Guides to using TU WordPress and solving common problems

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Pinned Article WordPress Reference Guide

Within the university's WordPress environment, TU students can create and manage individual/personal websites. As a self-contained web publishing platform, WordPress is a comparatively easy way to showcase your interests, education, ideas and accomplishments on the web. The articles linked below are intended to orient students to WordPress basics, but they apply to faculty and staff use as well.

Adding Content to WordPress with the Visual Editor

You can use the visual editor to enter content into your Page or Post. There are two tabs at the top of the editor: Visual and Text. Selecting Text will enable you to view and edit the HTML code that makes up your content. For those with HTML experience, this can be a helpful tool for tweaking the format of your content. If you are unfamiliar with HTML, we recommend you not use it until you gain more experience.

Adding Images and Other Media to a WordPress Site

WordPress media includes images, audio, video and documents. Once you have uploaded your images and files to your Media Library, inserting them into your page or post is easy.

Adding Links and Images to your WordPress Site

Beyond basic page content, WordPress makes it easy to add hyperlinks, images and galleries.

Customize Your WordPress Site with a Live Preview

Selecting the Customize button for the currently active theme allows you to update settings while previewing your changes (What You See Is What You Get). Until you choose the Save and Publish button, only the theme preview window is updated, not your live site.

Making Your WordPress Site Live (Publicly Viewable)

Follow these instructions to make your WordPress site publicly accessible on the internet.

Saving and Publishing WordPress Site Content

After making changes to a page, you must save and publish the page to make it visible to the world.

WordPress Posts vs. Pages

WordPress is built around two general content types: Posts and Pages. Posts are typically blog entries, and Pages are used for more static content that never changes or changes infrequently.

WordPress Widgets and Plugins

Widgets are independent content elements that can be placed in left/right sidebars or other areas allowed by your selected theme. Many widgets are available, but the default student theme includes two: Subscribe by Email and Search. To browse other widgets from your Dashboard, hover over Plugins, then select Widgets on the flyout menu.