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About ComSoc

Invitation

As a webmaster of a Wordpress site, you will be initially be sent an invitation email, which will come from IEEE Entity Web Hosting and look similar to:

WordPress Invitation

Click on the invitation link and make a note of the username and password that you’re assigned.  You’ll be able to change your password later.

 

Guidelines

Please review IEEE ComSoc's Brand Experience Guidelines.

 

Logging In

To log in, or sign in, to your site, visit http://yoursite/wp‐login.php If your site is http://demo.committees.comsoc.org then you will always log in as webmaster to http://demo.committees.comsoc.org/wp-login.php. The log in form looks like:

WordPress Login Screen

You should enter the previously provided username and password. You may be asked to answer a question or perform a simple task to prove you are human.

 

Dashboard

After you log in you will be taken to the Dashboard, a starting point for most webmaster activities.  The dashboard looks like:

WordPress Dashboard

On the left side of the screen, there are menus for main content areas such as Posts, Events, Media, Pages, and Comments.  To the right is a summary of your content and a list of recent activity.

 

Toolbar

An important area to note is the Toolbar across the top of the page. While logged in as an Editor, the Toolbar will be on top of every page of the site – public facing areas as well as administrative areas ‐ to help you quickly perform common tasks.

While visiting a public facing page of the site, the toolbar appears like so:

WordPress Toolbar

Clicking on the name of the site in the Toolbar, in this case “Demonstration Site” will take you to the Dashboard, where the main administrative menu can be accessed. If you’re already at the Dashboard or another administrative page, clicking the name of the site in the Toolbar will take you back to the homepage of your site. This is a quick way to switch between viewing the site and maintaining the site.

Using the “+ New” menu will let you quickly create new content whenever you need to – Posts, Pages, or Events.  More on those below.

Clicking the “Edit Page” option will let you edit whichever page you happen to currently be viewing.

Finally, selecting the “Howdy, username” menu to the far right will let you either sign out, or edit your profile including changing your email address and password.

 

Editing Pages

Your site comes with some pre­‐defined pages consistent with typical sites of its type. You can browse these pages while logged in as an Editor and choose to edit or even delete them.

For example, browsing to the default home page of the site may look like:

WordPress Demonstration Site

You may edit this page either by clicking on the Edit button which appears at the bottom of the page, or by clicking the Edit Page Toolbar option at the top of the page.

Once editing a page, the interface appears like:

WordPress Edit Page - Demonstration Site

The Toolbar and administrative menu appear to the top and left.

You may edit the title of the page by clicking where the page title appears (“Welcome to the Demonstration Site”), and may edit the body of the page by clicking in the body area (“Edit this page.”)

Standard editing controls are available, such as, the ability to bold or italicize text, create bulleted or numbered lists, change text alignment, and link or unlink text. A full explanation of using the editor is available here: 

https://make.wordpress.org/support/user-manual/content/editors/visual-editor/

 

Adding Images

You may use the Add Media button to upload photos. While editing a page, first position the cursor to the place within the page where you’d like to add the photo. Then click Add Media.  A window appears:

WordPress Insert Media

You may drag and drop a photo into this window, or click the Select Files button to select a photo. Once uploaded, the photo is added to your Media Library (the second tab of the above window). The Media Library allows you to reuse photos. The uploaded photo in the media library looks like:

WordPress Media Library

Here you can see some options available for inserting the photo. The Alignment can be set in the bottom right corner to be left, center, or right aligned.  If no alignment is set, it will flow inline with the text of the page. A link may be added to an image. Finally, the image may be resized to one of a set of predetermined sizes.

To place the image into your page, click Place into Page.

The image is now placed into the editing window. You may click it to display a small menu to change its alignment, edit it in detail, or delete it:

WordPress Edit Page Inserting Image

For more information on inserting media – including images, videos, and documents see: https://codex.wordpress.org/Inserting_Media_into_Posts_and_Pages.

 

Image Use Policy

All IEEE ComSoc conference websites must adhere to the Image Use Policy.

 

Publishing and Deleting Pages

The default pages are already Published – ie., they are visible to the public. You may edit any page and change its Status to Draft or to Published using the controls in the top right corner. Draft pages will not be visible to the public and can be useful for building a page over time before making it public. To delete a page, click on the Move to Trash link.

 

Creating a New  Page

Creating a new page is very similar to editing a page, but two other things need to be taken into account: the URL of the page, and the menu entry of the page. To create a page, you can click the “+ New” Toolbar item and choose Page. The interface looks like:

WordPress Add New Page

You can enter the page title in the box at the top of the page, and when you do you’ll soon after notice something appear below it called the Permalink:

WordPress Add New Page - Permalink

The Permalink is the URL of the new page, or it’s “web address.” The Permalink is automatically generated based on the title. You can see here that New Page was turned into “new-­page” and added to the existing address of the web site.  You may have a different URL in mind, in which case you can click the Edit button to change it, or you can leave the automatically generated one in place.

Once you’ve added text and images to your new page, you can Publish it, just like when we covered editing pages. One additional setting is needed – the menu. You must choose where in the menu structure this page will appear. By default the page will be added to the end of the Main Menu of the site, like this:

WordPress New Page

To change where, among the Main Menu, the page is placed, its order needs to be changed. When editing a Page, the Order value can be seen in the lower right corner of the editing screen. By default all pages have an Order of 0, but by editing each page and setting these values in the desired order, their arrangement can be set.

 

Creating Child Pages

You can create child pages or sub-­‐pages – pages which appear within other pages. This is a two step process:

Step 1 – Create the Parent Page

WordPress Page Attributes - Create the Parent Page

First, create or edit the Parent page and change its Template to “Left Sidebar Page.” The Parent page is the page that is the parent of and contains the child pages. The Template setting appears in the right column of the Edit screen, as shown in the image to the left.

In this example we are making a parent Awards page that will have two child pages. The Awards page already exists, so we will edit it and change its Template to “Left Sidebar Page” as shown in the image to the left. The Parent page should have “(no parent)” for its Parent setting since it has no parent – it is the parent. Pages with no parent set will appear in the main menu.

 

Step 2 – Create the Child Pages

WordPress Page Attributes - Create the Child Pages

Now create any of the child pages that should appear within the parent page. For each of these pages you should set the Parent setting to the parent page, and you should set the Template setting to “Left Sidebar Page,” as shown in the image to the left.

In our example, for the child pages Awards is set as their Parent page. We are also setting the child pages to have a Template of “Left Sidebar Page.”

The result of these settings, for our example, is shown below. The Awards page now has a left sidebar that shows its child pages:

WordPress Awards

And selecting a child page shows its content, and highlights it in the sidebar navigation:

WordPress Career Awards

The order within the sidebar navigation can be adjusted using the Order setting. To make one page appear above another its order should be set to a lower number.

 

Note

If you enable a page to have a Left Sidebar but child pages are not displaying, please contact your site administrator for help.

 

Creating and Editing Posts

Posts are similar to pages, but can be thought of as blog posts or news updates. On these sites they appear in the News page like so:

WordPress Sample News Post

In the above example, the News page is showing just one post, but if more posts existed they would be listed in the same area with the newest one at the top. Just like a page, you can browse to a post and click the edit buttons:

WordPress Sample News Post Edit

Or, you can visit the Dashboard and go to the Posts menu at the left, and view a list of all Posts as shown below.  A similar list is available for Pages and other content.

WordPress Posts

Editing a post looks like editing a page:

WordPress Edit Post

You generally won’t need to edit Posts unless you have to return to one to correct a mistake or write an update. You’ll usually just create new Posts whenever you want to create a new piece of news. To create a new Post, click either the Add New button next to “Edit Post” or the “+ New” icon in the Toolbar and select “Post.” You’ll have the same editing interface already shown, just blank:

WordPress Add New Post

Enter a title, and the body of the post adding any formatting or media as needed. Then either click the Save Draft button to return to it later, or the blue Publish button to publish it right away.
 

Creating and Editing Events

Events appear under the Meetings page of the site, like so:

WordPress Meetings

A variety of views such as agenda, day, month, and week are available. A Sample Event comes with your site, but can be deleted.

To create a new event, go to the “+ New” Toolbar button and choose Event. The interface looks like:

WordPress Add New Event

The event details may be selected here including the date and time of the event, the event’s location (which generates a map), cost information, organizer details, and then a general description.

To view a list of events already in the system, choose the “Events” item from the left side of the admin menu. Events may be deleted just like pages and posts by selecting the red “Move to Trash” link next to the blue Publish button.

 

Support

For technical support with your Wordpress site, please contact Natasha Simonovski.