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Site Administration

Introducing the Site Administration Screen

Once you have logged in as an Editor, you will be in the Site Administration area. If you need to find your way here, just click on the Site Admin link in your site’s menu (usually on the left hand side).

On the left side of the screen, you will see your menu. Most of the items in the menu (Posts, Media, Links, Pages and so on) will expand to reveal a sub-menu when you click on them. Below is a table containing each menu item and a description of what that feature does.

Dashboard Menu Dashboard
Your main site administration screen, which contains a summary of activity (number of posts, comments, and so on.)
My Sites
Contains a list of all the podcasting and blog sites that you have access to.Askimet Stats
Contains stats about spam blocking.
Posts Menu All Posts
Make changes to existing posts (a post is a podcast or blog entry; in Blackboard language, it would be an item).
Add New
Add a new Blog entry. You don’t use this if this is a Podcasting site.
Post Tags
Tags are keywords, which may be added to each Post
Categories
Another way of organising and categorising Posts.
Add New Podcast
This is where you add an entry for your Podcast and attach your audio or video file.
Media Menu
The “Media” section is not used for Podcasting, but any images, videos and audio files you upload can be found here.
Pages Menu All Pages
A page is like a Post, except that it’s not specifically related to a date. So a Post migh be about a lecture on a certain date, but a Page might be “About PAPR101” or a general introduction to a particular topic, or a staff research profile. By default, your site will come with an “About” page, which you can edit or remove. Pages don’t generally have audio or video files attached to them.
Add New
You can add new pages to your site here.
Comments Comments
Depending on the settings of your site, people can leave comments about your Posts and Pages. Here is where you can view and (if needed) delete them.
Appearance Menu Themes
The theme is the look and feel of your site.
Widgets Remember the menu on your right-hand side of you site, with a calendar, search box, and so on? They’re widgets. Here you can change, remove and rearrange them.
Menus
Here you can make your own navigation menu for your site.
Theme Options
Her you can pick a layout for your sites (1-3 columns) and add details to your footer.
Header
Here you can change your site’s header image.
Plugins Menu Plugins are used to add extra functionality to the Podcasting system. Only the podcasting administrators at ITS can add and remove them.
Users Menu Users
Here you can view the list of staff, tutors, demonstrators and other readers who have access to this site. You can only see students in this list once they have logged in. See “Manage Groups” for viewing your class (student) lists.
Your Profile
Add your email address, and change the way your name is displayed. You can also upload a picture or avatar which will display beside posts that you add.
Add User
This is where you add other lecturers, tutors, lab demonstrators to your podcast. You do not need to add individual students if your class list has been loaded (see: Manage Groups).
Manage Groups
If you have had a class list added, this is where you can view the list of papers that have access to this site.
 Tools short  Tools/Export
Here you can create a export file for your site.
Settings Short General
Change the title, sub-title, date and time formats for this site.
Writing
Set the size of the post box and choose default post and link categories (if you use these).
Reading
Determine what readers see when they visit your site and the privacy settings of your site
Discussion
Change or disable commenting on your posts and pages.
Media
Set how an image displays if inserted into a posts.
Google Analytics
If you have a Google (or Gmail) account, you can set up Google Analytics for your site, which will let you view advanced usage statistics for your site.