Category Archive: help

Five Student Sites on OpenCUNY (Spring 2017 Edition)

In this roudup of interesting sites on OpenCUNY we draw attention to discounts you can get from being a GC student, two students who are showing what you can do with a professional site and even draw attention to a GC program that’s going above and beyond their official GC site.

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How to Organize Documents on Your Site

Step 1. Activate the WP Document Revisions plugin You can use the WP Document Revisions plugin to host and organize document files. I like to think of it as a Media Library for documents. As the plugin page notes, it can also be used as a tool for collaboration.

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Adding a Contact Form to your Site

There are two main options to have people contacting you through your OpenCUNY site. Both options are plugins: WP Jetpack and Contact Form 7. With either option, the end result is an email generated to you. (of course, you could always go with posting an email address instead of a form, and if you want …

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Plugins 101: Setting Up Jetpack

Jetpack is a plugin that activates various WordPress.com functionalities on a wordpress.org OpenCUNY site. We recommend Jetpack  because it adds features and functionalities such as social media integration, site statistics, contact forms, custom CSS, and more. To install Jetpack you will need to follow 2 steps. First, navigate to the “Plugins” area in your Dashboard using the black sidebar menu to the …

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Professional Website Basics: Posting Your Academic Bio & CV

This post will guide you through the basics of publishing your academic bio and CV on your own OpenCUNY site. In this tutorial, you will also learn how to activate and use plugins, format a custom menu, and change your basic website settings. At the end, you’ll learn how to further build on these steps. …

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How to Choose a Theme: 5 Tips

Especially when you’re building a new website, you might be thinking a lot about how your site should look. In WordPress, the look of the website is largely governed by its theme (learn more of the WordPress lingo here). With a number of themes available on OpenCUNY and many thousands more built for WordPress (that …

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How to Make Your Site Mobile-Friendly

Recently, Google announced that it would include mobile-friendliness “as a ranking signal” for web searches conducted on mobile devices starting on April 21, 2015. An analysis of the announcement from Search Engine Watch suggested that responsive websites in general (i.e. websites that resize and sometimes shift content based on your device) might be given priority …

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Using OpenCUNY for a Conference

The OpenCUNY Coordinator for Organizing and Action is here to help you work through what you could do to use OpenCUNY in your conference planning, not just to get your information online, but also to help you streamline the organizing and make it easier for you! OpenCUNY can help you with registration; there are various …

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Alumni on OpenCUNY: 3 Tips

In short, yes, you can use OpenCUNY as an alum. OpenCUNY is created by and for The Graduate Center, CUNY students, and we know that GC connections and projects often continue after graduation. We strongly support our alums and their projects that continue to build on existing work, but we ask that alums keep in …

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I Am In Charge of an Organization–What Next?

Are you a chair of a DSC Chartered Organization? Are you thinking of starting a DSC Chartered Org? OpenCUNY can support you in the creation of a website for your organization. We can also give you access to a site previously created for your Chartered Org. If you don’t have an OpenCUNY account, you can …

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