Google Docs

The Google Docs Guide has moved to the Knowledge Base at:

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The Maps Guide has moved to the Knowledge Base at: ExampleHere’s an embedded map to the Student Union:

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Text Wells

You may use a well to give your div box an inset effect. To do so, simply give the div a well class. Normal WellSample Code: <div class=”well”>Some text goes here.</div> Result: Some text goes here. Large WellSample Code: <div class=”well well-lg”>This is a large well.</div> Result: This is a large well. Small WellSample Code: […]

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Both Posts and Pages are used for displaying your site’s content. Posts can have categories and tags that are used by Post Widgets and Pages with the Blog Page template when filtering posts to display. In addition, all posts use the default sidebar. Post WidgetsIf you’re trying to display certain posts through a widget, you may notice that you […]

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Both Pages and Posts are used for displaying your site’s content. Pages have several different templates that you can choose from which determine how its content is displayed and even what content is displayed. In addition, each page can have its own in-page menu and its own sidebar. Pages can be hierarchical and if a […]

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Organizing Content

You can organize your content using Categories and Tags. Learn more about each method in the following videos: To learn more about the difference between categories and tags, reference this WordPress guide.

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Media Library

Media consists of the images, video, recordings, and files that you upload and use in your website. You can get to the media library on your Dashboard through Media > Media Library. On the Media Library page there are two possible views: List view and Grid view. List view will show fewer items at one […]

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Using Images Inserting Images into Posts and Pages Editing Images The WordPress Gallery Formatting Images with Bootstrap Finding ImagesDon’t just search Google Images and grab something. Make sure you are using something you paid for, something you shot, or something from the public domain. You run the risk of getting yourself, your department, and the university in […]

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Aurora has limited support for the use of iframes. For security reasons, ITS must be cautious in what domains to trust not to infect the large number of websites that use Aurora. Aurora permits the use of iframes from sources such as domains, Facebook, Youtube, Prezi, and more. If you would like to request […]

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Update 13.1

November 26, 2019

Aurora Update 13.1 was released on 11/26/2019 with two new color options in Sherman, an improved way to embed Flickr photo set, and upgrades on WordPress Core and all central third party plugins. Read the complete change log and user guides.


July 31, 2019

Visualizer: Tables and Charts Manager for WordPress plugin can be used to create, manage and embed interactive charts and tables into your posts and pages. This plugin is available upon request. Please email with your website URL to request for it.

Once enabled, you can click on the Add Media button on a new page or post, click on Visualizations on the left, and then Create New, select the type of the chart and start building it by one of the three ways:

  1. Import data from a CSV file
  2. Import data from a URL
  3. Manually enter data (check the Use text area editor instead checkbox)

Since charts are not accessible, you are required to add some text near the chart to describe the content on the chart and select one of the downloadable format (Advanced>Frontend Actions>Actions, select Print, CSV or Excel). Please follow the accessibility guidelines.

All the created charts are available under Media>Visualizer Library.

Print  CSV  Excel  Copy  

The above chart illustrates the number of sites on Aurora that are using the three central themes as of 8/1/2019:
1,462 (74.8%) sites are using Sherman
310 (15.9%) sites are using Hale 2015
183 (9.4%) sites are using Prudence 2018

Private Uploads

Adds visibility options to all uploaded media files with two varieties of control. One type of control allows you to set individual files as being private and also gives you control over the kinds of users that can have access. If you are familiar with the Private Sites plugin then you will notice that the options for the user types are the same.

The other type of control works in tandem with the Private Sites plugin. When you set a site as private, within Settings > Reading : Site Visibility, all files are made private. Individual file controls will not be visible when an entire site is made private.

A user is required to login to view private files and will be prompted to do so when accessing a file directly.
One thing to keep in mind while using this feature is that setting a file as private moves the file to a different folder on the server thus changing the URL.

Courses Plugin

July 30, 2019

Courses plugin can provide details to display UConn’s course offerings from the Student Administration System, with real-time enrollment and wait list space (if available) information.  This plugin is enabled upon request. Please email with your website URL to request for this plugin.

Once enabled, site administrators will see a Courses configuration page (Dashboard>Settings>Courses) with the instructions on how to set up the plugin. You can also select which fields to be displayed and reorder them from the configuration page. Using courses shortcodes, you can build a Course Directory, Course List by Subject or Class Details page.

Slate Form Embed

July 25, 2019

UC Slate Embed allows you to embed a Slate form onto your web page. This plugin is enabled upon request. Please email with your website URL to request for this plugin.

Once enabled, you can add the following shortcode on your page to embed a Slate form.

[slate id=”your Slate form ID#”]

Update 12.2

June 12, 2019

Update 12.2 was released today (6/12/2019). WordPress Core was upgraded to 5.2.1 and all central third party plugins were updated to the latest version.

Setting Featured Image to Appear on Social Media

April 26, 2019

If you manage your organizations social media, chances are that you link to pages on the organizations website. If you would like the image featured on Facebook or Twitter to always be consistent across all social media posts (your organizations logo for example) you will want to set your organizations featured image.

Set page/post specific Featured Image

Before getting started with the steps below, if you just want a specific image to display on your social media, and not be consistent from post to post you simply need to set the featured image for that specific page or post that you link to.

  1. Click Edit Page or Edit post
  2. Click on Set Featured Image under Featured Image on the lower right-hand side of the page or post.

Set site specific Featured Image

  1. Log into your site’s dashboard then click on SmartCrawl > Title & Meta.
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  3. Within this page click on Post Types then scroll down to Options and click the slider to Enable OpenGraph.
  4. After enabling OpenGraph you will see the option for Default Featured Images, click the plus sign to add a featured image.
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  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Settings. You have successfully set the featured image for your site. This image will display consistently when you create posts on Facebook or Twitter and link to content on your website.

You may not notice the new image appear immediately on Facebook or Twitter posts due to a delay from these services. You can just check back the next day and see if it is fixed or follow the steps below to manually ask these services to recrawl your content.


  1. Visit Facebook’s sharing debugger tool
  2. Enter the specific page URL that you linked to in your Facebook post and click Debug.
  3. Facebook should now be pulling the correct image.


  1. Visit Twitter’s card validator
  2. Enter the specific page URL that you linked to in your Twitter post and click Preview Card.
  3. Twitter should now be pulling the correct image.


Update 12.1

March 21, 2019

Update 12.1 was released today (3/21/2019). WordPress Core was upgraded to 5.1.1 and all central third party plugins were updated to the latest version.