Today’s Agenda Group activity Wordpress –Photos –Widgets –Header –Theme Prepare to share sites w/small group Wednesday
Your Assignment… Get in groups, and 1 person opens a Word document to make a list while the other 1-2 research topics online. Find 5 tips to share with the class Write the tips in your word document, copy and paste the URLs where you get these tips from into your Word document. We will present your findings to the class
Top 5 Tips Group 1: Privacy on the web Group 2: Good site design Group 3: Search engine optimization (SEO) Group 4: How to write for web sites Group 5: How can I protect my content and images? Be ready to share with the class!
Log in to Wordpress Go to Wordpress.com, login & Password you created yesterday in upper left hand corner My Blogs Dashboard Edit or Create a new post or page –Click “Show Kitchen Sink” button to see all options, –Add formatting, bold, underline, etc. –Work on content
Add Images Drag and drop, or select from your thumb drive Click From URL tab and paste in the URL for the image (less reliable) Use Media Library to get to images you already uploaded
Other stuff Add a poll—next to the add image button Make a link—highlight what you want to link, then click the insert/edit link button: Experiment with other buttons to see what you can do!
Sidebar Widgets Appearance Widgets (on your sidebar) –Drag and drop existing widgets – i.e. your twitter feed, a grid of posts, etc. Drag Text over to “Primary Widget Area” –Title it About Me –Write a paragraph about yourself. –Save
Sidebar widgets Other widgets you might like: –Twitter, Flickr – connect your Twitter/Flickr/whatever to your Wordpress account & make it display –Image – display an image on the sidebar all the time –Blog subscriptions – sign up to get notified of new posts
Appearance Change Header: Appearance Header –Photoshop or other programs: create a custom image to go here (your theme will tell you the size needed) –Select from the default images
Plug-ins Not available w/free Wordpress.com site –Wordpress.org –GoDaddy hosting w/Wordpress installed Customize additional functionality – not available on free hosted wordpress.com –Anything you can imagine: –Share on Facebook –Translate –Auto signature etc
Themes (Layout, design) Themes: Appearance Themes –Displays random themes, click refresh for more random themes –Look at Popular themes –Feature Filter to make sure you can do what you want w/new theme –Preview theme, if you like it, click Activate to change your blog’s theme
Rest of Class Work on your sites—either Wordpress or HTML Tomorrow is Wednesday, 2 nd to last day! –Share sites w/small groups & fine tune –Start presenting individual sites to the class –Be ready to offer constructive feedback to your peers!