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MDST 3703 F10 Studio 2

  1. 1. Studio 2WordPress<br />Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts<br />MDST 3703 / 7703Fall 2010<br />
  2. 2. Recap<br />How do computers change the properties of text?<br />In what sense are computers textual?<br />
  3. 3. Alan Turing’s “Universal Machine”<br />
  4. 4. Goals<br />Introduction to WordPress<br />Overview of basic features<br />Getting started with customization<br />Discussion in light of Seminar<br />Think about WordPress as a literary machine<br />Keep Nelson’s Fantics in mind<br />
  5. 5. WordPress<br />2003 (6 AG)<br />Open Source<br />A “personal publishing system” <br />AKA Content Management System (CMS)<br />
  6. 6. Plan<br />A quick overview of WordPress’ layout<br />Form groups<br />PCs and Macs<br />Distribute the knowledge!<br />Specific exercises<br />
  7. 7. Your Site<br />Server<br />http://pages.shanti.virginia.edu<br />Resource<br />/mdst3703_f10_rca2t<br />Does everyone have a site?<br />
  8. 8. The Administration Page<br />Admin bar (can be disabled)<br />Header<br />Left menu<br />Main area<br />
  9. 9. Admin Menu<br />Admin Menu<br />
  10. 10. Important Admin Stuff<br />Users<br />Your Profile<br />Settings<br />General<br />Writing<br />Reading<br />Privacy<br />Permalinks<br />
  11. 11. Exercise: Change Your Profile<br />Go to Users  Your Profile<br />Can’t change name<br />Add a web site if you want to<br />Add some biographical info<br />
  12. 12. Exercise: Change Site Settings<br />General <br />Site name, tagline, email for admin, date/time/week format<br />Writing<br />Enable Atom and XML-RPC<br />Reading<br />Note “Front Page Displays” (we’ll come back to this)<br />Discussion<br />Comment settings<br />
  13. 13. Exercise: Change Site Settings<br />Privacy<br />Set to ‘I would like my blog to be visible only to registered members of this blog.’<br />Permalinks<br />Set Category Base to “category”<br />Set Tag Base to “tag”<br />
  14. 14. Exercise: Pick a Theme<br />Themes define the “look and feel” of your site<br />They also provide different functions<br />Configurability<br />Regions to park things (widgets)<br />Go to Appearance Themes<br />Suggestions:<br />Constructor – highly configurable, but advanced<br />Misty Look -- can change header (also SHANTI #1)<br />P2 – Twitter-like, good for ideas …<br />Tarski<br />
  15. 15. Exercise: Add Widgets<br />Go to Appearance  Widgets<br />Drag widgets to regions on right<br />Regions vary by theme<br />Add Links, Categories, and the Tag List Widget<br />Configure widgets as necessary<br />Drag off to remove<br />Some themes have hard-coded widgets<br />e.g. iNove<br />
  16. 16. Pages and Posts<br />The basic units of information in WP:<br /> Pages<br />Static content<br />Organized into a menu tree<br /> Posts<br />Dynamic content<br />Organized by date, tag, and category<br />
  17. 17. Exercise: Create a Welcome Page<br />Go to Pages  Add New<br />Use the title “Welcome”<br />Add some content and save<br />Also Create a “News” page, with no content<br />Go to Settings  Reading<br />Set Front page to “Welcome”<br />Set Posts page to “News”<br />
  18. 18. Exercise: Create a Child Page<br />Create a Page called “Child” <br />Just for demo purposes<br />Before saving, choose “Welcome” as its “parent” <br />
  19. 19. Exercise: Add a Link to the Course Site<br />Go Links  Add New<br />Create new link<br />View in widget<br />
  20. 20. Exercise: Add a Post<br />Go to Posts  Add New<br />Create some content<br />
  21. 21. Categories and Tags<br />Categories are hierarchical<br />Tags are rhizomic<br />What kinds of things are appropriate to each?<br />
  22. 22. Comments<br />Comments can be turned on or off per post<br />Default settings can be made in the Discussion section of Settings<br />
  23. 23. Media, Links, and Plugins<br />To be discussed next time …<br />
  24. 24. How does WordPress compare to the Memex?<br />… to Nelson’s “dream machines”?<br />How would you describe it’s “fantics”?<br />Connections<br />

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