UChicago Voices - Content & Content Management
This article explains the different types of content that can be added to UChicago Voices sites, and it reviews content management tools available to users.
Posts & Pages
Blogs are composed of two main structures: posts and pages.
For general information and for links to specialized topics related to these types of content, please visit the Posts & Pages portal in the Edublogs documentation.
What are Posts?
Posts are where you will publish most of the content on your blog. Posts are usually displayed on blogs in reverse chronological order, meaning that the most recent entries are displayed at the top of the feed and older entries are listed below them.
To publish a new post, go to the sidebar in your blog’s dashboard and select Posts > Add New. That will take you to the editor environment, where you will be able to write or paste in your content.
For more information about blog posts and how they work on UChicago Voices sites, visit the Posts Overview page in the Edublogs documentation for more detailed explanations and visual tutorials..
What are Pages?
The biggest difference between posts and pages is that a page is static. The content in your blog’s main feed will change every time you add a new post, but pages don’t change unless you edit or delete them. Pages are for information you want to share with readers but don’t expect to update frequently, such as a short biography of yourself, an “About” page where you describe the purpose of the blog, guidelines for users posting to a shared blog, etc.
To add a new page to your blog, go to the sidebar in your dashboard and select Pages > Add New. This will take you to the editor environment where you can add in a title and content for the page.
For more information about pages and how they work, see the Pages overview in the Edublogs documentation.
Tags & Categories
Tags and categories on posts are used to help readers locate information in different ways. When your readers click on a categories or tags link on a post or in your blog’s sidebar it loads a page with all posts that use that tag or category. You can add as many tags and categories as you need to a post to make the post easier to locate.
Tags and categories are also optional. You do not need to add them to your posts, but they do help with organizing information. They can also be added to posts at any time, either during the writing process, or after the post has been published. This means that you can re-organize the information on your blog at any time.
To illustrate the difference between tags and categories, imagine your blog is a cookbook. We’ll use this cookbook metaphor throughout this section.
What are Categories?
Categories allow for broad groupings of post topics. Think of categories as chapters of a book. If your blog is about cooking and cooking techniques, it might have categories for baking, grilling, roasting, frying, etc.
Categories are hierarchical. It is possible to have multiple subcategories for a given category. To use the cookbook metaphor again, one could imagine a set of subcategories under the main “frying” category, such as “deep frying”, “pan frying”, “stir frying”, and “sautéing”. Placing a recipe in the “stir frying” subcategory also places it in the “frying” category. A user who visits your cooking blog and views the “frying” category will see the posts in that category and all of its subcategory, whereas a user viewing the “stir frying” category will only see posts involving stir frying.
What are Tags?
If you were to think of your blog as a book, tags would be like the entries in the index at the back of the book. Tags are for identifying specific bits of information in your blog posts. Tags are usually short, often one or two words, and are often keywords. Tags are are also hierarchical.
To use the cookbook example again, a recipe for chicken noodle soup may be tagged with keywords like “chicken”, “noodles”, “carrots”. A visitor to your blog who clicks on the “chicken” tag may also see recipes you added for chicken fried rice, roasted chicken, fried chicken, barbecued chicken, etc.
Adding Tags and Categories to Your Post
What are Comments?
Comments allow your website's visitors to have a discussion with you and each other. When you activate comments on a page or post, UChicago Voices inserts several text boxes after your content where users can submit their comments. Once you approve a comment, it appears underneath your content. Whether you want to customize how your receive comments or tweak how your site displays comments, UChicago Voices provides a thorough set of options to build a community from the visitors to your site.
Comments are enabled on posts and pages by default and you can approve, delete or edit any comments left on your blog.
You can change your default comment settings at any time and have full control over whether comments appear immediately or comments are moderated and need to be approved by an administrator before appearing on your blog.
The three choices are:
First time commenter moderated
All comments moderated
Comments aren’t moderated
More information about Comment moderation, including instructions for changing settings, can be found on the Edublogs documentation site.
Default Commenting Settings (For Blog Administrators)
Only those enrolled in your class blog/registered for your blog can comment.
The name of the commenter will be displayed at the top of the comment. For class blogs, this ensures you know which of your students commented, and hold them accountable for their speech. You can view a list of comments each student made for grading purposes by clicking the “Comments” link on the left dashboard.
For both class and personal blogs, we strongly recommend that you select “Users must be registered and logged in to comment” to prevent spam comments, even if you open your blog to search engines.
Default Email Notification Settings (For Blog Administrators)
Blog administrators will receive email notification when a comment is held for moderation. This usually happens when a comment contains 2 more links and could potentially be spam.You can choose to receive emails whenever “anyone posts a comment” by selecting the corresponding check box.
UChicago Voices supports many different kinds of media, including images, documents and video content. For general information about uploading content onto your UChicago Voices site and blog, visit the Media page of the Edublogs documentation site.
Plugins For Content Management
Plugins extend and expand the functionality of your blog. Blog administrators need to activate and (in some cases) set up plugins before they can be used by blog contributors, authors, and editors.
Visit the Plugins Overview page on the Edublogs site to learn more about the plugins available to UChicago Voices users.
The Scheduled Content plugin allows users to make certain post or page content available only at scheduled periods. Using the plugin, users can set a date and time when they want their post or page to be published to their UChicago Voices site.
To read more about the Scheduled Content plugin, please see its documentation on the Edublogs site.
Table of Contents
The Table of Contents Plugin is designed to help users add tables of contents to posts, pages and sidebars. The plugin generates a table of contents based on the headings and subheadings you use in your post or page.
More information about the Table of Contents plugin can be found on its documentation page on the Edublogs site.
Jetpack is a suite of tools developed by Wordpress.com. Jetpack’s tools allow users to track the number of pageviews their content and site receives, publicize new content on social media, and generate lists of related posts on the user’s site, among other things.
To learn more about all of Jetpack’s tools and installation instructions, visit the Jetpack Plugin’s page on the Edublogs site.