Some tips and tricks
Here are some tips and tricks that should help you make the best use of this site. This site has been built with WordPress, which is a free open source blogging tool and content management system. Many of you may already be familiar with WordPress or with another blogging application.
This site is accessible to anybody. However, some pages are private and accessible to registered users only. In order to comment or to publish a post, you also need to be registered on the site. For the time being, only students from Dublin City University who have officially enrolled in this course (FR140) can be registered authors.
If you are not a DCU student on this course but would like to interact with the participants, you can contact us via the contact form. Please specify why you would like to join our community and make sure to leave a valid email address so that we can contact you and verify that you are genuinely interested in interacting with us.
To access private pages and posts, to publish posts, and to comment on posts and pages, you need to login. As soon as you are registered on this site, you will receive a message from WordPress with your login details. It is very important that you change your password the first time you login. Your password should be strong (e.g., combining alphanumerical and special characters, upper and lowercase letters, etc.) so that it is difficult to guess.
Make sure to choose a password that you will remember!
To login, you can click on the login link that you will find on every page, at the top of the navigation bar on the right hand side of the page. You will also find the login link at the bottom of the front page. When you click on the login link, you will be brought to the login page:
If you can’t remember your password, click on Lost your password? WordPress will send you a message with a link to reset it. If you do not receive such an email, contact the site administrator using the contact form, or email your language tutor or course coordinator.
Attention! If you request a new password too many times in a row, you will be locked out of the site!
Navigating the site
This site is dynamic. New pages will be made available as the course progresses. To help you find the information you need, two navigation bars contain menus that allow you to access the pages you need when you need them.
From there, you can access the main sections of the site.
Leaving comments on pages or posts
Many tasks will require that you leave comments at the bottom of a page. To leave a comment, you need to be logged in. This will ensure that spammers are kept out of the site. Simply type your comments in the comment box. If you want to make your comments look pretty, you will need to use some HTML tags. This is not a requirement at all, and we recommend that you do not attempt to format your comments unless you are comfortable with HTML…
In order to be alerted of new comments, which will allow you to follow a discussion, you can request to be notified of new comments by email. This is highly recommended as this will allow you to be up-to-date with the course activities.
When you login to WordPress, you will see the Dashboard, with menu items vertically arranged on the left hand side. The menu options on display will vary according to your User Role (e.g., administrator, editor/teacher, author/student). The status bar at the top of the screen will show your username in the top right, and the site name (LC305 French Language 4) in the top left.
Click on the site name to view the published site.
Click on your username to edit your user profile and to log out.
Changing your profile
When you first login, you must do two things.
You must change your password. Make sure to select a strong password that you will remember.
It is very important that you pick a nickname. This will ensure that your real identity will not be revealed to site visitors. Your language tutors will know who you are, but the outside world will not! Nor will your peers for that matter, although they might guess who you are from the content you publish.
Using technology, and in particular Web 2.0 applications, is unfortunately never trouble free! Although we try to ensure that technical issues are minimised, there will be times when things do not work as expected.
When you encounter a technical difficulty, do not panic. In some cases, logging out of the site and closing your browser may resolve the issue. If not, consult the How to pages on this site, and use the contact form to request help.