Users are encouraged to complete the information in the user profile, it would be useful to put a bit about your experience and current scope of practice in the biography box, plus upload a photo!

Pages, Posts & Comments
There are several methods of contributing to the blog;

Pages are fairly static bits of information.  On some blogs you can comment on the page contents but on this feature has been disabled.  Only site administrators can alter the content of pages.

Posts are where you would start a new topic, you can include links to other websites as well as media such as images, video and music files to enhance your postings.  All registered users will be able to create new posts.  We encourage you to include your new posts into the appropriate category as this allows much better indexing for accurate searches.  We would also encourage you to include several tags as you like, each one should be separated by a comma.  You can either select from pre-used tags or make up new ones.

Comments are when you wish to make an entry about a previous post.  Comments are displayed together with the post so that they may be read in context of the original post.

Categories & Tags
In order to allow accurate indexing for search functions new posts should be labelled appropriately, there are two methods for this and we encourage you to use both:

Categories are pre-set and are the minimum you should use to allow accurate indexing.  Try to use the most appropriate category, they are deliberately broad in nature but if you feel that your post does not fall into any of the available categories contact the site administrator to add an additional category.

Tags can allow more accurate description of your post, choose five or six word that are significant or important in your post.  You can use previously used tags or enter new words as tags.  Each tag needs to be separated by a comma.

You can subscribe and subscribe to e-mail notifications of new posts and comments by checking the appropriate box at the bottom of the post or comment page.

Post Formats

  • aside – Typically styled without a title. Similar to a Facebook note update.
  • gallery – A gallery of images. Post will likely contain a gallery shortcode and will have image attachments.
  • link – A link to another site. Themes may wish to use the first <a href=””> tag in the post content as the external link for that post. An alternative approach could be if the post consists only of a URL, then that will be the URL and the title (post_title) will be the name attached to the anchor for it.
  • image – A single image. The first <img /> tag in the post could be considered the image. Alternatively, if the post consists only of a URL, that will be the image URL and the title of the post (post_title) will be the title attribute for the image.
  • quote – A quotation. Probably will contain a blockquote holding the quote content. Alternatively, the quote may be just the content, with the source/author being the title.
  • status – A short status update, similar to a Twitter status update.
  • video – A single video. The first <video /> tag or object/embed in the post content could be considered the video. Alternatively, if the post consists only of a URL, that will be the video URL. May also contain the video as an attachment to the post, if video support is enabled on the blog (like via a plugin).

Image & Media Files
Ideally if you wish to include an image or other media file in your post that is already online please use a url link to the original page.   If the media file is available on any of the following sites, then you simply need to copy the url and paste it into your post, wordpress will take care of the rest:

  • YouTube (only public videos and playlists – “unlisted” and “private” videos will not embed)
  • Vimeo
  • DailyMotion
  • Flickr (both videos and images)
  • Viddler
  • Hulu
  • Qik
  • Revision3
  • Scribd
  • Photobucket
  • PollDaddy
  • (only VideoPress-type videos for the time being)
  • SmugMug
  • Twitter

If not then you will need to a little extra work:

  1. Right click on the image you wish to include and select the ‘Copy link location’;
  2. Either during the initial creation of your post or  during the editing of your post, find ‘Upload/Insert’ option – it’s just under the post heading;
  3. Select the from ‘From URL’ tag;
  4. Next right click in the ‘URL’ box and paste the link location, add a Title, etc;
  5. then select ‘Insert into Post’.

If you want to use one of your own images and your file is too large then either the post will fail or you will receive the following message:

“<filename>” has failed to upload due to an error
File size error.


Mobile site version
Therapeutic Optometry does have a mobile version available for use on smartphones and tablets.

The site is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android devices.  You can do almost everything that is available on the full desktop site, including publishing a new post or comment directly from your smart phone.

On your first visit you will see the normal page appearance, if you scroll to the bottom there is a switch to enable the mobile view.