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  • Software: WordPress 4.9 Themes control the look and feel, layout and other options for your site. Every theme provides a unique combination of options. We’ve added several “Pro” themes with advanced features for building front-page based Web sites. Our large selection of mobile-ready and device-...
  • You have two options for entering content: the Visual Editor or Text Editor. The Visual Editor gives you an interface similar to that of a word processor (i.e., MS Word). The Text Editor lets you enter (limited) HTML mark up and has buttons for most common HTML tags.Note: Not all HTML mark up is...
  • This article describes how to manage a collection of links (which can be assigned to categories), then add them to a Links widget to display in a sidebar or other widget area on your blog. As an alternative, you can create a new Menu, then add a Custom Menu Widget to a Widget Area. If you only...
  • The Menus administration screen lets you create and edit navigation menus. You can change the order of menu items and create hierarchical frop-down menus, and add pages, posts, post categories, or links to external Web sites. When planning your website's navigation, consider: Depending on the...
  • A Custom Menu Widget can show links to items within your site, to other websites, or both, and can be used as an alternative to the Links widget which displays links managed on the Links administration screen (see Add & Configure the Links Widget (Blogroll)). If you don't have a large number...
  • The WP Google Maps plugin allows you to add Google maps and markers to pages, posts or widgets on your blog. This page explains how to add a basic map. For advanced features see the WP Google Maps documentation. Note: The WP Google Maps plugin is activated by default for all UMass Amherst blogs and...
  • Use roles to distribute responsibilities among regular contributors to your blog. For instance, an instructor might allow a TA to moderate discussions, or let students in a seminar create posts and comments. Note: You can only assign roles to members of the UMass Amherst community with UMass IT...
  • Log in to Your Blog All UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff have access to Blogs at UMass Amherst. To log into your personal blog, go to https://blogs.umass.edu/ and enter your UMass Amherst IT Account NetID and password. Some members of the UMass community are administrators for more than...
  • WordPress has several types of web pages: Posts: Dated content entries that typically show the date published, author, and category.  Archive Pages: Automatically generated pages that collect Posts. For example, by default, the home page of your site displays an archive of your blog posts with...
  • Setting up navigation menus in WordPress is now handled on the Menus panel where you can easily create hierarchical sub-menus, change the order of menu items, add Pages, Posts, Post Categories, or links to external Web sites. For step-by-step instructions an creating menus, see Add & Manage...
  • WordPress has several types of web pages: Posts: Dated content entries that typically show the date published, author, and category.  Archive Pages: Automatically generated pages that collect Posts. For example, by default, the home page of your site displays an archive of your blog posts with...
  • Posts can be organized into general topics called Categories to help visitors find related content. When a visitor clicks on a category link, a new page opens listing all the posts assigned to the category. Category links can be added to navigation Menus, or you can add the Categories Widget to...
  • Third party plugins that are not updated may not be functional or may pose a security risk and may be removed at any time if vulnerabilities are discovered. This page describes actions required by blog users in preparation for the removal of the following plugins scheduled to be discontinued on...
  • In late August, 2014, Blogs at UMass Amherst blogging service will be upgraded to WordPress 3.9, "Jimmy Smith." Below are some of the changes and new features you'll find in the new version. The dashboard has a new sleek look, but the basics of your administrative interface has not changed, so...
  • On December 22, 2014, Blogs at UMass Amherst will be upgraded to WordPress 4.0, "Benny." Your blog contents (e.g., blog posts, images, plugins) will be automatically transferred from the old version to the new. The administrative interface has not undergone any significant changes and there is no...
  • On January 16, 2015, Blogs at UMass Amherst upgraded to WordPress 4.1, "Dinah." During upgrades, your blog contents (e.g., blog posts, images, plugins) are automatically transferred from the old version to the new. For this upgrade, the administrative interface has not undergone significant changes...
  • On Monday, March 13, 2017, Blogs at UMass Amherst upgraded from WordPress 4.5 to WordPress 4.7. This upgrade includes features added in WordPress version 4.6 and 4.7. During upgrades, your blog contents (e.g., blog posts, images, plugins) are automatically transferred from the old version to the...
  • On Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, UMass IT upgrades Blogs at UMass Amherst to from WordPress 4.7 to WordPress 4.9 and prepares for maintenance on our themes and plugins. Here’s what you need to know: Themes Scheduled to be Retired Third-party themes that are not updated may not be functional or...
  • OIT's Blogs at UMass Amherst blogging service is upgraded to WordPress 3.5 'Elvin' as of March 6, 2013. Below are some of the changes and new features you'll find in the new version.  Highlights New Workflow for Managing Media - Simpler, more intuitive ways to work with images, video, and...
  • Frequently asked questions about Blogs at UMass Amherst are answered below. What is a blog? Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is an online journal that can be updated regularly and is intended for general public consumption. Blogs generally reflect the personality of the author or the Web...

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