Category Archives: General

Media Uploader Issue Resolved

Hi all,

Some users have recently been reporting issues with the media uploader: ‘files cannot be found’.

We have determined that the recent upgrade of the system needed to have a simple tweak, and now all services should be working properly.

Thanks for you patience!

Happy blogging!

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4 New Plug-ins Installed

Hi all,

Just a quick note to say we have installed 4 new plug-ins:

  • Wickett Twitter Widget
  • AddToAny: Share/Bookmark/Email Button
  • TAG Cloud FX
  • Events Calendar

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Moving from WordPress.com to WRDSB

Just a quick note to let our members know that if they have a pre-existing blog on the wordpress.com network (or even Blogger) we can easily import those blogs to the WRDSB network.

Advantages?

We can add any theme you wish, as well as custom widgets and plugins. Likewise, come the fall of 2010 we should be able to provide PAL synchronization – meaning students and teachers will we able to log-in to their blog using their email credentials!

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A Quick Note About Roles…

A number of memebers of our blog community have notes that it is not possible for the ‘Authors’ of the blogs are not able to edit or delete any of the comments – they perception is that they should be able to. If you wish to assign your users more granular permissions and allow them to edit/delete their comments, you need to promote their rank from ‘Author’ to ‘Editor’ – this will allow them to have full control over comments.

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Two New Themes Added

We’ve received two new theme requests: Motion and Pixel. You can find these new themes listed under the Appearance/Themes tab from your dashboard panel.

Keep those requests coming!

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WordPress Themes

It’s been great to see how this new WordPress community has been growing over the past few months. Users are really starting to settle-in to the WordPress environment and are making feature request on a daily basis. One such is request is to change the ‘look’ of the blogs – this is known as ‘theming’.

We currently are offering a few themes, but were interested in adding more… a lot more! So we are asking the members of our community to recommend themes they would like to use.  Search Google for ‘WordPress Themes‘ and find themes you might be interested in.  Make note of the name of the theme and if possible the URL and post your requests here as a comment.

Happy theming!

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New content types

Just a quick note – have added the following content types to the blogs system: DOC, XLS, PPT, PUB.

By default, WordPress forbids the uploading of these content types as each allows for macros and other programming types which in turn could be used for nefarious reasons. 🙂

Please do not add any files to the blogs system if you are not the original author!

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PollDaddy Polls

I’ve been researching poll plugins for WordPressMu with varied results. As a whole, most Poll plugins do not work with the Mu install. As such, I’ve been looking at a PollDaddy.com poll plugin which seamlessly integrates polls from PollDaddy.com with your blog.

Here is my first test – what do you think?

[polldaddy poll=2482966]

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Assigning users to categories

One of the challenges we have encountered working with school-wide blog initiatives is the administrative work required to ‘subscribe’ users to multiple blogs. To explain: when a user is registered to the blogs.wrdsb.ca site (e.g. a student), they are only subscribed to the blog through which they joined, or whatever blog they have been added via the bulk uploader. In order for the user to subscribe to another blog they user must either subscribe to the blog themselves, or be added one-at-a-time by the admin.

This issue brought in to question how were are using blogs, as by assigning blogs to individuals within a school we essentially fracture the user base. One solution is to re-examine the approach – rather then assign individual blogs to each teacher within a school, consider allowing all teachers to become editors within a single school blog (much like a newspaper has departments each teacher become a department/category in the blog). This solves many user-related issues as now an entire school can be added to one blog, and the students are automatically subscribed to any/all categories.

The challenge with this approach is deciding how to ensure that each of the teachers/users only writes to their assigned category, and moderates only those posts withing their category. Currently we are testing a modified plugin – Bind user to category – which allows the admin to bind users to any category by default.

Assigning a user to a single category does have limits, as it prevents the user of multiple categories

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New Blog Privacy Settings

Today I installed a new privacy plugin that allows each blog owner to set the level of privacy. You can find the privacy admin panel by clicking the Settings>Privacy link.  There are five settings:

  1. I would like my blog to be visible to everyone, including search engines (like Google, Sphere, Technorati) and archivers
  2. I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors
  3. I would like my blog to be visible only to registered users from blog community.
  4. I would like my blog to be visible only to registered members of this blog.
  5. I would like my blog to be visible only to administrators.

To clarify the last three options:

I would like my blog to be visible only to registered users from the blog community.
(Anyone REGISTERED within the blogs.wrdsb.ca network can log-in and view your blog – e.g. students from another school)

I would like my blog to be visible only to registered members of this blog.
(Only those students/staff members who have been invited to your blog will be able to view your blog)

I would like my blog to be visible only to administrators.
(Only those people with administrator status – across the entire blog network – will be able to view the blog. This blog would be an example where this setting is used.)

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