Cultural Landscapes - WordPress
- Getting Started with WordPress - What is WordPress and how is it being used at Evergreen?
Create a New WordPress Site
- Create a group blog and add additional users.
- Create your first site if you are new to blogs.evergreen.edu.
- Learn how to create additional sites if you already have a site at blogs.evergreen.edu.
Driving in WordPress
From your dashboard we need to change some settings in your site
- General - change your tagline; change your time zone to "Los Angeles"
- Reading - change your site's visibility settings to "Only registered users..." (defaults to Evergreen users only)
- Permalinks - set this to Post Name
Writing and Managing your content
Content to include in your sites
Required elements for your group project.
- "Introduction": outlining the issue, your group's approach to it, and the different components of your group's project.
- "Media sources": a list of sources you found to be the best, and why for each.
- Research paper
- Media coverage analysis
- Audio documentary (use mp3 format)
- Visual documentation, such as:
- documents essential to your research
- other information relevant to your group project
Many themes support sidebar content. Often times if you don't anything to your sidebar a default set of "widgets" will appear. You can change this by adding your own widgets.
- Change what your front page displays if you'd prefer a static pages instead of your latest posts (optional).
- Custom Menus - allow you to modify the navigation for your site
- not all themes support custom menus
Designing Your Site
Working with themes
Themes allow you to change the design of your blog at anytime. Changing your theme will not affect the primary content of your site.
- Choose a theme
- Customize your header image - some themes allow for you to add your own header image Appearance > Header Image (may only appear if your chosen theme supports custom header images)
- Make additional changes to your theme (advanced)
Adding functionality to your site with plugins
- Plugin Overview - use plugins to connect your site with a variety of web content including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, etc. Want to connect to a popular service that you don't see listed in the available plugins? Let Academic Computing know and we can look into adding it.
- Tip: Plugins can make your site run slower. Only activate those plugins you are planning on using and deactivate any plugins you're not using.
Additional WordPress Resources
- Built-in Help
- After you've logged in, the Help tab is visible via the Dashboard, in the upper right, under "Howdy"
- Help is context aware so it will show you information based on where you are in the WordPress Dashboard
- Built-in help videos (part of built-in help)
- WordPress Tutorials
- Lynda.com Video Tutorials