#11NTC We Are Media: Blogging - Wordpress guidebook 2011

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#11NTC We Are Media: Blogging - Wordpress guidebook 2011

  1. 1. Wordpress.com Guidebook Page 2 Page 2 Page 3 Page 3 Page 4 Page 4 Page 5 Pages 5 - 8 Pages 9 & 10 Page 11 Pages 11 - 14 Anatomy of a Post – Page 15 Page 1Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/
  2. 2. Wordpress.com GuidebookDashboardSnapshot of all your inbound functions • Comments/Pingbacks • Stats • Updates from WordpressUpgradesPaid tools to make your blog more powerful Page 2 Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/
  3. 3. Wordpress.com GuidebookPosts • Listing of all your blog posts • See if the posts are drafts, scheduled or published • Click on the graph icon to get specific stats on each post • Click on the talk bubble icon to review comments on that postMedia • Where all your photos and videos live • You can upload images here to use on other sites Page 3 Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/
  4. 4. Wordpress.com GuidebookLinks • Create a Blog Roll of your favorite sites • Create different Blog Rolls for specific types of blogs/sites or grouping of websitesPages • Pages are your navigation tabs on your blog (parent and child items) • Trap evergreen information about your nonprofit • Make special tabs for events and fundraisers Page 4 Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/
  5. 5. Wordpress.com GuidebookComments • Approve, delete and edit comments from your readers • Reply to commentsAppearance > Themes • Theme home page • Shop for a look for your site Page 5 Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/
  6. 6. Wordpress.com GuidebookAppearance > Widgets • Add functionality to your site • The options will change with your theme • Most have a short descriptor, here are some that do not ◦ Akismet = Checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not ◦ Blog stats = Publicly displays your blog hits ◦ Meta = Allows you to create a section on your blog where you can log-in from the site ◦ Text = Allows you to add simple HTML (Flash does not work in Wordpress.com)Appearance > Menus • Allows you to create custom secondary menus for your site based on either pages or categories (posts). • Good for organizations that don’t want every page listed in the main menu navigation (i.e. privacy statement, site-map, login link, etc.) Page 6 Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/
  7. 7. Wordpress.com GuidebookAppearance > Theme Options • These will change with each theme you choose • Usually include some levels of design controlAppearance > Header • These options will also change with your theme choice • Make note of the Image size required or your header will look funky Page 7 Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/
  8. 8. Wordpress.com GuidebookAppearance > TypeKit • This allows you to use an external program to change the fonts on your site • Can get a free trial account for one website, up to two fonts – more info here - https://typekit.com/plansAppearance> CSS Style Editor • Won’t be able to edit your theme’s CSS file unless you have purchased that option. • Note the default content width of your active theme - The default content width for the Regulus theme is 460 pixels. Page 8 Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/
  9. 9. Wordpress.com GuidebookUsers • Invite and delete authors from your blog • Allow different levels of editing control ◦ Administrator - An administrator has full and complete ownership of a blog, and can do absolutely everything. This person has complete power over posts/pages, comments, settings, theme choice, import, users – the whole shebang. Nothing is off-limits, including deleting the entire blog. Only one administrator per blog is recommended! ◦ Editor - An editor can publish, edit, and delete any posts/pages, moderate comments, manage categories, manage tags, manage links and upload files/images. ◦ Author - An author can edit, publish and delete their posts, as well as upload files/images. ◦ Contributor - A contributor can edit their posts but cannot publish them. When a contributor creates a post, it will need to be submitted to an administrator for review. Once a contributor’s post is approved by an administrator and published, however, it may no longer be edited by the contributor. A contributor does not have the ability to upload files/images. Page 9 Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/
  10. 10. Wordpress.com GuidebookUsers > My Profile • Manage your global Wordpress profile = the profile that shows up on all Wordpress.com blogs • Change your photo, city, bio • Bonus: Pulls your photo from Gravatar.com which is used on multiple sites so you can have the same image as you comment across the internetUsers > Personal Settings • Modify how you see Wordpress.com = colors, etc. Page 10 Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/
  11. 11. Wordpress.com GuidebookTools • Several tools to make your blogging more useful and specialized • Add a “Post by Email” function to be able to blog via emailSettings • Change the title and tagline on your blog – visible in the design of the blog and in the browser header • Change the main contact email address for the blog • Change the flavicon = the little graphic in your internet browser in the “Blog Picture/Icon” box • Control date formats, time and language Page 11 Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/
  12. 12. Wordpress.com GuidebookSetting > Writing • Control various functions like the default category for your posts and link listsSettings > Reading • Control you landing page – can set an internal page to be your landing page rather than your blog • Control how many post show when people look at your history • Manage how many posts show up in others RSS feeds and how much you share • Set-up your email subscription services Page 12 Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/
  13. 13. Wordpress.com GuidebookSettings > Discussion • Control how people comment on your posts and how you moderate comments • Manage how you are notified via email about comments on your postsSettings > Media • Control the default sizes for photos Page 13 Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/
  14. 14. Wordpress.com GuidebookSettings > Privacy • Manage if your blog is private or publicSettings > Sharing • Automatically send your new posts to your social media profiles • Add share buttons to your posts to make everything very social Page 14 Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/
  15. 15. Wordpress.com Guidebook Anatomy of a Blog Post Manage how public your post will be, schedule with it Title your post is published. Can be scheduled to be live in Write your post the future or can be backdated. Add tags to describe your post & increase SEO Group your posts into like categoriesUpdate/Insert Tools • Photo via upload or a URL • Videos via upload or URL • Music files • Media • Poll • Add a Custom FormWriting Tools Offsets a quote Adds or breaks a link Play with HTML and add basic HTML functions. Remember that Flash does not work in Wordpress.com Page 15 Created by Dawn A Crawford bcdcideas.com & Leandra Ganko legadesigngroup.com MORE TIPS? VISIT HTTP://EN.SUPPORT.WORDPRESS.COM/

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