Getting started on Red
To understand what the Red Multisite can offer your department, you can browse the pages in this Help section and the Components & Posts section to see examples of what you can create in Red.
Log on to your site dashboard
When your site is commissioned, you’ll receive an email with the login url. It will look something like ______.red.uic.edu/wp-admin/. When prompted, log in with your UIC netID and common password.
When you log in to your WordPress site, you will be taken to the Dashboard Home. This administrative screen gives you basic information about your site content, storage space usage, and news about WordPress. It also has the menu for the tools you will use to manage your site and users, and build pages, posts and other content types.
If you have access to other sites on the red.uic.edu network, you will see a list of them on this page and can navigate to any site or dashboard.
In Red Multisite, the Home Page of your website is a unique page type with custom fields and component options that you can use. Learn more about building your Home Page.
If enacted, the Splash Page will become the first thing a visitor sees when they visit your homepage. Consider it like a temporary overcoat to the constant sweater of your homepage. Splash Pages are an excellent way to alter how visitors first view your site and are quite useful marketing tools, as they can be used to call attention to a major function or event, without altering the main content of the site. Splash pages can be activated or deactivated with a simple checkbox in the “Theme Settings” section of the dashboard.
Media is the library where you upload and manage images, video, recordings, and files that you upload and use on your site.
Custom Post Types
Billboard, News, Event, and Profile are all custom post types that are built into Red. Each post type is designed with specific purposes in mind. The term “Post” is used to describe a distinct block of content that may include text, headers, images, links, etc. Posts can be used alone or in groups on specific page types. For example, a “News” post can appear on a News page that lists all news, or can be used in a News Highlight within an internal page.
Posts can also be categorized into different groups that can be published on different pages, for example, “All News” or “Research News” pages that only show posts in those categories.
You can create forms with basic and advanced fields that can include conditional logic which guides users through custom form fields.
If you are familiar with WordPress, you will notice that Pages are different on the Red Multisite than on a basic installation. The UIC Red theme uses mostly custom page templates and custom fields grouped into content “components” for building pages. The basic page types are Default Template which is used for the majority of your pages; Landing Page which is for the first page of the different sections of your website; News Listing, Event Listing and Directory which are used to list specific posts on a page(s); and Contact Page which can include various contact components and forms.
If you choose to turn comments on for any section of your site, you can manage those comments here.
In Appearance, site administrators and editors can manage the menus on the website. Unlike other WordPress platforms, there is only one theme available on Red multisite. You will not be able to add other themes.
Users, Section Groups, Tools & Settings
In the Users and Section Groups tools, you can add, delete and define users and their roles with the site. Tools and Settings let you import and export content and fine tune the details of your site.
This is where you will set some basic site information.
- Share Links: these are links for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Email. These links will appear in your News posts and allow site visitors to share the content of that post via the links you select to appear.
- Site Contact: email, address, phone and social media links to your pages/profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or Tumblr. This information appears in your footer.
- Color Scheme: The color scheme that will appear throughout your site. See below for a preview of the four color schemes.
- Enable/Disable Splash Page: Detailed above.
- Google Translate: You can turn on or off a Google Translate widget for your site. The widget appears at the bottom-right of the browser screen.
- Maintenance Mode: This allows you to enable a special message to appear on the site when your site is temporarily down for maintenance.
Theme Color Schemes
In addition to the Blue color scheme used on this site, there are green, navy and red options which you can preview at the links below.