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Published: April 25th, 2017

By: Nina Trombi-Shein

Category: Making It Better: The Web Services Blog

Based on some of the Apollo 2 survey data we received, it became apparent that many of our users are unaware of some features they have access to through WordPress. So, in an effort to keep our users better informed, we have a few tips and suggestions for you below!


I want to make a WordPress e-newsletter that also provides analytics so I can show my director how effective it is and how the readership improves.

We have the solution for you! Mailpoet is an e-newsletter plugin that is available for activation on any site. Mailpoet allows you to not only track how many “clicks” a link receives, but you can also view clicks by each subscriber! With Mailpoet tracking effectiveness of your newsletter and the readership is very simple.

If you do not already have Mailpoet activated on your site (if it’s activated, then you should see a “MailPoet” link in your dashboard navigation menu), please email us at webservices@ahc.ufl.edu with a link to your site and request MailPoet activation.

 

I want the ability to sort data in tables and use anchors (i.e. anchor tags).

Our TablePress plugin is perfect for tables of data that need more functionality like sorting and searching for data.  If you do not already have TablePress activated on your site (if it’s activated, then you should see a “TablePress” link in your dashboard navigation menu), please email us at webservices@ahc.ufl.edu with a link to your site and request TablePress activation.

Anchor tags are easily added to any page or post using the anchor tag tool in the WordPress toolbar.  But first, what is an anchor tag? An anchor tag is a way to mark help guide your users around a webpage that is very long and hard to scroll through. Anchor tags combined with Anchor links make it easy to create custom navigation just for a particular page, if it is needed.

To add an anchor tag and anchor link:

  • Position your mouse cursor next to the area of the webpage you want to have the user see when they click the anchor link and click on that spot.
  • Click on the anchor tag tool in the toolbar.
  • You will be prompted to enter a “Name” for your anchor tag. Give it a simple and short name that you can remember. For example, I might name my anchor “contact-us” because it’s near contact information.
  • Click “OK” and then you will see a tiny anchor icon appear in the spot where your cursor was.

Now that you’ve created your anchor tag, you must create your anchor link which will connect an anchor link you create and tether it to the spot on the web page where the anchor tag was placed.

  • At the top of your webpage, type out some text that you will use to turn into a link. For example, if my anchor link is going to link to contact information further down the page, I will type “Contact Information.”
  • Next, highlight the text of your link (i.e. Contact Information) and click on the chain link tool in the toolbar.
  • When prompted to enter the URL, instead type the pound or hashtag symbol (#) and the name you gave your anchor tag previously (contact-us). For example, it may look like this #contact-us.

Now you’ve created an anchor link! Save your page or post, and preview it to test the link! See the creation of an anchor tag and link in action!

 

I want the option to add a border and drop shadow to my images.

We’ve got you covered! Add the image you wish use to your webpage. Keep the image selected and then click on the “Formats” dropdown menu in the Toolbar. Select the “shadow” setting, and you will see a border and drop shadow effect appear around your image!

 

I need more storage space for my media files.

Email us at webservices@ahc.ufl.edu with a link to your website, and we will be happy to allocate more space to your Media Library. However, make sure you are regularly cleaning out media from the Media Library that is duplicated no longer needed.

 

I need some kind of action button that can be added to pages.

You have a couple options in this case. First, the Call to Action Button (orange button just below the search box and above the site navigation) can be customized through Appearance > Theme Options > Header Call to Action. However, if you want to place a button within your page, you can create a button in an image editing program or through a website that creates free graphics for you.

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Nina Trombi-Shein

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