Contribute to this Site!

This Website is meant to be a collaborative work.  Make a post about the reading group you put together, a conference you’re speaking at, or let us know about a room you have for rent. Adding it to this site is easy.

Our social media accounts are synchronized so that Commons posts go automatically to the GC Philosophy Twitter account.

Using this Site 101

Step 1:  If you haven’t done so already, register for an account on CUNY Commons.

Step 2: Navigate to the the Groups page, enter “Philosophy” into the Search Groups… field at the top right corner, and press Search. Once the Philosophy Group appears, click “Request Membership” to be added to the group. (Membership is restricted to GC students and faculty in the philosophy program.)

Step 3: Go to the Philosophy Commons page. If you’re logged into your CUNY Commons account, at the top of the page you’ll see a black bar. Mouse over where it says “Program in Philosophy…” and then click on Dashboard in the drop-down menu.

Step 4: You’re in! It might look foreign but the WordPress platform is very user friendly. Or maybe you already have a blog on WordPress and know exactly what to do, in which case you can add to this guide!

Step 5: On the left of the screen you’ll see a menu of all the parts of the Philosophy Site that you can edit. Click on Posts >> New Post.

Step 6: Now you’re in your post. You’ll add a title and text. Clicking on the symbols on the top will allow you to do things like add a link, or change the font.

Step 7: If you don’t add a picture our home page will show a sad scroll of gray instead of remaining the masterpiece it is now, so add a picture. If you don’t have a picture on hand, find something related on someone’s open source flickr page – try searching, e.g., “consciousness” or “virtue” – and cite the author. Or, take a screenshot of a page you are linking to as seen on the Philosophy Bites post. I recommend saving the photo to a file or your desktop before uploading. At the top of the icons, right above the bold key, there is a photo insert symbol. Click on this.  Make sure to click “add featured image” to make sure it shows up on the photo carousel on the home page. Then click, “add to document”.

Step 8: Now add it to a category on the right. This will ensure that users can find your post under the right heading. Make sure to add it to one of the categories that is listed on the menu on the main page, such as “Listen” or “Groups” to make sure it shows up when users click there. If you can’t find the right category, send me a message and I will add it.

Step 9: Under “Location”, click Featured” to add your post to the image slider on the home page.

Step 10: Click the blue “Publish” button on the right.

Step 11: Check your post on the website. If you did everything right, it should be the first thing to show up on the home page, with the first few lines of text in front of the beautiful picture you uploaded. If something didn’t work right, you can go back to Post >>All Posts>>Title>>Edit and adjust whatever needs to be done.

Step 12: Sit and watch your new post pop up on the carousel over and over and bask in the glory of having added to the CUNY Philosophy Commons Site and contributed to the philosophy community at the Graduate Center. We thank you!

If you get lost in the 101 version, click here for the step-by-step-with-pictures version.


If you have a problem or question, just post it in the Comments section below, or email the Social Media Manager.

You can also try the WordPress HELP!! page.