Bethel WordPress News

ADA Compliance: Step 1

Big red apple.

ADA Compliant image with Alt Text.

Bethel is in the beginning stages of making all our Websites ADA compliant. This will involve a lot of behind-the-scenes work; but it also will depend on you, the Bethel WordPress user, to maintain compliance.

Although there are multiple things you will be doing for compliance,  let’s begin with an easy task you can start doing right now. To make your Website ADA compliant, you’ll need to ensure that all images you use have Alt Text. Alternative Text helps someone with a visual disability to discern an image if they are using a screen reader.

Here’s how to add Alt Text to an existing image on your site:

  1. Login to your site and navigate to the Dashboard.
  2. Click on Media in the left-hand sidebar.
  3. Select an image by clicking on it.
  4. At the right next to “Alt Text” type in the description (e.g.,  “Big red apple” or “Two fourth graders practicing math facts.”)
  5. Click the X in the upper right of the window and you are done.

More news and help on ADA compliance over the next few months. Questions? Enter a comment below.

New Jimmy Smith 3.9

Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 3.57.20 PMWordPress was just updated on all Bethel sites and the new version is named after jazz musician Jimmy Smith. A common name for a very slick update. Here are the highlights:

There are three new improvements about which you’ll want to know:

Improved visual editing

There is no longer a “W” folder in the tool bar because you can now paste into your post or page from your word processor without wasting time to clean up messy styling. (Yeah, we’re talking about you, Microsoft Word.)

Edit images easily

With quicker access to crop and rotation tools, it’s now much easier to edit your images while editing posts. You can also scale images directly in the editor to find just the right fit. Simply drag a corner toward the middle of the image.

Drag and drop your images

Uploading your images is easier than ever. Just grab them from your desktop and drop them in the editor. This takes the steps of opening your media library, clicking on Upload, finding the file and uploading it.

The new WordPress is singing a sweet tune. Thanks Jimmy!

WordPress 3.8 is Here!

ectoplasmAll Bethel School District WordPress sites have been upgraded to version 3.8. Although there aren’t a lot of dramatic changes with 3.8, the Dashboard has had a real makeover. You’ll find the Dashboard has a much more intuitive look and feel with new color schemes, better fonts and a more dramatic contrast.

You can even customize the color of your Dashboard. You have a choice of nine different color schemes. You can select a new scheme by logging in and clicking on “Your Profile” under “Users” at the far left of the Dashboard. Give Ectoplasm a try or maybe you’d favor Ocean or Sunrise.

WordPress 3.8 gives users a better experience with tablets and phones. No matter how your users are viewing your site, WordPress will format to match screen size and resolution.

The new WordPress default theme, 2014, is the most elegant yet. It provides a magazine-like experience for users and is very customizable.

Widgets have also gotten a new look with a compact layout and easier ways to edit. You can now just tap a Widget to add it to a sidebar, header or footer.

Have questions about version 3.8 or anything WordPress, just post a comment below.


Make 2012 the Year of WordPress

Welcome back to school! The Chinese New Year is January 23 and 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. Let’s make our 2012 the Year of WordPress and make updating your WordPress site your new year’s resolution. The timing couldn’t be better. WordPress 3.3, the newest version, is now installed on your site. Check out all the new features. And we now have over 30 themes for teachers to choose from including these new ones:

Ink Spots
Pink Chalk
Blue Header
Learning Tree

Look for these two WordPress workshops when you receive this month’s Bethel Training Opportunities email:

WordPress Dr0p-In: Stop by to get your questions answered or learn a new WordPress skill. Stay for 10 minutes or the whole 90 minutes.

WordPress Next Steps: Get step-by-step instructions on how to add some great WordPress features to your site including videos, picture galleries, widgets and plugins,  embedded Google Docs,  posts sent to your email list and much more.

Use the search box at the top left on this page to find other posts that give you step-by-step instructions for a variety of WordPress skills.

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