Using wordpress


Published on

A quick how-to for using Wordpress to blog about library events.

Published in: Education, Technology
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Using wordpress

  1. 1. L I B R A R Y B L O G G I N G A T E P P L A U G U S T 2 0 1 3 Using Wordpress
  2. 2. Let’s Get Started!  Log into your account.  You will usually see this page after logging in: This page shows blogs that you follow and links to other useful Blog Tools both on the top menu and the right-hand navigation.
  3. 3. Let’s Get Started!  The top bar is where we need to go to start blogging. On this top menu, you can view your blog’s stats and go to your blog itself. Click: MY BLOGS
  4. 4. Let’s Get Started!  Your blog will be listed. You can see information about your posts and pending comments. Click on Blog Admin to start posting, approving comments and viewing stats.
  5. 5. The Dashboard  You are now on the Blog’s Dashboard. The Dashboard shows you that you have Pending Comments. It also provides useful links in the left-hand menu for your blog, including links to add posts, change the look of the blog (it’s theme) and more.
  6. 6. The Dashboard  Let’s check out those comments first.  Users of the Web expect quick responses from their comments. Click the “Pending” link to view these. As Blog Admin, you need to check out the comments and see if they are useful or on point. Sometimes comments slip past the Spam filter and are still Spam. Other times, they are genuine responses. It’s good to address non-spam comments because it builds interaction and increases the chances of the visitor coming back to your blog.
  7. 7. Blog Comments  Some are obviously Spam, and some comments may not be useful to the blog. Delete the Spam, approve and reply to useful comments. To approve the comment, put a check in the box next to it and under “Bulk Actions” either approve, mark as spam or move to trash.
  8. 8. Adding Posts  Next, you probably want to create a post. Choose from the left-hand menu. When you hover over “Posts” a sub-menu pops up with several choices. To create a new blog post, choose “Add New.” !!!! A note about Blog Posts !!!! You can write about many different things to make the library blog interesting. Posting pictures of events, writing down the story-time books, songs and crafts are all excellent post ideas. Staff that are comfortable with writing about books can contribute book reviews or book lists. Upcoming events are good, also, but of less interest than blogging about what already happened. Think of the blog as a newspaper covering the “beat” of your library. Be truly unbiased and objective, too.
  9. 9. Adding Posts  The Add New Post page is user-friendly. Enter a title and start writing in the large box below. New posts may be saved as a draft to finish later (these are not visible to the public). You may also choose to publish immediately, or to “queue” your post for another date and time. If you are ready to publish “live” press the blue Publish button. If your post is queued, it will publish automatically on the date and time you chose.
  10. 10. Adding Posts  Choose what category your writing fits into and also add tags relevant to your writing. Categories are hierarchical while tagging is a method of folksonomy. Both are useful ways to allow visitors of the blog to find the kinds of posts they are interested in. For example, a visitor could choose to view all the posts relating to “Anime Club” as a category, or as a tag, all the posts that have the “anime” tag.
  11. 11. Adding Posts  Adding pictures, video or polls to your post is easy. When you choose “Add Media” you may choose from files you’ve already uploaded, or upload a new file. A pop-up screen will allow you access to these functions. Under the Add Media pop up, you can also link to a URL. This is useful for embedding YouTube. When Adding a Poll, you can choose from different styles.
  12. 12. Adding Media  When you choose “Add Media” a pop-up appears. Pictures you have already added will be in your “Media Library.” You can also add new pictures by choosing the “Upload Files” tab. “Insert from URL” lets you embed YouTube videos and other types of media directly into your post. When complete click the blue button “Insert into Post”
  13. 13. Editing Posts  What if you made a mistake or forgot to tag and categorize your post? You can edit it, even if it’s already been published “live.” Choose “All Posts” under the Posts submenu to find the page where you can edit your information. To edit, hover over the title and a submenu pops up. Choose “Edit.”
  14. 14. Editing Posts  The Edit Post page is the same as the New Post page, only there are fields already filled in. Make your necessary changes and then click the blue Update button. If you forgot to add tags, made a spelling error or didn’t assign categories, you can fix these problems here.
  15. 15. Now you know the basics!  More things to explore:  Changing the blog’s theme under the “Appearance” Option.  Edit your static information under “Pages.” In addition, it’s a great idea to promote your new posts! Tweet and add a link to your post on Facebook. Explore and have fun with your writing!