Ready Camera 1 - WordPress
Why a Wordpress site?
Getting started with a new web site
- Go to http://blogs.evergreen.edu to create your acount and blog. See Creating a new blog for detailed instructions.
- Sitename = rc1firstname
- Site title = Full Title of your Project
- Dashboard overview
- Change the site's title and subtitle Settings > General
- Privacy settings - control who can see your site or if search engines will index your site Settings > Privacy
Writing and Managing your content
- Creating posts
- Using the rich text editor
- Images, media and linking to files
- Controlling commenting & publishing
- set your comment preferences for all new pages/posts Settings > Discussion
- Pages versus Posts
- Creating pages and your site's navigation
- working with sub-pages
- Editing already existing pages and posts
- useful for categorizing differnt types of posts. A category page for each is automatically created. Use the Category Widget to display in your sidebar.
Designing your site
- Trying out new Themes Appearance > Themes
- Customize your header or banner 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)
Important: Find a theme that meets your layout requirements.
New to WordPress3 is a way to control your site's navigational menus. From the dashboard choose Appearance > Menus
- Look in Theme locations to see if your chosen theme supports the new WordPress3 menu system.
Modify Your Sidebar with widgets
Add functionality to your site's sidebar(s) Appearance > Widget
- creating and managing sidebar links
- displaying sidebar link via widgets
Customize the CSS of your theme with Custom CSS
You can write custom CSS to override the theme's CSS. Go Appearance > Custom CSS
You'll need to learn a bit about how your theme is structured. Some great tools for this are:
- Firefox Firebug (my personal favorite!)
- quickly learn the html and css of your theme so you can modify it
- Firefox's Web Developer Toolbar
- Safari's Develop Menu
Plugins add functionality to your site. To use them they must first be activated from the Plugins page. Learning how to use a plugin is best done at the plugin's site (linked from the plugins page). Take a look at our plugin overview page to get an idea of what's available or simply review the list in your site's plugin page.