How To Use the Symposium Website

Our Goal

The WordPress website helps us begin to experiment with online scholarly conversation and collaboration for our symposium. The hope is that we can circulate brief descriptions of each presentation along with any additional material (a longer paper, primary sources, comments, and more) so that we can spend the majority of our time together in discussion and conversation. Contributions can be made public or private (using a password only face-to-face participants at the symposium know). Let us dive in!


WordPress is a lightweight content management tool that we can use for online collaboration leading up to, during, and after our symposium. It is fairly intuitive to use. Think of it as having a production space (the dashboard) and a publication side (what you see once you publish things).

On the website you will find our program, pdfs of the proposed readings, and other information.

Because the website is multi authored, you can also post material on it directly, from a paragraph about your research to examples of primary sources to bibliographic information.

You can also make comments on other scholars’ notes and use the comments functionality of WordPress to continue conversations.

Getting Started

For participating scholars, the Login Page or click on Log In from the “Meta” sidebar on the right side of the page. Use your invited  email as your password. To create your own password, click on “Lost my password” to set up your own way to log in to the website.

Posts, Media, Embeds, Categories

Generally we will use the “Posts” tool in the WordPress “dashboard” to create content. Think of the dashboard as the printing press room and when you publish your post it becomes a published website page within the WordPress platform.

Click on the checkbox for the relevant “Category” for your post. Usually the categories appear on the lower right column in the dashboard as you are writing a post. Most often the category to select will be Discussion.

You can also add media or embed media. To add media such as photographs use the Add Media button, which adds images to the Media Library in WordPress.

To embed media from a website such as YouTube, switch the text box from the Visual tab to the Text tab (these tabs are located on the upper right of the text box) to cut and paste html embed codes into WordPress.

You can save a draft as you work on it (although I recommend writing in a word-processing program and then pasting into WordPress). When you are ready, click publish within the WordPress dashboard, usually located in the righthand column (you can make your post public or password protected, see below).

Password Protected Vs. Public

You have the option of making a post public or password protected. Only fellow panelists and signed-up participants for the symposium will have the password. To make a post password protected, look for the Publish box (usually located on the upper right of the browser when you are creating a post) and then locate the Visibility section; the default is set to Public. If you click Edit, you will see the option to make your post Password Protected. Use the shared password. Then publish your post with the Publish button when you are ready to do so. To access the post, a reader must enter the shared password.

More How To

A quick guide to how to “create content” on WordPress. Use the post function. Generate relevant tags and click a category to associate those terms with your post. Make comments. Add multimedia.


Feel free to contact symposium organizer Michael Kramer with any questions, whether technical or otherwise.