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  • Software: WordPress 5.4 Themes control the look and feel, layout and other options for your site. Every theme provides a unique combination of options. In addition to themes from WordPress, UMass Amherst IT provides a selection of third-party themes with a variety of styles and features, from...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • On Wednesday, May 20, 2020, UMass Amherst IT upgrades Blogs at UMass Amherst from WordPress 4.9 to WordPress 5.4 and prepares for maintenance of our WordPress themes and plugins. This upgrade brings faster performance on new hardware, a long-awaited PHP upgrade, new themes, and plugin changes....
  • 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...
  • By default, visitors can leave comments or respond to comments that others leave on your blog. You can disable comments, limit access to commenting, edit comments, and hold comments for approval before they appear on your blog. Discussion Settings Comments are controlled by Discussion Settings:...
  • To change the appearance of your blog, change the theme. Themes are complete visual layouts that are ready to use. Each theme offers a unique design and set of customization options. Changing your blog's theme will not affect Posts or Pages you have already added, but may require you to reconfigure...
  • General Settings Customize important settings for your blog: Log in, and on the Dashboard toolbar, click Settings. The options for General Settings will appear in the main area of the page and the tool bar will expand below Settings to show more options. On the General Settings screen: Site...
  • The WordPress Image Gallery feature creates a grid of thumbnails on a page or post. Clicking the thumbnails will open a larger version of each image. By default, images open as "attachments" on a new page, and to advance through the images your visitors can click next or previous links at the top...
  • Insert Links into a Page or Post Any time you are using the Visual Editor, you can create a link to another Web page, to to a page or post on your own blog.Note: The instructions below are for the blogs Visual Editor. For more information about the editor, see About the Blogs Visual Editor.  Link...
  • WordPress uses oEmbed, a protocol that lets your blog seamlessly embed content from trusted services including YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, Hulu, Viddler, Scribd, Photobucket, Instagram, SoundCloud, Slideshare, Twitter, and more. See a full list of oEmbed trusted sites. To embed media from an expanded...
  • You can move a WordPress site by exporting the contents as an .xml file, then importing the file to a different WordPress site. For example, if you are leaving the university you can export a blog from Blogs at UMass Amherst, then import the content to a different hosting service. When moving a...

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