Presenting a New Way to Present

We have added a new template to Faculty Domains, and it’s official name is SplotPoint. This is a fun and yet experimental template that allows you to “present from the web”. It also has a funny name. If you want to know what a SPLOT is, well, let Alan Levine’s SplotPoint presentation explain it. Perhaps, you need a more succinct explanation of what a SPLOT is.

So what’s the advantage of SplotPoint? Unlike PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides, or whatever your preferred presentation software is, SplotPoints are born on the web using WordPress as the “application” to build them. Each slide has it’s own home on the web. You can give a presentation in a traditional way. Slides can be presented full screen, using a browser’s full screen mode (most of them have it). You can even advance your slides using the arrow keys on your keyboard. However, the best part is that the slide can have “notes” below the slide so as you present the information, you can refer people directly to the slide on the web where they can see all of the resources on a particular concept.

Again, this idea is experimental, and you may have questions about this or that feature missing. The concept of SplotPoints is simplification of presentations. Ideas are introduced simply so the presenter doesn’t compete with fancy transitions or tons of bullet points. You know about Death By PowerPoint, right?

Anyway, try it. When you install WordPress using UNF Faculty Domains, you need to select the Presentation Template (SplotPoint). The makers have posted instructions on how to use SplotPoint, and even on how to install it from scratch. If you have any questions, please contact us.

WordPress 5.0

WordPress version 5.0 was released December 6, 2018. It’s a major update that will substantially change the look and feel of the editor you use for your posts and pages. The new editor is popularly known as Gutenberg, though some people will refer to it as the “block editor”. Either way, it’s a radical shift from the “classic editor” that you are used to.

This brief article will make you aware of the changes that will happen if you upgrade to WordPress 5.0, and if you don’t like the changes, how you can switch the editor back.

If you upgrade, you will see the Welcome screen (if you already dismissed the Welcome screen, login and then navigate to your site, then add /wp-admin/about.php to the web address).

This screen will give you an overview of what has changed and what the editor will look like. Basically this “block” editor will allow you to drag and drop elements in your post or page to add a specific piece of content, like an image, heading, video, quote, etc. You could do this before, but the difference is that you have greater control of how it’s placed in your document. Each new paragraph is a new block, and those blocks can be manipulated in new and attractive ways. At least that’s the theory. You may not like the new editor, and that’s why WordPress gives you the option to switch to the “classic editor”.

To do this, you have to have the Classic Editor plugin installed. Once activated, that will turn off the block editor (aka Gutenberg). We have some information about plugins that might help if you’re unfamiliar.

If you want to hold off using the new editor and you’re still on the Welcome screen, click the link that says “Learn how to keep using the old editor”.


That will send you to the Keep it Classic section.

Click the button that says Install the Classic Editor.

That will take you to the Plugins page and will display the Classic Editor plugin.

Click Install Now. Then click the Activate button. Classic Editor will now be in use.

You can switch back and forth between the two editors by going to the Dashboard and choosing Settings > Writing and then clicking either Classic Editor or Block Editor under “Default editor for all users”

Ultimately, we think WordPress 5 will be a nice upgrade, but not everyone will be ready or prepared for it right away. There are also issues with how the new block editor handles accessibility. The WordPress 5.0 Announcement will give you some good general information about the new version. Maybe you just want the answer to What is Gutenberg?

As always, if you have any questions, contact us.


WordPress Themes and Plugins for Accessibility

When people start building their brand-new WordPress websites, their mind is filled with design and colors and content. “How can I make my site look good?” is typically their foremost thought. Experienced site designers will usually say “think of your audience”, and will try to make something that caters to as many people as possible. One group that has often times been left out of the discussion are individuals with disabilities who need assistive technology to understand and interact with content that is being presented to them.

Fortunately, WordPress has incorporated web accessibility guidelines into its application, making it easier for site creators to make a more accessible site. To familiarize yourself with the issues of accessibility, you can refer to our Accessibility page. In addition, WordPress makes available themes that are “accessibility ready”, as well as plugins that can easily enable accessibility features.

WP Campus, an organization of higher education web professionals, has an accessibility resources page that is quite comprehensive.

It should be noted that this is an ever evolving area of web development, so plan to see updates on this topic as guidelines evolve and new technologies are introduced. There are many WordPress themes and plugins that follow accessibility best practices. You can go directly to the list of Accessibility Ready themes at



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Next Steps

UNF Faculty Domains was released from the starting gate on September 19, 2017. Any UNF faculty member can now sign up for their own domain and start building in their space. We held a couple of workshops on September 22nd to introduce the system as well as install the WordPress application. In October we will offer the workshops again. You can sign up for Getting Started with UNF Faculty Domains, or Getting Started with a WordPress Website on UNF Faculty Domains.

While we cover several topics about configuring your new WordPress website, you may need a review of what we cover in the workshop, or you might want further instruction on what else needs configuring. You can find out more by following the links to the topics below:

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Getting Started Videos

Since we’ve updated our site, we need to update our videos… Stay tuned.

UNF Faculty Domains Template

As part of the UNF Faculty Domains initiative, we have created a template for UNF faculty to use when installing a WordPress website. Our first template (we plan on creating others soon) includes two UNF-styled themes with some recommended plugins. The default WordPress installation includes everything you need to get started. A complete demonstration site is available, if you would like to see what the theme looks like. You can check it out by visiting

We have documentation on Using the UNF Faculty Template, as well as full documentation on how to Install WordPress. This template will automatically be selected when you install the WordPress application. In addition to the main theme included in the template – known as UNF Faculty – we have another theme that has a UNF look and feel called Faculty Domains 2017. It is based on the WordPress theme known as Twenty Seventeen that is included on “standard” WordPress installs. When installed, your site will look something like this:

Faculty Domains 2017 Theme Screenshot


We think either theme will be a good starting point for UNF faculty, and CIRT will provide workshops that will help you to use the template to its fullest advantage.

What is a Domain?

A web domain is an “address” on the web. In your web browser, if you type, you will go to Google’s main, or “home” page. A domain name needs to be registered with a global organization (known as ICANN). You can register a domain with an ICANN-accredited domain registrar. You can usually register a domain when you purchase web hosting space, or you can register a domain separately (we use Reclaim Hosting for both of these). A domain name is unique and can only be registered to one organization or person at a time. You need to renew a domain annually or your will lose it.

We see web domains and their associated websites all the time –,,, A domain is actually made up of two parts – The domain name (or second-level domain) – google, amazon, whitehouse – and then the “top level domain” is the .com, .gov, and .edu endings. A domain is like a name in a phonebook or contact list. Associated with the name is a number and that number is how the computer networks talk to each other. Google’s “number”, or at least one of them, is (Also try Typing in that number in a web browser will get you to Google’s home page. However, it’s easier to remember than it is to remember the number(s). This system is called DNS or Domain Name System. DNS uses a Domain Names System server, and that is a special computer server that acts as the “lookup” authority. Think of it as a global domain contact list. There are many local DNS servers that talk to other DNS servers and they are constantly talking to each other and updating their contact list. Below are a couple of real-world lookups.

Can I find the IP address of my domain?

You would need to use what’s known as a Terminal program (or terminal emulator). A terminal is a text-based interface that gives you access to a computer, either your own or another computer on the network. You type in text commands at a command line or “prompt”.

To find an IP address, you start the Terminal and type the following:


After you hit the Enter key, you would get a streaming set of data repeated until you hit the Ctrl-c key combination. Google’s IP address may change because they’ve got lots of servers.

What is UNF’s IP address?

Let’s try something more familiar. In the terminal type:


You should get –

You can try You should get –

Now if you type or in a web browser, you would go to the websites that you would expect. But what if you typed the number in the web browser? Well, that would work too – so typing into a web browser would transport you to the University of North Florida home page.

There are web-based IP lookup sites if Terminal is not your thing – an example is IP Checker.

One final note. If you have purchased your own domain you may not have your own unique IP address and that’s because you are probably using what is known as “shared hosting” where a bunch of customers share a server with a single IP address. Obtaining your own IP address will cost extra, but unless you are a large organization or business, you generally don’t need it.

ICANN’s Beginner’s Guide to Domain Names (PDF)

Domain vs. Subdomain

One way that you can subdivide a domain is with a subdomain (or third-level domain). A subdomain is usually another computer server application that exists at the domain of an organization. The most common third level domain is www. There are many subdomains at the University of North Florida.

First off, is the University of North Florida’s domain name. The .edu top level domain is unique in that in can only be registered to institutions of higher education, and only through the organization known as Educause – . You can’t get .edu as part of a personal domain name. Other restricted domains like .mil and .gov are unique because they are government owned as are country domains like .uk (United Kingdom), .es (Spain), and .it (Italy).

The following are examples of subdomains (or subdirectories) at UNF:

If you would like more information about how domains work on the UNF Faculty Domains system, you can read documentation on Domain Management, Registering a Domain, Setting Up Subdomains, and Subdomains vs. Subdirectories.

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