Tips

These pages will give some tips and trick you can use on your Glow Blogs.

If you have any ideas for tips or ones of your own, let us know in the comments.

Mobile Podcasting

It is very easy to publish a podcast episode using Glow Blogs from a mobile device. This screencast shows how to  with Voice Memos on an iPad.  You can do exactly the same on an iPhone and other mobile devices will have similar workflows. There is more information on podcasting using Glow Blogs on Glowcast … Continue reading Mobile Podcasting

Embed Tweets

You can embed a twitter profile with tweets using the Jetpack Twitter widget. But you can also embed a tweet or timeline by pasting the link to the tweet into a post or page. You need to have the Jetpack plugin activated and turn on it’s shortcode module. You only need to paste a link to … Continue reading Embed Tweets

Sticky Posts

Sticky Posts are posts that will stick to the top of your front page. The video starts with using sticky posts in the TwentyFourteen theme and then shows the simpler method used in other themes.

Quickly Posting

Glow blogs, like the rest of Glow, uses RM Unify for authentication and logging in. This an make the job of posting involve quite a few steps before you get to the post screen. You can speed this up considerably by bookmarking the  New Post Page of your site. Opening this bookmark will take you … Continue reading Quickly Posting

Display Posts Plugin

The Display posts plugin has many features and can be complex to use. We cover some of these features on the Display Posts page. I can be used very simply to produce a list of post with a particular category. For example: PDF upload problem – Fixede-Portfolio, new section problem: FixIssue: Notice of Password Change email – … Continue reading Tips

Scheduling Posts

You might want to schedule set of posts to appear at a later date or time. Here is how to do it.

Testing and Changing Themes

There are different ways to test theme changes on Glow Blogs.  If you just switch Themes it is likely that some customisation, widgets and menus may have to be set up again. Menus made with previous themes will be available but may need to be reinserted into a Location.

Sorting Out Access Problems – Users Pending

We sometime hear about problems people have adding users to their blog. A user is added but can’t access the blog. This tip will give you some things to try to sort things out.

National collaboration

If you are creating a blog where the members will come from different Local Authorities it is best to make it on the central /glowblogs instance.

Colour Text and other extras in the editor

We had a comment asking about coloured text this week. You can colour text easily enough in WordPress but it is not immediately obvious.

Quick Start – Add a Calendar to your Site with Event Organiser

The Events Organiser Plugin is very powerful with lots of options. Here is how to get started to use it to add a calendar of events to your site.

Quick Start – Add a RM Unify Tile that points to your blog

Here is a short video showing how to add a title to your RM Unify Launch Pad that will point to your blog.

Organising Pupil content on blogs

This is hopefully a useful tip for organising pupil created content on WordPress blogs like Glow Blogs. 

Edit Menus in the Customiser

We cover editing your sites Menus through the Dashboard. Appearance -> Menus (or from the Admin menu bar Blog Title -> Menus). But you can now also edit the menus in the customiser:

Rotating Images

Uploading photos that are flipped or rotated can be fixed in WordPress.  

Centre Your TwentyFourteen site

TwentyFourteen is a popular theme for school websites. One feature that some people dislike is the way the site is displayed on a wide screen left aligned. 

Quick Link for Pupils to Post

Sometimes it just seems like too much bother to log on to Glow, click the blog tile and then navigate to your dashboard before finally clicking the + to add a post. This can be time consuming for young pupils too. 

RM Unify Tiles to link to blogs

Some people may want to add a tile to their, or their school, launch pad that goes directly to their blog and also logs them into glow. Or to direct teachers and pupils to a private or glow only blog. Just using a link to the blog will end up with the users on the … Continue reading RM Unify Tiles to link to blogs

Follow Blogs from My Sites

The Glow blogs reader helps you keep up with new posts on other blogs in your LA. This is particularly useful for teachers keeping up with e-Portfolios.

Video Player Tips

It is very simple to upload and embed Video in Glow Blogs, the Embedding Media Page give a an overview of the basics. Here are some more advanced Features.

How to Add a Twitter Widget

The widgets provided by Twitter need the ability to add JavaScript to your blogs sidebar this is not permitted for security reasons.

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