Tech FAQ’s

This is a hidden page that is designed to help members of the United Federation of College Teachers Local 1460 access and utilize the features of our website, which is powered by WordPress.


This page includes information on how to use our website as well as how to use our Delegates Assembly forum.


Frequently Asked Questions about how to use the Delegates Assembly forum:

  1. Where can I access the Forum?
  2. When I click on the link for the Forum, I get a message saying “Page not found (or you lack access to this page)”… how do I access the Forum?
  3. Can you give me a basic overview of how the Forum works?
  4. Can you walk me through the process of signing into the Forum and how to view and participate in discussions?
  5. I keep forgetting to check the Forum for new topics and replies… is there a way that I can assure that I get an email each time someone posts something new?
  6. I see that other people have cool profiles and an image associated with their posts… how do I get the same for myself?
  7. Is there a way that I can see my entire Forums profile?
  8. Who do I contact if I am having problems accessing or using the Delegates Assembly Forum?

Frequently Asked Questions about how to do things on our website:

  1. How do I log in to the Dashboard to modify or add to the site?
  2. What is the difference between a “post” and a “page”?
  3. How do I make a new post?
  4. How do I make a new page?
  5. How do I change my profile information on the site?
  6. How do I get a profile picture next to all my posts to the site?
  7. Who do I contact if I am having problems logging onto and/or utilizing the Dashboard?
  8. Where can I learn more about how to use WordPress?

Where can I access the Forum?

Before you access the Forum, you need to be logged in to the Dashboard. Once you are logged in, you will have access to the Forum. The Delegates Assembly Forum can be accessed here, or copy “http://www.pratt-union.org/forums/” into your browser window. There’s also a link to the forums on the Delegates Assembly main page. It is a good idea to bookmark this page in your browser!

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When I click on the link for the Forum, I get a message saying “Oh bother! No forums were found here!”… how do I access the Forum?

This is occurring because you are not logged in. All of our Forums are “private” (in other words, only accessible to Delegates and UFCT leadership), so you have to be logged in to access them. To log in, please go here, or copy “http://www.pratt-union.org/wp-admin” into your browser window. There is also a button on the top right of the site (just under the menu bar and header image) that is called “UFCT Local 1460 Dashboard”: clicking on this button will take you to the Dashboard.

If you are a Delegate and you do not yet have a username and password, please contact the Delegates Assembly Forum administrator. If you are not a Delegate and are envious of the major privilege of being able to participate in Forums, volunteer to become a Delegate here.

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Can you give me a basic overview of how the Forum works?

All of the forums set up for the Delegates Assembly are “private”. They can only be accessed if you are logged in to the site with your credentials. If you are already a Delegate and you need credentials, please contact the Delegates Assembly Forum administrator. If you are not a Delegate and are envious of the major privilege of being able to participate in Forums, volunteer to become a Delegate here.

Each forum has a broad theme. When you visit the forums page, you will see all forums listed with a title and description. There are also columns listing the number of topics and overall posts in that forum.

Topics are particular discussion points within each forum. All users can initiate a new discussion by starting a new topic. Please make sure that your topic is appropriate to the broad theme of the forum in which you are posting.

In response to topics that have already been initiated, all users can post a reply. Replies are listed in chronological order underneath the original topic.

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Can you walk me through the process of signing into the Forum and how to view and participate in discussions?

Okay, so the first thing that you want to do is to navigate to the union site and look for the “UFCT Local 1460 Dashboard” button:

UFCT-dashboard

Click on this button, which should allow you to see a login page:

UFCT login

Enter your union webpage credentials and hit the “Log In” button (alternatively, you can also use your WordPress.com credentials if the email address you use for WordPress.com is the same as the one you use for your UFCT site profile). One way to really relieve a lot of frustration with the slightly-convoluted process of “logging in every time you want to participate in the Forum” is to check off the “Remember Me” button. Doing so will reduce the frequency with which you need to log in, which means that most of the time you can just go straight to the Forum. I hope it goes without saying that you should only check this box if you are using your own personal computer that no one else has access to (i.e. don’t check this box on public computers!).

This should allow you to see the UFCT site “dashboard”. To get back to the actual site, click here:

Click-here-Dashboard-site

Next, navigate to the Forum from the main site:

Click-here-Forum-nav

This should give you access to all the Forums available to Delegates:

Forums General

Notice how the “Freshness” column gives you some information about which Forums have new material on them. Click on the Forum of your choice, which should bring you to a list of Forum Topics:

Forum Topic

Again, the “Freshness” column tells you how recently material was posted to each Forum Topic. Choose the topic of you choice by clicking on the linked title. Once you are in a topic you can read the original topic post on the top of the page and then scroll through all the “replies” that have been made to that topic. If you want to post your own reply, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to the dialogue box that looks like this:

Reply-to-topic

You can enter your reply here; those who understand HTML coding can also format their reply. When you are done, hit “Submit” and your reply will become part of the conversation. Very nice… you just joined the conversation!

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I keep forgetting to check the Forum for new topics and replies… is there a way that I can assure that I get an email each time someone posts something new?

There are actually two ways to do this, one under your control and one that you have to request.

On your own you can “subscribe”, but you have to subscribe to each topic separately. Click on a particular forum, then click on a particular topic. You should see the option to “SUBSCRIBE” just to the right of where the headers for “Author” and “Posts” are listed:

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Once you subscribe to a topic on the forum, you should receive an email every time someone replies to that topic.

You can also click on “FAVORITE” to add this particular topic to your favorite list of topics.

If you ABSOLUTELY want to receive an email every time a new topic, post, or reply is added to the Forum, contact the Website Coordinator here and indicate that you wish to be added to the “Automatic Email Notifications List”. Please note that unfortunately you do not control your inclusion on this list, so you also will have to request your removal from this list.

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I see that other people have cool profiles and an image associated with their posts… how do I get the same for myself?

Profile pictures for WordPress sites are actually generated externally by Gravatar, the site for Globally Recognized AVATARS. To sign up for your own Gravatar, navigate here, or copy “https://en.gravatar.com/site/signup” into your web browser. Make sure that you register the email found in your profile as one of the emails associated with your Gravatar (you can register as many of your emails as you wish). Once you have registered your email address with a Gravatar, the image you associate with that email will ‘magically’ appear wherever you post on WordPress sites.

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Is there a way that I can see my entire Forums profile?

To see your Forums profile, which includes a way of browsing all the topics and replies you have posted as well as your lists of subscriptions and favorites, simply click on your name within any topic that includes one of your posts:

Click-here-user-profile

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Who do I contact if I am having problems accessing or using the Delegates Assembly Forum?

Currently, there is no Website Coordinator for the UFCT site. Please wait until the union leadership appoints a new coordinator.

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How do I log in to the Dashboard to modify or add to the site?

You can log in to the site here, or copy “http://www.pratt-union.org/wp-admin” into your browser window. There is also a button on the top right of the site (just under the menu bar and header image) that is called “UFCT Local 1460 Dashboard”: clicking on this button will take you to the Dashboard. To log in, you will need your username and password. Please be careful about logging out of your account whenever you use public computers.

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What is the difference between a “post” and a “page”?

“Pages” are the static pages displayed in our site menu. They are organized in a nested hierarchy; for instance, if you hover over “About Us” you will see that there are several subpages that are nested within this “About Us” page. Although pages can be changed on the fly using the Dashboard, they are generally designed to provide information that is constant for longer time intervals. Only section members with Editor or Administrator privileges can modify the pages and page structure of the site.

“Posts” are time-stamped entries that are displayed on our blogroll or in specific groups of blog posts based on categories. Posts generally display information that is of shorter-term interest, although they can be aggregated to create nice archives of information. Section members with Author or Contributor privileges may create new posts; posts by Authors are immediately visible on the site, whereas Contributors must have their posts approved by an Editor. Please make sure to check off or create appropriate categories for every post that you make, as these categories are important to aiding visitors to our site in finding the information they need.

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How do I make a new post?

To make a new post, navigate here, or copy “http://www.pratt-union.org/wp-admin/post-new.php” into your web browser. Give your post a title and edit your post within the “visual” editing window. Notice that you can use the tools above this window to add media, embed videos, and format text within your post. Please make sure to check off appropriate “categories” (located on the right under “Publish” and “Format” before publishing your post.

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How do I make a new page?

To make a new post, navigate here, or copy “http://www.pratt-union.org/wp-admin/post-new.php?post_type=page” into your web browser. Give your page a title and edit your post within the “visual” editing window. Notice that you can use the tools above this window to add media, embed videos, and format text within your post. Please make sure to nest your page in the existing page hierarchy by choosing the appropriate “Parent” page under “Page Attributes”; you should also choose an “Order” to make this page appear in the correct place in the site menu. If you do not want the page to appear in the site menu, uncheck “Include this page in lists of pages”.

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How do I change my profile information on the site?

To change your profile information, navigate here, or copy “http://www.pratt-union.org/wp-admin/profile.php” into your web browser.

On this page you can:

  1. Change your first and last names as they appear on the site.
  2. Change how your name displays publicly on the site.
  3. Change your email, website address, and other personal web info.
  4. Add biographical information.

You can also change your password, enable grammar-checking, and modify other editing preferences from this profile page.

When you are done making changes, don’t forget to hit the “Update Profile” button to save your changes.

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How do I get a profile picture next to all my posts to the site?

Profile pictures for WordPress sites are actually generated externally by Gravatar, the site for Globally Recognized AVATARS. To sign up for your own Gravatar, navigate here, or copy “https://en.gravatar.com/site/signup” into your web browser. Make sure that you register the email found in your profile as one of the emails associated with your Gravatar (you can register as many of your emails as you wish). Once you have registered your email address with a Gravatar, the image you associate with that email will ‘magically’ appear wherever you post on WordPress sites.

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Who do I contact if I am having problems logging onto and/or utilizing the Dashboard?

Currently, there is no Website Coordinator for the UFCT site. Please wait until the union leadership appoints a new coordinator.

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Where can I learn more about how to use WordPress?

The WordPress Codex is the definitive guide for using WordPress, but may be a bit overwhelming for beginners. If you are just getting started with WordPress, please navigate to the Getting Started with WordPress page.

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