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Teatime - Intro to Blogs

  1. 1. Installing and Managing a WordPress Blog <ul><li>Tea Time Talk - October 9, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Helmut Doll </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Instructional Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Bloomsburg University </li></ul>
  2. 2. Do you maintain a blog?
  3. 3. What is a blog?
  4. 4.
  5. 5. Web site vs Blog <ul><li>- Blog uses a template page and displays ‘posts’ from the database. </li></ul><ul><li>- blog is organized by time stamping the posts </li></ul><ul><li>- blogs allow commenting </li></ul><ul><li>- blog content can be updated easily </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why blogging? <ul><li>Collaboration/Social Web </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ocd2008.blogspot.com / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Easy updating/Currency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.elearningpost.com / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://suburbdad.blogspot.com/ </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Some uses of blogs at universities <ul><li>University Blog http://blogs.multnomah.edu/university/index.php/about </li></ul><ul><li>Department Blog http://sdsugeology.blogspot.com / </li></ul><ul><li>Administration Blogs http://oregonstate.edu/admissions/blog/ </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://law.marquette.edu/facultyblog/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Course Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.it.rit.edu/~ell/320/320-081/ </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Where do you start - choices control/flexibility Work required simplicity lack of control Hosted Blog Self-hosted Blog Auto-install @ web host
  9. 9. Hosted Blog options <ul><li>http://wordpress.com / </li></ul><ul><li>https://www.blogger.com / </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.livejournal.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.typepad.com </li></ul>
  10. 10. Default blog in wordpress.com
  11. 11. If you are interested in learning more about hosted blogs <ul><li>Tea time October 30 </li></ul><ul><li>Create a blog with wordpress.com if you want to try yourself during tea time </li></ul>
  12. 12. Auto install at web host
  13. 13. Auto install at web host
  14. 14. Self-hosting <ul><li>download and install the blog application from the companies </li></ul><ul><li>commercial or open source </li></ul><ul><li>requires an account with a web host </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. (not tested) http://www.webhostingchoice.com / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>host needs to offer PHP, mySQL (for WordPress), PERL for others </li></ul>
  15. 15. Self-hosted options <ul><li>http://www.wordpress.org </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.movabletype.com / </li></ul>
  16. 16. or ?
  17. 17. Advantages and disadvantages of self-hosting a blog <ul><li>+ complete control over installation </li></ul><ul><li>- updates have to be installed by you </li></ul><ul><li>+ plug-ins, more themes available </li></ul><ul><li>- some server, database, PHP knowledge helpful </li></ul><ul><li>+ access to all files and option to make modifications </li></ul>
  18. 18. If you are interested in learning about self-hosted installation <ul><li>Tea time October 23 </li></ul><ul><li>Download and install Portable XAMPP on a Flash drive so that you can do the process yourself and test. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Options </li></ul><ul><ul><li>private post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sticky post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>categories and tags </li></ul></ul>Posting to the blog
  20. 20. Categories vs. Tags <ul><li>“ Categories organize, hierarchically. Tags need not . Tags provide meta-information, Categories need not. Tags cross-connect, Categories do not. By cross connect, I mean, when you go looking for posts tagged with “Flickr? on technorati, you find posts from various sources, all about Flickr. Now if you go searching for posts tagged with “administration? in technorati, you will find everything from system administration tips to posts regarding the NASA, the NSA, and general verbiage - largely due to poisoning from people who can’t get the difference between tags and categories straight, for the most.” ( Tags are not categories by Carthik Sharma) </li></ul><ul><li>also http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/03/01/tags-are-not-categories-got-it/ </li></ul>
  21. 21. Trackbacks <ul><li>“ In a nutshell, TrackBack was designed to provide a method of notification between websites: it is a method of person A saying to person B, &quot;This is something you may be interested in.&quot; To do that, person A sends a TrackBack ping to person B.” (SixApart) </li></ul><ul><li>http://codex.wordpress.org/Introduction_to_Blogging#Managing_Comments </li></ul>
  22. 22. First actions after installation <ul><li>Choose a new theme for your blog </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted: Choose in admin panel </li></ul><ul><li>Self-hosted: Upload the themes files to your wp-content/themes/ folder. Activaye in the theme selector of the dashboard </li></ul><ul><li>Choose favorite plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Upload (ftp) to wp-content/plugins/ folder. Configure in dashboard. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Managing the blog
  24. 24. Managing the blog
  25. 25. Managing the blog
  26. 26. Managing the blog
  27. 27. Related items <ul><li>Blogging and search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Linkback </li></ul><ul><li>Trackback </li></ul><ul><li>Tags and Catgories </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Spam </li></ul>