Publish Unlisted Posts

Did you know you can now post an unlisted post on the Commons. This post won’t show up in your blog feed, or when users search your site, but will be available directly at the link for anyone you’ve shared the link with. Check it out by toggling the Edit button beside Visibility in your […]

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Post by Email, and Other Jetpack Functionality

We’ve heard some feedback from users that posting from small devices like phones can be problematic. I’ve just completed an instruction sheet for activating Jetpack to allow users to leverage the Post by Email functionality to use the email app on their phone, which may provide a better editing experience. The initial steps in this […]

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Adding a Timeline to your Site

More comprehensive documentation forthcoming. In the meantime, here’s the template you need to get started. Clicking the link will give you your own copy you can edit and publish: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11wSc4zzQ36–0CNVrBPlJbFIhC-kJpzG64QmeIKaX0Y/copy Follow the instructions on this site http://timeline.knightlab.com/, publishing your Google spreadsheet and entering it in the field on that site to get the embed code. […]

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Connect an Outlook (.ics) Calendar to The Events Calendar

The Events Calendar plugin creates a beautiful calendar on your site, that you can add events to as easily as you can add posts to your blog, but if you have an Outlook calendar (or any calendar that exports an iCal/.ics feed) you can have events that you add to that calendar automatically populate on […]

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Blogging en fran├žais (or any language for that matter)

You can now change the language of both the dashboard and the external elements of your site. To do so, go to Settings / General and then under Site Language, select the language you would like to use on your site. Not all of the themes available under Appearance are currently translated, so if you […]

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NANOWRIMO Reverse Post Order Plugin

If you use your blog to write a novel, the posts should surface chronologically, so people can read them in order. This plugin reverses the nanowrimo category archive so people can read your novel, and removes it from the main blog feed so people don’t read your novel in reverse. You need to create a […]

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Posting from iOS

USING THE WORDPRESS APP ON YOUR IDEVICE Search the app store for the free WordPress App. The first thing you will need to do is add the blog to the app. We are running what is referred to as a Self-Hosted Blog. Click on that option in the bottom of the screen to proceed (see […]

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RSS

If you are juggling multiple blogs from students, and need an alternative way to subscribe the the content they are creating on the Commons, you may want to consider exploring the benefits of RSS. Beyond following you student blogs, RSS Readers are a great way to subscribe to websites that focus on teaching and learning. […]

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Blog Request Form

Go to http://commons.hwdsb.on.ca and log in using your board credentials, then navigate to the Sites page from the top menu, and click the “Create a Site” button. Students can click the “I’m a Student” checkbox and automatically populate the URL field with their username. Teachers can select a URL of their choosing. Check out this […]

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