Getting started with wordpress

  • 1. Creating, modifying, and postingin the blogosphere
  • 2. Sign up and confirmation
  • 3. Tip – make sure youenter wordpress.comand not .org. The .orgsite requires that youhost the blog on yourown server.
  • 4. Signing up for your WordPress account:
  • 5. You’ve createdyour WordPressblog!Now let’s add somecontent…
  • 6. Posting and commenting in the WordPress universe
  • 7. From the login page orFrom the Dashboard You can also access your Dashboard through your unique url:
  • 8. Use the Posts or Pages* links to view what * Pages are static blog posts that stand you’ve alreadypublished or add alone, under their own tabs. One commonnew content. page is an “About Me” section. New posts are not added to this page, but the content can be updated or deleted repeatedly.Use the Comments link to reviewcomments that have been left for you. These can be approved,unapproved, edited, or deleted.
  • 9. • “Hello World”• About page• Comments
  • 10. When creating a new post,“Kitchen Sink” buttons letyou: • Underline • Change the color of your text • Add symbols • Indent • Ask for help … and they also let you paste material from Microsoft Word. Why is this important? When you write in Word, the program automatically adds formatting to your text, which can cause problems when you try to copy and paste into another program – you may have experienced this with Blackboard. WP lets you paste documents
  • 11. I won’t go over everything you can do with WP here,but notice that you can addWhen you have completed your first media, polls, and forms topost, select “Publish” on the right-your posts. You can also hand side of the screen. You can take advantage of theiralso preview your posts, or save apost as a draft to complete later.proofreader feature…
  • 12. Make your blog your own by changing the theme and settings
  • 13. If you are using an older version of your browser (Firefox,Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, etc.) an alert will appear onyour Dashboard. You can use the instructions on thiswebpage to find out what version you are currently running.The current versions are: • Firefox 11 • Chrome 17 • Safari 5.1 • Internet Explorer 9Links to downloads of the newest browser versions are availablehere.* Before downloading a new version, check that it is certified orcompatible with Blackboard 9.1 by visiting Baker’s Blackboard site.
  • 14. Why you should download… and how it effects yourthe newest versions … blog if you do (or don’t)• Virus protect is currentIf you do• Supports newest coding• New themes and WPlanguagesfeatures will be most likely to work properly• New versions address• You will be able to viewsecurity or functionality blogs that use these newissues with older versions features properlyIf you don’tThis list from Firefox offersYou can still create a blog, butan example of what newsome themes and featuresversions might offer. may not work properly
  • 15. Change yourtheme(watch out for expensive themes – Invite users stick with the free stuff!)to follow your blog, orparticipate as editors,administrators, or contributors.Update yourprofile or changeyour blog address or username. Deleteyour blog
  • 16. Comments settingsPrivacy options You can use privacy settings to block search engines from displaying your blogPlease change your comment settings socomments do not need to be approved beforebeing published. This will make it easier for yourclassmates to comment on your blog and yourinstructor to track participation.You can always change this later, and you willstill be able to edit or delete comments.
  • 17. Check out your blogCheck out your profile
  • 18. • Email me – – or add a thread toour Blackboard forum• Check out the WP help page for new bloggers –• Find WP videos on YouTube, but be aware that manyWP help videos are written for wordpress.orgsites, where users need to download WordPresssoftware and upload their blog to their own server.
  • Description
    A walk through the WordPress set-up for WRI 115 students