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How-to Guide for Students

Table of Contents

How to post to the blog

  1. Go to https://z.umn.edu/cehdthailand2018
  2. Log into the WordPress site using your U of M Internet ID and password – the same username and password you use to log into your U of M email account. If you are using a browser where you are already logged into your U of M email you will be logged into the WordPress site automatically.
  3. On the dashboard, select Posts and then Add New. See what this screen looks like.
  4. Title your post and then add content. See what this screen looks like. See following sections on formatting text and adding media.
  5. IMPORTANT: On the right of the screen, in the Categories box, select 2018 Thailand Learning Abroad, see what this screen looks like. Your post, when published, will now appear when “Blog” is chosen from the main site menu. Use the Standard format for your post. This looks best with our WordPress theme.
  6. You can also add keywords to your post using the Tag box. You can enter words individually or choose from the most used tags list. See the following section for a list of suggested tags (or keywords). Tags will help site visitors find your post and others that share similar topics.
  7. Select Save Draft, if you need more time and want to come back and finish your post later.
  8. If your post is complete, select the blue and white Publish button.

Formatting Text

  1. For most posts you will use WordPress’s Visual Editor. For more information on the visual editor and an explanation of each of the formatting buttons, go to https://en.support.wordpress.com/visual-editor/
  2. You may need to select the Toolbar Toggle button (the last button on the right) to see both rows of text formatting tools, see what this screen looks like.
  3. You can also learn more by hovering over each button with your cursor. This displays a quick tip.
  4. You can organize the content of your post using headings. Type the text first, select, and then choose a style from the drop down in the second row of formatting tools. The default style is “paragraph.”

Adding Images or Files to a Post

  1. Do not upload video files to the WordPress site. Use YouTube to embed videos into your posts (see following section on adding YouTube videos to your posts).
  2. WordPress uses a central Media Library to store images and files (e.g., PDF documents).
  3. Select Add Media.
  4. Select the Upload Files tab.
  5. You can drag and drop files or click Select Files to browse and select the files to upload.
  6. In the Attachment Details column you may add a Title, Caption, Alt Text, and Description, see what this screen looks like.
  7. Scroll down to edit Attachment Display Settings, here you can set alignment, what the image will link to (if at all), and the size. For example, you could insert a thumbnail size image that links to the original size media file.
  8. Select the blue and white Insert into Post button.
  9. Back on the post edit page, you can select the image to bring up the image toolbar. Here you can change the alignment or make edits to the image size or caption, see what this screen looks like.

Adding YouTube Videos to your Posts

  1. Visit https://support.google.com/youtube/?hl=en#topic=4355169 to learn more about uploading video, select “Create Video & Manage Your Channel.”
  2. Once you have uploaded your video to YouTube, go to the video’s YouTube page.
  3. Select Embed beneath the video and copy the video’s embed code.  You may want to select Show More to set preferences and size for the embedded video. We recommend unchecking the box for “show related videos when the video finishes.”
  4. Return to the WordPress site to add the video to your post.
  5. Switch from the Visual Editor to the Text Editor by selecting the Text tab on the right above the formatting toolbar, see what this screen looks like.
  6. Paste the embed code from YouTube into the Text Editor, see what this screen looks like.
  7. Switch back to the Visual Editor to continue creating your post.  Select Save Draft to save your changes.
  8. Select Publish when you are ready.

Uploading Images to the Photo Gallery

  1. Go to https://z.umn.edu/cehdthailand2018
  2. Log into the WordPress site using your U of M Internet ID and password. The same username and password you use to log into your U of M email account. If you are using a browser where you are already logged into your U of M email you will be logged into the WordPress site automatically.
  3. On the dashboard, see what this screen looks like, select FooGallery and then Galleries.
  4. Select 2018.
  5. Under the heading Gallery Items, select the Add Media icon, see what this screen looks like.
  6. Select the Upload tab.
  7. You can drag and drop files or click Select Files to browse and select the files to upload.
  8. In the Attachment Details column, see what this screen looks like, add a descriptive Title (e.g., Fish Market on the Mekong River), and a Caption (e.g., Fishermen sell fresh caught river fish in an open air market in Chiang Mai). The caption will appear with the image when a site visitor views the full size image.
  9. Select the blue and white Add Media button.
  10. Do not edit the other gallery settings.
  11. Select the blue and white Update button.

List of Keywords or Tags

Acharn
Akha
American
art
Bangkok
barge
boats
bridge
buddhism
capitalism
Cathy Solheim
cell phones
Chiang Khong
Chiang Mai
Chiang Rai
children
China
citizens
coconut
community
culture
dam
digital story
documentation
dredge
education
elders
environment
explosion
farong
fish
fishermen
food
garlic
globalization
Hill Area Development Foundation
hill tribes
hmong
human trafficking
Karen
Lahu
language
market
Mekong river
men
Mien
monks
motorcycles
mountains
music
palm
papers
photos
rapids
reforestation
rice
shaman
social change
spawn
students
sustainability
temple
Thai
Thailand
time
traditional
tribes
United States
villages
water
watershed
women
writing