About Brian Fitzgerald

Brian is the web communications manager for Computing Services at Lincoln Public Schools.

Personalizing the LPS Staff Theme

Many have asked and now it’s here. Make a few settings changes, upload a new banner (if you are adventurous) and you can have a site that is uniquely yours. The following 20 minute video walks you through the full process.

Upgrades!! 2.7.1 and more

Hey LPS WordPressers! WP at LPS received some much needed updates this morning. While generally you won’t see much that is new, there are a few things that you may be interested in:

  1. The “Admin Bar” (the menu bar that appears across the top of the web page when you are logged in) is gone. This is now optional for all users. You can still get to everything on the left side of your dashboard. Otherwise, you can re-enable it by going to Plugins and activating “WordPress Admin Bar”.
  2. Comments on pages now work!! Yay! For those of you that have been waiting for this a long time, thank you for your patience.
  3. If you have multiple sites that you take care of, you will no longer find these where they used to be. You will want to look under the word Dashboard at the top of the left sidebar for “My Blogs”. Clicking on that will give you a list of your sites. An awesome new feature here? You can now pick your default site if your personal site is not that site that you edit most.
  4. There are two new buttons in the post/page edit panel. You will find them in the second-to-last and third-to-last positions in the toolbar and they allow you to easily link highlighted text to a page on your site and link highlighted text to a post on your site respectively. Note: Some are seeing this, many are not. I’m looking in to what’s up.
  5. The staff theme has been changed a little to accommodate the upgrades and freshen things a little bit.

Finally, and I’ll post more about this in a couple days, we have a new blog on the site called Global Posts. The site pulls in everything that is posted on the LPS WordPress site (“Posts”, not “Pages”) and makes it searchable. Not only this, but it creates a “Tag Cloud” where a visitor can easily see what folks are posting about. If you are using your site as a blog and not tagging this is a great time to start. Sample tags are “math”, “assignments”, “lincoln”, “nebraska”, “NETA”, “President”, “Government”, “LPS” and anything else that describes what you are posting. They are even more effective if you and your colleagues use the same tags. Try it out!

Have questions or comments? Leave them below.

Podcasting with WordPress

I have added a new plugin to WordPress called “Podcasting”. This makes it relatively easy to add multimedia file enclosures to your blog postings to make a podcast. You can read more about the plugin and podcasting with WordPress in general here:

Some quick things to keep in mind when podcasting.

  1. Use formats friendly to portable devices. MP3 is best for audio while AAC is become more supported.
  2. Compress your files to a size that is downloadable. 100 MB+ might not seem like much on the local network, but could really be painful to somebody getting it from home.
  3. Don’t add more than one enclosure to a single posting. iTunes and other aggregators will simply ignore all but the first one.

Looking to try it yourself. I demonstrate it here: