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Introduction to Blogging Software (WordPress)

A practical session designed to give an overview of how to set up a blog using the software WordPress.com. This material should be followed by checking out the Prezi on 'Blogging Strategically'.
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Bex Lewis

on 26 June 2011

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Transcript of Introduction to Blogging Software (WordPress)

An Introduction to WordPress Blogging Software What is a blog?
A reverse diary (most recent entry first)
“Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog EXERCISE 1:
Set up a WordPress Blog
http://wordpress.com/
http://digital-fingerprint.co.uk/2010/02/a-briefish-introduction-to-wordpress-com/ Username can't be changed
What makes sense?
Check your email for login Exercise 3
Write:
"About" page
Briefly think (you can add more later)
Who is this site by?
What is it about?
Who is it for?
When is it updated? Daft Hints
Keep the tab on 'Visual'
Only use HTML if confident!
Don't forget to SAVE! Exercise 4
Add an email link Exercise 5
Link to another webpage Exercise 6
Add an image Some (Legal) Image Sources
http://www.sxc.hu/
http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/
http://digital-fingerprint.co.uk/2009/10/images/
Don't just take from Google images! Editing Images
Click on the image
Options to
Edit
Delete
Resize
Align left/right/centre
Add image title Exercise 8
Add a YouTube video Write about the video Exercise 7
Add a blog post Exercise 9
Appearance --> themes Warning: Themes changes the FUNCTIONALITY as well as the look! Appearance --> Widgets Tools --> Export Exercise 10
Posts --> Comments Exercise 10
HAVE FUN & PLAY WITH IT
Then... come to "Blogging Strategically" Exercise 2
Alter the subheading
Check the date Questions? This is a form of backup. Important to do regularly, and before upgrading any version of WordPress.
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