Please visit the UBC Brand and UBC CLF websites, and if you need more specific assistance, refer to the section Whom can I contact for help? The UBC Brand and CLF are developed by UBC Communications & Marketing.
WordPress is an open-source publishing platform used to power millions of websites around the world. Thanks in large part to the thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes contributed back to the software by the open source community, WordPress has evolved beyond its original roots as a blogging tool and is now used as the basis for a broader range of online publishing needs including content management.
CMS stands for Content Management System; a CMS can enable the sustainable creation and on-going maintenance of high-quality websites by establishing a common baseline of standards such as the consistent use of a common look and feel template (or “CLF”), as well as common platforms on which to build new emerging technologies.
A responsive webpage changes the content layout and what content is visible based on the browser window size. This allows a single webpage to function well on various desktop or laptop computer screens, on tablet computers, and on phones or other mobile devices with web browsers.
If you’re new to WordPress, have a look at these key components of the dashboard .
- Configure theme options to fill in details including the unit name and contact information
- Add content to your site
- You may want to add additional functionality
- Create user accounts for everybody who will need to edit your website.
- Update the admin email address with the address of the site’s owner, at Settings > General.
Refer to the CMS Manual for more.
As you add new top-level Pages, they are automatically added to your website’s menu. You can manually edit the menu from Appearance > Menus in the Dashboard. Learn more.
Your site is initially configured so that only the site administrator(s) can view it. When you are ready to open your site to the public, change the option Settings> Reading > Site Visibility to “Allow search engines to index this site.”
Faculty of Education websites should use the UBC CLF. Certain regions of the UBC CLF are optional, but others are required or highly recommended. If you choose new colours, for example, the colour contrast should meet web accessibility guidelines. See the CLF Guidelines for details.
Education-specific design guidelines are documented on this site.
WordPress users can have different levels of permissions which allow their account to perform certain actions. Most users should be assigned to the Editor role. Learn more.
WordPress does not support password-protected files; it is not designed for security, and should not be used for sharing confidential or sensitive information with a group of people. The WordPress service is not intended for intranet hosting.
The UBC CMS Manual is a great place to learn how to use the UBC CMS. The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology conducts regular support clinics every Monday and Thursday at 1–3 p.m. For urgent requests requiring immediate action, email email@example.com. You may also request help from Education IT through the online form .
We recommend using Google analytics to track web visitors. Setup instructions.
Images and documents are uploaded to the WordPress media library and can be linked or embedded on any page or post. Learn more.
The formatting toolbar has standard options such as Bold and Italics font. You can enable additional options, including tables and Paste from Word buttons, by clicking “Show/Hide Kitchen Sink” on the toolbar. You can add complex formatting, such as columns and collapsing sections, through shortcodes. You can also use Widgets to add features to your site.
You may need to activate the plugin MCE Table Buttons 2.0 and/or TinyMCE Advanced 3.5.8 for all options to appear in the editing toolbars.
You can insert special or accented characters (such as é) by clicking the Omega (“insert custom character”) button in the Kitchen Sink toolbar. A window will then appear where you can select the special character to be inserted.
The Gravity Forms plugin is a capable solution for creating online forms. To get started, refer to this documentation .
The Twitter widget for your account is generated by Twitter, and you can embed it on your site using a Text widget or Section widget. Detailed instructions from the CMS Manual. The method to add other social media feeds, such as Facebook, are similar.
You can define your own categories and assign posts or pages to one or more categories. Categories are useful, but not essential, for searching and to control some parts of your website. Read more.
The UBC CLF uses Posts assigned to Slideshow category to generate the home page slideshow. Attach a Featured Image to the post and that image will appear in the slideshow; the image will be cropped and resized to fit the browser window (the optimal image size is 770 × 350 px). Change its appearance at Theme Options > Front Page > Feature Slider in the WordPress dashboard. If you want to remove an item from the slideshow, you can delete (move to Trash) the post or remove the Slideshow category.
You will need to adjust the “Screen Options” for posts so you can fill in an excerpt. The excerpt is used in the feature slider on the home page.
It is easy to embed a YouTube video on a post or page. Instructions
It is possible with the Wiki embed tool. Instructions