Features

WordPress, the free software underlying Hypotheses, offers a number of features that go far beyond just editing an article or a page. These features, which you can choose whether or not to activate on your blog, are displayed as widgets.

However, these functionalities offered by WordPress are not sufficient to meet the requirements of varied editorial practices – especially in the context of academic blogging – and we offer you additional tools to enrich your publications. These tools are plugins, which we deploy regularly and according to your needs on Hypotheses. Some of these plugins provide improvements that you can benefit from directly when you write an article (for example, the footnote management plugin), while others offer the possibility to add contextual information to your blog, which will appear as widgets (such as the Hal plugin).

The list of plugins currently active on Hypotheses is given below with, where relevant, a link to a tutorial.

  • Akismet: thanks to the Akismet plugin, Hypotheses provides enhanced protection against spam in the comments that can be made on your articles and pages. This plugin is automatically activated on your blog and requires no action on your part.
  • Cite: on each article and each page of your blog, you can choose to display a personalized mention specifying how to quote this resource. More information about Cite.
  • CleoAdapter: this plugin is automatically activated on your blog and displays, among other things and without any action on your part, your ISSN at the bottom of your blog, as well as a link to the blog’s notice in the OpenEdition catalogue. This plugin also optimizes the display of your content when shared on Twitter and Facebook. It is also, for example, the one that allows for the insertion of footnotes in your articles.
  • Extend KSES: the integration of multimedia content into your publications is made possible thanks to the Extend KSES plugin, which is automatically activated on your blog. More information about multimedia insertion.
  • Fourteen Colors: This plugin offers advanced customization options for the Twenty Fourteen graphic theme. This plugin is automatically activated on your blog and offers configuration options that you can find in the “Appearance > Customize” menu if your graphic theme is Twenty Fourteen.
  • Google XML Sitemaps: The referencing of your content is improved thanks to Google XML Sitemaps, which provides search engines with a detailed map of your blog’s architecture, automatically activated on your blog and requires no action on your part.
  • Hal: developed by the French Centre for Direct Scientific Communication of the CNRS (CCSD), the Hal plugin offers two functionalities, detailed in the dedicated documentation provided by the CCSD:
    • Display as a widget the latest publications deposited in the HAL Open Archive by an author, a structure, a research program or as part of a collection. The Hal widget is available in the “Appearance > Widgets” menu of your dashboard under the name “Recent publications”;
    • Display, on a page or an article in your blog, a “Hal Resume” including, for an author, a structure, a research program or a collection, all of their publications deposited in Hal, accompanied if desired by some contextual information. The configuration of your “Hal Resume” is done from the “Hal” menu on your dashboard.
  • Link Manager and My Link Order: two plugins that allow for the creation and management of lists of hypertext links (for example, to indicate to your readers resources related to your work, available elsewhere on the Internet), which you can display on your blog as a widget.
  • List Authors: if you use your blog collectively, you can easily display the list of authors of your blog, as well as the number of their publications, as a widget.
  • More RDFa: this plugin improves the structure of the metadata associated with your blog and, as a result, its referencing in search engines. It is automatically activated and does not require any action on your part.
  • Social networks: at the bottom of each of your articles are buttons that allow you and your readers to share your content easily on selected social networks (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn). Note that you can of course share your publications on any social network, without using these buttons.
  • Simple Librarything: Connect a Librarything account to your Hypotheses blog with this plugin, to share its online library with your readers.
  • Statistics: access your traffic statistics (generated using the AwStats tool) directly from your blog dashboard (“Tools > Statistics“). These statistics are public and cover all the documents published on OpenEdition platforms, and can also be accessed without going through the dashboard of your blog.
  • Isidore Suggestions: developed by the French TGIR Huma-Num, the Isidore portal currently references more than five million publications in the Humanities and Social Sciences from various platforms, including Hypotheses. The Isidore Suggestions plugin allows to display a widget of reading suggestions from Isidore on your blog, in connection with your publications. The widget also allows you to display a search engine to explore the content referenced on Isidore’s website. A complete documentation proposed by Huma-Num is available in French.
  • TinyMCE Advanced: accessible from the “Settings > TinyMCE Advanced” menu on your dashboard, this tool allows you to configure the toolbar for the “classic” editor in your blog.
  • WP About Author: this plugin allows you to display a personalized signature at the end of your articles and/or pages. More information about WP About Author.
  • WP Featherlight: improve the display of your image galleries in articles and pages with the “lightbox” effect, allowing a more modern presentation and an easier navigation between images. More information about the lightbox effect.
  • WP-KaTeX: the WP-KaTeX plugin allows to simply write mathematical formulas in LaTeX in your articles and pages, and to present them in a way that is pleasant for your readers. More information about WP-KaTeX.

Please note that the Hueman graphic theme offers specific features, in the form of additional widgets. The modalities of their use are detailed in the publisher’s official documentation of this graphic theme.

If you identify a particular need, which is not met by the features currently available on Hypotheses, do not hesitate to let us know. However, keep in mind that we cannot install a given plugin on an isolated blog. The installation is done on a platform scale. For your request to succeed, it will therefore have to find a fairly wide echo within the Hypotheses users’ community, and we will have to find a plugin that is stable, secure, lightweight and easy to handle to be able to respond to it.

Finally, please also note that while we provide a number of features on Hypotheses to meet your editorial needs, enhance your content and provide you with a secure publishing environment, some WordPress native features are not part of the platform. Indeed, we have chosen to limit or even delete some options, in order to ensure the technical stability of Hypotheses and the durability of the content that is published on it in the long term. Thus, you may not on Hypotheses:

  • delete your blog (you nevertheless remain the full owner of your contents, and your blog can be deleted by our team at your request);
  • modify the url of the blog after its creation;
  • modify the url of the articles (which include an numbered part, automatically assigned by WordPress);
  • customize the CSS code of your blog;
  • add javascript to an article, page or widget;
  • install additional graphic themes (the Hypotheses team regularly adds new themes and deletes older ones when they become unstable);
  • install additional plugins yourself;
  • modify the favicon of your blog (the small icon that appears next to the name of your blog in the tab of your web browser and represents the logo of Hypotheses);
  • use some external services whose operation would require to communicate with your blog via the XML-RPC protocol.

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