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Introducing Wordpress for a class digital project Introduction Wordpress is better known as a blogging platform, but it also serves as a content user to edit the content and layout of the website. While some programmers will write their own custo m CMS to suit their needs, solutions such as Wordpress allow non technical users to create a website. Wordpress.org has a downloadable solution for more tech savvy users, while Wordpress.com is better suited for non technical users. Wordpress .com not onl y gives you a CMS, but also hosting space on their server. Read more about the difference: http://en.support.wordpress.com/com vs org/ ( Other popular CMS solutions are Joomla and Drupal, which are used by organizations that have more visitors and need specialized plug ins (such as e learning software like Sakai). The UF website is supported by Drupal. ) You can use Wordpress for: Blogging individually or through a class blog Setting up Exhibits with pages Displaying text, image, multimedia Getting Started 1) You will need to have a name for your website before you get started. Your URL will probably be www.yourwebsite.wordpress.com For a small yearly fee, you can change that to www.yourwebsite.com if that name has not been taken already. 2) It will also be helpful if you select a theme, but you can also change a theme later. design, and navigation on your website. Wordpress offers a plethora of free themes, many created by other users. You should select a theme based on three factors: Choose a theme suited to the purpose of your website (eg. portfolio) Choose a design and style which is accessible and appealing Choose a theme based on its technical specs (eg. mobile accessible) Browse for Themes here: http://theme.wordpress.com/ Here is a quick Getting Started guide: Getting Started: http://codex.wordpress.org/First_Steps_With_WordPress Wordpress Basics Once you have created your account, you can get started with adding content to your website and customizing its design features.
Dashboard : the central location which houses all the editing tools Posts : If you use WP mainly for blogging, this will be the feature you use most frequently. Pages : Most website will make use of some pages. Pages are used for static content that will not be updated frequently The most commonly used page is ABOUT. Learn more about Pages: http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages Appearance : This section will not be very frequently used. The features you may return to: Themes : if you want to change the theme for your website Customize : customizing design elements of the theme Widgets : this may be the more commonly used feature in this section. Widgets allow you to add special features to your website. The Search bar, Tags, Twitter feed are all Widgets. Be careful about adding too many widgets because they will take up space in the Side bars. Learn more about Widgets: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Widgets Search for Widgets: http://codex.wordpress.org/Widget_List Widgets for Education: http://wordpress.org/plugins/tags/education
Menus : every time you add a new Page, it should be added to the menu so that it shows up in the navigation menu on the front end of the website. In the new version of Wordpress, new Pages are automatically added to the menu. Settings : Browse through this tab when you first set up your website and make the appropriate changes. For eg. you can set a landing page for your website, set the number of blog posts that should appear on one page, establish comment settings, etc. You will not ha ve to visit this section very often. A few drawbacks of using Wordpress.com (vs. Wordpress.org) 1) No plugins: Google Analytics, Image Gallery, Embeds (.pdf, .ppt) Is this a problem? Not necessarily. You can still create image galleries using Pages and sub separate page. Wordpress provides basic Widgets to do most of things you would want to. The only disadvantage is that applications created by third party developers. 2) Cant edit style sheet of the theme Is this a problem? Only if you have coding knowledge because the sheet is formatted in CSS. You can still opt to purchase custom design options f or a one time charge of 30 dollars. Demo Site for Panama Gold, Asian Silver class: URL: www.canalzone.wordpress.com Username: canalzone Password: demosite1