Table of Contents
Word Press 1
Table of Contents 1
Getting Started 1
Viewing the Webpage 2
Changing the Password 2
Changing Other Information in the Users Panel 3
Changing the Settings 3
Changing the Toolbar 3
Adding Widgets 3
Adding Hyperlinks to a Post or Page 4
Using html 4
Adding Links to Your Navigation Bar 4
Using the Media Library 5
Adding Files 6
Assigning Categories 8
Assigning Tags 8
Creating a Post 8
Editing a Post 9
Monitoring the Blog 9
Changing the Presentation (Theme) 11
Adding Users 11
To administer the website add, wp-admin to your website address.
The website/blog has been created. Check email for a message with the assigned password and a link to the blog. Enter Username and Password and click on the Login link.
Each time you visit your blog, you will need to login. From your home page, locate the Meta section of the navigation bar. Click on Login.
Note: If you're already logged in, you will see Site Admin instead of Login. Once you have logged in or if your website does not show Login feature, add wp-admin to the web address to allow login. (Example: http://ns2.esu7.org/sites/testschool/wp-admin/)
WordPress Support: http://support.wordpress.com/
Viewing the Webpage
There are two views in the WordPress: Dashboard, which is the working area and the Visit this site, which is what visitors to the blog will see. The Dashboard initially appears when you enter the blog. Any recent activity and recent announcements are visible. The Recent Comments box displays if anyone has made new comments to any of the posts, or if there are comments that need moderation.
On the left side of the screen is the list of menu options to manage the page: Posts, Media, Links, Pages, Comments, Appearance, Plugins, Users, Tools and Settings.
To change the password, click on the Users Your Profile
Scroll down to the New Password section at the bottom of the page and enter a new password. Click on the Update Profile button in order to save the new password.
Changing Other Information in the Users Panel
The username cannot be changed. However, the nickname can be changed. This is the name that is displayed by any created posts. Enter the new nickname in the Nickname box and click the Update Profile button. Select the new display name from the drop-down menu. Press Update Profile once more. Note: Your email address will not be displayed on your blog or in your profile.
Changing the Settings
In Settings General, you may edit the Title, Tagline, E-mail address, Date and Time format and Week Start. Set the front page from Settings Reading panel. Do NOT name the home page template file "home.php". If you do, this will cause a conflict with the WordPress 2.1 system.
Plugins are tools used to extend the functionality of the WordPress platform The plugin for creating tables has been added to the blog. To add this plugin to the toolbar, drag the table tool onto the
formatting toolbar. Place the kitchen sink and full screen mode tools are on the left side of the 1st row.
WordPress Widgets (WPW) are like plugins, but designed to provide a simple way to arrange the various elements of the sidebar content (known as "widgets") without having to change any code. Commonly used widgets include Meta, Events Calendar, Links, Blogroll, Pages and Archives. Depending on the theme selected, these widgets may be
needed to be added to the website sidebars.
The Events Calendar widget is located near the bottom of the Dashboard Menu. Click on Calendar to Add an Event.
Adding a Page
To create a static item that is not open for comments, such as an About page, write a Page rather than a Post. From the Dashboard, click on the Pages menu and select the Add New option.
Un-check the Allow Comments and Allow Pings features. Enter the title, type (or paste) the page content, and click on the Save button. Click on the Publish button to publish the page. Links to pages are located in different places on the blog site depending on the presentation theme.
Adding Hyperlinks to a Post or Page
Blogs posts often include hyperlinks, which take your readers to other blogs, websites, or even to another area within the blog.
To create a link from the blog to another website:
Select the word or phrase to turn into a link.
From the Formatting Bar, click on the chain link icon.
Type or – better yet – paste in the URL. Click on Insert. Whatever you selected in your post is now underlined. To test the link, click on Visit Site.
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Adding Links to Your Navigation Bar
To add a link, click on Links Add New from the Dashboard
Enter the Name of the link, enter or copy and paste the URL in the Web Address box and click on the Save button.
The default category for navigation bar links is Blogroll. If you are planning on adding many links, create categories for the links. They can be added on the Link Categories menu. In some presentation themes, Blogroll can be changed to a different name. Links can be edited and deleted from the Links Edit function.
If the image to add is from the web, first find the image you wish to link to from your page. Hold down the Control and click on the image for the context menu to appear. Select Save Image As to copy the image to the desktop.
Using the Media Library
The Media menu can be used to manage media files such as images, videos, audio, and documents. Upload new files directly from Media Add New.
Click on the Select Files button and browse to locate the image to use. After the file has been uploaded, add the title, caption and description. Click the Save all changes button. Note: If there are problems uploading a picture, click on the option to use the Browser uploader. Still problems - try clearing the cache, then quit the web browser, restart it and log back into the blog.
To add media items to your Page or Post, click on the Add Media button above the formatting bar. Select the Media Library link.
Click on the Show link for more information on the image.
Enter the Caption, select the Alignment, and Size. Click the Insert into Post button. The image will appear on the page.
Images can be viewed, edited and deleted from the Media Library on the Dashboard.
Edit | Delete | View
You can upload the following document types to the blog:
pdf (Portable Document Format)
doc, .docx (Microsoft Word Document)
ppt, .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation)
odt (OpenDocument Text Document
Select Add New from the Media on the Dashboard menu.
Click the Select Files button on the Upload New Media page. Browse to locate the file and upload it. The file will be added to the Media Library.
Make certain that the Link URL appears. If it does not click on the File URL button.
Copy the link URL of the file. Click on the Save All Changes button.
Open the Page or Post where you wish to add the document.
Enter the name of the file on the page. Highlight the text.
Use the link feature to create a link to the file you uploaded. Paste the copied link into the Link URL space.
When users click on the file, the download window will appear, allowing them to download the file.
Categories make it possible, at the click of the mouse, to reorganize chronological postings according to themes or subjects. To set up categories, click Posts Categories, enter the new category, and click on the Add Category button.
The default category for any post is Uncategorized. A post may be assigned to multiple categories. Categories, unlike tags, can have a hierarchy. You might have a Jazz category, and under that have children categories for Bebop and Big Band.
Deleting a category does not delete the posts in that category. Instead, posts that were only assigned to the deleted category are set to the category Uncategorized.categories can be selectively converted to tags using the Category to Tag Converter.
They are free form words and generally describe your post in more detail. Tags can be added one at a time by clicking the Add button or hitting the Enter/Return key after typing each tag. Or add multiple tags at a time by separating them with a comma as you type. Tags are displayed on the single post view of the blog and in some sidebar widgets.
Creating a Post
From the Dashboard, select Discussion to determine the settings for posts.
To write the first post, click on the Post Add new. Title the post, add content, assign a category and/or tags, and click the Publish button. There are a number of options available in the formatting bar, such as bold, italic, and create a bulleted list.
Editing a Post
To edit from the Dashboard, click on Posts Edit. Double-click on the post title. When you have completed editing the post, click on the Update Post button.
Monitoring the Blog
Comments are an important part of blogging. They extend the discussion beyond a blog post and allow visitors to interact with you and other readers.
There are several locations where you can get access to your comments.
The area with the most power for working with comments is the Comments screen, which can be accessed by clicking on Comments from the Dashboard menu.
You can also use the Shortcuts menu in the upper right to access the Comments screen.
Or you can edit Comments from the Dashboard screen
In the upper left are links to filter which if you would like to see: All, Pending, Approved, or Spam comments. The upper right has a Search box and button that can be used to look for specific comments. Bulk editing is available for comments. Check the boxes next to several comments and then click on the Actions drop down menu. You will have options to Unapprove, Approve, Mark as Spam, and Delete. After making the selection, click the Apply button, and the comments will be updated.
Just to the right of the bulk editing area is a filter where you can limit the display to Comments or Pings instead of both. Make your choice from the drop down and click the Filter button.
If you hover over a comment in the table, the comment action links will appear.
Make the changes, select the status: Approved, Pending, or Spam and click the Update Comment button.
There are many different options which control how comments and pings are handled on your blog. You can access these options through Settings Discussion in the Dashboard menu. Make selections and click the Save Changes button.
Changing the Presentation (Theme)
From the Dashboard, select Appearance Themes. Click on any of the themes to update the blog. To see what the new theme looks like, click on the Activate “theme” link.
Note: The location of widgets varies according to the theme design. To add the Site Admin widget to the selected theme, select Widgets from the Appearance menu.
You can add new users to the blog in two ways:
Enter the username and email address of an existing user on this site.
Enter the username and the email address of a person who is not already a member of this site. Choose the username carefully, it cannot be changed. (e-mail username) That person will be sent an email asking them to click a link confirming the invite. New users will then be sent an email with a randomly password and a login link.
Log in to the Dashboard.
Click on the Users menu option.
In the Add New section, enter the user’s Username (e-mail username) and E-mail Address.
Select their role: Contributor, Author or Editor in the Role list
Click the Add User button.
Note: Be very careful when adding a new Administrator user to the blog. Other Administrators are effectively co-owners. They have as much power over the blog as you do, including the ability to permanently delete it. Determine their permissions (capabilities) by assigning one of four roles from the Role drop-down box.
Can see the Dashboard and edit his/her own profile
can edit their posts but cannot publish. Once a contributor’s post is approved by an administrator and published, however, it may no longer be edited by the contributor
can publish, edit, and delete any posts/pages, moderate comments, manage categories, manage tags, manage links and upload files
can edit, publish and delete their posts and they can upload files
can do everything. Complete power over posts/pages, comments, settings, theme choice, import, users. Nothing is off-limits, including deleting the entire blog
Transfer Note: For security purposes, there is no way to remove the original creator/owner from their blog. To transfer the blog to another user/account, please contact support personnel
If you have a Gmail Account, you can create aliases for each student. This will send the message to you as the teacher. For example, I might have a
gmail account such as: email@example.com
To create an alias, you can use:
NOTE: by using generic e-mail accounts (student1) you will only have to create accounts once, not every year. Then you can just change the passwords annually,
Because Gmail ignores anything in the first half of an e-mail address after a + sign, all of the e-amils will go to the root address of firstname.lastname@example.org This also means that if you want to moderate comments on all student blogs, they will be sent to your e-mail address.