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What widgets are available for me to use?

Widgets are tools that you can add, arrange, or remove from the areas of your blog.

For more information and a list of available widgets, see List of Availabe Widgets for UO Blogs.

For instructions on how to change your sidebar widgets, see Changing Your Sidebar Widgets.

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Can I password protect my posts and pages?

When editing a post, look for the Visibility section on the right and click the Edit button. Next, click the button labeled password protected, enter a password, and then click the OK button. Click the Publish button at the bottom of that box when done.

For more information, see Password Protecting Posts.

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Can I make a post stick to the top of my blog?

Yes.

When editing a post, find the Publish section on the right. Find the Visibility option and click its Edit link. Click the check box labeled "Stick this post to the front page".

For more information, see Making a post appear "stuck" to the top of the blog's front page.

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Can I edit my posts in bulk?

To apply a change to many posts at once, go to the admin bar on the left and click Posts. Next, in the menu that appears, click All Posts. In that interface, select the posts you want to edit, select an action, and click Apply.

For more information, see Bulk editing posts to apply changes to multiple posts.

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Can I create a static front page for my blog?

Sometimes bloggers will want to change their home page to something else so that it doesn't display the most recent post automatically. For more information on how to accomplish this, see How to Create a Static Front Page For Your Blog.

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Can I change the page order in my blog?

For more information on changing the order of page viewing for your blog, see Changing page order in your blog navigation.

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There are too many plugins to choose from. Which ones should I use?

For a list of recommended plugins, see Recommended Plugins for UO Blogs.

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How do I import links to UO Blogs?

To import links from a previous version of WordPress to UO Blogs, follow these instructions:

  1. Type https://<sitename>/wp-links-opml.php into the address bar
  2. Copy this URL
  3. Go to the UO Blogs site's dashboard for which you are importing the links to
  4. Select 'Tools'
  5. Select 'Import'
  6. Select 'Blogroll'
  7. Paste the URL into the 'Specify an OPML URL:' field
  8. Optional: Select a category for the links
  9. Select 'Import OPML File'

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What is the eduroam network?

eduroam is a secure wireless network service that allows faculty, staff, and students to use their home institution's wireless credentials to access wireless networks when visiting other eduroam participating institutions. eduroam eliminates the need for a guest account. Learn more at https://it.uoregon.edu/about-eduroam.

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How does the eduroam network work?

Users will use their DuckID and password to log in into the "eduroam" wireless network at the University of Oregon or at other participating institutions.

Visitors from other institutions will log in to the "eduroam" network using usernames and passwords from their host institutions.

For more information, see eduroam Wireless Network.

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Is the eduroam network secure?

Yes, eduroam is a secure network. eduroam takes the same security precautions as other UO networks.

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Where do I get help for the eduroam network?

If the University of Oregon is your home institution, please contact the Technology Service Desk.

If you are from another eduroam participating institution, please contact your institution's support team.

We recommend that you test the eduroam network at the University of Oregon before traveling to another eduroam participating institution.

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How do I create a custom navigation menu?

Users have the ability to create custom navigation menus for their site. For instructions on how to do this, see Creating a custom menu.

NOTE: For sites with large menus, please be aware that UO Blogs does limit how many menu items a site can have.  If you have a menu that has approximately 50 or more items, you may have troubles adding additional menu items.

If your site needs a large amount of menu items, we recommend splitting your items across multiple menus. 

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How should I configure Acrobat for use with Banner?

Important notice:

As of March, 2013, and until further notice, please use the Alternative method of installation listed below. (Firefox 19 has additional instructions.)

Information Services recommends using the latest version of Acrobat Reader and configuring it to open PDFs outside of your browser. This ensures that incompatibilities introduced by browser plugins will not interfere with your report viewing. However, occasionally upgrades to Acrobat Reader, Java or browsers, will cause problems with our recommended installation method.  In these cases we have also supplied an alternative method of setup.

We recommend against using Acrobat Pro, which can have difficulties when accessing the FDF/PDF format which Banner reports use. Additionally, it is also necessary to set up Acrobat Reader with two privileged locations, inb.uoregon.edu and ba.uoregon.edu, and this setup is not possible in most versions of Acrobat Pro.

Primary Method:

  1. Install the latest version of Acrobat Reader.
  2. In your operating system settings, verify that both PDF and FDF files are associated with Acrobat Reader.
  3. If you are using a browser which supports plugins for PDFs (such as Chrome), disable the plugin within your browser.
  4. Open Acrobat Reader, and in the Preferences->Internet menu configure it to open PDFs in Acrobat Reader directly, not in your browser.
  5. In Adobe Reader Preferences->Security (Enhanced), add the following two hosts to your Trusted Sites:
    inb.uoregon.edu
    ba.uoregon.edu
In cases where the above setup is not working correctly you can try the following setup method.

Alternative Method:

  1. Install the latest version of Acrobat Reader.
  2. In your operating system settings, verify that both PDF and FDF files are associated with Acrobat Reader.
  3. Enable the Adobe Reader plugin, (if using Chrome), or add-on (if using IE, Firefox) for your browser.
  4. In Adobe Reader Preferences->Security (Enhanced), add the following two hosts to your Trusted Sites:
    inb.uoregon.edu
    ba.uoregon.edu

Alternative Method with Mozilla Firefox version 19:

  1. Install the latest version of Acrobat Reader.
  2. Go to “Tools->Options->Applications” and set all Acrobat filetypes to "Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox)".  Filetypes for this step include:
    • Adobe Acrobat Document (appears if pdfjs.disable is set to TRUE; see below)
    • Adobe Acrobat Forms Document (application/vnd.adobe.xfdf)
    • Adobe Acrobat Forms Document (application/vnd.adobe.vnd.fdf)
    • Portable Document Format (PDF) (appears if pdfjs.disable is FALSE; see below)
  3. Test to see if the PDF report works now.
  4. If the PDF report continues to appear blank, in a Firefox 19 menubar type “about:config” .
  5. Hit the button that reads "I'll be careful, I promise!" Do please carefully follow these instructions.
  6. Scroll down to “pdfjs.disabled” or type and set to “true”.

TECH TIP: If you are in charge of managing multiple Firefox workstations, take the following two additional steps:

  1. Grab the “prefs.js” and “mimeTypes.rdf” and put them somewhere world-readable.
  2. Use your favorite scripting method to dump the files into "%APPDATA%\Firefox\Profiles\*" via Group Policy each time a user logs on, in case a user decides to change anything.

 

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Why can't I just download and install any WordPress theme or plugin available on the web?

UO Blogs is a hosted WordPress service that has a wide variety of themes and plugins available. For a list of current plugins, see UO Blogs: List of Available Plugins

UO Blogs is a shared service for faculty, staff, and students, currently running more than 2,900 sites and blogs. A problem with a third-party theme or plugin could impact all of those websites, especially when it comes to upgrading WordPress versions in the future. 

If there is a custom theme you would like to use, see UO Blogs: Custom Themes.

In order to keep our UO Blogs network safe and secure, we no longer offer custom plugins. For more information, please see UO Blogs: Plugin Requests.

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Why does my Banner session time out after 1 hour?

For security reasons, your Banner session times out after one hour to protect Banner data.

The time out used to be 15 minutes years ago, but was increased to 30 minutes and then to the current setting of one hour. Be warned, however: it may be reduced to meet some compliance issues—the matter is still under discussion. 

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I can't click on the password field to log into Banner (Mac users)

Users on MacBooks running Mac OS X 10.7.5 have been experiencing issues getting to the password field for Banner log ins. It appears that with the latest verstion of Java, there are display problems with the Java applet. 
A work around for this issue is to change the screen resolution for your laptop. Changing the resolution forces the Java applet to redraw the screen, re-aligning the text fields appropriately.
To change your screen resolution:

  1. In the upper left corner, click on the Apple icon
  2. Click System Preferences...
  3. Click on Displays
  4. Change the resolution
    • NOTE: It doesn't matter if you adjust your resolution up or down. You simply need to change the resolution to something different to force the Java applet to redraw the screen. 
  5. The text fields should be aligned now to successfully log into Banner.

Once you are finished with Banner, you may change your screen resolution back to your preferred resolution. 
NOTE: When you log out of Banner and log back in, you will need to repeat the steps above. In other words, you will need to change the screen resolution everytime you log in to force the Java applet to redraw the screen. 

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How do I configure PWIVERI for PDF Forms?

We improved and simplified the technology used to generate Manual Check Request (MCR), Payroll Request Form (PRF), Student Employment Form (SEF) and Request for Leave of Absence forms from Banner form PWIVERI.

You can reliably generate these fill-able PDF forms on a PC or Mac using Firefox, IE, Chrome or Safari.

Here are three configuration tips:

  1. If Firefox renders a PDF document without data and warns “The PDF document may not be displayed correctly,” go to Tools, Options, Applications and select “Use Adobe Acrobat” or “Use Adobe Reader” for the PDF content type.  You may have to browse for Adobe Reader.
  2. If you do not get a PDF at all, make sure that inb.uoregon.edu is allowed in your browser’s pop up blocker settings.
  3. On a Mac you may see this dialog

You can click OK to use Preview or select an Adobe product if installed.  Check the box to use the selected program from now on.

 

If you have any problems, your local system support person should easily be able troubleshoot.

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Why can't I view documents in Singularity after a Java update?

If you have updated Java with the latest version (1.7u51 or later) you may encounter an error message or other difficulty when attempting to view documents in Singularity.

The problem is caused by Java’s new and tighter security restrictions. Java now needs explicit permission to run certain applications.

To fix this problem, change your Java settings to allow access to Singularity. When you first try to view an image in Singularity after updating Java, you will see a blank view with an error message at the top left corner of the window:

If you click on the error message, a pop up window appears with information about the error:

Follow these steps to resolve the problem:

1. Navigate to ‘Start’ > Control Panel > Java

2. Select the ‘Security’ Tab

3. Click on ‘Edit Site List…’

4. Click ‘Add’

5. Click on the ‘Location’ text box and type your Singularity URL

6. Click ‘Add’

7. Click ‘Continue’

8. If your screen looks like the above click ‘OK’

9. If your screen doesn’t look like the above repeat steps 4-8

 

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