What are Plugins
Individual Plugin Documentation
Activating/Deactivating Plugins
Embedded Video with Link
FireStats
Flickr_Widget
WP-Email
WP-Print


What are Plugins:

Utilizing plug-ins allows you to expand the functionality of your UM-Flint blog.  Please note, every plug-in is different and may not work with all themes.  If you’re having trouble with a plug-in please try a different theme, and/or refer to the documentation for the plug-in.  This help guide will explain briefly how to use the plug-ins currently available at UM-Flint Blogs.  For more details about the individual capabilities and uses for the plug-ins, please refer to the individual documentation for the plug-in.


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Individual Plugin Documentation: 

Plugins are created by computer programmers.  These programmers create documentation that explains how to use their plugin.  To view the individual documentation for any of the plugins available on blogs.umflint.edu simply click on the plugin name while viewing plugins on the “Plugins” tab.  


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Activating/Deactivating Plugins: 

The very first step toward using plugins is to activate them in your blog.  To activate (or deactivate) a plug-in please follow these steps:

1)      Log in at http://blogs.umflint.edu with your uniqname and LAN password.  Navigate to your blog (or create a new one).

2)      Click on “Site Admin” to be taken to the Dashboard for your blog.

3)      Click on the “Plugins” tab.

4)      A list of available plugins will be displayed.  Click “Activate” next to the plugins you wish to use in your blog.  If there is a plugin that you no longer wish to use click “Deactivate” next to the plugin name.

5)      Any plugin that is in a green row is ready to use in your blog.

**Please Note:  If you activate a plugin that requires code, add the required code to your pages/posts, and then deactivate the plugin the code will be left on your posts/pages.  You will have to go to every page or post that contained code for the deactivated plugin and remove it yourself.  Your blog will not automatically recognize the leftover code and remove it.  Moral of the story: don’t implement a plugin on many pages or posts unless you’re sure you want to keep it, or don’t mind cleaning up should you decide to get rid of it. 


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Embedded Video with Link: 

This plugin will: provide a portal to a video from another site (like Youtube or Myspace), display a video you upload, or it will link to a video on another site.

1)      Make sure this plugin is activated by following the steps for “Activating/Deactivating Plugins”. 

2)      On the post or page where you would like to display a video click on the “Embed Image” button in the editor window (see image below).

3)      Select the correct option for your video and fill in the related information.

4)    Once you click “Insert” the appropriate code to display the video will be added to your post or page.  Save your changes and visit the post or page to see the video.

5)      To change how all embedded video are displayed in your blog, click on “Options” and then “Embedded Video”.


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FireStats: 

This plugin will allow you to track the number of visitors to your blog, the most popular pages/posts in your blog, and information about what browser/operating system your visitors were using.

1)      Make sure this plugin is activated by following the steps for “Activating/Deactivating Plugins”. 

2)      From your “Dashboard” select the “FireStats” tab.

3)      This tab will display information about visitors to your blog.


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Flickr_Widget: 

This widget will display up to 10 photos from a Flickr photostream.

1)      Make sure this plugin is activated by following the steps for “Activating/Deactivating Plugins”. 

2)      While in your blog Dashboard, click on the “Presentation” tab and then “Widgets”.

3)      The Flickr widget should now be included among the possible widgets at the bottom of the page. 

4)      Drag/Drop the Flickr widget in the sidebar along with any other desired widgets.

5)      Click on the “Configure” icon () next to Flickr once it has been placed in your sidebar.

6)      Fill in the information for your Flickr photostream and click “X” when you are finished.

7)      Click “Save Changes” and visit your blog to see your Flicker photos!



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WP-Email: 

1)      Make sure this plugin is activated by following the steps for “Activating/Deactivating Plugins”. 

2)      After activating the plugin, click on “Options” and then “Permalinks”.  Click “Update Permalink Structure”.  Wait for a message to appear that says they have been successfully updated.

3)      Once this plugin is activated add the following text to any posts or pages that you wish to give visitors the option to email:  [email_link]  (see below for example)

4)      You may change the email options or view email logs by following these steps:

a.       While on your site admin page, click on “Email” (it should appear on the far left of the tabs).

b.      The “Manage E-Mail” will allow you to view usage data for your blog (who has emailed posts, and to whom).

c.       The “Email Options” tab allows you to change the email that is sent.  Please do not change the “Method Used To Send E-Mail:”.

d.      Click “Update Options” at the very bottom of the page to save any changes you make.


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WP-Print: 

1)      Make sure this plugin is activated by following the steps for “Activating/Deactivating Plugins”.

2)      After activating the plugin, click on “Options” and then “Permalinks”.  Click “Update Permalink Structure”.  Wait for a message to appear that says they have been successfully updated.

3)      Once this plugin is activated and the permalinks are updated, add the following text to any posts or pages that you wish to give visitors the option to easily print:  [print_link]  (see below for example)

4)      You may change the print options by following the steps below:

a.       From the site admin page: click on the “Options” tab and then the “Print” tab.

b.      Modify the print settings as desired and click “Update Options” at the bottom of the page to save your changes.



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