Website how-to

How to log in
  • go to
  • enter username and password
  • once you log in, to bring up the menu of options, click on the upper left NMSU Astronomy link and select the “Dashboard,” which will give you the option menu on the left

Adding/editing people

The plugin that handles this is the “Connections” plugin. The key is that each person’s profile has categories that determine who they are (faculty, student, etc.) and the research group they are involved with. Then the pages containing the lists get populated appropriately.

How to edit your profile
  • log in
  • go to the Connections item on the left menu at the bottom
  • click on “Manage”
  • find your name, click on it, which takes you to the entry information
  • edit the appropriate fields
  • hit “update” on the right
How to add a new person to the directory
  • log in
  • go to the Connections item on the left menu at the bottom
  • click on “Manage”
  • it’s easiest to add a person by copying one of the templates already there
  • hover over the appropriate template and click “copy”
  • edit the appropriate fields
  • make sure on the right that the appropriate “category” is checked
  • when adding a photo, it helps the display if the photo is relatively square sized


The events are handled by the all-in-one events calendar. The “Events” menu on the left is what you want. It’s important to tag and categorize events appropriately so they show up where we want them to.

Add a new event
  • the best way to add a new event is to clone another event in the same category and just edit the details
  • find an event in the same category, hover over it and click “clone to draft”
  • edit the title and the details
  • make sure the category and tags on the right hand side are correct, in particular the semester (2016S, 2016F, etc.)
Editing a non-recurring event
  • find the event, click on edit, and alter the details
  • hit “update” on the right
Editing a single instance of a recurring event (classes, pizza lunch, 110 observatory, etc)
  • IMPORTANT: this is different and easy to mess up
  • find the particular event from the calendar page or one of the events listings on the webpage (while logged in)
  • hover over the event and click on its title (ignore the little edit pencil that you’ll see, that will only allow you to edit EVERY instance of the event)
  • when you click on the title it should take you to the actual page for that particular event
  • then, hovering over the edit pencil will tell you that you’re editing that occurrence only
  • continue editing as usual
  • hit “update” on the right
Removing one instance of a recurring event
  • in this case, find the event under the “Events” then “All events” list
  • click “edit”
  • click on the “Exclude” button and add any dates that the particular event should NOT occur
  • hit “update” on the right
Editing all instances of a recurring event
  • this will need to be done typically at the beginning of a semester for changing the days of the week of a course or times for campus observatory
  • find the event in the “Events” then “All events” list
  • click “edit” and change any details

Changing menus on the front page (root of pages)

  • An editor need authorization to edit the appearance and the menu.
  • It can be changed in appearance tap on the web editing page (appearance -> menu)

Adding new page and post on webpage
   There are two kinds of style.

  • page : The page can have a parent page.
  • post : It can be categorized. The post is free from the structure of pages. If a page have a wedget (side section) for showing some information, such as recent posts of a certain category, the page can be used like the parent page of the post category.