Storage Space Limits

You may have noticed that your WordPress dashboard says that you are limited to 200MB of storage.  We know that some people out there plan to upload a lot of media (images, videos, ect.) to their site and we don’t want to discourage that.  However we do want to encourage good web media habits.

If you are going to be uploading a lot of images to your site and giving students the ability to do so as well I would highly recommend using the “Resize Images on Upload” plugin.  This will ensure that you and your students are not uploading enormous images to your sites and needlessly wasting space.  Many times people will not resize or crop images before uploading them to a site which causes their pages to load much slower than they should. By using this plugin any image uploaded will automatically be resized based on the dimensions you set so that you don’t have to worry about running low on space.

Also we highly recommend using youtube.com for you video hosting needs as their service will automatically convert your videos to web safe and web friendly formats.  In addition adding youtube videos to your WordPress site is extremely easy.

If, in the end, you do end up needing more space please send us a request and will be happy to expand your resource allocation.

 

How do I change the order of my posts?

There might come a time when you deiced that you need to do a lot of updating on your site all at once.  When you are creating new posts it’s important to remember that the order you publish new posts in is important.  Remember “posts” are your news feeds or blogs and this mean they will display with the most recently published ones at the top.  We frequently consume WordPress RSS feeds throughout campus on various sites and these feed will display your posts in the order they are publish as well.

In order to change the order on your posts I would recommend simply changing the publish date.  WordPress automatically fills this field in when you hit publish however you can edit it.

wp-publishmenue

By clicking Edit next to Publish immediately you can specify an earlier date which will place the post before more recently published posts.  It’s also important to mention that you can schedule posts to auto-publish in the future using this same method.

Embeding YouTube videos in post and pages

There is an easy way for you to embed YouTube videos in your WordPress sites.  Many people have sent in questions asking for help with iframes and embed codes but for YouTube and some other sources iframes and embed codes are not necessary.  All you need to do is simple copy the URL to the video you want and paste it into WordPress post. 

For example:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ut8rL0n_yQ#t=19

becomes…

The great thing about this is that it will embed the video using the flash object method. The reason this is good is because YouTube recently decided to encrypt all of their sites traffic using SSL. This makes the embedding less desirable as it can cause issues on pages that do not use SSL encryption.

Using the Flickr Photostream Plugin

Embedding a Flickr set from the linked account

To show a particular photo set from the Flickr account linked to your WordPress blog, you need to use the flickr_set shortcode in the body of your post where you want the gallery to appear, and specify the Photo Set ID with the attribute id. (See “How to find the Photo Set ID” below)

Example:

[flickr_set id="72157632121280659"]

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WP Statistics

To use WordPress statistics:

  1. Login to your site
  2. Click on the “Plugins” menu option (If you don’t see it you don’t have permissions, please contact Web Dev)
  3. Find  “WordPress Statistics” in the list
  4. Click the “Activate” link
  5. Once activated you’ll see a new menu option on the left at the very bottom called “Statistics”
  6. Click that link to view your sites statistics

This plugin starts collecting data as soon as it is activated.  So you won’t see anything right away but when you check back later it will contain the data collected since you turned it on.  There is a multitude of information that the plugin collects a full feature list is below.

Tweet embedding not working

You many have come across some pages on the internet proclaiming how easy it is to embed individual tweets in your posts or pages.  Just to list a couple:

Unfortunately our version of WordPress has a bug that prevents it from properly communicating with the Twitter API. This issue should be resolved when we next upgrade WordPress.

Unless indicated otherwise we try to upgrade WordPress after each semester.

Why did all my images change size?

If you have a child theme of some of the more recent WordPress Themes (like Twenty Fourteen for example) you may notice that the images your set as your “Featured Image” are automatically resizing.  WordPress has some pretty handy features built in that will automatically “optimize” your site for you.  By taking the images you uploaded and resizing them not only will they fit better into your template but they will load more quickly for end users.

The following code is responsible for this in the Twenty Fourteen Theme (and any child theme as well):

// Enable support for Post Thumbnails, and declare two sizes.
add_theme_support( 'post-thumbnails' );
set_post_thumbnail_size( 672, 372, true );
add_image_size( 'twentyfourteen-full-width', 1038, 576, true );

Just one more thing that WordPress does to makes your life easier and end users happier.

 

How to configure “The Really Simple Twitter Feed” widget

  1. Make Sure the plugin is “Activated”.  Go to Plugins > Installed Plugins and find The Really Simple Twitter Feed and click activate.
  2. Go to Appearance > Widgets and drag the Really Simple Twitter widget to your desired Widget Area
  3. Next is the fun part.  In order to get the feed to connect to you twitter account you need to create a new application.  Twitter Authentication
  4. Click the here link and log in to your twitter account.
  5. Click the Create a new application button.
  6. Fill out the required fields, agree to the terms and enter in the captcha.
    Applications Details
  7. Now grab the Consumer Key  and Consumer Secret and throw them into the appropriate fields in the widget.
  8. Back on the Twitter Developer Page click the Create my access token button at the bottom of the page.
  9. Click the OAuth tool tab near the top of the page.
  10. Now grad the Access Token and Access Token Secret and copy and paste them into their respective fields.
  11. Enter your Twitter username in the widget box and adjust the remain settings as desired.
  12. Click save and go to your page and you should see you’re twitter feed.
    Twitter Feed