Embedding a Video

To embed a YouTube or Media Central video, you can create a Media Widget to embed the video url into and then place the widget somewhere on the site, or you can use the “Media browser” button in the toolbar editor to insert a media object into the body field. OpenScholar does allow pasting the raw 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...

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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...

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Can I Use Google Analytics for My Site?


Yes, you can also use Google Analytics with your OpenScholar site. If you have an account, you can create a New Property in Google Analytics and copy and paste your new ID into the Google Analytics Tracking ID textbox setting under the Admin Bar > Settings > Global Settings > Google Analytics. You can also create a new account if you do not have one and copy and paste the Google Analytics ID.

A more detailed walk through on how to use Google Analytics with OpenScholar can be found here: ...

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How do I add another Publication page titled "Working Papers" to include all my Working Papers publications?

First you will create a Taxonomy called "tags" (steps are below). Then you will want to add all your working papers to the main Publications page. Then add a tag titled “Working Papers” to your working paper publications. To do this expand Publication details when editing the Publication. Here for your working papers, enter in the tags text box: Working Papers. 

To create a Taxonomy called "tags". To create taxonomy:

  1. In the Admin bar > Taxonomy.
  2. Click the Add vocabulary link...
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After I Log Out My Edits to My Page Don't Appear


OpenScholar has the option for users to clear their site cache. When a site administrator makes a change, they will see it automatically when logged in but if they log out right away, it may appear that none of their changes were saved. To see the edit right away when logged out, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your site
  2. Go to Settings in your Admin Bar
  3. Click on Global Settings.
  4. Click Cache/Reindex
  5. Click the Save button on the Site Cache window.

*You can alternatively wait 30 minutes for your site cache to clear...

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Turning On Breadcrumbs

OpenScholar has a feature called Breadcrumbs. You may want to see a line of links at the top of the page content that look like this Home/ Media Gallery/ Gallery 1. You can easily add the breadcrumbs by following these steps:

  1. Go to Appearance in the Admin Bar
  2. Click on Breadcrumbs
  3. Check the checkbox next to Show breadcrumbs on my site
  4. Click the Save button

Replacement File Not Updating

** Updated: This issue should be resolved with our August 2016 update. If you are still having issues, please read the suggestions below. When replacing a file, do not rename it with a different name. This can cause the system to keep on older file and not over write it.

There are a couple of ways you can troubleshoot this issue:

  1. Wait 15 minutes for the varnish cache to clear and then click SHIFT + refresh in your browser. Or you can immediately click SHIFT+ Refresh in the pdf window and you will see the updated file. ...
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Adding an iframe to an Openscholar Site

You can embed an iframe into your OpenScholar site (like a Google Map, or a YourTube video). To do that, please follow these steps:

  1. Create the new content (Blog post, Page, etc)
  2. Click on the Body textbox to activate the WYSIWYG editor
  3. Click on the Media button. (to the right of the block quote button)
  4. In the upload window, click on the middle tab at the top labeled Embed from the Web
  5. Paste the iframe code into the box.
  6. Click Submit.

**Please note, depending where the iframe was generated from (Twiiter, YouTube, Google...

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Layouts for Responsive Design Themes and Rotating Banners

For best practices when choosing a responsive theme and using a rotating banner, we recommend you place your rotating banner widget in the box below the primary navigation menu, not inside the same box. Below we have a screenshot of a 3 column layout with a rotating banner and a 2 column layout with a rotating banner with a responsive theme selected. 

Three Column Layout example:


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Adding a New Publication, the Textbox is not Editable

A design feature with OpenScholar version 3.15 is that text boxes may be compressed to save space on a page. In some cases, like when adding a new publication, the textbox will appear as a small thin line. To expand the textbox so you can add content you can do the following:

  • Click inside the textbox
  • The textbox will expand displaying a WYSIWYG editor
  • Add text