25 Aug

Removing the Comments Form From Posts

If you would like to remove the comments form from your posts, this is what you do:

  • Bring up the post for editing
  • At the top of the page, click on “Screen Options.”
  • You will then see a list of options that you can include on the post editing screen. One will be “Discussion.”
  • Be sure that “Discussion” is checked.
  • Scroll down so that you can see what is under the section where you edit the actual post. You should now see a heading titled, “Discussion.”
  • Under “Discussion,” uncheck the box in front of “Allow Comments.”
  • Finally, click the “Update” button on the right, to set the change.
13 Nov

New Javascript Video Player in WordPress 3.6

WordPress 3.6 has added a great new feature. It allows you to embed audio and video players for uploaded media directly into post or page content. WordPress uses the MediaElement.js JavaScript library to output an HTML5 or Flash player, depending on the browser and device. This makes the video compatible with a very large number of browsers and mobile devices. Before this addition to WordPress, it was pAdd Mediaossbile to add a javascript video player plugin that would do essentially the same thing.  Now, you no longer need the plugin  to just play the video. However, you still might like to look at some of the plugins, because they may add other features for video galleries or management, etc.

How to Use the New Video Player

Adding video to a page or post is similar to adding an image. Here is what you do:

1. Add or edit a page or post.

2. Click in your content where you want the player to appear then hit Add Media above the content editor.

3. Click Upload Files.

4. Select an audio or video file from your computer to upload and go through the upload process.

5. After the file is uploaded,  make sure that it’s selected.  Then, under  “Attachment Display Settings“,  set “Embed or Link ” to “Embed Media Player”.

6. Finally, click  ‘Insert into page.”

Note: I had a hard time getting this to work in this site, which was recently updated to a later version of WP. I was getting an error message that said “No URL was passed to the generic video BBCode”.” I discovered that my old Viper video plugin was interferring with the new player. When I deactivated Viper, the new video worked as it should.

11 Nov

Host Your Own Video or Use Vimeo or YouTube?

I have run across a good post on the WP 101 blog site titled, “10 Reasons Why You Should Never Host Your Own Videos.”  Web video is in tremendous flux right now with different browsers, operating systems and devices all supporting different video formats and code. This reason alone makes it really worthwhile to use a service, because they will take care of the compatibility issues for you. You’ll also be able to embed the video on your page, so your visitors can view it right there. WP 101 comes up with a lot more reasons to  use the Web hosting services, as well.  The article is worth reading:

http://www.wp101.com/blog/tutorials/10-reasons-why-you-should-never-host-your-own-videos/

01 Nov

Enabling the Visual Editor

When you add content to your site, you should see two tabs at the top right of the editing window. One is “Visual,” for visual editing, and one is for “Text” or “HTML” – depending on your version of WP.

If you don’t see the tabs or the two rows of icons for the Visual Editor, you can change that in your Profile.

You find your Profile by going to “Users -> All Users.”  Click “Edit” when you hover over  your username.  Then uncheck the checkbox  next to “Disable the visual editor when writing.” It appears toward the top of the page. After you click the “Update Profile” button at the bottom. You should be able to use the Visual Editor when you are working on your content.

08 Dec

Newsletter Plugins

If you do a search on newsletter plugins for WordPress, you are likely to turn up quite a list. The question is where to start. This page may help. It lists what they think are some of the best free newsletter plugins. Here is the page:

http://tomuse.com/wordpress-newsletter-plugin/

14 Nov

Embedding Video

Before you try to embed a video, you should check the settings in your Dashboard.

  • Login to Dashboard
  • Go to Settings -> Media
  • Under “Embeds“, be sure there is a check mark in front of “When possible, embed the media content from a URL directly onto the page. For example: links to Flickr and YouTube.”
That should allow you to embed directly from the video sharing sites.

The video above was embedded by simply pasting the URL of a YouTube video into the HTML view of a post. This method is working well with this theme and site for YouTube videos. In the Escalade theme, the video does not appear in the list of posts. However, it does show nicely on the page that holds just the single post.

On some sites, this method of adding an embedded video does not work, even for YouTube videos. If  that is the case with your blog, you have to use a different way to embed the video. Here are the instructions for a YouTube video:

  • Use your browser to go to the YouTube video you’d like to use.
  • You’ll see some buttons below the video. Click on the “Share” button. That will make more buttons appear.

  • You should see the first row of options under the share button at this point. You’ll see the URL of the video, an “Embed” button, an “Email” button, and icons for sharing on the social networks.
  • You can use the URL for a quick embed using the oEmbed technology.
  • You can also click the “Embed” button to get the embed code to copy and paste into the html view of your post. This displays  more options, as you can see. When you click the “Embed” button, the code and more options appear. You can choose from various sizes, etc. Selecting or unselecting these options changes the code that you are to copy. Clicking the “?” at the end of the various options will take you to an explanation page.

The video below is from Vimeo.  It does not show up when you just paste the URL into your post. In order to embed it, you have to go to the video on Vimeo and click on the video that you want. Then, you should see an icon for sharing the video. If you click the share icon, Vimeo will provide the html code for you to paste into the code view of your post. The video will then display on the single post page in the Escalade theme and on the main blog page in the list of blogs in this theme.

The vimeo embed code  included a paragraph tag after the iframe tag.  It added text and links on top of  the display. I removed that paragraph and now have a nicer, cleaner video display.

12 Nov

Sticky Posts

Sticky posts are posts that will always be kept on the home page, ahead of all of the other posts. This feature was introduced with Version 2.7.
To see where to designate a post as Sticky, open the post for editing in the Dashboard. Look over toward the upper right corner. The “Publish” panel is there. Click “Edit” next to “Visibility”. Once the “Visibility” section is expanded, you’ll see a checkbox under “Public”. Next to the checkbox it says, “Stick this post to the front page.” If this checkbox is checked, the post will be placed at the top of the list of posts, keeping it there above more recent posts that aren’t “Sticky.”

Sticky Post Checkbox

22 Oct

Permalinks on Windows Servers

I have a sample WordPress app running on my IIS server that’s on my Windows 7 computer. I tested permalinks to see if they worked in this environment. They did work very well.

04 Dec

Getting Rid of Comments on Your Static Pages

WordPress has checkboxes under the “Discussion” heading on the Page Editing screen. This is the screen that you see when you create a new page or edit an old one. However, in new installations of WordPress, these checkboxes are hidden. You have to set them to show yourself. To do so:

  • Open a page for editing in Dashboard.
  • Then, look at the top right section of the screen. You’ll see a button labeled “Screen Options” there. Click it to expand the options.
  • Under “Show on Screen” you’ll see a number of elements that you can display including “Discussion.”
  • Put a check mark in front of “Discussion”
  • Then click the “Screen Options” button again to contract the options.

Now, below the editing text area box, you’ll see a “Discussion” heading with two checkboxes underneath. One is labeled “Allow Comments.” Uncheck that option if you don’t want the commenting forms on the page. Check the checkbox if you do want the commenting forms on the page. Be sure to save your changes by clicking the “Update” button if you are editing the page, or clicking the “Save Draft” or “Publish” buttons if you are creating a new page.

04 Dec

Plugins to Explore

Here are some fun plugins my students have found:

  • Season’s Greetings, is fun and decorative for the holiday season. You can set the amount of time the animation continues. You can also choose the type of snow and other objects. Select the color, size, direction and frequency of the snow. It was easy to install and customize. I would give it a good rating.
  • Vocalyize Widget will read the blog entries on your page. It was easy to install and I would give it an ok rating. The computer voice is a bit hard to understand and you cannot do very much to customize other than the name, size and color of the icon.
  • WordPress Quotes, selects famous quotes . It was easy to install. You can rename it and set it to daily or random quotes. I would give it a good rating.