Using your blog sites

The DMSP course uses a multiuser version of wordpress for publishing content on-line.  The purpose of these blogsites is to generate an exciting and valuable record of the development of your project, publish your submissions for assessment and share your research with a wider public.   Remember, the sites are world readable, you’re publishing, so please use a tone of voice that is professional and courteous. Please ensure that you do not infringe the copyrights of other’s work.

For full instructions on how to use wordpress, you should visit the wordpress.org homepage where how to use the site is explained.

codex.wordpress.org/Getting_Started_with_WordPress

As a student using the wordpress site, you’ll have the role of an editor (as opposed to an contributor, admin or subscriber). Editors can add posts and pages and upload images, sounds, add links, embed youtube and soundcloud links etc. You can’t change themes or the fundamental structure of the site. This is for the site admins (your project supervisor) to do.

To generate your user access to your wordpress site, please go here; dmsp.digital.eca.ed.ac.uk/blog/wp-admin. You’ll be prompted for your ease UN and password and automatically created as a user. Once you’ve done this nothing else will happen. NEXT, please email your project supervisor your EASE username and they will then give you access to the blog for the project that you’re working on but not until everyone in your group has signed in as described above.

Using a wordpress site is easy, however, there are two significant distinctions to make about posts and pages. When you create a page, this a permanent, static item that should not change much once published and will host specific useful information that people may frequently need. The page you are on now is a wordpress “page”.  For more information about pages, read this; codex.wordpress.org/Pages.

Posts are different and belong inside “categories”. You have freedom to add and delete categories, but every post you make should be categorised into at least one category, the category is the place where a post is kept and found.  Categories show posts as part of an ongoing collection of information that is usually presented with the most recent at the top of the list. The site is navigated via its static pages and by its categories but not by individual blog posts. Here is some more information about understanding posts;codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts.

Each group’s site will need at least two categories for submissions, submission-1, submission-2. Posts  placed inside these categories will be assessed after the submission date and must not be changed once you’ve filed them there.