Build and manage a group project, create a website, or collaboratively build a wiki that can serve as a resource for Irish Studies…
Initial Log in
Create a Group
Create a Website/Blog
Create a Wiki Document
Initial Log in
Once you have been added to the site, you will receive an e-mail with your username and a provisional password. Follow the e-mail link to bring up the initial log-in page, or go to nyuirish.net and click on “Log in” at the top left corner of the page.
Once you have logged in, you can change your password, manage your profile picture, and change how your name displays beside your Avatar. Hover your mouse over your name in the upper right corner and select “Edit My Profile” from the drop down.
Password and e-mail contact address can be changed under “Email/Password Settings” on the left-hand side. Under “Notification Settings,” select the circumstances (such as an invitation to a group or one of your forums receives a post) under which you want to receive e-mail notifications.
Create a Group
One of the most useful functions of the site is the ability for you to create a new group of fellow members focused on a particular topic, project, or goal. To get started, click on “Groups” from the top menu. This will bring up the Groups page. Select the “Create a Group” button:
On the next page, give your group a name and a descriptive summary of what it intends to do. Select “Create Group and Continue,” and follow along the 6-step process to set up the group. In Step 2, you can select whether the group will be:
- Public, meaning that any logged-in members of the site can join and that the group will be visible in the directory.
- Private, meaning that you as administrator, can invite or accept members, but only those selected members can join.
- Hidden, meaning that you select who can join, and the group is not visible in the directory.
Further options allow you to select who in the group can invite others, and how e-mail summaries of the group activities will be sent to you (if at all).
In Step 3, you can choose to create a group website (or group blog, although it need not necessarily have blog content). If you select to have it hosted on nyuirish.net, you will have your own group WordPress site over which you will have style and content control. If you already have a group blog or website, you can enter the URL of that blog in Step 3. If you don’t want a group website, or want to create one at a later date, leave this box unchecked.
In Steps 4 and 5, you have the options to enable a forum and Wiki-style editable docs (“BuddyPress Docs”) for your group. Set who among your group (all members, or just administrators) can create the new Wiki documents. Finally, choose an Avatar image.
You’re done! You can always change any of these settings from the Group Admin menu (click anywhere on your group name to bring up this page). It is also possible to delete a group from this main Admin menu.
NOTE: If you’ve enabled a group site/blog, the “Blog” option will appear on your left-hand Group Admin menu. If you select this option, however, it will not bring up your group website/blog, but rather just a list of postings. Go to “Sites” from the main menu to find your group website.
In the instructions above for creating a group, you’ll note that the option to create a group website/blog linked to your new group is offered in Step 2 of the process. However, you can also simply create a website/blog hosted by nyuirish.net to serve as a focal point for your project.
To create your own separate website, click on “Sites” from the main top menu to bring up the Site Directory. Select “Create a Site.” Give the site a slug to serve as its URL on the nyuirish.net site, and a site title. You will then be able to visit the site from the link supplied. Navigate using the “My Sites” dropdown at the top left to find the Dashboard for the new website. This will allow you to configure the look and content of the site just as you would any WordPress site.
NOTE: The default theme for all newly created sites is the generic WordPress theme “Twenty Twelve.” This theme can be changed quite a bit, but if an entirely different theme is needed, contact the site administrator so that more can be enabled.
Select “Wiki” from the top menu to create a new editable document. Press the button marked “Create a new Wiki Page.” This will immediately bring up your new editable document, including the document editor window. Note that these documents will all be publicly visible–they belong to the site overall. For a Wiki document intended only for a subsection of members, consider creating a document as part of a group.