Objectives
  • Learning  WordPress basics
  • Creating your own blog (at WordPress.com)
  • Crafting your first post and your first page
Reading, Watching, Testing

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How far are we through the course?

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340/500 points possible

Week 11: WordPress I

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Why are we learning about WordPress?

First, you will learn about WordPress

Second, you will learn how to navigate a Dashboard — and to do a few pretty intricate items

  • What is the difference between a page and a post?
  • How can you modify your navigation?
  • How can categories or tags help you organize your site?
  • What types of elements can I include on my site?

Third, your blog provides an arena to test HTML (see the ‘Text’ tab next to the ‘Visual’ tab? enter your HTML there)

Fourth, you practice writing online

  • Craft your voice.
  • Become familiar with the best way for you to create content online. Is it a blog? Does typing on your tablet really work?

Fifth, you can ask, ‘what works?’ and see what doesn’t

  • Some code will work.
  • You can embed items—but maybe not on a free WordPress site.
  • Test how different themes impact your usability.

LECTURE

How often do you come across a person’s website where a blog  entry says, ‘posted in uncategorized’? You really don’t want that. This module is designed to get you familiar with WordPress.

Go to  https://wordpress.com and create a blog. You are presented with choices — but WordPress, the engine/application/content management system, allows you to create a website or a blog site no matter what you choose.

Don’t sign up for any extras. The free account is perfect for this class.

Spend a little bit of time looking through the dashboard of your site. It may not be completely clear how to navigate to the dashboard. One of my sites resides at valdamcmahan.wordpress.com.

  • The dashboard can be reached by typing:  https://valdamcmahan.wordpress.com/wp-admin/ in the URL bar of your browser. In other words add  wp-admin to your wordpress site URL to gain access to your dashboard
  • You can also, when logged in, get to the dashboard by clicking the WP icon in the top left or looking for WP Admin in the left hand navigation.

View the post that exists at your site. Either edit it or remove it. Make a brand new post. Add a few images to your site by visiting Media > Add New in the dashboard.  The following resources will help you as you become familiar with making posts on your own site:

After you’ve saved and reviewed your work, look at that post using different themes. Appearance > Themes

Don’t pay for any themes, but have fun looking around.

WordPress CATEGORIES

It’s time to also talk a bit about categories inside of WordPress. It’s important because you don’t want your viewer to see ‘uncategorized’ on all of your posts. Please view the following from WordPress. This matters. Do a bit of reading. In Module 9  we will discuss how to create specific menus (navigation) that use your categories.  Take a look at:  https://en.support.wordpress.com/posts/categories/

Now that you’ve made your first post. You need to consider the reasons why you might blog and think of category names for those reasons: class, home, hobby, work, etc. Create new categories for major types of things you consider you may talk about. Go to Posts > Categories

WordPress Themes

You can alter the look of your blog quite wildly using templates. View the tutorial from WordPress for changing themes. Be aware there are free themes and themes you can pay for. Don’t get attached to a theme too quickly. There are many options out there.

WordPress.com

 Go to  https://wordpress.com  and create a blog. You are presented with choices — but WordPress, the engine/application/content management system, allows you to create a website or a blog site no matter what you choose.

Don’t sign up for any extras. The free account is perfect for this class.

Spend a little bit of time looking through the dashboard of your site. It may not be completely clear how to navigate to the dashboard. One of my sites resides at valdamcmahan.wordpress.com.

  • The dashboard can be reached by typing:  https://valdamcmahan.wordpress.com/wp-admin/ in the URL bar of your browser. In other words add  wp-admin  to your wordpress site URL to gain access to your dashboard
  • You can also, when logged in, get to the dashboard by clicking the WP icon in the top left or looking for WP Admin in the left hand navigation.

View the post that exists at your site. Either edit it or remove it. Make a brand new post. Add a few images to your site by visiting Media > Add New in the dashboard.  The following resources will help you as you become familiar with making posts on your own site:

When you are working inside of WordPress you can work in the text view or the visual view. Working in the text view you can add all of the HTML tags and depending on whether you are in the course site making a post or your own free WordPress.com site you can also add CSS. The difference between a paragraph and  simple break is easy to achieve using the < p > or < br /> tags, but to do it quickly in the visual editor use shift enter to create just a break versus a break and line feed (that represents a new paragraph).

Before we jump into things like Categories (below) you should understand a bit about navigating through the WordPress site – how can you access the dashboard? Where do you go to make a new post? a new page?

What does a URL to your site look like?  https://movingcabins.wordpress.com/

How do you share your new site?  https://movingcabins.wordpress.com/

 Additional information

Both WordPress.tv and YouTube have quite a bit of information on getting started with WordPress.com. WordPress.org is also a helpful, but very in-depth, detailed site.

How to use the WordPress Media Library

ASSESSMENTS

Bb Discussion My WordPress Site
Set up and share your WordPress.com blog location inside of Blackboard Discussion #02: My WordPress site.

Track A: WordPress PAGE: Client Update
Create a WordPress page (not post) where you write-up  your notes on the client project steps five and six.

v. Write and collect content
vi. Prep graphics/check sources

Upload at least three images into your library. On your page  center one of your images at the top of your page. Left align the second  with text flowing around it, and right align the third (or vice versa) with text around it. Submit a working link to the page  inside of Blackboard.

The specific items you are learning for this assignment are:

  • Adding images to your library
  • Working with images inside of a  page
  • Changing the alignment of images in a  page
    • You’ll notice that this is different than how you did it when hand-coding
  • Adding alt tag content for accessibility inside of the Media Library for each image
  • Saving and viewing your work
  • Sharing a direct link to a specific page  on your WordPress blog

 


Track B: WordPress PAGE – Project Update
Create a WordPress page (not post) where you write-up  your experience collecting or creating content for your project. Discuss where you are finding or how you are making your graphics. Be specific. Provide links to online tools or resources you are using.

Create a page on your WordPress site. Upload at least three images into your library. On your page  center one of your images at the top of your page. Left align the second  with text flowing around it, and right align the third (or vice versa) with text around it. Submit a working link to the page  inside of Blackboard.

The specific items you are learning for this assignment are:

  • Adding images to your library
  • Working with images inside of a  page
  • Changing the alignment of images in a  page
    • You’ll notice that this is different than how you did it when hand-coding
  • Adding alt tag content for accessibility inside of the Media Library for each image
  • Saving and viewing your work
  • Sharing a direct link to a specific page  on your WordPress blog