All posts by Jessica Darga

WordPress Option for CTools Project Sites

By now all of the CTools Course sites have been migrated to Canvas.  ITS is currently piloting the plan to decommission CTools Project Sites and developing a timeline to migrate project sites to other platforms.  You may already be aware of ITS’s plans to decommission CTools Project sites.  However, if this is  news to you, check out this post from ITS for more information: Have a CTools Project Site?  Time to  Move it! 

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How to Add a New User to Your Site

Our WordPress multisite network uses the Shibboleth Plugin to authorize new Umich users in the network upon signing in.  The person logging in uses their uniqname and kerberos password as their WordPress login credentials and their user profile is created automatically.  WordPress Multisite is set up this way for security reasons and to be compatible with UM’s network. This allows for a single sign on when using UM web resources.  For example, if your are in one browser signed in to your UM gmail account and then open another tab to log into your WordPress site, you will automatically be authenticated and logged into WordPress.

However, because WordPress is set up this way – all new users must initially log into the network to have their profile synched with the UM network.  Then after logging in, they can be successfully added to a site as an “existing user.”


Steps to Add a New User

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Event Calendar Issue Resolved!

** UPDATE: This issue has been resolved **


The plugin update 2.1.5 for the All-in-one event calendar by Timely has conflicted with our system.  Clicking into an event takes the visitor to a missing link page.  We are currently working with their support team to get this issue resolved and to bring back the event detail pages.  Because this plugin updates the database we are not able to roll it back at this time.  We’ll keep you posted on updates and also let you know when the issue is resolved.  Please email lsa.web.support@umich.edu with any questions.

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Web Services & LSA-IT

Understanding your WP dashboard

hula girlThis group of short videos might a good place to start for anyone just beginning to use WordPress.  In our multisite network there are a couple of things that differ slightly from the dashboard and admin bar discussed in the video.

  • In the Dashboard video it will demonstrate where themes and plugins are found under appearance – these are not seen in the multisite network we have.
  • In the Admin Bar video the WordPress icon is replaced by the block M in our system and the “your blog” link is not found in the admin bar  at the top to the right of “my sites.”  Continue reading

When will my site appear in Google search results?

Luckily, WordPress is pre-set to have excellent search engine optimization (SEO). This means that when a search engine like Google crawls for web content, your WordPress site has built in tools that make it visible to Google. There is a great deal of information on SEO and WordPress found in the WordPress.org Codex. Each of the sites in the LSA multisite network are recognized by search engines as being their own separate entity – so your search would results are not tied in with the main LSA WordPress website. Continue reading