Tips and Tricks for using the foxmis community

Plugins

Broken Link Checker

Checks your blog for broken links and missing images and notifies you on the dashboard if any are found!

From the plugin site:http://w-shadow.com/blog/2007/08/05/broken-link-checker-for-wordpress/

Features

  • Detects links that don’t work, missing images, deleted YouTube videos and other problems.
  • Periodically checks links in posts, pages, comments, custom fields and the blogroll.
  • New and modified entries are checked ASAP.
  • Notifies you on the Dashboard if any problems are found.
  • Lets you edit all instances of a specific link at once.
  • Gives you a list of all links ever posted on your site, with the ability to search and filter it.
  • Lets you apply custom CSS styles to broken and removed links.
  • Highly configurable.

The broken links show up in the Tools -> Broken Links tab along. If any invalid URLs are found a notification will also show up on the Dashboard widget. To save screen real-estate, the widget can be configured to stay closed most of the time and automatically expand when broken links are detected.

Create a Poll Using PollDaddy

To use the plug-in, register a new user account at http://polldaddy.com.

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 http://polldaddy.com 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 polldaddy.com 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 ” tu######@temple.edu”;
  • 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

                                                http://yoast.com/wordpress/google-analytics/#accountid.

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:

http://v1.gdstarrating.com

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 http://www.slideshare.net 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.

How add an RSS feed of a specific category from a site/blog to your site/blog

Step 1: Obtain the RSS Feed Link

Step 2: Add the RSS Link to you blog/site

  • Go to the Dashboard for you site.
  • Under Appearance->Widgets, Add a rss widget to your sidebar.
  • Specify the rss link as the Link you just obtained.
  • Save and you are done.

Using Plugins and Widgets

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Plugins extend WordPress functionality by allowing users to add various applications to their blogs or enhance aready existing WordPress features. Each blog has several plugins available for use. They are: KB-Gradebook, TinyMCE Advanced, cformsII, WordPress Download Monitor, Polls, and Ratings.

Most of these plugins can be inserted as widgets into your blog sidebar and will display sitewide. You can access the sidebar by going to your admin bar above each page, select a blog then go to Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets. Then you can add or delete widgets from your sidebar. I will make an individual post for each plugin detailing what it does and how you can use it. 

KB-Gradebook Plugin

imagesFaculty members can take advantage of a WordPress plugin that allows them to upload and display grades to students. The plugin allows you to upload custom gradesheets created by Excel or any other program that allows the exporting of CSV (Comma-Separated-Value) files. You are required to have a list of student names and their e-mail addresses so that they are able to view their individual grades by visiting a course site/blog. Once the gradebook plugin has ben set up maintenace is fairly hassle free.

Here’s how to get started: Continue reading