SOS 3D - WordPress

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Getting Started

  • Getting Started with WordPress - What is WordPress and why should I consider using it to build my portfolio?
  • Where will my site live? self hosted,, other
  • What are some alternatives to WordPress?

Portfolio Examples

  • What are the elements of a good portfolio site?
  • Find sites you like - what do you like about them?

Create a WordPress Site at Evergreen is Evergreen's WordPress server. You can create your own site, all you need is an evergreen email address and login.

Driving in WordPress

  • Dashboard Overview - get comfortable navigating the Dashboard and moving between Admin and Public view

Change Some Important Settings

  • Change your Site's subtitle or Tagline Settings > General
  • Change the default Discussion settings Settings > Discussion
  • Change your privacy settings Settings > Privacy - by default your site is closed to the world

Writing and Managing your content


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 in Appearance > Themes
  • 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)
  • Working with themes at or a self-hosted WordPress site.
  • Some recommended portfolio themes:
    • Touchfolio
    • Hatch
    • Gridly
    • Full Screen

Sidebars (aka "Widgets")

Many themes support sidebar content. Often times if you don't add anything to your side bar a default set of "widgets" will appear. You can change this by adding your own widgets.


  • Custom Menus - allow you to modify the navigation for your site (optional)

Adding functionality to your site

Plugins are used to extend the core functionality of WordPress. The majority of plugins are written by WordPress community members and freely available at

  • Plugin Overview - activating plugins and list of available plugins at

Embedding additional media

What else?

  • comments, contact page/feedback
  • networking with other sites: facebook, tumblr, etsy

Additional Resources