Digital Branch

Useful information for all things Digital Branch.

Using WordPress

How do I log in to the website?

For the Staff Site

There is a login button at the top of the Intranet. Log in using your Windows username and password.

For the Public Site (

There is a login link on the Intranet in the Quick Links menu. Log in using your Windows username and password. Quick tip: You can login to most WordPress sites by going to `/login`. For example:

How do I create or edit posts?

In the left sidebar, click on All Posts or Add New under the Posts menu

To edit a post, simply navigate to the post you want to edit and click the Edit Post button at the top.

How do I add an excerpt/teaser?

Below the post body, should be a box to type in a short (ideally single sentence) teaser. The teaser will appear below your post thumbnail on the homepage.

If you don’t see the Excerpt window on the edit page, it may be disabled. To make it visible, click on the Screen Options button at the top and then select the Excerpt checkbox.

Login and Edit Bookmarklet for WordPress

Want a quick way to login to WordPress and automatically go back to the page you want to edit? Drag the link (bookmarklet) below to your bookmarks bar.

WordPress Login & Edit

Content and Multimedia

Blogging Checklist

There is a blogging checklist to WordPress which appears in the sidebar in the new or edit post screen (right above the Publish box). It has a list of helpful reminders taken from the Writing for the Web sessions we did this spring. You can hide this block by clicking anywhere in the heading.

How can I add a BiblioCommons list to my posts/pages?

  1. Browse to the book list page in BiblioCommons.
  2. Copy and paste the following code where you want the list bookshelf to appear (you can do this in the Visual tab):
[booklist url=LIST_URL]

Notice the use of “square brackets”. The list image will not show up in the visual tab, but will appear when you “Preview” the page.

In the following example, the entire URL is LIST_URL

[booklist url=]

Here is more information about creating good BC lists:

Tip: if a good advanced search can capture all the items you want to share, feel free to use those links as well.

Where can I find free/public domain/Creative Commons-licensed images to use in my posts?

What’s best practice for citing Creative Commons (CC) licensed photos?

The CC 2.0 description states:

Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

We don’t have any formal guidelines per se, but we do want to make sure that we always at least provide a link back to the original source to serve as credit. Ideally, this should be as close to where the photo is used as possible. The Creative Commons wiki has a nice page of best practices with examples.