Alfresco Documentation

If you haven’t tried working with Alfresco, our document management database, uploading your documents to this external database can save you a great deal of time when working with your section of the WordPress site.

You can learn more about how Alfresco and WordPress are integrated and how to use them together, by reading our documentation.

If you need support with Alfresco, please contact Jen Schwedler.

Learn how to use and post to the Events Calendar

One of the best features of the new SCC website is the Events Calendar. It allows our site visitors can find, search and filter campus events, and view events by day, week or month. Event listings include all the important what, where and when info, along with images, maps, web links, related event links and a variety of other details. Users can also automatically add events to their Google calendar or iCal. Check out the new video about using the Events Calendar.

And it’s easy for faculty and staff website editors and contributors to post their events on the calendar, and link to the calendar from their own web pages. Learn how!

Copying Web Content To WordPress

It has been brought to my attention that some people are copying and pasting web pages into WordPress but aren’t changing links or uploading documents and images into wordpress.

First of all you should all know that any links that go to the www.scc.losrios.edu server or images that are on the WordPress server will automatically be switched to www.scc.losrios.edu when the domain name gets switched ( we are hoping for a March 15 switch date ). So don’t be afraid to use the wb2 web addresses for links and image on your WordPress site, you will not have to redo them.

Do not however use the www.scc.losrios.edu web address in printed publications, or give them to people for links on external sites( any site that doesn’t start with www.scc.losrios.edu ).

The best practice is to not give your new web addresses out until after the Switch date. However I know this isn’t always practical since some printed publications that will be available after the switch date will need the new address now.

For publications and external sites that will be used after the Switch date, you can substitute www for wb2. So if your WordPress web address right now is http://www.scc.losrios.edu/music , then you could give the web address of http://www.scc.losrios.edu/music to people preparing those printed documents or external web sites. Be aware that the web address will not work until after we switch the domain names, which if all goes according to plan will happen on March 15 but there is always a chance the date will be later.

I have put together a web page that I hope will help anyone who is having problems with links and images referencing pages, documents, and images from their old web site. Please go to the following web site for a thorough tutorial on how to copy web content into WordPress.

http://www.scc.losrios.edu/sccwordpresshelp/wordpress/tutorials/copying-web-content/

-Quinn

Four New Training Videos and Improved Organization

The WordPress Training Video page has been re-organized into categories to make it easier to find the videos you are looking for. All single topic videos are now grouped under headings such as Working with Graphics, Search Engine Optimization, and Template Updates. We hope this will help your training experience easier.

We’ve added a new Video Quick Links widget in the sidebar of the Training Videos page — another way to find the video your looking for, fast and easy!

And lastly, we have posted four great new and important videos:

NEW FEATURES IN THE AREA & DEPARTMENT TEMPLATES

REMOVING THE DEFAULT SIDEBAR WIDGETS

THE SOCIAL MEDIA WIDGETS

PREPARING GRAPHICS FOR THE WEB

This video also comes with a PDF handout

 

The Dashboard and Other WordPress Tips

Two new short training videos have just been added to our Video Tutorial page. The first is a 7-minute look at the Dashboard page, how to organize it and use it to save time. The second is a 20-minute virtual smorgasbord of useful and timesaving WordPress Tips: Cloning and New Draft pages, how to manage Permalinks, Bulk Editing and permanently deleting pages.

If you know what’s good for you, you will not miss either of these!!

New Video Series Especially For Department Sites

A new 6.5-part training video series for academic department sites has just been added to our training video library. This is especially designed for faculty and staff who are creating and maintaining their department’s site.

The series covers Site Maps, Page Organization, Department and Program Templates, Permalink URLs, News Blogs, and Area Navigation Menus.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to some changes in our plans for the Department / Program websites, Pt. 3 and Pt. 3a will need to be re-recorded. This version of Pt. 3 is still mostly relevant and useful and would help get you started. But this version of Pt. 3a is no longer useful so the link is no longer active. Please check back around Nov. 1 for the new videos.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Training Added

Our Training Videos page now presents two videos (totaling 35 minutes) introducing Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for pages, posts, graphics and documents.

SEO is extremely important for the success of our website — it effects how all of the site pages and content shows up in search engine results, especially our Google custom search feature. Everyone should watch this video and apply the techniques to all the pages, important graphics and documents they post on their sub-site.

Also, here’s a short article about SEO that might help you better understand how it works and how to improve your results.

 

Blogging and HTML Training Added

Our Training Videos page now presents two videos (totaling 48 minutes) introducing Blogging and the Recent Posts widget.

We also have three new videos that introduce HTML code and tags for WordPress content. These are very basic introductory HTML lessons that do not require any coding experience at all. Learning the basics in these videos will really help you step up your skills in content formatting and behaviors.