EUI Blogs user manual

How to access your blog’s dashboard

From your blog’s homepage, click on the “Login” link on the top-right corner.

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Use your EUI credentials to sign in.

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When you’re logged in, you will see the EUI top bar. This bar is not visible to non-logged in users.

Hover over your blog’s name to expand the submenu, and click on “Dashboard“.

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How to manage your blog settings

From this section, you can manage your blog’s description and featured image.

Click on the “Blog Settings” link in the left-hand side of the WordPress Dashboard. You will be prompted to your blog settings screen.

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Blog description has a limit of 200 characters.

Blog featured image must have a minimum width of 1280px and a maximum width of 2048px. The maximum height allowed is 700px.

Both appear in the EUI blogs directory page, where all EUI blogs are listed.

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How to add editors to your blog

Please send a support request to the EUI Web Unit.

Access to your blog’s dashboard, requires a valid EUI account.

How to add guest authors to your blog

If you need to publish an article written by a non-editor author and want to credit her/him, you can add the guest author using the box in bottom-right.

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You can insert te following information for each guest author:

  • Author name
  • Author picture – if non-set a generic user icon will be used.
  • Author link – a link to author’s personal website or page, if any.

Guest authors have no access to blog’s administration, they only appear in the post’s information.

Blog administrator should create the post and then add a guest author if needed.

Here under an example of how guest authors appear in post listing and single pages:

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How to create blog posts

Posts are content entries listed in reverse chronological order on your blog’s home page and are meant to be timely.

The very timely nature of posts make it extremely social. Users can share your posts in social media networks like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn etc.

Posts encourage conversation. They have a commenting feature that allows users to comment on a particular topic.

To get started creating your first post, hover over the Posts link to expand the submenu and click on the “Add New” link. You will be prompted to the posts editing screen.

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On this screen you will see the WordPress posts editor. The most important parts of this page are:

Post Title – enter the title of your post in this field.

Post Content – use the WordPress editor to add the actual content of your post (text, links, images, videos, podcasts).

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Save the post as draft and preview it to be sure everything is fine, before publishing it by clicking the “Publish” button.

Learn more on how to write an effective blog post.

How to add a featured image to your blog posts

It’s extremely important to add a featured image to your post. Click on “Set Featured Image” link, at the bottom of your right-hand sidebar.

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This will open the WordPress Media Uploader.

You can use the Media Uploader to upload an image from your computer or use an existing image from your media library.

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Once you upload and select the image, remember to:

  • Add Alt Text
  • Add Caption to give credit

Click on “Set Featured Image” button  when you’re done.

Learn more on how to find good images and how to use them.

How to create pages in your blog

Unlike posts, pages are timeless entities. For example, your about page is not suppose to expire.

Pages are not meant to be social in most cases thus does not include social sharing buttons, or comments.

To get started creating your first page, hover over the “Pages” link to expand the submenu and Click on the “Add New” link.

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You will be prompted to the WordPress page editor screen.

The most important parts of this screen are:

Page Title – enter the title of your page in this field.

Page Content – use the WordPress editor to add the actual content of your page (text, links, images, videos, podcasts).

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Before publishing your content you should always check it.

Save the page as draft and preview it to be sure everything is fine.

Once you’re satisfied with it you can publish it clicking the “Publish” button.

How to manage your menu

To manage your menu hover over the “Appereance” link to reveal the submenu and click on the “Menus” link.

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You will be prompted to the menu editing screen.

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Choose menu items like custom links (external URL), pages links, and categories links, from the left column to add to the menu.

After items have been added to a menu, drag and drop to put them in the order you want.

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You can also click each menu item to reveal additional configuration options.

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You can also drag a menu item a little to the right to make it a submenu, to create menus with hierarchy.

You’ll see when the position of the drop target shifts over to portray the nested placement.

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When you have finished building your menu, make sure you click the “Save Menu” button.

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How to manage your sidebar

The term sidebar actually refers to a container for a set of widgets, which you can add, rearrange and remove from the “Widgets” screen in the admin.

To manage your menu hover over the “Appearance” link to expand the submenu and click on the “Widgets” link.

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You will be prompted to the widgets editing screen.

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Add new widgets from the “Available Widgets” section by dragging them to the “Primary Sidebar” area.

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To arrange the widgets within the sidebar, click, drag and drop the widgets in the order you want.

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To customize the widget features, click the down arrow (or edit link) in the upper right corner to expand the widget’s interface.

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To save the Widget’s customization, click the “Save” button. (If simply moving a widget to the sidebar without making customizations, you do not need to click the “Save” button.)

You can set conditional visibility for each widget in your sidebar. To do so click the down arrow in the upper right corner to expand the widget’s interface.

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Click the “Visibility” button to set your condition.

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To save the widget’s customization, click the “Save” button.

How to insert a photo gallery in a post or page

In the edit screen of a page (or post) locate and click the “Add Media” button.

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In the “Insert media” screen select “Create Gallery” from the top-left menu.

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In the “Create Gallery” screen upload your images. Wait for alla images to be uploaded.

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Click the “Create New Gallery” button in the bottom-right corner.

All the images selected  will be inserted in the new gallery. In the next screen you can choose your gallery’s settings.gallery-4

Once you’re done, click the “Insert Gallery” button in the bottom-right corner.

This is how a gallery looks in your page/post editor:

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To edit/delete a galley hover it to reveal the edit/delete buttons.

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How to insert a video

To embed a YouTube video on your page/post locate the “Share” button under the video player.

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Copy the URL and paste it directly inside the WordPress page/post editor.

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Remember to save the page when you’re done.

How to insert a podcast

To embed a podcast from SoundCloud locate and click the “Share” button under the podcast player.

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Select the “Embed” tab and copy the <iframe> embed code.

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Go to your WordPress page/post editor and select the “Text” tab. Paste the embed code inside the “Text” screen of the editor.

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Remember to save the page when you’re done.

How to insert a Google Map

To embed a map from GoogleMaps locate and click the “Share” button in the left sidebar.

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Select the “Embed” tab and copy the <iframe> embed code.

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Go to your WordPress page/post editor and select the “Text” tab. Paste the copied code inside the “Text” screen of the editor.

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Remember to save the page when you’re done.