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It’s Daylight Savings Time

April 12th, 2011
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Because of the platform that is currently serving all ECU blogs, our WordPress installation is not able to automatically convert to Daylight Savings Time. To update your blog’s time, log in and go to your Dashboard. In the Settings tab, look for the General option. It looks like this in your Dashboard sidebar when expanded:

In the General Settings, you want UTC-4 for Eastern Daylight Savings Time and UTC-5 for Eastern Standard Time. Here is a screen shot of the correct setting for Daylight Savings (click on image to see full sized):

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WordPress 3.1 upgrade

March 22nd, 2011
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We will be upgrading the site to WordPress 3.1 soon. One of the most noticeable changes will be an additional toolbar across the top of your screen when you log in. This new toolbar has buttons for most of the common tasks you’ll perform, such as adding a new page or post, as well as switching to another site’s dashboard. The normal dashboard items are still there to do these things, but now they’re in a more convenient location as well.

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Twitter Tools Update

September 20th, 2010
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The Twitter Tools plugin has been updated over the weekend, and you will need to visit the Twitter Tools settings page to update your information. You’ll be reminded of this as soon as you visit your dashboard.

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New Plugin: Contact Form 7

November 3rd, 2009
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The Contact Form 7 plugin has been installed on blog.ecu.edu. This plugin allows you to design a contact form, which can be mailed to you when someone completes it. You can also manage multiple contact forms.

Here’s a quick tutorial on getting started with Contact Form 7

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Google Analytics added to ECU Blogs

October 21st, 2009
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The Google Analytics plugin has been added to ECU Blogs, so you can track visitors to your blog using your Anayltics account. Configure this option under Settings in your dashboard

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Embedding Videos into your posts

September 28th, 2009
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Here’s how to embed a video into a blog post:

  1. In the WordPress dashboard, click Posts on the left-hand menu
  2. Under Posts, select Add New
  3. Add the text of your post as you normally would.
  4. Move the text cursor to the location you’d like your text to appear. Click the “TV icon” embeddedvideo-button in the toolbar (far right corner) to bring up the add video window.
  5. On the upload video tab, browse on your computer for the video, and click the Upload button. This will copy the file from your computer into WordPress. You will be taken to the Local Video tab automatically, where you can select your newly uploaded video.
  6. Select your video and click Insert to add to your post

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Embedding a Powerpoint presentation into a blog post

September 23rd, 2009
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Here’s a video tutorial of how to embed a Powerpoint presentation into a blogpost, using SlideShare.net.

http://mail.nppsd.org:8080/%7Enhokanson/wordpress_tutorials/wordpress_embed_powerpoint.swf

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Polldaddy plugin installed

May 20th, 2009
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The polldaddy plugin has been installed, allowing you to create polls on your blog. You will need a polldaddy.com account before you can use this plugin, however. Get one here.

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WordPress Users Guide

April 23rd, 2009
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Here’s a link to the official WordPress documentation that covers normal activities such as posting, editing, and administration:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Working_with_WordPress

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