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  • Have been in existence since late 1990s; became popular in 2000s (2002-2004)
  • Launched in 2005. Owned by Automattica.Alternative = Blogger, owned by Google.Themes affect aesthetics and functionality
  • Post, Dashboard, Taghttp://outspokenmedia.com/blogging/write-killer-blog-titles/
  • Wordpress.com

    1. 1. Blogging with Wordpress.com Brian Smith McCallum Arlington Heights Memorial Library bmccallum@ahml.info 847.506.2658
    2. 2. Blog: A Definition• Fusion of two words: “web” and “log”• Self-publishing platform• Type of website
    3. 3. Blog: A Definition (Cont.)• Content = in reverse chronological order• Self-archives content• May allow for comments by readers
    4. 4. Blogs in Plain English
    5. 5. Why Wordpress.com?• FREE blog (“Get A Blog Here”); FREE hosting• No downloads; no software installation• No programming / coding skills required• Professional appearance (100+ “themes”)
    6. 6. Who Uses Wordpress.com
    7. 7. http://you.wordpress.com
    8. 8. Wordpress.com Login
    9. 9. Promote Your Wordpress.com Blog• Include blog address on business card• Include blog link in email signature• Include blog link in social media profiles
    10. 10. Promote Your Wordpress.com Blog (Cont.)• Submit blog to Google Blog Search• Submit blog to Technorati• Comment on other blogs; link back to yours!
    11. 11. Wordpress.com ResourcesWordpress.com Supporthttp://en.support.wordpress.comWordpress.com Forumhttp://en.forums.wordpress.comWordpress.tvhttp://wordpress.tvLearn Wordpresshttp://learn.wordpress.com/get-customized/

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