WordPress

April 20, 2015

Preparation

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About Me Section

Be prepared with some text (and an image if desired) to comprise the “About Me” section for your upcoming WordPress website. You may copy this information from another source you have previously created. Remember, you will need access to these materials (or any others you prepare) on your iPad during this session.


Session Two Summary

First, we will walk through creating WordPress.com accounts and configuring them on the WordPress App for your iPad. Then we will cover the navigation and interface of both WordPress.com and the WordPress App to become familiar with both platforms and demonstrate how each will be used in tandem. In other words, this time will be dedicated to establishing foundational knowledge of WordPress in preparation for the remainder of this workshop series.

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Additionally, we will focus on the Appearance and Customization settings for your newly created website. This will give you a chance not only to experience how your WordPress blog will function but also to experiment with the appearance of your blog.

Lastly, we will edit the “About Me” section of your WordPress website as an exercise to familiarize yourself with both WordPress.com and your iPad. Since this may be your first opportunity to experience a digital workflow associated with WordPress and iPad, this process will be guided by the instructor.

Page Prompt
Create an “About Me” page on your newly created WordPress website.

In this page, please include:

  • Text description about yourself
  • Information on what motivates you
  • A picture of yourself (optional)
  • Anything else you believe represents you (e.g. videos, current projects, etc.)

Session Three Summary

The primary focus of this session is posting your first blog entry. We will walk through the process of adding text and images to a blog, in addition to walking through the nuances and applications of CategoriesTagsPost Formats, and publishing. There will be significant time devoted to exploring these topics as you compose your first blog post.

Blog Prompt
What campus resource has been most helpful to you and/or your work this year?

In your response, please include:

  • Name of the resource
  • Short description
  • Intended audience
  • How the resource helped you
  • How the resource could be improved
  • Would you recommend it to a colleague

Although the content of this session will be facilitated, I expect a dynamic atmosphere that aims to answer sporadic questions and provide individualized exploration as you are experiencing WordPress and blogging from a mobile device for the first time. Therefore, this session will stay flexible and will vary based on the needs of the participants.

Finally, another topic of this session will be comments. We will walk through the process of publishing comments to engage the author and/or the online community in a sample blog post. And as this training progresses, you will be asked to comment on fellow participants’ materials.


Assignments

1. WordPress Introduction Video Playlist (15 Minutes)

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2. Posting Comments

Make sure you have posted at least one comment to either the provided sample blog post or one from your peers. Over the course of this workshop series, I will encourage you to post more than the minimum number of required comments.


Support Materials

 

WordPress.com Video Playlist (5 Hours)
Bonus Blog Prompt

5 thoughts on “WordPress

  • So, I watched the video on themes and plugins, but I cannot find plugins in WordPress. Am I missing something, or have they changed the format?

    • I am glad you asked about this. WordPress custom themes and plugins are for the self hosted WordPress.org option. I included them in the supplemental materials so that you would be aware of them. They can allow you to do many interesting things in WordPress but they are outside of the breadth of our training. If you would like to learn more about them, I suggest looking over the directory provided at https://wordpress.org/plugins/. Additionally, we should meet outside of the training to cover this topic more in depth if you are interested (which I would love to do!).

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