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.

19 Embeds

Have you seen Storify? Let’s take a look at that… but not to embed it! Just to show what embedding is. Here it is, an example of a Moodle conference: http://storify.com/tomasdore/mootie13

After that, let’s try this ourselves, with a few things that are relevant to teaching: like presentations!

What we cannot embed: “For security reasons, WordPress will no longer display content embedded in WordPress posts unless it comes from “whitelisted” sources. If you’re simply trying to copy/paste a Storify embed code or HTML into WordPress posts, you most likely won’t see this work.” Source: http://feedback.storify.com/knowledgebase/articles/125-what-are-my-options-for-using-storify-with-wordpre

As for embedding Storify? It’s for VIPs: http://vip.wordpress.com/plugins/storify/

Extension tasks:

18 Header image

  • This image will transfer when you migrate your blog, as long as you select the option to download attachments, during the import process.
  • But even then, you will need to select it from the images that are transferred and stored in the destination blog – it will not show up automatically on the heading of the destination blog.
  • Of course, if you switch to a theme without a header image, it will not be visible.