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Students: Creating a Voices Account and a Blog

Please visit the Student Blogging in WordPress article for instructions on creating an account and a blog.

Faculty: Creating a Voices Account and a Blog

You have two choices:

  • Use your College username and password (your Voices password will change when your College Office 365/Outlook email password changes).
  • Create a separate Voices account so that your username and password are not connected to your College credentials (and your password doesn't change).

To create a Voices account and a blog

  1. Go to http://voices.wooster.edu/
  2. Click the "Register" link in the upper left corner on the toolbar.
  3. Fill in the following information:
    • Username:  This will be your username for the voices.wooster.edu blogging site. It does not need to be the same as your Wooster username. 
    • Email Address: This must be an @wooster.edu email address
    • Password: This will be your password for the voices.wooster.edu blogging site. It will not sync with your Wooster password and will not change when you change your Wooster password.
    • Name: Your Name
    • Dept/Major: These are optional
    • Yes I'd like to create a new blog:  Select this button if you would like a blog.
      • Site Domain: The text you type in this box will be the* *Blog URL followed by "voices.wooster.edu" to act as the web address for your blog. For example, if  "mycourse" were typed into this box, the address for your blog would be http://mycourse.voices.wooster.edu/.
      • Site Title: This is the name of your blog and will be displayed at the top of your blog pages. It can be changed later along with a tagline.
      • Privacy: I would like my site to appear in search engines, and in public listings around this site: It's a good idea to have search engines index your blog. This helps protect you by archiving your work in case of a severe issue with your blog occurs.  If privacy is a must, then check "No".
      • Select a template: If you are creating a course site, consider selecting a Course template. If you plan to import a course (such as a site from voices-old.wooster.edu), choose either the Blog or Website template.
  4. Once you have completed these steps, click "Complete Sign Up."

An email will be sent to your Wooster email account with a link to activate your Voices account. Follow the link and then click log in from the navigation bar at the top of the screen (see below) or use the login widget in the right sidebar.

To use your College username and password for your Voices account and create a blog

  1. Go to http://voices.wooster.edu/
  2. Click the "Log in" link in the upper left corner on the toolbar.
  3. Login with your College username and password. Your Voices account is synced with your Wooster credentials and your password will change when your Wooster Office 365/Outlook password changes.
  4. In the upper left corner, click "My Sites."
  5. Click the "Add New" button. 
  6. Enter information for the following fields:
    • Site Domain: The text you type in this box will be the* *Blog URL followed by "voices.wooster.edu" to act as the web address for your blog. For example, if  "mycourse" were typed into this box, the address for your blog would be http://mycourse.voices.wooster.edu.
    • Site Title: This is the name of your blog and will be displayed at the top of your blog pages. It can be changed later along with a tagline.
    • Privacy: I would like my site to appear in search engines, and in public listings around this site: It's a good idea to have search engines index your blog. This helps protect you by archiving your work in case of a severe issue with your blog occurs.  If privacy is a must, then check "No".
    • Select a template: If you are creating a course site, consider selecting a Course template. If you plan to import a course (such as a site from voices-old.wooster.edu), choose either the Blog or Website template.

7. Once you have completed these steps, click "Create Site."

Navigation Bar

You'll see a navigation bar at the top of your browser window that will provide you with quick and easy access to all the most important pages of your blog and its dashboard, along with important pages for the voices.wooster.edu site. 
Dashboard

The dashboard is your blog's home screen it contains menus for managing your blog and adding new content.

Adding a New Post

From your dashboard, hover over the "Posts" menu in the sidebar and choose "Add New" or click the "+New" option in the top menubar. 

You should see a page that looks like this:

Joining a Group

To join a group:

  1. Click groups on the main menu bar just above the image on the home page at voices.wooster.edu.
  2. Scroll down to view a list of groups. Public groups will allow you to join right away and private groups require you to request membership.

Backing up your blog

You can use the Export tool in the Tools panel to backup your posts and comments. We would recommend that everyone do this at least once a month, but once a week would be better for heavy posters or active blogs. After clicking on "Export," click on "Download Export File" to download an XML file containing all of the posts and comments.

  

Customizing the look of your blog

Several of the available themes allow you to customize the colors and layout of your blog. These include

  • Canvas
  • A number of StudioPress themes
  • Twenty Eleven
  • Twenty Ten

Many other themes allow you to upload a custom header image. If theme you choose has such options they will either be found in the Settings panel or in a new option panel added by the theme. If you would like your blog's colors to match those of the Wooster website you can use the following color swatch as a guide or visit the Wooster Graphic Standards Guide.

If you would like to customize the fonts on your blog you can activate the Typekit Fonts for WordPress plugin and create a free account with Typekit.

Adding Users to your site

Students should register for Voices BEFORE being added to your site.

Add users individually


  1. Go Dashboard > Users > Add New User.
  2. Under Add Existing User, enter the user's College email address.
  3. Set the role you'd like the user to have for this site.
  4. Click the Add Existing User button.
  5. A message will display:
    1. "Invitation email sent to user. A confirmation link must be clicked for them to be added to your site."
  6. The user will receive an email with a link he/she must follow before being added to the site.

Adding multiple users at once


1. Ask your students to register for Voices
2. Activate the Add Existing Users plugin:  
  • Go Dashboard > Plugins.  
  • Click to checkmark Add Existing Users.
  • Click the *Activate *link.
3. Import your students as users on your Voices site (after all students have registered for Voices): 
  • Go Dashboard > Users > Add Existing Users.
  • Enter the Wooster e-mail address of your student into the text box.
  • Select the role your student should have (author, contributor). 
  • Enter up to 10 users.
  • Click the *Submit *button. 
    If a user cannot be found: 
  • An error message will appear:  “The user with email address user22@wooster.edu could not be found.” 
  • Delete that user and check the Roles for the other users before clicking Submit. 
    Repeat for additional users.

Support Videos

Support videos are available on voices.wooster.edu that will show you how to use many features of the WordPress platform. At your Dashboard, click "Video Tutorials" in the left sidebar to see tutorial options.

 

Other Blog Features

Comments

Media

Links

Widgets and Sidebars

Writing and Editing

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