Adding Tables to Blog Posts

If you’ve ever had the need to separate content on a blog post, you may want to use tables. You will need to get your hands a little dirty with coding HTML, but it’s quite simple, actually.

When starting a new blog post, simply switch to HTML mode and paste in the following code:

<table border=”1″>
<td>row 1, cell 1</td>
<td>row 1, cell 2</td>
<td>row 1, cell 3</td>
<td>row 2, cell 1</td>
<td>row 2, cell 2</td>
<td>row 2, cell 3</td>

This will give you a table with three rows and three columns. If you want to remove a column, simply delete the entire line of code that begins with <td>:

<td>row 2, cell 2</td>

To add another row, add another section of code from <tr> until </tr> copying all of the code in between. If you’re feeling more ambitious, visit this site to give you some further options for customization.

A great example for how this has been used is on Keith Bailey’s blog posting of student created videos:


Ever wondered what a pingback is? For example it looks a little like this:

New pingback on your post #4 “Course Guide, Information Booklet, and Text”

Website: Math IB H2 – Upcoming Quiz (IP: ,

URL    :


[…] […] 6.5 – 6.8.  You can download the syllabus from an earlier post by Ms van on this blog: category:&nbsp;Peabody, van Nooten  tags:&nbsp;combinatorics, probability, […] […]

Usually it’s no cause for concern, all it means is someone has linked to your post. In this case, one math post October 10th links to an earlier post from August 5th. You can tell who is linking to you, and if you don’t like the  originating link, you have the option of deleting it in the links at the bottom of the message.

If you don’t want to allow them at all, you can disable them at the bottom of the Post window by un-ticking the box.

Microsoft Word won’t let me Cut and Paste . . . (enabling macros)

Alan Maclean put together a this post for his students. I thought it may be helpful to teachers as well.

Are you getting this message?

Follow these steps to enable macros:
1. Go to the Micrsoft Office Menu and select ‘Word Options’ at the bottom.

2. Select ‘Trust Center’ in the left pane.
3. Click on the button ‘Trust Center Settings’ on the right.

4. Select the option ‘Enable all macros’
5. Save your document and close Microsoft Word.
6. Open Microsoft Word again and you will be able to Cut and Paste!

How to Link Pages to Categories

Example of sub-categories mapped as pages

As you may have noticed, the new WordPress themes introduced this year do not offer support for categories as drop-down menus (nested). However, they do support pages as drop-downs, and with a little tweaking, we can have the pages link to categories and sub-categories once again (or anything else you’d like). Here’s how:

  1. Activate the plugin, “Page Links To” – found under “Plugins” on the left side of your dashboard.

2. Create a new page (or edit an existing page). At the bottom of the screen you’ll see the option to add a URL (web address).

3. Simply type or paste a URL in that box, and the page will then redirect to that URL when clicked. This could be anything – a particular category, page, blog, website, etc.

4. If you’ve linked this page to a particular category, and wish for the sub-category to also show, simply create a new page once again, but this time you’ll attribute this page to the page parent.

5. Select the parent page (the page this will fall under), and be sure to repeat Step 3 once again for adding a URL (which would be the sub-category).

Clear as mud?

This is a bit tricky to do. If  you’d like assistance, please let me know.

How to Install Calendar

WordPress does not make calendars for such things as homework as easy as it could or should be. One solution is to use a Google calendar. Here are the directions to insert a Google calendar into your blog. Many thanks to MS Math department for finding a solution.