Tips and Tricks for using the foxmis community

Monthly Archives: September 2010


Redirection allows you to enter the URL of the page that exists in your blog and when clicked, you can have the user redirected to some other URL.

Steps to follow:

  1. Activate the plug-in
  2. In the plug-in settings:
    1. Type in the source URL where “Source URL” is indicated
    2. Type in the targeted URL where “Target URL” is indicated
    3. Click on Add Redirection
  3. You can add different Redirections and to remove:
    1. Go back into redirect settings

Click on desired redirect you want removed and select delete

Create a Poll Using PollDaddy

To use the plug-in, register a new user account at

This will allow you create your own polls. You can register for a free account or choose to upgrade, dependent on the amount of responses that you need.

Steps to Follow:

  1. Create a Poll Daddy account
  2. Activate the Widget and enter your user email and password
  3. Create a Poll
    1. You can create a poll at and then use the short code and embed it into your post or page.
    2. You can also create the posts in your WordPress Dashboard.

i.      Select the question, answer, and themes.

ii.      Save

  1. Then click on the link that says Polls (a widget on the left side of dashboard) and under the Poll you are referring to, select “Share-Embed” and then copy and paste the short code into any post or page.

On the Poll, you also have the option to edit the poll, review the results, preview, delete, and close the poll

  1. Difference between creating the poll on the WordPress dashboard and creating it on is that the site has the capabilities of building out the polls to a survey structure.  Creating a poll in WordPress is typically one question and then the desired answers.

Embeding Your Google Calender

Activation of the plug-in gives you the option to add a widget to the sidebar. The widget is importing a Google calendar.

To embed a calendar that you want, do the following:

1)      Use “Google Calendar Embedded Helper” and log in to your Google account.

2)      Fill in all the information on the left side of the page and select “update HTML”.  Note: Height should be 200 and width should be 200 (you can change to different pixels depending on your experience with coding). A Code should be in the textbox that you will copy( highlight and press CTRL “C”)

3)      Go back to your WordPress sidebar and paste the code in:

4)      The other fields are automatically updated. You can use these you do not paste the code in yourself and manually insert the information.

5)      The Calendar will be displayed in the sidebar of your pages.

Gradebook does not show any grades for your class

If the gradebook does not show any grades

  • Confirm with your professor that a grade has been entered for you;
  • Make sure the email entered by the professor is same as your community site email;

How to verify your email

  • Ask the professor which email he used to enter the grades into the community site. Most likely it is something like this ””;
  • Check your email registered on the community site go to the top menu bar where it says My Account > Settings> General
  • Chances are the email you are registered with on the community site is different;
  • If the emails are different change your email on the site, to the one used by the professor, because all professors will be using the same email address.

Google Analytics Plugin and Video Tutorial

Google Analytics plug-in in an asynchronous tracking tool for WordPress that can be segmented by users, authors, categories, tags, publication, and post after the plug-in is activated and settings are applied.  To learn more please visit the video


GD Star Rating

GD Star is a Rating plug-in that can be utilized to allow comments, posts, and
pages to vote.  User Manual can be found:

To set up the ratings, follow these steps:

1)      Once the plug-in is activated, there will be a GD Star rating Field on the Dashboard.  Edit the settings to your desire on who can vote.  You have many options and they can be set different for each (post, comment, or page). They range from everyone to only users, etc.  Adjust the voters to specific or hide categories if not going to be used.  You don’t want to have a star and a thumb voting option on your post/page.

2)      Votes can be seen on the page, comment or post.  There s also the capabilities to monitor who voted by scrolling down on the dash board to arrive at “GD Star Rating Latest”.

How to use the Slideshare plugin

A presentation plug-in tool for WordPress blogging sites.  The plug-in will allow your presentation or document to present on the community site without the need to be downloaded. In order to use follow these steps:

1)      Go to the slide share site at and register for an account.  Supports both free and paid versions depending on the amount of space that you require.

2)      You can up load any form of documents that you would want to present.  If the material you are using is copy righted and/ or privilege, then upload and set as private. You will need to adjust a setting so that you can embed into your community site page. To adjust the settings on a private upload, do the following:

  • Click on Edit Presentation
  • Check the two boxes under privacy (Give me a Secret URL and Allow embedding outside Slideshare) shown here
  • Click on update

3)      You have two ways to embed the presentation to your WordPress page or post.

  • Long Coded it (self-hosted blog)-No need to use
  • The Short Code (hosted blog)

                              Click on the WordPress Icon to get the long/short code for the presentation
                              Highlight the short code (hosted blog) and copy (ctrl C)

4)      Place the short code in your page/post for the presentation to appear.  You can upload these types of files:

 pdf, ppt, pps, pptx, ppsx, pot, potx (Powerpoint); odp (OpenOffice); key, zip (Apple Keynote), doc, docx, rtf, xls (MSOffice); odt, ods(OpenOffice); Apple iWork Pages.