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.

Embedding Video from Vado Camera

Recording and embedding video from the VADO cameras is really easy as long as you have everything set up correctly.  The default Video Quality setting is HD +.  If you record your videos in this setting, the files will be too large to upload to your blog media library.  Changing the setting to VGA will allow a quality video recording and create a file size that can easily be uploaded to your media library.  Below is an example of a video recorded using the VGA setting.

  [quicktime width=”300″ height=”225″][/quicktime]

Change the video quality setting by holding down the MODE button on the side of the Vado.  The MODE button is the one that you would press to switch between video and camera.  Once you have changed the setting, record your video. 

Before you add video to your blog, make sure that you have activiated Viper’s Video Quicktags.  If you do not see the last three icon on the right, you will need to go to Settings, Video Quicktags and make sure that all of the boxes are ticked.  Then save your changes. 

You are now ready to embed video into your post. 

  1. Upload video into your media library. 
  2. Copy the URL for your video
  3. Paste it into the Quicktime plugin. ( Generic Video for Jing .swf videos.)


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.

WordPress: Roles and Capabilities

Keep this in mind when adding users to your blogs:

  • Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features
  • Editor – Somebody who can publish and manage posts and pages as well as manage other users’ posts, etc.
  • Author – Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts
  • Contributor – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish them
  • Subscriber – Somebody who can only manage their profile