A few quick tips to help you work efficiently with Open Scholar. Use the table of contents to the left to go to specific tutorials.
Turning on the admin menu bar makes editing your site a little easier.; Enter the control panel and click the button for Settings, then check the box for Display Admin Menu Bar.
I also find it convenient to keep one tab open in my web browser to view the Open Scholar Control Panel, and another tab open to view the site.
See a video demonstration on these tips.
The online help in OpenScholar is generally good. Just click the question mark image wherever you see it to get access the help.
View the video below for more information.
You can modify the layout of specifc content types within a site. See the video for a demonstration:
There are several ways you can customize the front page of your site. By default, Open Scholar will display your Bio in the main content area of the page. But you don't need to leave it that way. You can choose to customize the front page with content from another area of your site (eg, announcements, blog posts), content you create specifically for the front page, or a custom image (to name only some of the possibilities). To do this:
Now you are going to create a widget that you can use to display content on your front page. (Widgets can be used elsewhere, too, for example in the sidebars of pages. Note that this will take some experimentation: not every widget will work in any region on any page.)
In this example, we will choose the "Post in a widget" which allows us to choose content that is already posted to another area of the site and display it on the front page. Picking up the directions where we left off:
Other options include the "Custom text" widget, which allows you to put custom content in a widget for display on the front page; and the "Single image" widget, which allows you to upload a photo that can be displayed on the front page. Note that for this widget, you may have to adjust the size of your image before you upload it to make it display properly. For some tips on adjusting the single image widget for different regions of the page, see the "Special Features" section where there are two posts that describe using a single image widget for custom display in the SAS-Motian and SAS-Vista themes.
Here is a video that demonstrates the use of the instructions given here:
OpenScholar makes it easy to provide news feeds, including Twitter feeds. Here are instructions.
First, make sure you have enabled the Feed Reader feature. Go to Control Panel > Site Building > Features, and make the Feed Reader public.
When the Feed Reader feature is enabled, you can add a feed (for example, an RSS or Atom feed).
A lot of websites offer RSS feeds, usually marked with RSS in orange letters or an icon ().
Click on the link and copy the web address (URL) of the feed.
In OpenScholar, use "Add Feed". Paste the web address of the feed into the URL blank. Provide a useful title.
It takes an extra step to add a Twitter feed, because Twitter doesn't provide an RSS icon to make it easy.
To add a Twitter feed, use the following formula,
where "twittername" is the name of the twitter feed. For example,
The widget, Latest Feed Items, allows you to combine the most recent items of any or all of your feeds. To see an example of combined feeds, visit the front page of Jay Treat's site.
You may not be aware that your Site Icon and Site Info appear on our index pages:
If you haven't uploaded an image for your Site Icon, it will appear as an anonymous silhouette on our index page — even if you've deleted this widget from your site's layout. And whatever exists as your Site Info will also appear on our index page. For example, if you haven't changed the Site Title in your Site Info, it will appear as the name originally given; for example, your pennkey.
By default, your Site Icon is displayed in the top left corner of every page in your site. You can remove it from your layout. You may want to upload an image for it so that your image will replace the default silhouette on our index page. You can then remove it from your layout if you wish.
If you're particular about the appearance of your Site Logo, bear in mind that the size of the Site Logo in your site is 180 pixels wide and 140 pixels high. But in our index page, it will be cropped to display as a square 80 pixels wide and high.
You may also wish to edit your Site Info, because the Site Title and Description will appear on our index page — even if you remove it from your site's layout.