Sites at Gettysburg is the college’s platform to allow all students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to have their own web server and domain for their online presence. You can build a website from scratch using HTML, or use one of the many built-in applications such as WordPress, Scalar, Omeka, or Drupal to give yourself a starting point.
Sites can be used for school-related websites, such as classroom assignments or independent projects, as well as personal websites, including portfolios, resumes, and blogs. The only restriction is to not use Sites to sell goods or services.
A tutorial video is available at https://gettysburg.ensemblevideo.com/Watch/Yo6r7Q3Z.
Creating a WordPress instance on Sites consists of a few parts:
Always enter a Directory when installing a new WordPress instance. This is case-sensitive as well. For example, if your site URL is alincoln.sites.gettysburg.edu and you want to have a WordPress instance for a blog, you can enter blog as the Directory. Then, if you want to install a different WordPress instance that is for a portfolio, then you could use portfolio as another Directory. Then, your links to your different WordPress instances would be:
If you don't enter a Directory name, then your WordPress instance would just be
Use lower-case letters for Directory names, and hyphens (-) if you want to separate words like spaces.
When setting up your WordPress Administrator account, do not use the same password as your Gettysburg College email/network account! Choose a strong password. You don't even need to remember it, because if you login to the WordPress Dashboard using Sites, it will bypass the WordPress login screen.
Keep the update defaults the way they are! This is best for security purposes.
To get back to your Dashboard for your WordPress site, login to Sites, then go to Applications, My Apps, and then find the WordPress Dashboard you want to log into and click on the link ending in wp-admin.
We recommend you watch the videos in the following order. These use the new Gutenberg/Block Editor.
If you've used WordPress before, there is a new editor called the Gutenberg (or Block) editor. By default, WordPress uses the Gutenberg/Block editor. If you have used WordPress in the past and are more comfortable using the Classic editor, then from the WordPress Dashboard, click on Profile, switch to Classic Editor, then click Update Profile.
The same process works for Pages, just select Pages in the Dashboard instead.
When editing a Post pr Page, the right-hand side of the screen will switch between Document and Block tabs. The Document tab affects the entire Post, the Block tab only affects the Block you are currently working on.
Once you've added an image to the page, you can set the alignment of the image (left, center, right, none) or click on the pencil icon to go into the editing mode. You can change the size of the image, or add a caption here. You can also drag the edges of the image to adjust its size.
To create new Categories, go to Posts > Categories and then type in the name you are using for the Category. Click Add New Category to add it.
After you've created a Page, you can add it to the menu.