Walking to Santiago de Compostela - WordPress with Geolocation

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Getting Started

Driving in WordPress


From your dashboard we need to change some settings in your site

  • Settings > General - here you can change your Site Title and tagline;
    • NOTE: this is where you can change your time zone. You will need to update your timezone when abroad.

Change your site visibility

In order for your posts to feed/syndicate to the main class site, Walking to Santiago de Compostela, your own site needs to be publicly viewable.

  • At the Dashboard, go to Settings > Reading to change your site's visibility settings
  • For this setting, choose either Allow search engines or Disallow search engines

Change your display name

You can control how your name appears next to your writings. Remember, these sites will be public so use a name you feel comfortable with being in the public sphere, such as first name and last initial.

  • To change your display name, click on Howdy, [your display name] in the upper right corner.
  • Click on Edit My Profile
  • Enter desired display name in the Nickname (required) field.
  • Select and set desired display name using the Display name publicly as drop-down box. Note: this will change all references in your site, even for posts that were already published.

Writing and Managing your content

Sections required for your site:


  • About: an "About" page and/or introduction/description for your project
  • Map: a global map that uses the GeoMashup plugin to display your geo-located posts

Posts and Categories

You will be geo-mapping your posts using the GeoMashup Google Maps plugin. Journal entries that use the location as an organizing principle for each entry including:

  • reflections, stories, and comments about your experiences along the trail may be rotated under the categories:
    • Feet-Body
    • Food-Mind
    • Friends-Spirit
  • the Where am I? category is for daily check-ins (entry can be brief)

Images, video and linked files


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

Front Page and Navigation

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.

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.

Wrap Up

Additional WordPress Resources

  • Built-in Help
    • when you're logged into the Dashboard look in the upper right under "Howdy"
    • Help is context aware so will show you help based on where you are in the WordPress Dashboard
    • Built-in help videos (part of built-in help)
  • WordPress Tutorials
  • Lynda.com Video Tutorials

Need More Help?

Still have questions or problems with WordPress, send Academic Computing a message or call the Computer Center at 360-867-6227.