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This is the powerpoint presentation used for the Blogging 101 workshop

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Getting Started With Wordpress Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Blogging 101
    • http:// ppsblogs.net
  • 2. Prereq Check
    • You should have already completed Intro to Blogging. So this means that you….
      • Already have a purpose for your blog (an electronic newsletter, a diary of classroom happenings, a place to help students find additional information, a showcase of student work, or for student blogging through responses)
      • Have completed a PPS Blog application
    • Remember: Creating a blog without a clear idea of why you want to do it, is like writing a book without a topic.
  • 3. Where to Get Help
    • http:// edublogs.org /videos
    • http://movies.atomiclearning.com/k12/wordpress (username: it; password: pps)
    • http://edublogs.org/forums/
    • TRTs are able to help you with basic blog questions as well.
  • 4. Blogging Basics
    • Blogs have two sides
      • Public (what is viewed)
      • Administrative (controls what is viewed)
    • Blog content can be shown in two ways
      • Links - text you find on a Web site which can be "clicked on" with a mouse, which in turn will open a file
      • Embedding - integrating a copy of data from one application into another
    • Blogs have limited storage space
  • 5. Logging in to your blog
        • Go to your blog
        • Click “Log in”
  • 6. Logging in to your blog
        • Username – Firstname_lastname
        • Password: emailed to you
  • 7. Welcome to Your Dashboard
  • 8. Blog Themes
    • provide blogs with a distinctive “ look and feel ”. You will be able to customize your blog by choosing a theme. A theme also determines:
      • How many columns & sidebars (1 or 2)
      • If you can insert widgets
      • If you can upload your own header banner
    • 2 columns, 1 sidebar right, No custom header
    • 4 columns, 3 sidebars(on right) Custom header
    • 2 columns, 2 sidebars right, custom header
    3 columns, 2 sidebars (left & right) No custom header
  • 9. Change the Look & Feel
    • To choose your blog’s theme, select “Design” from the top menu.
    • Scroll down and select the theme you would like to have for your blog.
    • You can change it at any time!
  • 10. Widgets and Sidebars
    • The sidebar of your blog allows you to embed lots of interactive widgets and feeds from all over the internet!
    • Sidebar widgets are updated automatically making your blog look fresh
    • Your audience and purpose will help you decide which widgets you want
  • 11. Widgets and Sidebars
    • The sidebar can also have standard entries which you can activate:
      • Recent Posts - Tell visitors what you have blogged about recently
      • Blogroll - link list to your favorite blog writers blogs
      • Categories - Divides your posts into more manageable “folders”
      • Search window - Visitors can search for anything in your blogposts!
      • Post archives - Links to past posts
      • Subscription option –Get a following
      • Meta data - Allows you to log into your blog link to your blogs feed
  • 12. Adding “Stuff”
    • Your turn - Add more flavor to your page with widgets.
    • Select “Design” and “Widgets” to add elements to the sidebar columns of your blog.
  • 13. Posts
    • Posts usually appear on the Frontpage (start/home page)
    • In reverse chronological order
    • A link to comments (If you click on this you will also see a comment form at the bottom of the post).
  • 14. Pages
    • You can have dedicated places for more static information (info that does not need to change often - About Me , Our School , Student of the Month )
    • It makes it easier for visitors to find dedicated information.
  • 15. Adding Posts & Pages
    • Select “Write” from the top menu.
    • Click on “Post” or “Page”
    • Use the “Visual” editor (Unless you need to use HTML)
  • 16. Linking to Media
    • Click media tab – Choose the type of media
    • Choose “From Computer”
    • Remember there is limited storage space
    • Videos take the most space
  • 17. Embedding A File
    • Click Media Gallery
    • Choose “From URL”
  • 18. Add Tags
    • A tag is a coding statement that describes some aspect of the contents of a Web page. The information that you provide by tagging a post is used by search engines to index a page so that someone searching for the kind of information the page contains will be able to find it.
  • 19. Add Categories
    • Using Categories is a method of organizing blog content into logical groupings. Categories represent a summary or list of content that can be found on your entire blog.
    • People who come to your blog may only be interested in finding certain content.
  • 20. Save or Publish?
    • There are several options:
    • Save – to work on it later or publish at a later date
    • Publish – to put out on your blog immediately
    • Keep post private (you can also password protect posts)
  • 21. Editing Posts & Pages
    • Select “Manage” from the top menu to edit, delete and manage all previous posts and pages.
  • 22. Comments
    • Click on comments
    • Individually moderate or bulk moderate