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12 17 08 Creating A Blog

  1. 1. Creating a Blog with WordPress: The How-To’s December 17, 2008 Presented by Judy Kammerer, MA, MLIS, AHIP Medical Librarian, UCSF Fresno & CRMC * Email: [email_address] *
  2. 2. Create a new blog for free <ul><li>Open Explorer browser and go to www.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>Click “Sign Up Now” </li></ul><ul><li>Create a username (this will be part of your new blog’s URL) & password (write these down), type email address, check agree, next </li></ul><ul><li>Write down your blog domain </li></ul><ul><li>Change blog title if you want (or you can change this later), privacy box(?), sign up </li></ul><ul><li>Check email to activate new account </li></ul><ul><li>Go back into www.wordpress.com and enter username & password </li></ul><ul><li>You will see a new header that has 3 sections: My Account, My Dashboard, & New Post </li></ul>
  3. 3. Name your blog, set the time stamp, allow/disallow comments <ul><li>Click on My Dashboard </li></ul><ul><li>Click Settings/General (on left) to create tagline & set time (PT is -8 hours), click Save Changes </li></ul><ul><li>Under Settings/Discussion, uncheck “Allow people to post comments” if you do not want any dialog (keep it checked if you want to be part of Web 2.0’s social interactivity ~ WordPress has a very good spam blocker called Akismet) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Pick a template <ul><li>Click Appearance/Themes and scroll down to view templates </li></ul><ul><li>Pick one (some offer “custom headers” like Contempt, Freshy, etc.; if you’ll be using multiple pages, it’s nice to have one that lists “Home” in a page bar along the top) and click on the name to view, then Activate (top right), and View Site (next to title) </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a picture stored on your computer and you chose a template offering a custom image header, you can go to My Dashboard, Appearance, Custom Image Header, under Upload New Header Image, browse, choose your picture, upload, move cropped area box, click crop. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Write a post <ul><li>Click on New Post </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each post needs a title </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write text (under Post) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Include a tag – draws attention to subject in Wordpress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a category (name folder) – organizes similar posts (like a file cabinet) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click “add” and make sure correct category is checked for this post </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Click Publish and then View Site </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Edit a post and import a video <ul><li>Click on Edit by the post you just created. (You can also get there via My Dashboard, Posts/Edit, click on the post title) </li></ul><ul><li>Change title. Open another browser & go to www.youtube.com and find something interesting, copy the URL. Go back to your post and click 2nd icon by “Upload/Insert.” Click “From URL” & paste in URL. Click “insert into post” then “Update Post.” (If this was a new post you would click “Publish.”) View Site. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Create a post with a picture <ul><li>Click “new post” then open another browser & go to Google Images at http://images.google.com to find a picture (make sure it doesn’t say it’s under copyright protection) </li></ul><ul><li>Copy the picture to the desktop. </li></ul><ul><li>Go back into the new post screen, click on 1st icon by “Upload/Insert.” Next to “choose files to upload,” click Select Files to find the link from your desktop. Give it a title, Upload, make selections (try thumbnail), then “insert into post,” then “publish.” View Site. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Create a post with a link <ul><li>Click “new post” then open another browser, go find a website and copy its URL </li></ul><ul><li>Go back to your post, write a title and in the text field write a short annotation to comment on the website, paste the URL in the same field, add a tag and category, publish. View Site. </li></ul><ul><li>Move the mouse over the link to see a small popup of that webpage (“Snap Shots” feature) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Create a Blogroll (list of favorite links) <ul><li>Under My Dashboard, click Links. “Add new” to add your favorite websites & blogs. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of popular physician blogs: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/ & http://doctorrw.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Medical blog search: http://medlogs.com </li></ul>
  10. 10. Create a Web Page <ul><li>Under My Dashboard, click Pages/Add New </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In addition to blog entries in reverse chronological order, you can create static web pages that link to your front page. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The About page has already been set up; you just need to edit it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a 2nd page for a topic you’d like to develop. Give it a title and write the text, then “publish.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Then each time you want to add content, go to Pages/Edit, click Edit under page title, make changes, click “Update Page.” </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Change your Template & Customize your Widgets <ul><li>Go to My Dashboard, Appearance/ Themes, click on the name of a different template, Activate. View Site. </li></ul><ul><li>Check out Widgets (tools that appear in columns next to your postings) under Appearance for further customization. (Good ones to start with include: Archives, Categories, Pages, Links/blogroll, & Meta.) Meta includes “log in/out” which is convenient. </li></ul>
  12. 12. More things to include in your blog <ul><li>Create audio podcasts for free and post to your blog ~ http://www.podcast411.com/free </li></ul><ul><li>Create a slide show for free and post to your blog from http://www.slide.com/ (you need to sign up and then Make A Slide Show) </li></ul><ul><li>Post Power Points by saving on http://www.slideshare.net , copy the new URL to your Power Point, then paste into a new post </li></ul>

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