Sound Design for Film - WordPress
Why a Wordpress site?
- What is WordPress.
- How is blogs.evergreen.edu different from wordpress.com
- Create a production journal. Examples:
- Create a portfolio
- Example: http://zacharyquarles.com/blog/
- Take it with you after you graduate
An academic/production journal
- Brainstorm session: what might your journals include?
- write frequently, at least 2 times per week if not more. Write when impressions are fresh. If you are not near a computer keep a paper journal then type up your notes later.
- interact what other students' journals. They are going through a similar experience, how are they approaching their journal and the academic challenges of the course?
- Your site is public. You are publishing your ideas for the world to find and read if they are interested in what you have to say. If you don't want your mother or future employer to read it then maybe it doesn't belong here. If you refer to other students in the class Use First Names Only.
- This site won't live forever, it will be deleted once you leave Evergreen but you can take the structure and text it with you.
Getting started with a new blogs.evergreen.edu site
- Go to http://blogs.evergreen.edu to create your acount and blog. See Creating a new blog for detailed instructions.
- the Dashboard is the "back end" to your site. Click Visit Site in your Admin Bar (at the top) to see what your visitors see
- The left hand panel of your Dashboard is where you control your site. Expand each option in the left-hand column by clicking the triangle on the right
- Change your site's title and subtitle in Settings > General
- Privacy settings - control who can see your site or if search engines will index your siteSettings > Privacy
Note: it defaults to only blogs.evergreen users can see your site. You'll probably want to change this to allow everyone to see you're site once it's ready.
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
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.
Modify Your Sidebar with widgets
Add functionality to your site's sidebar(s) Appearance > Widget
Links are useful for directing others to related sites. You might want to create a link to the program blog, for example.
- creating and managing sidebar links
- displaying sidebar links via widgets
- Categories are useful for categorizing different types of posts. A category page for each is automatically created. Use the Category Widget to display in your sidebar.
- Tags are more free-form and attempt to capture more specific information about a post.
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
- Safari's Develop Menu
Plugins add functionality to your site. To use them use must first activate. Some useful plugins include:
- GeoMashup Google Maps - add geographical locations to each post, embed google maps and create a global map of all your posts
- SoundCloud Shortcode - embed an audio waveform player right into your post or page
- AwesomeFlickr - for embedding Flickr galleries
Things to know about your blog
- Wordpress.com Getting Started Tutorials - these tutorials are for working on wordpress.com but is nearly identical to using WordPress at blogs.evergreen.edu
- Lynda.com (on-campus) WordPress 3 Essential Training - this is another training geared towards using Wordpress.com but if you skip the account setup portion most of the rest is relavent to blogs.evergreen.edu
- Introduction to CSS (Cascading Style Sheets)