Archive for January, 2011

Quick note on Lightbox

0 Commentsby   |  01.21.11  |  Updates

In the last couple semesters, I know several faculty who regularly use images on their blog have found Lightbox didn’t work on ACU Blogs. Well your long wait is over. . .

Out of curiosity this evening, I just activated the plugin and it’s working again. First, here is a look at what Lightbox does for browsing groups of images taken from our Digital Academy last fall:

If you’re interested in trying Lightbox on your ACU Blog, here is the process:

  1. Go to the Plugins section of the Dashboard and ACTIVATE the Lightbox 2 plugin.
  2. Add several images to a post or page, and instead of inserting them as individual images make sure to insert a WP Gallery. (The following video shows you how to Insert an Image Gallery in 30 seconds.)
  3. Make sure when you insert your gallery that you “Link Thumbnails to Image File” instead of an Attachments page. This is essential if you want the plugin to work.
  4. Finally, if you’ve uploaded particularly large images, go to Settings–>Lightbox 2 in the Dashboard and make sure to “Shrink large images to fit smaller screens”.
  5. Remarkably, the new Lightbox works equally well on mobile devices.

That’s in. Your Lightbox image viewer should now be working. Let us know if you find other plugins that don’t seem to be living up to your expectations.

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Blog Calendars this Spring

0 Commentsby   |  01.18.11  |  Tutorials

Though ACU Blogs has seen several additions over the holiday break, much of the work by Web Integration and Programming focused on server updates to keep WordPress blogs humming along. Since our launch in 2009, faculty and staff at ACU have created more than 1,000 blogs and those numbers will continue to grow in 2011.

One important holiday update improved the Google Class Calendar system in a several key ways. Most importantly, faculty can now edit every event on a class calendar from one screen (see part #2 of the podcast below).

The following three-part podcast walks you through 3 ways to get course calendars into your WordPress blog.

#1 – Copy and Paste a Reading Schedule from Word (3 min)

We’ll start with the easy stuff, but if you already have a reading schedule typed up at the end of your syllabus, copy and paste may be all you need.

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#2 – MyACU Calendar Editing Tool (2 min)

One tool that will make working with Google Class Calendars much easier this spring is the new calendar editing tool in MyACU.

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#3 – ICS Calendar Plugin for WordPress (7 min)

The new plugin that really brings your Google Calendar into your blog is ICS Calendar. This podcast breaks the process of embedding a calendar into your blog down into easy to follow steps.

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Other Holiday Additions

Here are a few of the other plugins and projects that were tested and installed over the break. Please continue to send along suggestions for future updates.

  • FeedWordPress is a plugin that brings in content from any blog with an RSS feed and aggregates it on a single blog (see example at Feminist Blogs hub). Colleagues at the University of Mary Washington have been using it to create “mother blogs” where students each create their own blogs but share their feeds back to a central class blog that consolidates dozens of external discussions.
  • WP LaTeX is a plugin to help get math formulas and equations into blog posts and comments. Here are a couple examples to see how LaTeX turns code into formulas presented as small images.
Finally, this is less a plugin than a plug, but Greg Straughn and Nil Santana worked long hours over the break to adapt the main Cornerstone Portal theme developed last summer by Mike Wiggins for use in the next CORE class coming online to produce the CORE 120: Identity Portal. Both versions of the theme demonstrate the flexibility of WordPress to solve complex web publishing challenges within the university.
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