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Introduction to Wordpress

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Alicia Higgison

on 22 September 2016

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Set up --> Log In
Make it Yours
Wordpress offers its users many
template options
which are quite diverse & somewhat easy to customize.
- Privacy Settings -
Wordpress allows you many options to keep your ePortfolio and the information in it private, should you choose. There are numerous reasons to keep certain portions private.
The Dashboard
where all the magic happens
Things to Consider:
your focus
: keep your colour scheme & font choices simple and uniform.
: two? three? content on the right, or down the middle?
: wordpress gives a few static header options to begin. a custom header option allows you to create something which reflects your message better.
Twenty Eleven
Your Posts
all your hard work
Levels of Privacy
Visibility Options
Adding Media
make it fancy
So you're ready to publish your post? Congrats!
Pro Tip
: Always
your post for formatting issues.
You can choose to Publish immediately, just simply by clicking on the Publish button in the Publish menu.
Alternatively, you can choose to Publish your work in the future. To do this, click on Edit beside the Publish section and select a date and time you would like your post to "go live".
You can leave any work you have as a Draft and continue to work on it each time you return to the site.
Introduction to Wordpress
supported file types:

.jpg .png .gif .pdf .doc .ppt .odt .xls
YouTube videos can be embedded in posts
...to start...
So...what's embedding?
You can upload your video onto You Tube, select
, then it will give you a line which looks like a shortened URL.
Copy and paste this URL into your post, just make sure it is on it's own line of text.
Embedding a video means that you can select play and watch the video right within the post, rather than having to click and be taken to another browser and site for viewing.
ctrl+c --> ctrl+v
command+c --> command+v
But, what if my YouTube is private...?
If you select Unlisted in the privacy settings, your video will play in line in your post, but will not come up on a YouTube search.
You have the option to edit your post at any time, even after it's been published. You can also go back and password protect any post should you choose.
Let's look at APPEARANCE
WAIT! ...did you check...?
1. Hyperlinks
Make sure they direct the reader to the right place (important: when linking to a blog post, be sure the URL directs the reader to the actual post, not just the homepage.)
Pro Tip: it's a good mode of practice to always click the "open link in a new window" option.
2. Categories & Tags
Categories are important for organizing your content. It may not seem important when there are only a few posts, but this will become very important for searching purposes later. You can add or delete categories at any time.
Pro Tip: think of how you'd guide someone through a "resume" of your work, then think of how categories could help you do that easily.
Tags are used for Search Engine Optimization (SEO- fancy talk for getting Google to rank your posts high so folks will find them). If you're interested in getting your work found, which may not come until later, then this is helpful for you. "Tag" your posts with key words which are relevant to the content, separate each tag with a comma. Eg: photography, sculpture, Windsor etc...
3. Creative Commons & Citation
Be sure you properly identify any sources you use in your posts. This can be as easy as including the URL (with hyperlink). It is also advisable to use Creative Commons as much as possible for content that is free of copyrights and made available by the owner for public use.
*A great amount of Wordpress help can be found at wordpress.org/support
Your username becomes your "author" name & can be changed. This is important when you're posting content for assessment.
Users > Your Profile > Nickname > Display name publicly as
Adding & Deleting Posts/ Comments
Now that you've set up your blog/ePortfolio, you'll see that WordPress has done you the "favour" of adding in a placeholder post and a placeholder comment. This is to show you how these features will appear on your site. But you want authentic stuff, right? Good. Let's get rid of those.
Click on Posts and hover over the placeholder "welcome" post from WordPress. You'll see the options:
Edit, Quick Edit, Trash and View
Select Trash and that's where it will go.
Now let's click on Comments and follow the same steps.
You may find Spam comments on sites open to the public. Comments will offer another option of designating them as Spam, which means that any comment originating from the email associated with the Spammed comment will be caught by the Spam filters and not appear on the site until you approve it.
This blog will be updated frequently with general how-tos and tips:
Pro Tip:
your site title and username can change. so can your email.
Your Pages
Posts are
Meaning, you can add new ones and the previous posts will stay on your home page in reverse chronological order.
So how would you possibly organize that?
Wordpress thought of that too!
the goods that back the work up
Pages are
Meaning, once you edit to change information within the page, the old information does not stay as a separate post written on a separate day.
You can add on or replace previously written text, you cannot add a second post into a page.
Biography | CV/ Resume | eCommerce | Blogroll/Links You Like |
Awards | Community Involvement | Publications
Public (default):
Password Protected:
anyone who finds the page can see the content
title is listed, content hidden, you select password
no content visible unless you are logged in as a user
Why an ePortfolio?
1) Big Picture
gain a more organized, complete, and dynamic vision of your education and aspirations
what you learned, how you learned it and what you want to do with it are important factors to successful applications.
2) Google
take control of your online brand and your digital footprint from a professional standpoint
imagine a future where Google replaced your resume (...psst: it's almost reality.
resume/ CV
recommendation letters
pdfs of published works
links to community organizations
social media profiles
presentation documents
Return on Investment
it's worth what you put into it
Gather as many artifacts as possible. More is better, even if you don't use them all right away.
Develop a habit of uploading anything new and/or relevant into your Dashboard.
Try to be succinct in your text. Limiting yourself to a certain number of characters forces you to think critically about what you want to say and demonstrates editing skills.
Self promote. Put the URL on your business cards, attach it to your email signature, share it on LinkedIn, put it on Facebook & Twitter, find a community and use your network.
Keep it up to date. It's easier to update than it is to play catch up.
change password!
Hey thanks, but I still need help...
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