Using this Site


Our course website is implemented as a WordPress blog, customized with a variety of plugins. For general information about editing WordPress pages, see this resource, or this one. To get started publishing, log in here.

Student assignments will be submitted in the form of WordPress Posts (not Pages), that you edit and publish with the WordPress editor after logging in. Below, you can find additional information and links describing how to:

  • Embed syntax-colored code in your posts
  • Upload and embed images
  • Use standard “shortcodes” to embed external media, such as YouTube videos
  • Embed other media formats, such as Flash or Processing objects

Embedding syntax-colored code.

This WordPress includes the WP-Syntax plugin by Steven A. Zahm. This plugin provides syntax highlighting for a wide range of popular languages. In the WordPress editor’s HTML or “Text” mode, wrap your code blocks with <pre lang=”LANGUAGE” > and </pre> , where LANGUAGE is a GeSHi-supported language syntax. See here for more information and examples. To see your code formatted properly, put the fragment <pre lang=”java” line=”1″> before your code, and </pre> afterwards. (The optional ‘line’ tag adds line numbers.) The result will look like the following example:

void setup() {
	size(200, 200);
void draw() {
        rect(0,0, width-1,height-1);
	ellipse (100, 100, random(80), random(80));
	line (0,0, mouseX, mouseY);

WP-Syntax supports all GeSHI languages, listed here.

Embedding uploaded images.

Customary varieties of web-ready images (.jpg, .gif, .png) can be uploaded to our site using the “Add Media” button in the top left of the WordPress post editor. Click this button, upload your media to the site, and then be sure to “insert into post”. (If you forget to insert the image into your post, it will just languish in a directory of uploaded images.) Here’s what the “Add Media” button looks like:

Note that there are restrictions on the maximum file size (10MB) you may upload. Contact the professor if this presents a problem, or try saving your file with a smaller file size using Photoshop’s “Save for Web & Devices” feature.

Embedding external media in your posts.

Many assignments will require you to embed a variety of external media objects into a WordPress post. For example, you may wish to embed a YouTube video documenting one of your projects. For this purpose, our course blog makes use of the powerful WordPress Jetpack plugin. Jetpack provides the following shortcodes to embed your media:

Embedding other media types.

In addition to Jetpack, this course blog has yet other plugins installed, which enable embedding of many other media types. For detailed instructions on embedding any of the following media types, please consult the links below, provided by the plugins’ authors. If there are other plugins you would like us to install, or additional media types for which you would like embedding support, please consult the professor.

  • IFrames, using the Iframe Embedder plugin by
    Lets you embed an iframe in a WordPress post.
  • PDF files, using the vanilla-pdf-embed plugin by Mike Doherty
    Embeds a PDF using Google Docs Viewer.
  • Prezi presentations, using the Prezi WP plugin by Boone Gorges
    Adds a Prezi shortcode to allow you to easily embed presentations into WordPress.