Tips and Tricks

Get the most out of your Open Course Hub!

Editing site content on your desktop

You can use the GitHub Desktop application with either GitLab or GitHub to clone and edit your Open Course Hub pages on your own computer:

Customizing your Course Hub theme

The Open Course Hub skeleton package comes with an Inherited Theme called 'mytheme' all ready for your further customization.

In addition, this theme is also automatically synced to the Git repository of your site. This means that you can invite other people, such as fellow educators or your students, to assist in the further customization of your site.

URL flags (for embedding pages)

When displaying Open Course Hub pages within another system (e.g. LMS) it is often helpful to only display page content and not include header navigation and the sidebar.

To support this use of Open Course Hub, a number of URL flags are available:

  • chromeless
  • hidepagetitle
  • summaryonly

Chromeless Flag
The chromeless:true URL flag will display a page without global navigation elements. For example,

HidePageTitle Flag
The addition of the hidepagetitle:true URL flag will display a 'chromeless' page without it's title. For example,

Summary Only Flag
The addition of the summaryonly:true URL flag will display the summary of a 'chromeless' blog page. For example,

Making a homepage blog post 'sticky'

To make a blog post precede all other blog posts listed, add a featured tag to it's taxonomy field (located on the Options panel when editing a page in the Admin Panel). The frontmatter that is added to the page will look like this:

        - featured
Hiding a post from the homepage post list

To hide a blog post from the homepage post list, but still make it available on other pages, add the following page frontmatter option:

hide_from_post_list: true
Override a page's automatic Git Repository URL

To override the automatically calculated Git Repository URL on a page (i.e. to view a folder containing child pages), add the desired URL to the page frontmatter like this:


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