Faculty Course Blog Template

Faculty Course Blog Template

This template is designed for course blogs where the website is on the faculty’s account and students are contributing to the site as users. This setup is similar to how UMW Blogs is commonly used, but with more and updated features.

Template Homepage

What is a header image?
It’s an image that can define or enhance your site, or give your site character.

What is a site title? 
It’s the name of your website.

What is a menu?
It is the navigation for your site. It is a place that guides people to different places on your site. 

What is a page or post?
You can read about the difference in our WordPress Basics help guide.

What is a sidebar and a widget?
A sidebar is a place where widgets can live. Widgets are little pieces on your site that have content. You can read more about them in our WordPress Basics Help Guide. 

Screenshot of Course Blog Template Homepage

Customizing the Template

Silent screen recording with captions of some of the customizable options. 

Specific Sections
0:00 – Changing the site name and tagline
0:18 – Changing colors
0:26 – Changing header media
0:49 – Editing the menu
1:15 – Editing widgets
1:35 – Homepage settings
2:01 – Header type
2:20 – Site layout
2:36 – Slider
3:43 – Changing the theme
4:31 – Publish Changes

Template Plugins

  • Adminimize –  Lets you hide ‘unnecessary’ items from the WordPress administration menu, for all roles of your install. On this template it hides “Captcha Bank” settings for students.
  • Advanced noCaptcha & invisible Captcha – Show noCaptcha or invisible captcha on a variety of forms across your blog. This will protect your site from spam user registrations. You need a Google account to use this plugin. See steps on how to set this plugin up below. 
  • Akismet Anti-Spam – Protects your blog from spam, particularly in comments. Please make sure you finish setting this up! 
  • Captcha Bank – This plugin allows you to implement security captcha form into web forms to prevent spam. 
  • Custom Meta Widget – Clone of the standard Meta widget with options to hide the login, admin, entry and comment feed, WordPress.org and /custom links.
  • Disable Comments – Allows administrators to globally disable comments on their site. Comments can be disabled according to post type.
  • Duplicate Post – Clone posts and pages.
  • Elementor – The most advanced frontend drag & drop page builder that works with any theme, any page, any design.
  • Jetpack – Gives you a variety features such as tiled galleries and site stats.
  • Kirki Toolkit – The ultimate WordPress Customizer Toolkit.
  • Limit Login Attempts Reloaded – Limit the rate of login attempts, including by way of cookies and for each IP address.
  • PDF Embedder – Embed PDFs straight into your posts and pages, with flexible width and height. Compatible with Gutenberg Editor WordPress.
  •  Recent Post Widget with Thumbnails – Displays in the sidebar a list of linked titles and thumbnails of the most recent postings.
  •  User Role Editor – Change/add/delete WordPress user roles and capabilities.
  •  Wordfence Security – Anti-virus, Firewall and Malware Scan. Please make sure you finish setting this up!
  • WP Dashboard Notes – For this template, the notes are reminders about how to turn on and off user registration and where to find DoOO Help Guides. The notes are initially set up so only site admins can see, but this can be changed if you’d like to create notes that students can see.  

Setting Up Google Advanced noCaptcha & Invisible Captcha

  1. Once you have created one or logged into your Google account, you can set up a reCAPTCHA at google.com/recaptcha/admin/create.
  2. Enter in a label (what you are calling this reCAPTCHA)
  3. Choose a reCPATCHA type (one you may have commonly seen is )
  4. Enter your blog URL (this includes a subdomain or subdirectory)
  5. Make sure your email is the one listed under Owner
  6. Accept the Terms of Service.
  7. After that, go to the Advanced noCaptcha & invisible Captcha Settings by going to your WordPress Dashboard > Settings > Advanced noCaptcha & invisible Captcha.
  8. Enter in the site key and secret key from your Google reCAPTCHA and click save.  
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