March 26, 2013
by Jonathan
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How to Embed Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, Presentations

WordPress supports some embed codes automatically for some sites like YouTube, and Scribd. Embedding Google Docs required adding a plugin to allow them to work correctly.

We have enabled a new plugin to allow the embedding of Google Docs, Sheets, Presentations, and Forms. Here are the instructions on how to use this feature:

Google Docs Shortcode

The shortcode supports the following Google Doc formats:

  • Documents
  • Presentations
  • Spreadsheets
  • Forms

How to Use

Embedding a document, presentation or spreadsheet

  1. First, you’ll need to find the public URL of your Google Doc. Let’s start by logging in to your Google Docs. Next, find the item you want to embed.
  2. You should now have your Google Doc open. Next, navigate to “File > Publish to the Web”. A dialogue box should appear, similar to the one below:

    Google Docs - Publish to the Web

    Google Docs – Publish to the Web

  3. Make sure that the “Automatically republish when changes are made” checkbox is checked. This will allow you to make changes to your Google Docs and have these changes automatically reflected on your WordPress site.
  4. Copy the “Document Link” highlighted in red above.
  5. Now navigate to your WordPress dashboard and open up the post or page where you want to embed your document. On a new line, type the following shortcode and paste in the link you copied, above:
[gdoc link="THE LINK YOU COPIED" height="800"]

You can customize the shortcode by using some custom parameters mentioned below.

Embedding a form

  1. Follow steps 1-3 above.
  2. Next, navigate to “Form > Go to live form”. This should take you to the public version of the form. Copy the URL from your browser’s address bar.
  3. Follow step 5 above.

Other shortcode parameters

Here are some other custom parameters you can use with the shortcode:

  • “width” – By default, this tries to use your theme’s content width. If this doesn’t exist, the width is “100%”. Fill in this value to enter a custom width.
  • “height” – Enter in a custom height for your Google Doc if desired. Defaults to “300”. Avoid percentages.
  • “seamless” – This parameter is only applicable to Documents. If you enter “0”, this will show the Google Docs header and footer. Default value is “1”, which means that no Google Docs header or footer will be shown.
  • “size” – This parameter is only applicable to Presentations. You can enter in “small”, “medium” or “large” to use the presentation preset sizes. Dimensions for these presets are: small (480×389), medium (960×749), large (1440×1109). To set a custom width and height, use the “width” and “height” parameters listed above instead.

January 23, 2013
by Tyson Brown
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Comments Aren’t Working on My Existing Posts

The issue here is that, by default, when we set up a blog for someone, commenting is turned off globally (as you’ve seen in the previous post on enabling your discussion settings). This is done to prevent a newly set-up blog from collecting significant amounts of spam BEFORE the administrator is aware of how to handle it… However, once you turn it on, it does NOT retroactively enable commenting for individual posts that may have already been put into the blog (so that it doesn’t unexpectedly enable comments on all posts, opening them all up for spam).

So to enable comments on individual posts, do the following:

1 – From your dashboard, choose Posts -> All Posts, and place your mouse under the title of the post you want to enable comments in. The Quick Edit menu should appear:

2 – Click on Quick Edit to open up the Quick Edit window for that post, then place a checkbox in “Allow Comments”.

3 – Click Update in the bottom right corner of the Quick Update window to save the changes

September 11, 2012
by Tyson Brown
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How To Add a New User

Select Users -> Add New from your dashboard.  This window will appear
Add a new user dialog
Add their email address into the email blank.  This will GENERALLY be nsid@mail.usask.ca.  However if you try this and it tells you it cannot find this person, there’s two possibilities….  The first is, if they have never logged into http://words.usask.ca they would not yet have an account on the service… So, first make sure they’ve logged in.  The second possibility is that they have changed their email address within their profile.  Generally people who know where to go to do it (within their profile settings) change away from their nsid@mail.usask.ca email address, usually to their firstname.lastname@usask.ca email alias.  The easiest way to check this is to ask the person what they set their email address to in their profile.

June 25, 2012
by Tyson Brown
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How Do I Edit My Profile? Why Would I Need To?

You can edit your profile by clicking on your name in the upper-right corner of the WordPress window and choosing “Edit My Profile”.

 

Some reasons you might need to edit your profile are:

  • So that your full name shows up associated with your posts on your blog, or in any other blog you might be associated with (you can be associated with many different blogs.
  • So that your preferred email address appears on your blog for contact purposes.  Please note, however, that if you change your email address in your profile, and someone else wants to add you to THEIR blog, you will need to tell them what email address you have set in your profile (WordPress uses the email address for adding users to blogs).

May 22, 2012
by Tyson Brown
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How to get help!

WordPress has an extensive help manual available online, accessible from the Help button located in the upper-right hand corner of every page or section of your blog.

This help menu is contextual, meaning that it will take you to the help pages for the section of the blog you are currently viewing.

May 22, 2012
by Tyson Brown
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Setting your Discussion Settings

When we create a new blog, we set  the Discussion settings to NOT allow comments on posts, as the comments tool is often plagued by spam and can be a security risk.  However, the ability to elicit feedback from your reading audience is a very valuable feature of a blog.  In order to enable your readers to submit comments on your posts, you need to set your Discussion settings appropriately for your requirements

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September 17, 2008
by Jonathan
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An Ordered List Post

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An Ordered List

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  2. Sed vel lorem et justo laoreet bibendum. Donec dictum.
  3. Etiam massa libero, lacinia at, commodo in, tincidunt a, purus.
  4. Praesent volutpat eros quis enim blandit tincidunt.
  5. Aenean eu libero nec lectus ultricies laoreet. Donec rutrum, nisi vel egestas ultrices, ipsum urna sagittis libero, vitae vestibulum dui dolor vel velit.

September 17, 2008
by Jonathan
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A Simple Text Post

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