Please understand: blog.utc.edu is a network of many individual blogs; however, a user’s login status for all blogs is shared across the network. User Level is set per-blog: a user may be assigned different levels on different blogs, and may (or may not) be associated with one or more blogs.
Confused? Hopefully not, after you have read the following…
Step One: User Authentication & Account Creation (by User)
User opens brows on USER’s COMPUTER or lab computer
these instructions will not work unless the browser session is Logged Out of UTCBlogs WordPress
User visits the Log In link on a specific blog’s home page (default location is at the bottom of the sidebar)
Login redirects to UTC Central Authentication Service (CAS)
User authenticates with CAS, which creates a blog account
User logs in to blog, Clicks the Howdy message at the top right of the Dashboard
User makes note of the email address for their account.
Step Two: Account Assignment (by Administrator)
Login as Administrator, go to Dashboard (Site Admin link, generally on the sidebar, or click any Edit button link from a blog post or page)
Choose appropriate blog from My Sites (top Menu)
Click Users, and check to see if user already exists
if so, skip steps 4&5 and proceed to WordPress User Levels; change user level & Save
Add the user via Users > Add New > Add Existing User
Type the user’s email address into the Email field
Click the button: Add Existing User; this will send email to the User, to which they must respond to create the account
WordPress User Levels
During account creation (or after creation, for existing accounts), Administrators can assign user level.
Usually, there should be only one Administrator, and that admin should be a permanent UTC employee, not a Term or student worker. Also, the Administrator’s Dashboard has far more links and menus, which are not needed everyday. Keeping most users at Author or below will greatly simplify the Dashboard, making it easier to perform everyday tasks such as writing blog posts.
Administrator – has access to all the administration features within a single site.
Editor – can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
If you make a mistake and add a “brand new” User without them creating a blog account through Central Authentication Service, their email address will be locked and CAS won’t be able to create the account. If this happens, you’ll need to contact University Relations to delete the user.
Copy the full “Watch” URL address of the MediaSite title, which can be found in the Full Course list for your course, or in the address bar of a playing video. (fig. 1)
Add or edit a new post, change the WordPress editor to Text mode, and paste the following code into the Text editor: (fig. 2) <iframe style="position: relative;" src="ENTER THE FULL WATCH URL" width="100%" height="600px" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>
Replace ENTER THE FULL WATCH URL with the watch URL of your video. (fig. 2)
Switch the WordPress editor to Visual mode to preview the embedded video in your post.
Publish or Update, then View Post. Your video should be embedded. (fig. 3)
Please note: the embedded video will abide by any restrictions of the original video, so if it requires login, the user will have to be logged in to the MediaSite system. If the owner of the video removes the video, the embedded video will be inaccessible.
The UTC Blogs WordPress theme includes Social Networking icons for linking to your unit’s various social accounts such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. The icon links will be displayed in the footer, at the bottom of every page on your blog.
Blog Admins can set the social links in the Dashboard, via Appearance > Theme Options | Social.
Enter the URL hyperlinks for the appropriate social networking sites.
Choose to display the icons in the Footer.
Save. Icons for your Social sites will appear in the footer on each page.
Display of social icons in the menu bar is discouraged, and is not supported.