31 Embedding a map

This is just another thing you can embed in a blog. At the bottom of a Google Map there’s a cog wheel and clicking on it provides, ‘Share or embed map’, then click on ‘Embed map’, and you copy everything from there, and put it in, just like with YouTube videos or Slideshare presentations.

There are many more to try. Why not try Soundcloud, or other services: just look for the word, ‘Embed’.

26 RSS? Yes.

Manage success: how would you keep up-to-date with a successful group of blogs within your class, given that they may not update regularly?

Here’s the KCL advice on using your blog with the College CMS, Contensis:


But this advice also works for lots of other places too; we’ll take a look at a few:

  • Moodle
  • Web browsers
  • Email programs
  • Programs only for this purpose: RSS readers
  • Other blogs!
  • …and back again!

25 Spam, spam, spam

Comment spam

This is the normal spam, where people post adverts for their companies as comments on your blog. Though still a nuisance, it is becoming more rare, since it can be combatted. Here is the advice from King’s on dealing with it.


Like spam

Since comment spam is being overcome, people are turning to other means. One is to simply click ‘Like’ on your posts. The thinking is that you will investigate and see who they are – so it advertises to you.

One thing you can do is turn off Likes for a blog post. While writing/editing a blog post (at least through the Dashboard), there is a “Show Likes” setting that can be unchecked. This will prevent the “Like” button from appearing on the post itself and on the admin bar that logged users have. It won’t let you pick-and-choose who is allowed to “like” and who isn’t, but it will prevent “like” spam.

However, you are losing the “like” feature on your blog. Source: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/followers-spam?replies=13

Here’s some of the nuisance ‘like’ spam that I got in my email shortly after setting up this blog:





Of course, it is possible that they did like my blog. But it seems a coincidence that they all have their own businesses to promote.

24 Export and import

We’ll look at:

  1. How to export entries from a WordPress blog.
  2. How to import entries to a WordPress blog.

Extension activity: How to export entries from a Blogger blog to a WordPress blog. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2A2NATnKhss

Further theory:

Why you may wish to transfer, if not to a KCL site:

If you use WordPress.com you’ll be good for a bit. You may get frustrated later if you wish to:

  • add Google ads

  • add plugins to go beyond the functionality their platform provides.

Later, to have full control, you may wish to move to a self-hosted WordPress. This is a lot like buying your own house: it’s all on you from now on. This talk is about how to set up your own first place, so we look at hosted versions, either on WordPress.com or KCL; it would be a bigger leap to go from zero to self-hosting.

23 Embed your blog in KEATS

Embed #2: Embed your blog in KEATS

  1. Go to the staff support area. [http://keats.kcl.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=6293]
  2. Look under §2, “Video format help”
  3. View the video “Embedding web pages”; also the one for “Embedding a YouTube video in a label”
  4. We will use the HTML from one video but in the location shown in the other video: we’ll put the iframe in a label.
  5. Look for the same under §3, “PDF format help”; this makes it easier to carry out the steps.

22 Put up a post that is focused on a video


How to put up a post that is focused on a video.

The great value of this is for teaching: either recording you talking to the camera; or recording your screen showing how to perform a task online.

Note that the video will be hosted on YouTube, partly due to a limitation of free WordPress accounts.

Extension activity: You can try this process on Blogger, using a different, perhaps simpler, series of steps. Because Google owns both YouTube and Blogger, they make it easy to start off in YouTube watching a video, and to then, still on that page, simply click on a few buttons to get the video into your Blogger account (assuming you are signed in to YouTube or Blogger). The steps are to click on:

  1. ‘Share’ (it’s underneath the video).
  2. The Blogger logo, which looks like a white letter ‘B’ in an orange square. If it’s not visible, can you see the Twitter logo? Click ‘show more’ next to the Twitter logo
  3. ‘Publish’. Before you do that, you can add text, if desired, to go with the video.