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1 Getting Started with WordPress David Grogan

2 Goals of this Session At this end of this session you should know: – What WordPress is. – How to create a new WordPress site. – The basics of: Changing the look and feel. Adding content. Adding additional functionality Where to get support.

3 WordPress Is a content publishing tool for the web. Originally designed as a blogging tool, it is now a fully featured, custom website, creation tool. Is good for: – Rapid development of and attractive, easy to use, publicly accessible web sites. – Mixing blog content with static content for an informative and up-to- date news type web site.

4 WordPress – Tufts Examples

5 Overview 1.Creating a new site. 2.Changing its theme (e.g. how it looks) 3.Adding pages and menus. 4.Adding blog items and moving the blog page. 5.Adding widgets. 6.Adding plugins. 7.Free for all!

6 Step 1: Creating a new site 1.Go to 2.Login using your Tufts Username and Password 3.Select blogs/websites (WordPress) from the Get Started box. 4.Click on Create New 5.Give your site an address e.g. sites.tufts.edu/davidtest 6.Give your site a name (title): e.g. Davids Test Site 7.Press Create Site. 8.Click on admin dashboard 9.Click on settings > privacy 10.Select I would like my site to be only visible to users that I give permission to 11.Click Save Changes 12.Click site name on top menu to see the readers view of your new site.

7 Step 2: Setting Your Sites Theme 1.Go to your sites dashboard (click on dashboard link at top). 2.Go to Appearance > Themes 3.Preview your site in the different themes. 4.Activate the theme youd like to use. 5.For this session use Twenty Ten 6.Select Appearance > Header

8 Step 3: Adding Page and Menus 1.Go to your sites dashboard. 2.Trash Sample Page 3.Click Add New 4.Give your page a title (e.g. About) 5.Add content to the page. 6.Press Publish 7.Do it again! 8.Go to Appearance > Menus 9.Give you menu a name (e.g. Main Menu) 10.Press Create Menu 11.Add your pages to the menu and sort them the way you want. 12.Press Save Menu 13.Select Main Menu for Primary Navigation 14.Press Save 15.Visit your site!

9 Step 3: Adding Page and Menus 1.Go to your sites dashboard. 2.Trash Sample Page 3.Click Add New 4.Give your page a title (e.g. Home) 5.Add content to the page. 6.Press Publish 7.Do it again! Add a page called News and a page called About 8.Go to Appearance > Menus 9.Give you menu a name (e.g. Main Menu) 10.Press Create Menu 11.Add your pages to the menu and sort them the way you want. 12.Press Save Menu 13.Select Main Menu for Primary Navigation 14.Press Save 15.Visit your site!

10 Step 4: Blog Posts 1.Go to your sites dashboard. 2.Click on Posts 3.Trash the Hello World! post. 4.Add new post. 5.Give your post a title. 6.Add some content. 7.Press Publish 8.Visit your site. 9.Go to your sites dashboard 10.Go to Settings > Reading 11.Change Front Page Displays to static page and select home. 12.Change posts page to News 13.Press Save Changes 14.Visit your site.

11 Step 5: Widgets 1.Go to your sites dashboard. 2.Go to Appearance > Widgets 3.Drag off the widgets you dont want. 4.Drag a Text widget onto the Primary Widget Area 5.Give your new widget a title (e.g. Contact) 6.Add content (e.g. 7.Press save 8.Visit your site.

12 Step 6: Plugins 1.Go to your sites dashboard. 2.Click on Plugins 3.Activate FaceBook Share (new) 4.View your site. 5.Go to your sites dashboard. 6.Click on Facebook Share 7.Change settings. 8.Click on Save Change 9.View site.

13 Things to Explore 1.Tags and categories. 2.Embedding media (images, audio, video) into your content. 3.The Pagelines theme (http://www.pagelines.com)http://www.pagelines.com The only thing you really need to remember is: if you have any questions or need help setting up your site.


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