Mother Blog – Troubleshooting Guides
I realize I have many, many things.
It’s not clear if those things will be of use to other humans but, at worst, here is something you can ignore. At best, take some hard-won experience and avoid the hassle.
These five things solve 98% of our mother blog syndication issues for students.
On the professor side . . .
Sometimes it’s the tiny, little bitty things. This is one of those times.Other times your post title is only mostly misleading. Issue: Lesley Bullock is an awesome ornithology instructor who has all her students doing field work and they’re aggregating their work to a main mother blog hub. She is even having them record and upload bird songs which is entirely awesome. The problem was that when aggregated, the built in WordPress player wouldn’t show up. Oddly, it’s there in the code. I could see it there taunting me (below). However, the visibility was set to hidden. Once I realized the content was coming in, I tried the least invasive response- that is I just tried to override the CSS using the custom CSS option in Jetpack. No dice. Given that this is hardcoded into the post at the element level that wasn’t a huge surprise but it was worth a shot.Oddly enough if you add an additional audio file or even repost the original everything works as expected. I have no idea why. I couldn’t find anything that flipped any switches and eventually gave up on that track. I considered a few other options- Feed WordPress advanced filters, altering the core WordPress files . . . and they either wouldn’t do what I wanted or they felt too dramatic […]
Sometimes people just want a little bit of WordPress. Before hanging a left with the anth101.com site, we pruned it waaaaay down and tried to make it as simple as possible. This is a pretty solid example that WordPress can be just about anything you want if you’re willing to put in a bit of time and effort. I figure having all these things in one place will help someone else (me most likely) at some point. Hide Posts from Other Authors If you have many authors, you often don’t want them seeing a bunch of posts in the admin area that they can’t edit. Make their lives easier and hide everything else. I believe this is where I found the code. Remove Sidebar Options To further clean up the sidebar for authors, the following code removes lots of things that you don’t want students bothering with anyway. You can get lots of details on this in the codex. Go to Directly to Post, Do Not Pass Dashboard This shunts people directly to the posts area rather than going to the dashboard on login. Posts in Single Column This sets the posts to single column display to simplify writing and was found here. Purify and Rename the Post Page This chunk removes certain meta boxes and restructures the language on […]