Month: February 2013

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Creating a post

How to create posts and best practices: http://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts

The difference between posts and pages

Posts:

    • Posts are entries listed in reverse chronological order on the blog home page or on the posts page if you have set one in Settings Reading. If you have created any sticky posts, those will appear before the other posts. Posts can be found in the Archives, Categories, Recent Posts, and other widgets. Posts are also displayed in the RSS feed of the blog. You can control how many posts are displayed at a time in the Reading Settings.

Pages:

    • Pages are static and are not listed by date. Pages do not use tags or categories. An About page is the classic example. Pages can be displayed in the sidebar using the Pages widget, and some themes display pages in tabs at the top of the blog. If you have 50 pages and you use the Pages widget, then all pages will be listed all the time.

Adding users

To add a user to your blog go to Dashboard > Users > Add New

If a user has already been added to a blog on the Dickinson blogs add them as an existing user

Roles:

    • Subscriber – Can only manage their profile
    • Contributor – Can write and manage their posts but not publish them
    • Author – Can create, edit and delete their own posts
    • Editor – Can create, edit and delete any posts or pages
    • Administrator – Can access to all the administration features

Adding new themes

Some themes are already available to find them go to Dashboard > Themes

Additional themes can be found here: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/

If you would like a new theme added please contact the media center.

Adding new plugins

Some plugins are already available to find them go to Dashboard > Plugins

Additional plugins can be found here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/

If you would like a new plugin added please contact the media center.

Web accessibility guidelines

Add descriptions to your images in the alternative text field.

When linking to content, describe the content page that you are linking to instead of using the raw url.

More information can be found here: https://www.w3.org/TR/WAI-WEBCONTENT/

spring shopping apps

With winter coming to an end and spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your warm weather wardrobe. Since there’s so many different websites and online stores out there it’s often hard to keep track of what clothes you want and where they’re from. Here are some apps to help you organize your spring shopping:

  1. Svpply: This app allows you to follow different stores and build collections of your favorite clothing, technology, media, home decor and art from all over the web. You can view your friends collections and publish yours on twitter, facebook or tumblr.
  2. Gilt: This app offers beautiful designer clothes at reduced prices as well as exclusive sales and offers not available on gilt.com. You can shop by color, size or category.
  3. Wanelo: Similar to Svpply, Wanelo provides an endless stream of unique products from all over the web selected by other users. You can save products to wishlists and collections. Wanelo links each product to the online store where you can purchase it.
  4. ShopSavvy: This app allows you to scan the barcode of an item and compares its price to other stores to find the lowest price. You can also shop for movies, electronics, books, video games and more right in the app.
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Amazing NextGen graphic technologies for gaming and 3d productions.

It is unbelievable how fast the graphic media evolves. New methods used to create more and more realistic 3D models and environments are coming up nonstop.

These are some of the new technologies that will allow the graphic quality of games and movies to surpass their current level.

5 years ago, the graphic quality we have today would have been imposible to achieve… I wonder what we will have 5 years from now !

Here is the original note, provided by IGN:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/04/17/crytek-shows-off-the-future-of-game-graphics

DSLR Shoulder Rig

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The newest addition to the Dickinson Media Center equipment is this shoulder rig for DSLR’s (pictured), camcorders, and digital cameras. Check it out for your video project to create smooth, dynamic camera movement.

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