add New button under the Users menu item, you should instead use the Blog & User Creator a bit lower down on the menu. It looks like this:

screenshot of Blog and User Creator menu option

If you are not sure if the user is "new" or "existing", just try Add Existing, and you will get an error message if they need to go in the Add New tab.  Please note that you can add 5 or more users at a time.

In certain cases, this email is generated after the first time you login. It can happen if there is any difference in case between the email we used to add you to the system, and your official email address. For example, we may have used an ending with EDU, but officially you email ends in Edu. In such cases, WordPress considers that the email is "different" and sends out the email. We apologize for this inconvenience, and promise that it will only happen once.
Note: as of August 2018, this should no longer occur.

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."

The easiest way is to login to your site, and active the plugin called "Completely Disable Comments"

screenshot showing Disable Comments plugin

Once this plugin is active, you will see a new Disable Comments menu item under Settings.

screenshot for Disable Comments setting

Select the top option or check off the desired area to disable, and click Save Changes.

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.

In order to improve performance, our website content is cached with a CDN (Content Delivery Network).  Some ad-blockers may block such content because it is coming from a domain that is different from dartmouth.edu.  If you notice this issue, you should edit the ad-blocker settings to whitelist the following:

*.*.wpmucdn.com/sites.dartmouth.edu/*
*.*.wpmucdn.com/journeys.dartmouth.edu/*

 

You can find instructions in Prezi support.  Basically, you will use some "iframe" code provided by Prezi, and then adjust your link so that it has "/embed" on the end.