All of the course sites and the main site are tied together in one network. So, there is one simple registration form for all the sites: http://cunyhumanitiesalliance.org/register.
It’s important to note, though, that when your students register for the network, they are not automatically registered to your course subsite. Here’s how you can get your students registered to your site, so they can start posting:
Option A: You register everyone
The easiest way to get all your students registered on the site is to initiate the sign-up process for your students. Here’s what you do:
- You: Circulate a piece of paper in class with columns for the students name, the username they’d like to use (see my note below on pseudonyms), and their email address
- You: Go to the “Users” page on your site dashboard, and add new users (see my note below on roles). You can select the “Skip Confirmation Email” box in order to streamline the process.
- Your students: If you selected the “Skip Confirmation Email” box, students will receive a password in their email and will be able to login automatically. If you did not select the box, students will need to check their email and click on the link in their email to confirm the sign-up and create a password on the site.
Option B: Students register themselves
The other option is to direct your students to register on the site for themselves. This may seem administratively easier, but in the long-run tends to create a lot of difficulties in the sign-up process.
- You: Direct your students to register on the site and
- Your students: Go to cunyhumanitiesalliance.org/subsite/register and create a new user profile
- Your students: Check their email, and click on the link in their email to confirm the sign-up.
- You: Go to the “Users” page on your site dashboard, and assign the new users the appropriate role (see my note below on roles)
Pseudonyms for Usernames
If you’re requiring your students to do public scholarship for the course, you should let them know that they’re free to use a pseudonym for their publicly displayed username. The registration process will allow them to enter a first and last name that you can use to track who is using which pseudonym.
Roles for Users
There are different roles for users set in WordPress. The default setting is typically “subscriber,” which doesn’t allow the user to post or comment on the site. If you’d like your students to post comments and blog posts, you will need to add them as “authors” on the site.
Student registered, but isn’t showing up in your list of users.
If the student registered through the cunyhumanitiesalliance.org site, rather than the subsite, they are added to the general pool of network users. There are two solutions:
- You can go to “Users” and in the “add new users”. This will send an email to the student.
- Student will need to check their email, and click on the link in their email to confirm the registration.
- The network admins (there are only a couple of us) can add the student to your subsites’ user pool without the email confirmation.
Student can’t post or comment
If a student is not able to post or comment, they are either not a user on your particular website, or a role that allows them to post or comment. First, make sure the student is listed in the “Users” section of your website. Second, change their role to “author” to allow them to publish posts or comments.