One nice way to create community with WordPress is by adding RSS feeds from other bloggers. RSS stands for real simple syndication. An RSS feed lets you show another person’s blog on your blog. With Bethel users this might be colleagues’ blogs; but you might know a principal in Beaverton or a national education figure who are bloggers. Here’s how to set up an RSS feed showing the latest blog entry on your sidebar:
1. Go to your Dashboard and scroll down to and click on Widgets (under Appearance).
2. Drag the RSS Feed widget to the side bar.
3. Enter the URL of the WordPress site (or other blog) you’d like to display. If this is a Bethel WordPress site, the URL would be:
Replace “user_name” with the Bethel blogger’s user id. That id will show up in the address window at the top of your screen when you are viewing her blog. For all but the newest of employees, this would be the first letter of their first name and their last name (e.g., pburrows). For brand new employees, this would be their first and last names written together (e.g., danamiller).
4. Decide how many posts to show for each (the default is 10, but 1 makes the list shorter) and whether or not to show the whole post. By default you will just see the post title.
5. Save the Widget settings and then close the Widget.
Repeat steps 1 to 5 for the next blogger you’d like to include.
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Akismet is a WordPress plugin that helps eliminate spam. It is free to individual users. Follow these steps to install:
1. In your dashboard click on the Plugins heading then on Plugins just below it.
2. Find Akismet in the list of plugins and click on Activate just below the name.
3. Above the plugins list click on “Akismet is almost ready. You must enter your Akismet API key for it to work.”
4. On the Akismet Configuration page click on Akismet.com to request a Akismet key.
5. At the Akismet home page, click on “Sign up” in this sentence: “Personal site Need access for your personal site? Sign up and pay what you want ($0-$120).”
6. On the next screen move the slider to $0 and enter the information requested.
7. Click on “Continue” and you’ll see a screen telling you that an email has been sent with your Akismet key.
8. Copy the key from your email and paste it into the field on the Akismet Configuration page.
9. Click on “Update Options”.
There is nothing else to do but let Akismet do its work of eliminating WordPress spam.
Tables are a great way to organize data in a post or on a page. With WordPress there are two options (so far) that I’ve discovered:
1. You can create a table in Word, copy it, then paste it into your post. This can sometimes cause problems as it also copies some of the Word formatting. To avoid that, click on “Paste from Word” icon in the menu of the WordPress edit window, paste the table there first then click “Insert”. This will place the table wherever the cursor is positioned in your posting or page without the Word formatting:
2. You can also use the plugin WP Tables Reload. First install the plugin. Once it is installed, click on WP Tables Reload in your Dashboard under Tools. Click on “Add New Table”. Give the table a name, description (optional), number or rows and number of columns and click on “Add Table”. You will now see the table appear at the bottom of the window. Enter the data into the table. Once you are finished, update the table. Finally, to insert the table into a page, post or text widge , copy the shortcode [table "<ID>" not found /] and paste it into the corresponding place in the editor. Each table has a unique ID. You can also click the button “Table” in the editor toolbar to select and insert a table. If you didn’t see the short code, it is listed at the top of the WP Tables Reload window.
Here’s how to add a photo (or any image) gallery to a WordPress post or page:
1. Create a new post or page.
2. Enter text if there is a story that will accompany the photos.
3. Place the cursor where you’d like the photo gallery to appear. In this example we’ll place four images across the post (or four columns) and below this text Press Enter to put the cursor on a line by itself.
4. Next click on the Add Image icon at the top of the post window.
5. Select the tab where your images are located. In this case they are on my computer.
6. Hold the control key down and select the images (two to as many as you want). Click Open.
7. Once images load, click on Show next to each image if you wish to add a caption or edit the picture.
8. Set the number of gallery columns and click on Save.
9. Publish the post. The results should look something like this: