Hi everybody, I’m Benny Evangelista, I’m a software analyst and developer for the banking business. I cooperate with ISF, a noprofit organization which mission is to help people to get in touch with technology helping to raise their living standards. Today we’ll see how you can put into practice what you’ve learned about writing and journalism, with the help of the web and its tools.
… there was Web 1.0. This kind of web was very boring…users could only navigate contents, produced by website owners and webmasters that were guys with technical skills whom created and managed web pages. Things changed with technology evolution: more and more people got i nternet access, bandwidth started becoming larger, allowing media contents moving over the web. Users started to create their own contents and sharing them on the Internet
… this was the social evolution! In the last 10 years the «social phenomenon» literally exploded on the web . Hundred of social networks born, some of them vanished but each of them contributed to build what the Internet represent today: words like «blog», «social network» are in the common language we use daily. Are you on myspace? Are you in facebook? Do you know twitter?
When Marco asked me about the realization of an emagazine I immediately said «Let’s make a blog!». Why? Nowadays a blog is the easiest way to communicate with other people.
Wordpress is a powerful (and free) platform to write, manage and, most important of all, PUBLISH content. WP is the largest online community of bloggers worldwide, with about 20 million sites, 2,5 billion (!!!) posts all over the world and 300 million people reading WP blogs everyday. These are incredible numbers! Since it’s free there’s a large community of users and developers workin behind WP: they add new features, fix bugs, create layout and graphical elements. Is a continuing evolving platform, In the picture there’s the homepage of wordpress where you can see a preview of blogs realized with this platform, most of them are hosted on the domain wordpress.com , others have their own domain, because WP is an open source platform and you can install it on a dedicated server (it’s not so expensive) , realizing your private website with all the contents you want. In thi workshop we’ll take a look at the free implementation of WP, and we’ll learn to use its tools to open and manage our e-magazine, in the form af a blog.
Three easy steps: 1. GO to www.wordpress.com and click on «Sign up now»
If that blog address is available, you’ll see a green check mark. You’ll also see the option to purchase a custom domain name (or you can use yourblogname.wordpress.com for free). If you only want to comment on specific WordPress.com blogs, and do not want your own blog, click “ Sign up for just a username .” You can change this later (cool feature!)
Next, choose a unique username ( you can change this later! ) that will identify you in the WordPress.com community. You’ll use this to log into your blog. You will be asked for an email to receive a confirmation link. Click on the link to end the activation procedure.
Now you’re ready to start writin’! You just have to sign in.
Toolbox When you’re signed in, you’ll see a tab at the top of the page that says “My Blog.” It displays all the blogs registered to your username, and allows you to quickly access your dashboard. The dashboard is referred to as the “back end,” and only you (and any users you’ve assigned) can see it. Think of the dashboard as a control panel for your blog, where you can set all the settings of your blog. Everytime you want to update or modify your blog, you’ll need to access your dashboard. The “front end” is what the outside world sees. So to make any changes to the front end (write a post, change your design template, etc.), you must access the back end (your dashboard). To see the front-end of your blog, click on the blog’s title in the upper left-hand side of the dashboard.
The first thing you should take a look at is the settings menu. It’s the last menu on the left side of your screen. We’ll concentrate on the General settings control panel. Date, timezone,
The settings menu. It’s the last menu on the left side of your screen. We’ll concentrate on the General settings control panel. You can upload an image that will represent your blog in various places of wordpress.com, for example in the homepage I showed you at the start Date, timezone,
Choose a theme:When signed in, make your way to Appearance > Themes to browse the collection of WordPress themes from your dashboard. Select Feature Filters if you want to narrow your theme search by color, column number, width, or features. You can preview a theme with a single click. Then if you like it, click activate. If you dislike it, you can do this all over again, as much as you want. This makes it easy to come back and change it later if your content or style evolves over time. Upload an header (depending on the theme)
Choose a theme:When signed in, make your way to Appearance > Themes to browse the collection of WordPress themes from your dashboard. Select Feature Filters if you want to narrow your theme search by color, column number, width, or features. You can preview a theme with a single click. Then if you like it, click activate. If you dislike it, you can do this all over again, as much as you want. This makes it easy to come back and change it later if your content or style evolves over time. Once you found a theme you like you can see a preview of it and then activate it clicking on the links under the thumbnail Upload an header (depending on the theme)
You can apply some filters looking for a theme you may like. Filters are based on various attributes of themes like colors, layout and features. You can obviously enter a search term If you already know the name, or part of it, of the theme you’re looking for.
Depending on the theme you choose, you will be enable or not to customize the header of it, just uploading an image of your choice. Wordpress suggests you the right size of the image the header needs, if you upload a larger image then you’ll see a screen that will help you cropping the image
What’s a widget? A widget (or control) is an element of a graphical user interface (GUI) that displays an information arrangement changeable by the user, such as a window or a text box. In wordpress widget are used to add custom features to your blog. There is a large set of widgets you can choose from and depending on the theme you are using you can place them in different sections of your blog
With the Menu function you can manage custom menus, adding: external links or generally any link you like Links to other pages of your blog (next we’ll see exactly what are pages) Direct shortcut to post categories, to show up with one click all the posts in a certain category
You can build a menu with a flat structure (just a simple list of links) or a more complex structure (like a tree) with root node and several child nodes. Don’t forget to click on “Save Menu” when you finshed, otherwise you’ll lose any change! In this way you can create your own menu bar and put it in a menu widget or in the place that the theme you’re using reserve for the navigation menu. Depending on the theme layout you can have one or more places reserved for that, in the example I only have one called “Primary navigation”. You just have to choose what custom menu bind to the section.
Ok, now that we’ve just seen the most important features to customize and get started with you wp blog, let’s start writing our articles…even because this was our first goal from the beginning The picture shows the dashboard section where you can manage your posts and then ones of all the authors and contributors of the blog. Clicking on “Add New” brings you directly to the post editor. The post editor has many sections: Title : just type you’re the title of your post here. Simple. Text Editor : this is the body of your post. You are free to write text, format it, spellcheck it just like in a word processor application. At the top of this section there’s the “upload/insert bar” containing all the controls to upload images, videos, and music to your blog (example) Categories: this section is very important cause you can assign your post more than one category, to let readers know what the post talks about, and reach it easily. Remember? We saw a widget called “category”: this means you can put a “category browser” in a specific place of your blog, to let readers easily access to all the posts of a certain category. When you start you have only ne category :”uncategorized”, but don’t worry! You can add category whenever you want directly from the post editor or in the specific panel of the dashboard. Categories can have complex structure just like menus. Tags : tags are another important part of a post. They represent the keywords of your post, like an extension of its category, allowing you to be more specific about the content of a post. For example if I want to write a music review, probably I will assign it the “music” category but in the “tags” I can insert the name of the band, or the music genre they play. This will let search engines too work better while indexing your blog. Featured image: you can choose an image that will represent your post in the blog homepage. Publish : last but not least, this panel control the publishing rules of the post you’re writing. Basically you can: you can save a draft, if you want to resume writing in another moment You can preview your post, to see how it will look when published Or you just click “Publish” to release to the public your post. It will appear on the homepage of the blog If you are inspired, and you feel like writing a lot of posts , don’t release them all in one time! It’s better for you to schedule the release of an article clicking on the “edit” link close to “publish immediately” and setting the date and time when the system will automatically publish the posts. In this way you can write a lot of articles, but release them one a day, or week, so your readers will always find something new when they come back visiting your blog.
A list of your posts will appear when you click on the “posts” link in the dashboard, showing post information and giving you some quick links to operate on posts without open them.
Pages are for content that is less time-dependent than Posts. They contains almost-static content that it’s always valid (like your biography or a description of your blog) Pages can be organized into pages and SubPages .
It’s pretty much the same of the post editor, except for the “Page attributes” section where you can specify the parent page of your new page (if there’s one), the template (it depends on the theme) and the order
I need your emails, to activate your user on our website. It’s not the same user you have on wordpress.com . It will be valid only for our website. Write down the link you see on the slide, there’s a form you should fill in so I can collect the data I need. We can have one user per country (assigned to the association of your country that will support you) or even everyone of you can have its personal credential.
Once the website is up and running and you have a user to login, you can write your article. You all will be “contributors” of the blog, at least at the beginning
… and this is the mission of ISF: we bring technology to support living standards of disadvantaged subjects or reduce digital divide
What we do? Literacy: we setup small computer labs and organize courses and workshops (like this) to allow people to get in touch with technology Software: we develop and install software where is needed and people don’t have skills or resources to do it themselves. OPEN HOSPITAL is a free software used in small hospital palced in disadvantaged areas, like Africa, that helps doctors and employees to run the hospital in a better way
How can you support us? In a certain way now you’re part of it and you are already supporting us ;)
Let the Roma youth be heard
... using web 2.0 technology Let the Roma youth be heard
Why a blog? <ul><ul><li>Everybody can have one (yea, freedom of speech )! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Possibility to reach large audience with low effort </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A large set of free platform available online to choose from </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration with almost every social network </li></ul></ul>
Our plan <ul><li>Choose a web address (domain) and buy it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>romayouth.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>romayouthmagazine.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>letromayouthbeheard.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any proposal? Come on! </li></ul></ul>
Our plan <ul><li>Install and configure Wordpress (my job!) </li></ul>
Our plan <ul><li>User registration </li></ul>http://bit.ly/ gsiform
ISF – Informatici Senza Frontiere “ The international community should take the necessary steps to ensure that the poorest countries of the world have full access to ICTs. Our objective is to connect all villages of the world to the Internet. Only this way we will have a digital democracy” (Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, at the World Summit on the Information Society Tunis, November 16, 2005)
ISF: cosa facciamo? <ul><li>Computer literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Software development for nonprofit purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Technical support for nonprofit organization or ngo </li></ul>ISF – Informatici Senza Frontiere
<ul><li>Stay tuned! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mailing list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Official website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul>www.informaticisenzafrontiere.org ISF: cosa facciamo? ISF – Informatici Senza Frontiere