FAQs

Logging In to OpenScholar for the First Time

 

To log into OpenScholar, click on the Login button at the bottom of your OpenScholar site and enter your NetID and Password. Depending on the setting you chose when you created your site, your site could be Public, Private, or anyone can see it if they have the link (basically public but not indexed by Google).

When logging in to a Lab site onOpenScholar for the first time, your site will be set to Private. We do this so if you would like to build your site first before presenting it and making it public to the world, you can.

If you would like to make Read more about Logging In to OpenScholar for the First Time

Changing Appearance (Themes)

 

To change the Theme of your OpenScholar site, go into the Admin Bar > Appearance > Themes. Here you can choose from different themes. Some themes even have something called flavors. The design of the page stays the same but either a background color or a background image changes. When you choose a theme you like, click the Save button. You can not edit the HTML or CSS of any Themes.

*Note: When changing your theme, the layout of the last theme is kept, so this may effect the way the site is displayed in a browser. When changing a theme, always Read more about Changing Appearance (Themes)

Changing Your Site Layout

 

The site layout is where you decide where content will be displayed for certain pages or all your pages. Widgets are used to display certain types of content. To access and edit your Layout, click on the Admin Bar > Appearance > Layout.

Here you can edit (by click on the gear icon), delete (clicking on the X), or move (drag and drop) widget to the sections you want them to appear in your site. You can also drag new widgets into sections like a sidebar to add different functions to your site (like a Twitter feed).

At the top of Layout there is a Read more about Changing Your Site Layout

Adding Apps and Customizing Them

 

Under Admin  Bar > Settings > Enable/ Disable Apps, you can make Apps Public, Private or Disable them. To disable an App means to remove it from the site. Even if you disable an App, the content you entered will be saved in there in case you want to make it Public again. When you turn on an App, this effects what content you can add to a course. If you want a media gallery, you can simply turn on that App, and then in your Front page (home page) under the Add New button, you'll see you can now add a media gallery. If you want to make a new page, either make Read more about Adding Apps and Customizing Them

Editing the Site Primary (Navigation) Menu

You change the title, the position of menu items, and add links to internal and external pages to your site's primary (navigation) menu. To access your navigation menu go to Admin Bar > Menus.

Here you can drag and drop the items in the order the menu items should appear. You can also take an item out of the menu by clicking the delete link next to the item.

You can create pages and link these items in here by either clicking on the Add new Link button (this is also true for external links) or when you create a new item (like a page from the Read more about Editing the Site Primary (Navigation) Menu

Where Can I See All My Files in My Site?

To see all the files and items you created inside your site, go to Admin bar > Site Content > Browse > Files. The files will be listed in chronological order.

Adding Users to a Site

 

You have the ability to add users to your site and also give them editing privileges (by making them an admin of the site). To do this:

  • Go to your site and log in.
  • In the Admin Bar, choose Members & Roles
     
  • On the right hand side at the top, click on the green button that says "Add a Member"
     
  • In "Find an existing user" type the person's name to see if they are already a user on Open Scholar
     
  • Once the person is added as a user, you can choose to edit their role on the site by clicking on the Read more about Adding Users to a Site

Creating Widgets for Site Layout

 

You can create new widgets to add functionality to your site. A popular widget many people create and edit is the the Custom text/html widget. To add a new widget:

  • Go to Admin Bar > Appearance > Layout
     
  • Click on the Add new Widget tab (on top right of widget banner)
     
  • Choose the new widget you want to add to your site
     
  • Give the widget a name (for your site layout),  and you can also give it a name that will appear to the public on the page
     
  • Enter the appropriate information for the widget Read more about Creating Widgets for Site Layout

Embedding a YouTube Video

 

To embed a YouTube video, a user needs to create a Media Widget to embed the video url into and then place it somewhere on the site. OpenScholar does allow embed code inside a page's basic HTML (for security reasons). 

To create a Media Widget:

1. Go to Admin Bar > Appearance > Layout
2. Click the Add New Widget Tab
3. Choose Embed Media
4. Fill in Widget Description (for example front page YouTube video)
5. Under File or HTML click the Add button.
6.In the embed window, click on Web and copy and paste the YouTube video's url ( Read more about Embedding a YouTube Video

Adding a Twitter Feed

 

You can easily add your Twitter account to your OpenScholar site through the Twitter widget. Follow these steps to add it to your site:

1. Go to Appearance > Layout in your Admin Bar

2. Click on the Add New Widget tab and choose Twitter (under Social).

3. Give the widget a description ("My Twitter Feed"). You can also give it a title so people visiting can see it.

4. In the Display Tweets from dropdown, choose what type of tweets you want to display (if it's your personal account, just type the username without the @ sign Read more about Adding a Twitter Feed

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