Walking to Santiago de Compostela - WordPress with Geolocation
- Getting Started with WordPress - What is WordPress and how is it being used at Evergreen?
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:
- the Where am I? category is for daily check-ins (entry can be brief)
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.
- Change what your front page displays if you'd prefer a static pages instead of your latest posts (optional).
- Custom Menus - allow you to modify the navigation for your site
- not all themes support custom menus
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
- 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)
- Make additional changes to your theme (advanced)
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.