Ready Camera 1 - WordPress

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Why a Wordpress site?

Getting started with a new web site

  • Go to 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

Working with categories and tags

  • 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

Working with sidebar links

  • 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.

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