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  • 1. Websites with WordPress Design, create, and manage your own website Created by Michael Allen @ Creative Curriculum Consulting
  • 2. Agenda
    • Introductions
    • Objectives/Purpose
    • Course Structure
    • Rules of Engagement
    • Surveys/Evaluations
    • Learning Modules
    • Questions and Answers
  • 3. Introductions
    • Please introduce yourself:
      • Name
      • Previous experience with blogs and websites
      • What you want to gain from the workshop
  • 4. Objectives
    • After this training you will be able to:
    • Identify the major components of a blog
    • Locate the key features of WordPress
    • Plan and design a website
    • Use WordPress to create a website
  • 5. Course Structure Demonstrations / Exercises Presentation Questions/Answers
  • 6. Rules of Engagement
    • Please do not access your personal email
    • Turn off cell phones and pagers
    • Please honor break time limits
    • Participate, this is your class
    • Ask questions at any time
    • Still don’t get it – ASK AGAIN
    • Be willing to experiment new ideas and techniques
    • Offer suggestions for improvements
  • 7. Surveys/Evaulations
    • You will be asked to complete two surveys
      • Pre-Workshop Survey
      • Post-Workshop Survey
    • You will be asked to complete a workshop evaluation
    • Please complete the Pre-Workshop Survey
  • 8. Learning Modules 2. Tour 1. Introduction 3. Plan 6. Manage 4. Create 6. Manage 5. Explore
  • 9. Introduction to Blogs & WordPress 2. Tour 1. Introduction 3. Plan 6. Manage 4. Create 6. Manage 5. Explore
  • 10. What is a Blog?
    • Abbreviation of the words “Web and Log”
    • Ongoing chronicle of information
    • Frequently updated
    • Commonalities:
      • Main content area with posts
      • Archive of older posts
      • A way for people to leave posts
      • Links to other sites
      • One or more RSS Feeds (Real Simple Syndication)
  • 11. History of WordPress
    • Started in 2003 with a bit of code
    • Created as a personal publishing software
    • The largest self hosting blogging tool in the world
    • Open Source:
      • Everyone has access to it
      • Everything is written by and for the community
      • Free to use
    • Can download and customize
  • 12. Origin of the WordPress Name
    • Wanted to associate the new software with printing presses
    • “Press” refers to journalists, photographers, columnists
    • Serves as a “printing press” for users to publish their “words”
  • 13. Tour of WordPress 2. Tour 1. Introduction 3. Plan 6. Manage 5. Explore 4. Create
  • 14. The Dashboard To see the actual site Recent activity on your site Pop ul ar posts and sites Topic menu bar Sub-topic menu bar
  • 15. Presentation: Themes Style, look, and feel
  • 16. Presentation: Widgets Items in your sidebar navigation
  • 17. Site Management Manage all of your posts, pages, uploads, categories
  • 18. Comments Moderate comments left by others
  • 19. Home Page Title and header Sidebar navigation Most recent posts
  • 20. Plan a Website 2. Tour 1. Introduction 3. Plan 6. Manage 5. Explore 4. Create
  • 21. Mission Statement
    • First step is to determine the purpose, content, and audience of your website
    • Think about the following questions:
      • What am I going to do with this?
      • Who is going to read this?
      • What kind of information will I be posting?
      • Why am I doing this?
      • Who am I doing this for?
      • How often am I going to be posting and adding information?
  • 22. Title and Tagline
    • Title
      • Think about the title of your site should be
      • Be creative but keep it simple
    • Tagline
      • Short phrase or slogan
      • Describes the essence, attributes, & character
  • 23. Sidebar
    • Customize your site by determining the information you want to have accessible
    • Organized into links called “widgets”
    • Used to navigate within and outside of your site
  • 24. Widgets
    • Here are just a few of the widgets you can add:
      • Calendar Archives Blogroll RSS Feed Tag Cloud Top Posts Search Vod: Pod Categories Plug-ins Comments Flikr Del.iciou.us Recent Posts
      • Search Pages
  • 25. Identified Sidebar Widgets
    • Pages:
      • “ About”, “Daily Schedule”
    • Blogroll:
      • “ http:// www.epa.gov /kids ”, http://www.scholastic.com/kids
      • “ http:// www.yahooligans.com ”
    • Categories:
      • “ Ask the Teacher”, “Homework”,
      • “ Weekly Bulletins”, “Special “Announcements
    • RSS Feed:
      • http:// www.sciencenewsforkids.org/rss/SNK.asp
    • Calendar
    • Archives
  • 26. Biographical Statement
    • A brief history of yourself
    • Include any professional, personal, or educational information
    • What you want viewers of your site to know about you
  • 27. Username and Password
    • Words used to access your site
    • Choose ones that you can easily remember
  • 28. Welcome Message
    • A brief message that welcomes viewers to your site
  • 29. Create a Website 2. Tour 1. Introduction 3. Plan 6. Manage 5. Explore 4. Create
  • 30. Create an Account
    • Open browser and type in http://www.wordpress.com
    • Click Start your free WordPress Blog
  • 31. Create an Account
    • Type in your “username” in the Username Box
    • Type in your “email address” in the Email Box
    • Check the box next
    • to Legal flotsam
    • Click Next
  • 32. Create an Account
    • Identify your site’s domain name
    • Enter your “Blog Title”
    • Click Sign Up
  • 33. Create an Account
    • Open the email sent by WordPress and locate your initial password
    • Return to http:// www.wordpress com
    • Type in your “username” and “initial password”
    • Click Enter
  • 34. Update Profile
    • Click Users on the topic menu bar
    • Click Your Profile in sub-topic bar
  • 35. Update Profile
    • Type your “first name, last name, and nickname” in the Name section
    • Type your “autobiographical statement” in the About Yourself section
    • Type your “email” and “website address” in the Contact Info section
    • Type your “new password” twice in the Password section
    • Click Update Profile
  • 36. Create Title and Tagline
    • Click Options in the topic menu bar
    • Type your “website’s title” in the Weblog Title box
    • Type your “website’s tagline” in the Tagline box
    • Click Update Options
  • 37. Manage Categories
    • Add a Category
    • Click Manage in the topic menu bar
    • Click Categories in the sub-topic menu bar
    • Click Add New
    • Type “Ask the Teacher” in the Category Name box
    • Type a brief description of the category in the Description box
    • Click Add Category
    • Repeat the steps above to create these categories:
    • “ Homework”
    • “ Weekly Bulletins”
    • “ Special Announcements”
  • 38. Manage Pages
    • Click on Manage in the topic menu bar
    • Click on Pages in the sub-topic menu bar
    • Edit Page
    • Click Edit for the page About
    • Delete the text in the Page Content section
    • Type your “Mission Statement”
    • Click Save
  • 39. Manage Pages
    • Create Page
    • Click Create Page
    • Type Daily Schedule in the Page Title box
    • Click Publish
  • 40. Manage Posts
    • Delete a Post
    • Click Manage in topic menu bar
    • Click on Posts
    • Locate the example post
    • Click Delete for the post
    • Click OK in dialogue box
  • 41. Manage Posts
    • Write a Post
    • Click Write in the topic menu bar
    • Click Write Post in the sub-topic menu bar
    • Type your “welcome message title” in the Title box
    • Type your “welcome message” in the Post box
    • Use the tool bar to edit and format your message
    • Click Uncategorized in the Categories box
    • Click Publish to publish your post to your website
  • 42. Change Theme
    • Click Presentation in the topic menu bar
    • Scroll down to find a theme you like
    • Click on the “theme title”
    • (website is automatically updated with new theme)
    • Scroll to the top and click View Site
    • Click your browser’s back button
    • Locate and click the theme “Quentin”
  • 43. Manage Widgets
    • Click Presentation in the topic menu bar
    • Click Widgets in the sub-topic menu bar
    • Add RSS Feed
    • Find the widget RSS 1 in the Available Widgets box
    • Drag the widget RSS 1 to the sidebar box
  • 44. Manage Widgets
    • Double click on the Configure Icon on the right side of the widget
    • Locate the pop-up dialogue box
    • Type the URL address: http:// www.sciencenewsforkids.org/rss/SNK.asp in the RSS/Feed box
    • Type “Science Right Now!” in the Title box
  • 45. Manage Widgets
    • Add Calendar
    • Find the widget Calendar in the Available Widgets box
    • Drag the widget Calendar to the sidebar box
    • Repeat the steps above to create these widgets
    • Archives
    • Links
    • Pages
    • Categories
    • Click Save Changes
  • 46. Manage Comments
    • Click Comments
    • Click Delete on “test comment”
    • Click OK in dialogue box
    • Edit, delete, approve and un-approve comments
    • Email is received when new comments are written and posted
  • 47. Manage Blogroll
    • Add a Link
    • Click Blogroll in the topic menu bar
    • Click Add Link in the sub-topic menu bar
    • Type “Environmental Kids Page” in the Title box
    • Type “ http:// www.epa.gov /kids ” in the Address box
    • Check Blogroll in the Categories box
    • Click Add Link
  • 48. Manage Blogroll
    • Repeat the steps above to create links for the following:
    • “ Scholastic Kid page” “ http:// www.scholastic.com /kids ”
    • “ Yahooligans” “ http:// www.yahooligans.com ”
  • 49. Explore Some Websites 2. Tour 1. Introduction 3. Plan 6. Manage 5. Explore 4. Create
  • 50. Website Addresses
    • Identify the web addresses of the WordPress sites created by workshop participants
    • Make a list of these websites to use as a resource
    • Trade your website address with one other participant
  • 51. Leave a Comment
    • Open up a new web browser window
    • Type in the “web address” of your partner’s site
    • Read the Introduction Post
    • Click Comment
    • Type “your name”
    • Type “your email address”
    • Type “your comment”
    • Click Submit Comment
  • 52. Award Winning Sites
    • Open a new web browser
    • Type in: http://www.incsub.org/awards
    • Scroll to view different sites
    • Click on a site you would like to see
    • Continue to choose other sites to visit
  • 53. Manage Your Website 2. Tour 1. Introduction 3. Plan 6. Manage 5. Explore 4. Create
  • 54. Resources
    • Here are two excellent resources to help you expand, modify, and manage your website
      • http://edublogs.org/features/
      • http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page
  • 55. Question and Answer
    • Please ask questions for additional:
      • Clarification
      • Help
      • Support
      • Concerns
      • Guidance
  • 56. Evaluations
    • Please complete the Post-Workshop
    • Survey
    • Please complete the workshop evaluation form