Activate WolfWare WordPress

WolfWare is the term used for the suite of academic technology tools available for use in courses. These tools include Moodle, Mediasite, Zoom, Top Hat, and WolfWare WordPress. This guide will help you to set up WordPress in your WolfWare course or project space.

This content was last updated on 5/2/2019

Contents:

  1. Log in to WolfWare
  2. Create a WolfWare space
  3. Activate WordPress
  4. Manage settings
  5. Save and view
  6. Set WordPress as home page

 

1. Log in to WolfWare

Log in to https://wolfware.ncsu.edu with your Unity credentials. Your classes for the current semester are displayed under the “Current” tab. The other tabs show other semesters and any project spaces that you have access to. In order to use WordPress or any of the other course tools, you must first have a course or project space in WolfWare. 

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2. Create a WolfWare space

You can create a WolfWare space for a Registration and Records (R&R) course for which you are listed as an instructor. You also have the option of creating a WolfWare space for a project.

(Note: If you are already using other tools such as Moodle or Collaborate in an existing WolfWare space, you can add WordPress to that space. To learn how, skip ahead to the section Activate WordPress.)

Request a COURSE space

If you do not currently have a WolfWare space for an R&R course that you teach, follow these steps to create one.

    1. On the “My WolfWare” page under the “Current” tab, locate the correct course block.
    2. Click on the gears icon on the right side of the block (the hover text says “Add tools and manage your course settings”)gears icon
    3. On the “Course Management” page, click the “Request WolfWare Space” button:

request WolfWare space button
Screenshot of button to request WolfWare space
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Request a PROJECT space

WolfWare Project Spaces can be used in a variety of ways; for example, to develop or revise a Moodle course, to facilitate communication within a team or group, or to practice privately with online tools. To request a new project space, follow these steps.

  1. On the “My WolfWare” page, click on the “Projects” tab.
  2. Click the “Request Project Space” button.

    request project space button
    Screenshot of button to request a project space
  3. Review the WolfWare Project Space policies and complete the request form
  4. Enter a name for the Project Space
  5. Click the “Request Project Space” button.
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3. Activate WordPress

Once you have created a WolfWare space, you can activate WordPress in it.

  1. If you are not already on the “Course Management” page for your space, click on the gears icon to the right of the space name to navigate to it.
  2. Under “Inactive Tools”, find WordPress on the list and click on the “activate” link in the last column. This will take you to the WolfWare WordPress settings page.

    Screenshot of link to activate WordPress
    Click on the “activate” link for WordPress
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4. Manage WordPress settings

There are some course-level WordPress settings that must be managed in WolfWare.

  • Prefix: The prefix is part of the URL for your WordPress site. The prefix will default to the space name, or you may enter a custom prefix. IMPORTANT: The prefix can only be set once.
  • Tagline: This is an optional subtitle that will appear underneath the space name in the header of your WordPress site
  • Availability: Select the date range when viewers may begin accessing your WordPress site
  • Visibility/Access: This setting determines who can view your WordPress site.
  • Select Public to allow anyone with a link to your WordPress site to view it without being prompted to log in
  • Select Users & Rosters to allow only users associated with this WolfWare course or project space to access your WordPress site. They will be prompted to log in using their Unity credentials.
  • Comment Preferences: Select whether you want to allow commenting on posts and pages.  If you select “Yes,” you must also select how comments will be moderated.
  • Email Preference: Select whether you would like to receive an email whenever a comment is posted, or only when a comment is held for moderation.
  • Community Preferences: Select whether users other than instructors can create post content.
  • WordPress Site Copier: Allows you to copy content from an existing WolfWare WordPress site that you own (“source site”) and overwrite the content in the current site. 
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5. Save and view

When you are finished managing settings, click the “Update WordPress Settings” button to save them. It will take a few minutes to create the WordPress site. When it is ready, the WordPress Settings page will display two links above the “Tagline” setting box:

  • Click on “Go to WordPress Space” to see the website as it will appear to viewers. You will see some default content that you will be able to change.
  • Click on “Go to WordPress Admin” to access the admin interface, where you can edit the content that appears on the website.

You can also access your WordPress site from your “My Wolfware” page. Locate your course and click on the WordPress icon at the right side of the course block.

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6. Set WordPress as your course home page

If you have other tools active in your WolfWare space, such as Moodle, you have the option to set your WordPress site to be the default home page for your course so that when students click on the course name in WolfWare, they will go directly to the WordPress site.

  1. In WolfWare, select the course or project and click on the gears icon to go to the “Course Management” page.
  2. Under the section “WolfWare Space Common Settings” you will see the “Home Page Link” setting. Click the “edit” link.

    Screenshot of homepage setting edit link
    Click on the “edit” link to change the home page
  3. Click on the dropdown menu and select “WordPress”
  4. Click “Save

 

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