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USING WORDPRESS. WEEK 1 1.Why WP? 2.Setting Up WP 3.Exploring the Admin screen 4.Page Organization 5.Posting 6.Polls.

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2 WEEK 1 1.Why WP? 2.Setting Up WP 3.Exploring the Admin screen 4.Page Organization 5.Posting 6.Polls

3 WEEK 2 1.Exploring Themes 2.Loading Images 3.The Media Library 4.Exploring Widgets 5.Forms

4 WEEK 3 1.Usability 2.Connecting to Social Media 3.SEO – Search Engine Optimization 4.Keeping Site Statistics

5 WHY WP? Makes it easier for non technical people without having to create or maintain a database Hosted version is free Access to themes and widgets

6 A BLOG VS A WEBSITE Website 1.A group of pages an entity has made available on the internet 2.Usually contains links Blog 1.A type of website 2.Often this appears as an online personal journal reflecting the opinion of a person or an organization 3.Allows the posting of comments and links 4.Allows for more two way communication

7 VERSIONS OF WP Hosted 1.Free 2.Eliminates headaches of DB hosting and maintenance Self Hosted 1.Access to many more plugins and themes 2.Have access to core files where which offers more control over your site

8 SETTING UP WP 1.Open up a browser to http://wordpress.com 2.Click on orange download button 3.Enter a username 4.Choose a password – at least 4 characters all lowercase 5.Capture blog address – can be mixed case with letters, numbers, and symbols a. must be unique b. make the name meaningful Blog Address Username Password

9 SETTING UP WP - CONTINUED 7. Log blog address/username/password 8. Go to email to activate your account

10 EXPLORING THE WP ADMIN SCREEN URL format for admin screen The Admin Bar >

11 EXPLORING THE WP ADMIN SCREEN Notice WP logo on the left Next would be your site title if you have chosen one – this will take you to your home page if you click it (TRY) User name appears on the far right. Clicking it will open a menu of personal data (TRY IT)

12 PARTS OF A WP WEBSITE Front End This is the area the public can see Database This area houses your site content Back End aka Dashboard Can only be accessed by admins who manage your site. This is where WP admin area resides.

13 EXPLORING THE WP ADMIN SCREEN Main Menu The left column of every WP page contains the menu which allows access to every other page in the admin area

14 EXPLORING THE WP ADMIN SCREEN – GENERAL SETTINGS To get here: 1.From Admin menu click >Settings 2.From submenu click > General Date Format Time Format Week Started Language Be sure to click SAVE

15 CHOOSING A THEME From Admin screen click >Appearance Using the search bar enter 2014 Click >Activate Note: Themes will be covered in Week 2 for choosing other themes

16 SITE PLANNING 1. What is the purpose of my site? 2. Is site more effective as a blog or a website? a. Common Static pages – About, Fees, Directions b. Common Time sensitive pages – News, highlighting a product or service, blogs 3. What type of presentation is most effective – Will my site use many pictures? Will it post news events? 4. Is feedback needed? 5. Special functions – i.e. News subscription forms, Feedback form, Event calendars and other widgets

17 PAGE ORGANIZATION Organization is important!! Organization is a hierarchy!!

18 PAGE BUILDING 1.Click Pages submenu 2.Click About page 3.Change About title to “About Us”. 4.Copy Text 5.Click Update then Preview

19 PAGE BUILDING – CONFIGURING A PAGE 1.Set Page Attributes 2.Set Order 3.Set Screen Options tab – uncheck Discussion checkbox 4.Click Update 5.Click View page


21 ADDING A NEW PAGE 1.Open Page Submenu 2.Click Add New 3.Add text in Title 4.Add Text to Page Text box 5.In Page Attributes enter 0 into Order 6.Remove check in Discussion area 7.Click Save as Draft 8.Click Preview



24 CREATING A CHILD PAGE 1.Select > Pages > Add New 2.Add Title and Text 3.Select a parent under page attributes


26 POSTING - WHY A BLOG? 1.Blogs are ideal for time sensitive information 2.Blogs provide an interactive feature 3.Blogs rank high in Search Engines

27 CREATING A POST Blogs are a collection of posts. 1.Log back into Admin screen 2.Find Post in Admin menu 3.In the Post Submenu click Add New Post 4.Add a title and text 5.Click the Visual tab






33 TRY 1.Investigate a few themes 2.Design a hierarchy for a website 3.Set up placeholders for page 4.Search some of the current users of WP

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