Training

Aurora WordPress Training

Prior to attending the training, please watch the Aurora Overview

Register by clicking on the session links below (NetID login required)

  • (Part 1 – Basics) Electronic Classroom 1, Homer Babbidge Library(HBL) 369 Fairfield Way, Storrs, CT 06269 (map)
    • Thursday May 18, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • (Part 2 – Site Admin Role) Electronic Classroom 1, Homer Babbidge Library(HBL) 369 Fairfield Way, Storrs, CT 06269 (map)
    • Thursday May 25, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

  • (Workshop) Chaplin Cottage (CHAP) on the Depot Campus, 69 Ahern Lane, Storrs, CT 06269-5179 (map)
    • Thursday June 1, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Session will be cancelled 3 days prior if attendance is low.

Part 1

  • Aurora Website
  • Accessibility
  • Logging into WordPress
  • Discover the Dashboard
  • Creating Pages and Posts
  • Editing Content
  • Creating Hyperlinks
  • Media Library
  • Adding Images
  • Adding Video
  • Gravity Forms

Part 2

  • Manage users
  • Customize Appearance
  • Themes
  • Homepage Layout
  • Page Builder
  • Widgets/Plugins
    • UConn Events Calendar
    • Meta Slider Pro
    • Sidebars
    • User Profiles
    • Private Sites & pages
  • Menus
  • Import/Export
  • Go Live
  • Accessibility
  • Google Analytics

Workshops

Join us for a workshop where you can set time aside to develop your website in Aurora and have someone available to answer your questions. We will review and provide additional instructions on topics the participants request.  The Workshop is hands-on training and designed to accommodate the individual needs.

You must be an Administrator of the website.

Additional Training

If you’re interested in additional training, here are some things to look out for:

Multisite vs. Self-Hosted

Aurora uses the “Multisite” configuration of WordPress. Most training programs will center around the more commonly used “self hosted” setup. While there is a significant degree of overlap between the two, let the vendor know that you’re not interested in subjects regarding Installation, Databases, Installing Plugins or Themes, or running updates. In Aurora, all of those functions are handled by UITS.

Content Creation

This is the area of training or reading that we recommend for all users. It would cover how to create new pages, edit exiting pages, update the site menus, swap out images, upload documents, and write news posts. See the pages listed under “Basic” for a place to start on these topics.

Site Administration

Each site in Aurora can have one or more users designated as the Site Administrator. A Site Admin can change the layout of the homepage, pick color themes for the site, change the permission levels for other users, and manipulate various site settings. Check the pages under “Site Administration” for more detail.

Custom Development

Most functionality sites need will be provided through centrally developed themes and plugins. However, there are always going to be certain sites that need a little something more. Areas can develop their own themes and plugins, to get started, please contact webdev@uconn.edu and we’ll set you up with a development environment. You’ll want to work primarily in a development area we set up for you, there are differences between the self-hosted and multisite versions of WordPress that can effect your themes and plugins.