Help!

Getting started with your site

Create@USQ has been setup to allow students to create blogs, portfolios, learning resources and websites using easy to learn WordPress tools.

Explore these resources to find out more about getting started with Create@USQ.

Please note! This Getting Started help guide is being progressively created.


Take a deep breath – and, above all, don’t panic!


Access and login help

IMPORTANT! If you are not able to access and/or login to your portfolio email CampusPress for support at contact@campuspress.com and include the following information in your email:

  • Student ID – starts with ‘U’
  • Portfolio URL, e.g. http://create.usq.edu.au/julie-lindsay
  • Course name and code, e.g. VIS1020 3D Studio Foundations
  • Course Examiner name and email

What happens the very first time you log in!

First time portfolio set-up

Because your personal portfolio site was created as a ‘batch’ for you and your classmates, the very first time you log in (unless a network super-admin goes to your site first), you will probably see a series of messages as the software creates your portfolio: “We’re setting up your new blog. Please wait…” This is totally normal and not an error or ‘bug’ in the system!

You could see something like this:

Do not worry as it only takes a couple of minutes as settings, demo posts, pages and various images used in the creation of the original template pages are ‘cloned’ in to your personal portfolio. It is most important that you stay logged in until your site is created.

You will be redirected to your dashboard once it has finished copying the template site. Then you will be able to access the dashboard for your site and get started!


Portfolio “how to” guides

Now you have your own Portfolio, you’ll want to begin to change and personalise it for your own work. Click to expand the accordions below for more information.


Getting started

How to use the Dashboard

The first screen you see when you log into your blog is called the Dashboard

Your dashboard provides a quick overview of what’s happening on Create@USQ, as well as supplying tools to navigate to other areas of the Administration panel.


Explore the tools below:

Default Dashboard

When you login you will be taken to the main Dashboard for Create@USQ.

In the menu on the left you will find links to ‘My Sites‘ and ‘Profile‘.


Your Profile

To access your Profile, hover over the right-hand-side text ‘Howdy, [your name]’ and select Edit Profile. This page provides information about your account and includes tools for changing the look and feel of your dashboard, your display name, avatar and password.

close up of Profile dropdown

My Sites

To locate your site(s), click on ‘My Sites‘. You will see a list of all the sites you are a member of (this will include any personal site(s) you have created and any group sites you are a member of).

To access the dashboard for a specific site so you can edit it, access your site(s) dashboard via the ‘My Sites’ menu at the top left of the screen. You can also click on the ‘dashboard’ link under each site title.


Your Site Dashboard

Each of your sites on Create@USQ has its own dedicated dashboard that includes a tools menu on the left hand side.
Use the menu to edit your site, approve comments, setup themes, widgets and plugins and add or delete users.

Hovering your mouse over a menu item displays all the submenu options under that item.
For example, to create a new page: hover your mouse over the ‘Pages’ Button and click on ‘Add New’.


Admin Bar

You also have an admin bar at the top of your blog and dashboard which you can use to navigate to different areas inside your dashboard/s.

Create your Avatar and Profile
What is an avatar?

Your avatar is an online representation of you.


Create your avatar

Your user avatar is also known as your comment avatar and it displays in places where you leave comments and next to posts you publish on some themes.

Upload your user avatar via Users > Your Avatar

Image format and size

Allowed image formats for your avatar are jpg, gif, and png. For best results use jpg.

It is recommended that you edit your avatar or photo to 200 pixels wide by 200 pixels high.

To upload your avatar image, click on Choose File, select the avatar you want to upload and then click on Open.


Your Profile

You can customise global settings for your username in the Your Profile screen. Any changes to these settings apply to all sites associated with that username. Start with editing/choosing from the following items found in your profile area.

Admin colour scheme

This option changes the colours in your Dashboard. You have a choice of eight colour schemes.

Name

Add your first name and last name.

Click on the drop down arrow to select your preferred publicly displayed name

Contact info

Update and change this as you wish at anytime.

Profile Picture

Your profile picture, also known as your user avatar, is displayed on places where you leave comments and next to posts you publish on some themes.

Your profile picture is uploaded in Users > Your Avatar (or Profile > Your Avatar)


Password

The new password area is where you update your password.

You change your password as follows:

1. Click on Generate Password.

2. The password reset window loads with an automatically generated password.

You can either use this automatically generated password or replace it with your own password.

After any and all changes to your Profile make sure you click UPDATE PROFILE (found at the end of the page).


Settings and Privacy

Create@USQ has many different settings and privacy that allow you to set up your site (portfolio, blog) how you want it. Privacy settings allow you to control who can and can’t view your site.

Note: If your site is part of a MyClass group then the privacy setting has already been determined by the Course Examiner.

There are six privacy options:

  1. Two public site options – allows anyone who visits your site to read your content.
  2. Four private site options – restricts who can view your site content.

Change Privacy

1.  Go to Settings > Reading

2.  Select your preferred privacy option under Site Visibility.

3.  Click Save Changes.


More information:

Public Privacy Options
  • Allow search engines to index this site

This allows anyone to read the content and for your site to be indexed by search engines such as Google.


  • Discourage search engines from indexing this site

This is the default setting for all newly created sites.  This allows anyone who knows your site URL to read your content while blocking web crawlers so that your site is not indexed by search engines such as Google.

You use this option if you want to keep your site public so your content can easily be read but want to limit it to only people who know the URL.


Private option – for setting a visitor password
  • Anyone that visits must first provide this password

This privacy option is used if you want to restrict who can read your site content to only people who know the password.   This is the best privacy option to use on a private site if you want others (such as the Course Examiner for assessment purposes) to easily be able to view your site without having to log into an account.

All about Pages

Sites on Create@USQ are primarily comprised of ‘Posts’ and ‘Pages’.

The main difference between posts and pages:

  • Posts: Posts are where you publish the latest update or new articles on your blog.
  • Pages: Pages are used for information that you want to share with your readers but don’t expect to update frequently.

When using Create@USQ to create a more traditional website, Pages become the most important element. However, Posts can still be used as a way of posting quick updates or news.


Introduction to Pages

Pages on Create@USQ are normally used for information that you want to share with your readers but don’t expect to update frequently.

Commonly used pages on educational sites are:

  • Home page: An opening page that shares information and/or links to important posts/pages
  • About Page: Used to tell readers more about yourself and your site / project / organisation
  • CV or Resumé: Curriculum vitae/Resumé/Education+Work History example for students to follow
  • Resources Page: Used to share information and links for students or visitors
  • Contact Page: So users can get in touch with you.

If you look closely at a page you will see it is normally made up of:

  • Page Title: Tells the reader what the page is about.
  • Your page content: This is information you want to share on this page
Create a new blank page

To create a new page, rollover the Pages tab on the left-hand menu and choose ‘Add New’. This will provide a blank/new page ready for your content.

Give your page a title and add the content you wish to share on the page.


Password Protected or Private Pages

Create@USQ allows you to make pages Password Protected or Private. This can be useful if you are sharing resources or information that you would like only specific users to access. For example, the post might contain student work or photos that you only want to share with the family, students or other teachers.

To password protect your page or post:

  1. Click on ‘Edit’ in the ‘Status & visibility‘ area of the publishing module on the right hand side under Page.
  2. Select the Private or Password Protected option.
  3. Enter your password (if needed) and click ‘Ok‘.
  4. Click on the ‘Update’ button to publish your changes.
Duplicating an existing page

If you have already created a page layout and want to duplicate that page, go to Plugins, and Activate ‘Duplicate Pages and Posts’.

Go to Pages > All Pages

Tick the page you wish to duplicate, and under the Bulk Actions dropdown, select Clone, and then Apply. A new duplicate page is created.

Edit the page, change its title and click Publish.

Editing pages

To locate the page you would like to edit, simply navigate to it on your site and click the ‘Edit Page’ button in the Admin bar at the top of your screen.

Alternatively you can locate a list of all the pages on your site via the ‘All Pages’ screen within your Dashboard.

Make the changes required to your page using the Create@USQ editing tools and press the ‘Update’ button to publish your updated page.

Public, Password Protected or Private Pages

Create@USQ allows you to make pages Password Protected or Private. This can be useful if you are sharing resources or information that you would like only specific users to access. For example, the post might contain student work or photos that you only want to share with the family, students or other teachers.

To password protect your page or post:

  1. Click on ‘Edit’ in the ‘Status & visibility‘ area of the publishing module on the right hand side under Page.
  2. Select the Private or Password Protected option.
  3. Enter your password (if needed) and click ‘Ok‘.
  4. Click on the ‘Update’ button to publish your changes.
All about Posts

Sites on Create@USQ are primarily comprised of ‘Posts’ and ‘Pages’.

The main difference between posts and pages:

  • Posts: Posts are where you publish the latest update or new articles on your blog.
  • Pages: Pages are used for information that you want to share with your readers but don’t expect to update frequently.

When using Create@USQ to create a more traditional website, Pages become the most important element. However, Posts can still be used as a way of posting quick updates or news.


Introduction to Posts

Your posts are where you’ll publish your blog posts or news items such as what’s been happening in class, assignment information, documents etc. They are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order with the most recent post at the top of the page on your Blog Page or other page that collects posts together.

If you look closely at a post you will see it is normally made up of:

  • Post Title: Tells the reader what the post is about. A great post title grabs readers attention and is more likely to encourage them to read your post.
  • Your post content: This is the main information that you want to share or reflect on with your readers
  • Date published: All posts display the date a post was published. You’ll normally see this displayed at the top of the post.
  • Written by: Most themes display the name of the post author. Your username is automatically displayed unless you have changed your display name.
  • Categories: Are used to help readers locate posts on your blog. Categories are often used like chapters of a book; they provide a general overview of the topics you blog about.
  • Tags: Are used to help readers locate posts on your blog. Tags are more like the index at the back of the book and explode the topic into a million bits.
  • Comments: All themes have a link to comments. This is where your readers can click to write a comment in response to your post. Comments allow students, and other readers, to engage in discussions, share their thoughts and connect with your class blog.
Overview of your Posts screen

This is the area in your administration panel where you see a listing of all the saved posts, 20 posts per page, that you’ve written on your site.

In this screen you can search for posts by date, category and tag. Once posts are located you can either edit the posts or delete posts.

To locate all posts by date or category:

  1. Select your desired date or category from the All dates drop down menu and/or All Categories drop down menu.
  2. Click Filter.

You can also choose to view all posts, only those that have been published, your drafts only or those that you have trashed by clicking on the All, Mine, Published, Drafts or Trashed links, under ‘Posts [add new]’ near the top.

Hovering your mouse over the title of a post brings up four action links: Edit, Quick Edit, Trash and View.

If you have added in the Duplicate Pages and Posts plugin, you could also see Clone and New Draft included.

Adding posts

To create a new post, rollover ‘Posts’ on the left-hand menu and choose ‘Add New’.

This will take you to the Post editing screen where you can add text, images and other media.

When your post is ready for publication click on ‘Publish’ on the right-hand side of the page. Or if you are editing, of course, the button will say ‘Update’.

Edit posts

There are occasions where you’ll want to go back to previously published posts to edit aspects such as correct spelling, grammatical errors, add updates, amend tags and categories.

To locate the post you want to edit, you use the Posts Screen by going to Posts > All Posts.

Hovering your mouse over the title of a post brings up four action links: Edit, Quick Edit, Trash and View.
[As Administrator of your own site, or if you have added in the Duplicate Pages and Posts plugin, you may also see Clone and New Draft included.]


Edit

Clicking the action link Edit opens the post into full edit mode.

This is where you can edit the post to change the title or add more content. You can also configure post options such as password protect the post, add new categories, add tags, set a featured image and change publish status.

Once you’ve made the changes you just click Publish or Update on the right-hand side.


Quick Edit

Clicking the action link Quick Edit allows you to make quick changes without having to edit the full post.

Quick edit lets you configure features such as title, post status, password protect your post, make your post private, assign existing categories to your post, add new tags, enable/disable comments, change post author and make your post sticky.

Once you’ve made the changes you just click Update.


Bulk Edit

It is also possible to bulk edit multiple pages at the same time using Edit in the Bulk actions dropdown menu.

This is as simple as:

  1. Select the posts you want to edit (tick the box/es).
  2. Select Edit in the bulk actions drop down menu.
  3. Click Apply Button.

As with Quick Edit, Bulk Edit lets you configure features such as post status, assign existing categories, add new tags, enable/disable comments, change post author, on multiple posts at the same time.

Once you’ve made the changes, again you just click Update.

Scheduling

Using the Block Editor

The Block Editor uses a block-based approach where each item you add to your post or page is a block.  You can add blocks for each paragraphs, images, galleries, videos, audio, list, tables and more.

Each block is its own entity that you can manipulate, move, customise and edit. Since each block is separate you can add things like custom backgrounds or text to specific blocks. The block editor displays visual elements how they look on your site.


Block Settings – Sidebar

Like Pages, each block has options in the editor sidebar, on the right-hand side, that may provide extra customisation in addition to the options found in the block toolbar (next to the WordPress logo on the left-hand side).

Click on the Settings icon next to the Publish/Update button on the top right, if you don’t see the editor sidebar.


For more assistance with using the Block Editor: docs.campuspress.com/en/articles/636

What should I use? Categories vs Tags

Tags and categories on posts are used to help readers locate information in different ways.

Categories are like chapters of a book; they provide a general overview of the topics you blog about. Categories can have unique names and be wordy; you want them sufficiently descriptive so your reader understands the type of subject matter they will find when they click on the link.

Whereas tags are more like the index at the back of the book, and explode the topic into a million bits. Tags are essentially keywords for each post you create. Tags are intended to be keywords that accurately represent the subject matter you have written about and can help to increase traffic and assist readers in finding topics of interest.


When your readers click on a categories or tag link on a post or in your sidebar, it loads a page with all posts that use that tag or category. It’s a great way to simplify searching for particular items.

On a post you can add as many categories and tags as you need to make the post easier to locate. The key is to think about the structure you want to use to help your readers easily find posts.

All about Categories
What are Categories?

Categories can help to organise the posts you have published into useful collections, making it easier for readers to locate the topics they are interested in quickly and easily. They provide a helpful way to group related posts together, and to quickly tell readers what a post is about.

They appear on posts pages and can also be displayed via a Widget in your blog sidebar.


Using Categories

When your readers click on a categories or tag link on a post or in your sidebar it loads a page with all posts that use that particular category or tag, making it easier to locate related posts.

You can add as many categories as you need to make the post easier to locate.

For example you may wish to add categories for:

  • Each subject you are enrolled in – to group together assessment tasks
  • Particular areas of interest – eg. Social Media, Technology, Learning Design etc
  • Personal Posts – to group together general posts on personal projects or experiences.

There are many ways to add or assign categories to your posts!


Adding Categories to new posts via the Categories module

Add categories to posts, before you publish them, using the Categories module to the right of your post editor.

All you need to do is tick the check box next to a category you want to use.

When you have completed your post and selected appropriate categories, click on the Publish button (or Update, if you’ve gone back to make changes on a post) to complete the process.

Creating a new category

To create a new category:

  1. Click on the + Add New Category link.
  2. Type your new category in the Add New Category text box
  3. Click Add New Category

To remove a category:

Remove any category from a post by unchecking the checkbox to the left of that category.


Adding Categories to existing posts using the All Posts page

You can quickly change or add categories to existing or previously published posts by going to Posts > All Posts.

This is the area in your administration panel where you see a listing of all the saved posts, 20 posts per page, that you’ve written on your blog.

Locate the post you wish to edit and use Edit or Quick Edit to change the categories assigned to a post.

To use the Edit method to add categories to a post, simply click on Edit to go to the post editing interface and add categories using the Categories module on the right.

You can also use the Quick Edit function to quickly add categories to posts.

To add categories using Quick Edit:

  1. Hover your mouse over the title of a post to bring up four to six action links.
  2. Click on Quick Edit to open up the post in quick editing mode.
  3. Uncheck the checkbox for any categories you want to remove from the post, and check the checkbox for any categories you want to add to the post.
  4. Click Update.

Managing Categories

You can also create new categories and manage existing categories, using Posts > Categories.

The Categories page includes a list of your existing categories and an option to create new categories.

You create a new category using Add New Category as follows:

  1. Type your new category in the Name text box.
  2. Select the parent category if you want to nest a category within a category. Otherwise leave this as none.
  3. Add a description for your category (optional). The description appears as a tooltip if you use the category widget.
  4. Click Add New Category.

Please note that categories won’t display in your category widget or be listed in Appearance > Menu until the category has been assigned to a post.


What’s a parent or child category?

Categories, unlike tags, can have a hierarchy, if you want, though this is optional.

You use add parent categories to nest a category within a category via the Categories page.

For example, you might have your subject as a parent category and then topics are explored underneath.

To display your parent and child categories you need to select Show hierarchy when you add the category widget to your sidebar in Appearance > Widgets.

All about Tags

What are Tags?

Tags are essentially keywords for each post you create. Tags are intended to be keywords that accurately represent the subject matter you have written about and can help to increase traffic and assist readers in finding topics of interest.


Using Tags

Tags are displayed on your blog attached to posts or as a tag cloud in your sidebar. Clicking on a tag name will take your readers to all posts tagged with that term.

You can add as many tags as are relevant to your post.


Adding Tags via the Tags Module

Tags are normally added before your publish your posts by typing your desired tags in the Add New Tag text box and then clicking Add.


Creating a new Tag

You can add tags one at a time by clicking the Add button or hitting the Enter on your keyboard after typing each tag.

You can add multiple tags at a time by separating them with a comma as you type. If you forget to add a comma between your separate tags the system considers the words to be one tag.

To remove a tag from a post, just click the X to the left of that tag.

You can also choose from your most commonly used tags by:

  1. Clicking on Choose from the most used tags to view the list of your most used tags
  2. To apply, click on the tags you want to assign to the post.

Adding Tags to previously published posts using the All Posts page

You can quickly change or add tags to existing posts by going to Posts > All Posts.

Locate the post you wish to edit and use Edit or Quick Edit to change the tags assigned to a post.

To use the ‘Edit method’ to add tags to a post, simply click on the edit post button to go to the post editing interface and add tags as above.

You can also use the Quick Edit function to quickly add tags to posts.

To add tags using Quick Edit:

  1. Hover your mouse over the title of a post to bring up four to six action links.
  2. Click on Quick Edit to open up the post in quick editing mode.
  3. Remove any tags you want to remove from the post and add the tags you want to apply to the post.
  4. Click Update.

Managing Tags

You can also create new tags and manage existing tags using Posts > Tags.

The Tags Page includes a list of your existing tags and an option to create new tags.


Displaying Tags in your Sidebar

Tags can be displayed in the sidebar of your site to make it easier for users to navigate your posts. You can do so by adding the Category and Tag Cloud Widgets via Appearance > Widgets.

Sourcing images and artwork for your site

Where can I find images that I can reproduce on my portfolio?

Not everyone is super-creative and able to produce their own original artworks or photographs (like our creative Visual Arts students, eh?!). So what can you do?

Maybe you are lucky enough to have a big budget for purchasing or commissioning imagery and know someone who can help you out!

If not, we’ve compiled a short list of places on the web where you are generally able to source items for free or with an attribution (acknowledging the source and creator).

Please, be a good global citizen, respect other people’s copyright and be aware that not everything on the internet is free or freely available. If it doesn’t specify a copyright anywhere, don’t use it.


Online is not fair game

Copyright. It’s a bit of a scary word and copyright law can be difficult to understand. The key concept you need to remember when it comes to copyright is that just because something is freely available on the internet, it doesn’t mean you have the right to reproduce it.


What content can I reproduce?

You can only reproduce other people’s work you have permission to do so. Permission may be either:

  • explicit (usually written) permission from the copyright holder
  • an appropriate license that has been applied to the content.

Since it’s often difficult and time consuming to get explicit permission from the copyright holder, we recommend you look for content that is appropriately licensed for reuse. Content should either be in the public domain or is licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons license.

Content in the public domain has no exclusive intellectual property rights, which means you can reuse it.

Creative Commons licenses allow content producers to share their work with others. The licenses provide a standardised way for content owners to indicate the conditions under which people may reuse or redistribute their content without infringing copyright. The licences allow users to reuse, remix and share the content legally. Learn more about Creative Commons licenses.


Why do I need to attribute works I reproduce?

Attributing other people’s work correctly is important because it:

  • gives appropriate credit to the people whose work you are reproducing
  • maintains academic integrity by honestly representing your work.

If you don’t have appropriate permission to reproduce a work or if you don’t attribute it correctly, you may infringe copyright, which may have legal consequences.


How do I attribute Creative Commons licensed material?

The CC Wiki provides advice and examples of best practices for Creative Commons attribution.

In general, we recommend that you include the name of the work, the name of the creator, an indication of the type of Creative Commons license (or a statement that the image is in the public domain), and a link to the source.

Here’s an example of an image we found on Flickr.

Copyright Iain by Iain Farrell (CC BY-ND 2.0)

In this case, we used the title of the image on Flickr and linked it to the image on Flickr. We also used the creator’s name as it appears on the Flickr. And finally we’ve added the shorthand for the type of Creative Commons license in brackets. We have added the attribution under the image in the caption field.


Do I have to attribute public domain content?

While it’s not strictly necessary to attribute public domain content, it is a good idea, for two main reasons:

  1. It acknowledges the person who created the work and gives them some credit for their creative effort.
  2. It allows the reader of your site to identify the copyright status of an image, which means that when your teacher grades your portfolio, they won’t be left wondering whether the images you’ve infringed copyright by reproducing images.

Here’s an example of an image we found on Unsplash.

Photo by Umberto on Unsplash

You don’t have to attribute images from Unsplash, however, the site encourages people to attribute and provides a recommended attribution, which you’ll be prompted to copy to the clipboard when you download the image. That’s what we did for the image above. Then we pasted the attribution into the image caption.

Congratulations! You’ve completed the basics of creating a website using Create@USQ!

Check out more in the Customising and Export sections where you will find lots of useful information to assist you in creating, customising and taking your new website elsewhere, if required.


Help videos

If you’d rather watch some step by step videos of how to do things with your template then check out these! Make sure you sign into your USQ account to access the videos.

These help videos use two templates (education or nursing) but the steps for your template, no matter what course you are in, are exactly the same. Click to expand the accordions and watch the videos.

VIDEOS on how to do things (using the Education Template as example)

Log in to Create@USQ and navigate to your site


Overview of the dashboard


How to edit your profile

This video provides an overview of how to edit your profile.


How to change the name of your site

This video shows you how to change the name of your site and provides a suggested naming convention. Using this naming convention will help both yourself and your peers later in the semester when it’s time to review each other’s work.


Overview of site structure and navigation

This video provides an overview of the template used for Education sites. It explains the site structure and how it relates to your assessment.


Your site has been pre-populated with a bunch of pages designed to help you structure your portfolio. To complete your portfolio, you simply need to edit the pages we’ve created for you.

Basics of editing a page

This video shows you the basics of editing a page, including adding text, formatting headings, creating lists, and adding hyperlinks.


While the most important part of your portfolio is the content, it can be a lot of fun to play with the appearance of your site. Here are a few resources to help you with this.

How to edit your site navigation


How to apply and customise a theme

You can completely change the look and feel of your site by applying a different theme and customising it. This video is a little longer, but it provides some useful information to help you select, apply and customise a theme.

VIDEOS on how to do things (using the Nursing Template as example)

Log in to Create@USQ and navigate to your site


Overview of the dashboard


How to edit your profile

This video provides an overview of how to edit your profile.


How to change the name of your site

This video shows you how to change the name of your site and provides a suggested naming convention. Using this naming convention will help both yourself and your peers later in the semester when it’s time to review each other’s work.


Overview of site structure and navigation

This video provides an overview of the template used for your site. It explains the site structure and how it relates to your assessment.


Your site has been pre-populated with pages designed to help you structure your portfolio. To complete your portfolio, you simply need to edit the pages we’ve created for you.

Basics of editing a page

This video shows you the basics of editing a page, including adding text, formatting headings, creating lists, and adding hyperlinks.


Editing a reflective post

This video shows how you can add a reflective blog post.


While the most important part of your portfolio is the content, it can be a lot of fun to play with the appearance of your site. Here are a few resources to help you.

How to edit your site navigation


How to apply and customise a theme

You can completely change the look and feel of your site by applying a different theme and customising it. This video is a little longer, but it provides some useful information to help you select, apply and customise a theme.


Customising

Customise your theme’s features

Each Create@USQ portfolio has a variety of options you can customise to create an individual look and feel.

This could include: Header Image, Background Image, Fonts, Colour Scheme, Page Layouts, Featured Post settings and various other options.

To explore and customise your theme’s options:

  1. Rollover the ‘Appearance’ button in the menu on the left of your dashboard and choose ‘Customise’
  2. Explore and choose your theme’s settings to create your desired look and feel.
Customise to create an individual look and feel

Each theme will have unique options to ‘Customise’. Some are very simple, whilst others are extremely detailed. Choose a theme that fits your purpose best and explore customisation options, including the following:


Changing Site Title & Tagline

Used to change the site title and tagline on your blog. Not all themes display taglines. The site title and tagline are normally displayed in or near the header area of your blog and the site title is also used when visitors bookmark your blog in their web browser.


Changing Theme Colors

‘Colors’ controls the colour of the header text and background colour. Which options are included depends on the theme.


Changing Header Image

Some themes include Custom Header Image settings which can be used to provide a more customised look and feel adding your “own personal touch” to your blog.

Upload a custom header by selecting a file saved on your hard drive and uploading it.

Some Create@USQ themes include a range of default header images. In this case, the Header Image allows you to choose from one of the default header images.

Alternatively, click on Remove image if you don’t want to use a header image.


Changing Background Image

Many themes allow you to upload an image to your blog’s background. A background image is another great way of adding that personal touch to your blog.

Please note: The background image is used as is. For best results resize your background to 72dpi and 2000px wide. This will ensure it loads quickly and displays well.


Additional Options

Some themes include additional options in the Theme Customiser. For example – layout, slideshow and typography. Experiment with settings in the Theme Customiser to discover the best fit for your needs.

Apply and customise a new theme

Your site theme is what controls the look and feel of your site. This is what users see when they visit your blog.

Read the tips below and find a theme to suit you needs!


Default Theme

Every newly created blog has the same default theme, however you can choose from a large collection of themes to personalise your site. You can change your theme as often as you like!

Here’s an example of the look of a newly created site using the default Create@USQ theme:

Education Portfolio sample

You can choose to use the default theme with customisations to suit your needs, or you may choose to select a theme from the Create@USQ Themes collection.


Changing Your Theme

To change your theme, rollover the ‘Appearance’ button in the menu on the left of your dashboard and select ‘Themes’.

This takes you to the theme selection screen where you can view the collection of themes available.


Theme Details

Click on a theme to view details.


Theme Preview

To preview your preferred theme click on the ‘Live Preview’ button.


Activate a Theme

To activate your preferred theme click on the ‘Activate’ button.


There are many themes in the Create@USQ collection to choose from, however some are designed specifically for blogging, whilst others are a good fit for making a more traditional website.

Customise site settings for your Home page

You can choose what’s displayed on the homepage of your Create@USQ site.

Depending on the template used, your default site may be setup like a blog, with your home (front) page displaying your latest posts. Alternatively it may be set up as a ‘static’ home page to achieve the look and feel of a traditional website.

However you can change your home page to be set either a static homepage or a display of your blog posts.

To setup your home page:

  1. Visit the Dashboard
  2. Rollover ‘Pages’ in the menu on the left of your dashboard and choose ‘Add New
  3. Give your Homepage a name (eg Home) and click the ‘Publish’ button
  4. Return to the Dashboard
  5. Rollover the ‘Appearance’ in the menu on the left of your dashboard and click on ‘Customise
  6. Choose ‘Static Front Page’ from the Customising options on the left and set your site to ‘A static page’ and select the Page you wish to set as your homepage.
    Or you can choose to set your site to display ‘Your latest posts‘ from the Customising options on the left, and select the Page you wish to set as your homepage.

If you are planning on including a blog on your site, repeat these steps to create a page to display your blog posts.

Site settings

The Settings menu inside your blog dashboard is where you configure how your blog works. To access settings click on the ‘Settings’ Button in the left-hand menu  of your site dashboard.

Site Settings Overview

Here is a quick overivew of the main Settings submenus:

  • General Settings – where you configure the broad settings of your blog including your blog tiltle, blog tagline, blog admin email address, how you want date and time displayed amd your timezone.
  • Writing Settings – controls your writing experience and if you are able to use remote publishing including XML-RPC.
  • Reading Settings – controls how your blog displays to visitors and your RSS feed options.
  • Discussion Settings – determines how comments are handled on your posts and pages.
  • Media Settings – controls how your media is displayed.
  • Privacy Settings – controls who can and can’t view your blog.
  • Blog Avatar Settings – where you upload your blog avatar which is displayed in your sidebar when you add the Blog Avatar and in the Create@USQ Blog Directory and Blog Listing.
  • Google Analytics Settings – where you can add Google Analytics tracking code for advanced tracking of your blog stats.

Some plugins such as AddThis Social Share plugin also add a menu item under settings when they are activated. You use these plugin settings page to set up or control how the plugin works.

Creating your site’s page structure and menus

Add the pages you need for your site. You may need only 1 or 2 extra pages, or many. You can create as many as you like, and even organise a hierarchy of ‘parent and child’ pages.

When you’ve added your main pages, setup your site’s Menus to create useful navigation. Most themes have at least one navigation menu you can customise (sometimes two or three!).

To create your site menus:

  1. Rollover the ‘Appearance’ button in the menu on the left of your dashboard and choose ‘Menus’
  2. Use the Menu tools to add and order your pages into a useful navigation menu
  3. Select Menu Settings to set your theme’s Primary (or Secondary) menu.
Add the pages you need for your site

Set up your site’s menus

Most themes in the Create@USQ collection support custom menus which allow you to customise your navigation menu and/or add a top navigation to your site.

This allows you to:

  • Re-arrange, add, and remove items from the menu bar at the top of your site
  • Change the order of links in your navigation menus
  • Create nested sub-menus of links (sometimes known as ‘drop down’ menus)
  • Publish posts to different pages on your blog using post categories. This is handy if you want to categorize posts for each subject you are studying and posting on subject pages
  • Add custom links to another website in your navigation menu – eg. your social media pages or another personal website.
  • Create a custom menu for your sidebar.

Create a custom menu

Step 1: Rollover the ‘Appearance’ button in your Create@USQ site dashboard and choose ‘Menus’.

Step 2: Give your menu a name – eg. Navigation Menu, and click the ‘Create Menu’ button.

Step 3: Populate your Menu with Page links, Custom Links or Categories using the tools on the left side of the page.

Adding Links to Pages

Adding Custom Links

Adding Category Links

Step 4: Order your links as you’d like them to appear in your menu by dragging and dropping the items into the correct order.

Step 5: Customise the text for menu items as required – eg. the homepage could be called ‘Home’ to save space in your menu.

Step 6: If you are creating a navigation menu, choose which theme location your menu you appear in – eg. Primary Menu.

Click the ‘Save’ button to complete your menu and apply the settings to your site.

Step 8: If you are creating a menu to appear in your sidebar, use widgets to place it in the appropriate widget area.  Use the ‘Custom Menu’ Widget.

Complete: Your Custom Menu is now complete and will appear as selected on your published site.

Choose plug-ins

Plugins extend and expand your site, and can be used to add a range of useful features. Create@USQ has selected plugins to choose from.

To select and enable plugins:
  • Rollover ‘Plugins’ in the menu on the left of your dashboard and click on ‘All’ to view the available plugins
  • Explore the details of a range of plugins that add features and select the right ones for your site
  • Click on ‘Activate‘ to activate your desired plugins
  • Customise settings for your plugins as required (varies from plugin to plugin, please view ‘Plugin Help’ for more information).

Plugins extend and expand the functionality of your Create@USQ site, including adding social media, adding features such as calendars, wikis, forums and adding tools for podcasting or capturing statistics.

Create@USQ Plugins

Create@USQ includes a large collection of Plugins that you can select from to add additional features to your site.

All plugins installed on Create@USQ have been thoroughly tested and customised to ensure they are compatible and don’t cause problems. You can’t upload custom plugins to your blog, but you may choose from a compatible collection.

Useful Plugins to consider

The following is a sample of some of the plugins available on Create@USQ. Explore the collection to find the perfect plugins for your site!

  • Accessible Social Share:  Adds accessible social sharing buttons to every post and page, so readers can easily share your content on their social networks.
  • Akismet: Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from comment and trackback spam. It keeps your site protected from spam even while you sleep.
  • Cool Timelines: This plugin allows you to create a beautiful vertical timeline that you can add to a page or post. Great for showing a development process or historical timeline of events.
  • Duplicate Pages and Posts: A quick way to duplicate a post, or page, including the title, contents, tags and categories so you can re-use an existing post/page layout easily with minimal effort. Beats starting from a blank!
  • Embed Any Document:  Lets you upload and embed your documents easily into posts and pages.
  • Formidable Forms: Quickly and easily create drag-and-drop forms which can be used to provide support or gather data from your visitors.
  • Forums: Easily add advanced bbPress forums to your site, so users can interact and discuss.
  • Jetpack: Allows you to publish a post by sending an email, choose which pages widgets are shown on, adds two new ways of showing image galleries, and auto-post to facebook, twitter, google+, and more.
  • Print Friendly and PDF: Optimises your posts and pages for printing and lets your readers download or email a PDF version of your posts or pages.
  • Wikis: Add a wiki to your site and allow readers to collaborate and create knowledge / resources.

For more information on the plugins: docs.campuspress.com/en/articles/411-activate-plugins


Activating Plugins

To view available plugins and activate them on your site, click on ‘Plugins’ in your Create@USQ dashboard menu.

Select the plugin you would like to activate from the collection and click ‘Activate’.

Check the details for the plugin you have activated and set options or customisations available. This will vary for each plugin, depending on the features it adds to your site.


Deactivating Plugins

To deactivate a plugin on your site, go to the plugins page and sort by ‘Active’. This will show you a list of all the plugins you currently have active on your site.

Select the plugin you wish to deactivate and click on ‘Deactivate’. 

Set up widgets

Widgets allow you to add tools or content to your site’s page sidebars. They add additional functionality or information. Each theme has different options in terms of where widgets appear on your site.

To setup widgets:

  1. Rollover the ‘Appearance’ button in the menu on the left of your dashboard and choose ‘Widgets’ to view the Widget editing tools
  2. Drag and Drop the widgets available into the desired sidebar
  3. Configure each widget as required, and click save and close.
Widgets allow you to add tools or content to your site’s page sidebars

Still got questions? Submit a query via our Support Page to ask for assistance!


Exporting

Now you’ve finished at USQ, how do you take your Create@USQ Portfolio with you
Getting your own domain

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Exporting content

Still got questions? Submit a query via our Support Page to ask for assistance!


Troubleshooting

Something happened when you first logged in to your site?

Because your personal portfolio site was created as a ‘batch’ for you and your classmates, the very first time you log in (or a network super-admin goes to your site), you will probably see a series of messages as the software creates your portfolio: “We’re setting up your new blog. Please wait…” This is totally normal and not an error or ‘bug’ in the system!

You could see something like this:

Do not worry as it only takes a couple of minutes as settings, demo posts, pages and various images used in the creation of the original template pages are ‘cloned’ in to your personal portfolio. It is most important that you stay logged in until your site is created.

You will be redirected to your dashboard once it has finished copying the template site. Then you will be able to access the dashboard for your site and get started!

Still got questions? Submit a query via our Support Page to ask for assistance!


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