This is the resource page for the class held at St. Josephs College in March and again in April. Enjoy these notes and the links included.
This is definitely a nice class. Remember to please email me with questions you have so that I can work them into the next session. Here is a review of what we talked about tonight (we did get off topic a bit, but that’s alright – it tells me where you all are as far as tech is concerned.
See you next week, and don’t forget to do your homework!
It looks like I am a WordPress Evangelist!
How many people read blogs on WordPress.com? Over 282 million people view more than 2.5 billion pageseach month. More WordPress Stats: http://en.wordpress.com/stats/
Who uses WordPress?
http://ma.tt/ Matt Mullenweg’s blog, founder of WordPress
Many of these are well known companies. Here are some WordPress websites for smaller businesses:
Setting up a WordPress Site
Now that you’ve got web hosting and a domain name, this step is all you need to do to get a WordPress website online. Just do this, and you’ll have your own website
Difference between WordPress.com and wordpress.org
Wordpress.com is like renting and apartment. WordPress.org is like owning your own.
Accounts cannot be deleted, but blogs can
How WordPress Works
WordPress’s Control Panel: You get here by clicking a little “log in” link that will be on your site, and then typing in your username and password. You can also get to the control panel typing in your domain name, then by typing /wp-login.php at the end of it. For instance http://henrietta.com/wp-login.php
Everything in WordPress is done from this Control Panel. At the left is a list of all the settings you can change, and things you can do. It’s all very simple.
Customizing Your WordPress Site
Add or edit a page
Click Pages (to add a blog post, click Posts instead), then click Add New.
Type a title in the Enter title here box at the top.
Type your page’s text in the big box in the middle.
To make some larger text (like for a paragraph header), use the Paragraph drop-down box to make some of your text into Heading 1 or Heading 2 text. Fonts and font sizes are part of the design, and can’t be altered.
You also probably want to untick Allow Comments.
The Order box allows you to organise your pages on your site’s links bar. Links with the lowest Order will appear first.
When you’re finished, click the blue Publish button.
If you have lots of pages, it’s best to organise them into a hierarchy, by using the “Parent” drop-down box, at the right of the screen. (For instance, you’d make a main Recipes page, and then for each recipe, you’d make a new page, and use the drop-down box to set the main Recipes page as its Parent.)
Choose a page to be your main page
Unless you change it, the main page of your site will be a blog (a blog is a diary/journal.)
To choose a new main page, click Settings, Reading, and choose A static page. Click the first dropdown box, and choose a page to be your home page. Click Save Changes.
If you still want a blog, you can choose another page to be your “posts page”
Disallow comments by Visitors
Click Settings, Discussion. Untick all three Default article settings boxes. Click Save Changes.
If you have a blog and a website, you probably want to allow comments on your blog posts, but not on your regular web pages. It’s probably easier to leave these three boxes ticked, and just untick theAllow Comments box whenever you make a new web page.)
Edit Your Widgets
The links and things at the right of the page are “Widgets”. You can easily remove/change them. Click Appearance, Widgets.
Any widget in the Primary Widget Area (at the right of the screen) is active on your site. Drag all the widgets out of there, except for Search. (You need to have at least one widget in there. Otherwise WordPress will just display the default widgets.)
Change the “My Blog” title and Slogan
Click Settings, General.
Change the Site Title and Tagline.
Insert Pictures on each page, in each post
While you’re editing a page, click the little grey box for Images, next to Upload/Insert. Click Select Files, and then go and find your image on your computer and Open it. Then click Upload.
I recommend choosing the Left alignment. This will make your picture move to the left of the page, with the text flowing to its right. Near the bottom, click Insert into Post.
Change your header picture
Click Appearance, Header.
Click Browse, and choose a picture on your computer. (Choose a picture at least as big as the current header. A small image blown up to that size will look pixellated.) Then click Upload.
Move and/or resize the box, to select part of this image to be your new header. Click Crop and Publish.
Choose a new theme
If you choose a theme other than the default TwentyTen theme, you’ll have to investigate it yourself. Each theme works differently, and you can’t really alter them. You may have to try a few themes before you find one that’s suitable for your site.
Click Appearance, Themes.
Click Install Themes, at the top.
Click Featured, or type in the name of a theme you’d like to search for.
Click Install, and then Install Now.
Click Activate. (Installing the theme just downloads it and makes it available to you. You need to activate a theme, to apply it to your site.)
What Will Your Site Be?
The type of theme you use, what your main page will be, what tabs will you use on your navigation bar will be determined by what you want to accomplish here. Is this a blog? A website for a business? An ecommerce site?
Decide what the name of your blog or website will be, if you haven’t already done so.
Look at blogs or websites that you like and that are similar to your business. Note what it is you like about them. Look at the widgets in the sidebars of those sites and decide what you want on your site
Choose a theme that you are comfortable with. ( Don’t obsess, if you can’t decide just pick your best guess. You’re going to change your mind anyway once you get comfortable with WordPress)
Write a bio – of you, of your company.
here’s some help: http://blogs.sitepoint.com/2009/07/07/how-to-write-a-professional-bio/
Get a really good pic of yourself by that I mean one you like. (Again, don’t obsess!)
Email it to yourself or bring it on a flashdrive. We’ll be posting it next week along.
Write a description of your business (doesn’t have to be perfect) Next week we’ll post it with an image that we will search for on the Internet. If you have an image (or images) you want to use on your website, bring it (email it to yourself or bring it on a flashdrive)
See you next Tuesday night!