Getting Started

Security Protocol (HTTPS)

On May 1, 2017, a ssl certificate has been added to the Platform and all Openscholar sites have been moved to https.

HTTPS is a protocol for secure communication over a computer network which is widely used on the Internet. HTTPS consists of communication over Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) within a connection encrypted by Transport Layer Security, or its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer. The main motivation for HTTPS is authentication of the visited website and protection of the privacy and integrity of the exchanged data.

HTTPS provides...

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Filtered Search Widget

The Filtered Search widget allows you to place a search box on a page and search the content on that specific page. You can use multiple variations of this widget to search within specific areas of your site based on content type (App type content) and/or taxonomy vocabularies. 

Note: the Search Box widget is configured to search your whole site. Learn more about the...

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Minimal Site Structure

If you are comfortable setting up your site yourself with only news, calendar, links, and people enabled, choose the Minimal option. You can add to or subtract any of these to tailor your site to your site needs.

Minimal Site Structure

How to set up a Minimal...

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Get Your Website

OpenScholar is a web creation platform for the Higher Education community. It provides an easy and efficient way to create and manage a Personal, Project and Department website without having to know any web development code (HTML, etc.). 

To create an OpenScholar site, please contact your school's IT Department or OpenScholar diectly.

Website Building Resources

Before you dive into your website project, be...

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Kinds of Sites

OpenScholar currently offers seven kinds of default website structures often called "pre-sets." These pre-set structures help get your site up and running quickly. Learn how to configure these types of sites, and view tips for organizing and presenting your website content.

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Account Information

Viewing and Changing your Account Information

Your user account information can be managed by clicking the User Account icon in the top right corner of your site and clicking Manage Account.

You can change your email address or password at any time in Manage Account
After you click Save, the changes will take effect immediately.


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Using & Managing Apps

Apps add new functionality to your site. Enabling an App might give you a new type of content, a new site section, new widgets and more. Some Apps are enabled by default on every OpenScholar site. You can enable and configure Apps in the Administrative Toolbar by going to Settings > Enable Apps

Enabling/ Disabling Apps


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