Training & Support at Georgia Southern


Frequently asked questions about WordPress at Georgia Southern University.

Website Accounts & Access

How do I get a WordPress site?
Contact your area’s content owner to request a new website. Include the new site’s name, preferred URL, the assigned content editor (full name and email) and a brief description of the purpose of the website and its intended audience.

Please note that the University’s WordPress network is for public-facing content. If you need a website for internal audiences or one that should only be accessible to a limited group of users, then you will need to consider another option like Google Sites or SharePoint. Faculty and staff can create personal sites using Google Sites. The University provides MyInvolvement for hosting student organization websites.

How do I get access to edit my department’s website?
Content editors are assigned by deans, department chairs or other leadership within each area. If you’ve been assigned the responsibility of editing website content for your area, contact your content owner. You will need to attend a mandatory introductory training session before you will be granted credentials to edit a University website.

How do I reset my WordPress password?
Go to your website’s WordPress login page and click the “Lost your password?” link. A confirmation email will be sent to the account associated with your WordPress username – you may need to check your Spam folder. You must click the reset password link in the email to complete the process. If you don’t receive the confirmation email within a few minutes, contact your area’s content owner for assistance.

Note that if you are temporarily locked out of your website, you will have to wait for the lockout period to clear before you will be able to reset your password successfully. That’s why it’s important to reset your password BEFORE you get locked out. Remaining login attempts are clearly displayed on the login page.

How do I view my website’s traffic reports?
Content editors can request access to view their website’s reports by contacting their area’s content owner. Once you’ve been granted access, sign in at https://analytics.google.com/ with your MyGeorgiaSouthern credentials.

Functionality & Features

Can we embed video or slideshows from external sites?
Yes, you can embed videos and slideshows from sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr etc. in your pages. WordPress makes it easy – just copy the link to the video or slideshow and paste into the page editor. WordPress will display the media player automatically, no embed code needed!

If you choose to use the embed code provided by the external site instead, you’ll need to insert it using the WordPress page editor in Text mode. You may need to adjust the width to fit within the page’s content area.

How do I a create a secondary menu on a department page?
There are a few ways to add a submenu on your pages – the example below does not require HTML knowledge:

Create a submenu of text links – just add a row of links to the top of  the page in the WP page editor.  Make the links bold and separate with several spaces for legibility; make sure to add the submenu to each page linked to for consistent navigation. Here’s an example:

Submenu item 1       Submenu item 2       Submenu item 3

Other examples of secondary or submenus are Content Blocks (pre-styled), Accordions and Tabs  (both for Advanced Users – HTML required).

How do I add accordion lists to my page?
Check out our Accordion example with sample code included – for Advanced Users – HTML required.

Is there an easy way to add a slideshow to a page?
Yes, DisplayBuddy Slideshow is a tool all sites have access to:

  1. In your WP admin area, go to DisplayBuddy–>Slideshow.
  2. Add a new Group, then upload your images and choose your settings (use Cycle mode for embedding within a page).
  3. Save your slideshow group, then copy the shortcode provided.
  4. Navigate to a Page and, in Text mode, paste the shortcode where you want the slideshow t0 appear on your page.
  5. Click Preview Changes to see it live.

For more tips and how-to guides, see our Tutorials section.

Last updated: 11/15/2018

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