Getting Started With Wordpress

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Getting Started With Wordpress

  1. 1. Blogging 101 <ul><li>http:// ppsblogs.net </li></ul>
  2. 2. Prereq Check <ul><li>You should have already completed Intro to Blogging. So this means that you…. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have completed a PPS Blog application </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remember: Creating a blog without a clear idea of why you want to do it, is like writing a book without a topic. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Where to Get Help <ul><li>http:// edublogs.org /videos </li></ul><ul><li>http://movies.atomiclearning.com/k12/wordpress (username: it; password: pps) </li></ul><ul><li>http://edublogs.org/forums/ </li></ul><ul><li>TRTs are able to help you with basic blog questions as well. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Blogging Basics <ul><li>Blogs have two sides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public (what is viewed) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative (controls what is viewed) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blog content can be shown in two ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Links - text you find on a Web site which can be &quot;clicked on&quot; with a mouse, which in turn will open a file </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embedding - integrating a copy of data from one application into another </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogs have limited storage space </li></ul>
  5. 5. Logging in to your blog <ul><ul><ul><li>Go to your blog </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Click “Log in” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Logging in to your blog <ul><ul><ul><li>Username – Firstname_lastname </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Password: emailed to you </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Welcome to Your Dashboard
  8. 8. Blog Themes <ul><li>provide blogs with a distinctive “ look and feel ”. You will be able to customize your blog by choosing a theme. A theme also determines: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How many columns & sidebars (1 or 2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you can insert widgets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you can upload your own header banner </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2 columns, 1 sidebar right, No custom header </li></ul><ul><li>4 columns, 3 sidebars(on right) Custom header </li></ul><ul><li>2 columns, 2 sidebars right, custom header </li></ul>3 columns, 2 sidebars (left & right) No custom header
  9. 9. Change the Look & Feel <ul><li>To choose your blog’s theme, select “Design” from the top menu. </li></ul><ul><li>Scroll down and select the theme you would like to have for your blog. </li></ul><ul><li>You can change it at any time! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Widgets and Sidebars <ul><li>The sidebar of your blog allows you to embed lots of interactive widgets and feeds from all over the internet! </li></ul><ul><li>Sidebar widgets are updated automatically making your blog look fresh </li></ul><ul><li>Your audience and purpose will help you decide which widgets you want </li></ul>
  11. 11. Widgets and Sidebars <ul><li>The sidebar can also have standard entries which you can activate: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recent Posts - Tell visitors what you have blogged about recently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogroll - link list to your favorite blog writers blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Categories - Divides your posts into more manageable “folders” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search window - Visitors can search for anything in your blogposts! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post archives - Links to past posts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscription option –Get a following </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meta data - Allows you to log into your blog link to your blogs feed </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Adding “Stuff” <ul><li>Your turn - Add more flavor to your page with widgets. </li></ul><ul><li>Select “Design” and “Widgets” to add elements to the sidebar columns of your blog. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Posts <ul><li>Posts usually appear on the Frontpage (start/home page) </li></ul><ul><li>In reverse chronological order </li></ul><ul><li>A link to comments (If you click on this you will also see a comment form at the bottom of the post). </li></ul>
  14. 14. Pages <ul><li>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 ) </li></ul><ul><li>It makes it easier for visitors to find dedicated information. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Adding Posts & Pages <ul><li>Select “Write” from the top menu. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on “Post” or “Page” </li></ul><ul><li>Use the “Visual” editor (Unless you need to use HTML) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Linking to Media <ul><li>Click media tab – Choose the type of media </li></ul><ul><li>Choose “From Computer” </li></ul><ul><li>Remember there is limited storage space </li></ul><ul><li>Videos take the most space </li></ul>
  17. 17. Embedding A File <ul><li>Click Media Gallery </li></ul><ul><li>Choose “From URL” </li></ul>
  18. 18. Add Tags <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Add Categories <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>People who come to your blog may only be interested in finding certain content. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Save or Publish? <ul><li>There are several options: </li></ul><ul><li>Save – to work on it later or publish at a later date </li></ul><ul><li>Publish – to put out on your blog immediately </li></ul><ul><li>Keep post private (you can also password protect posts) </li></ul>
  21. 21. Editing Posts & Pages <ul><li>Select “Manage” from the top menu to edit, delete and manage all previous posts and pages. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Comments <ul><li>Click on comments </li></ul><ul><li>Individually moderate or bulk moderate </li></ul>

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