A-POP - WordPress
Week 1 Workshop
WordPress Tutorial for blogs.evergreen.edu (available in Evergreen's Help Wiki)
Access your site
Your sites have been pre-created based on a site template. To access your site:
- Login to blogs.evergreen.edu
- Navigate to My Sites in the upper left for a listing of all sites connected to your login
Your sites are currently set to be viewable by members of our college network, meaning anyone with an Evergreen login.
- You can choose whether your site remains viewable by only the Evergreen community or you can make it publicly viewable.
- To protect specific posts, edit the post's visibility and set to Private. Private posts can only be seen by you.
Accessing Your Peers' Blogs
Each of your blogs is linked at the main A-POP site, Asian/American: Pop Culture Crosscurrents - Spring 2019.
- To view your peers' work, go to the A-POP Blogs page and click on a site title in the list.
- Once at their site, you can provide feedback by commenting directly to their posts.
How your Author display name can be changed site-wide.
- Go to Edit Profile from the "Howdy, your name" drop down in the upper left admin bar
- Change the "Display name publicly as" field to your choice. First name last initial is a good option.
Your site's titles were created using the pattern "First Name's A-POP Blog." You can change this via your Dashboard.
- Go to Settings > General
- Revise the Site Title field and then click Save Changes
Writing and Managing your content
- Get Published - Pages and Posts
- Welcome page, "Hajime" - initial information to include: introduce yourself, and talk about what is it about pop culture that fascinates you
- Categories and Tags - Every post you write should be added to one of the three categories provided: To Da Max, Mixplate, Talk Story
- Custom Menus - let you modify your site's navigation and add links to new pages or post categories or create sub-navigation.
- Insert an image
- Set a featured image for each post.
- WordPress built-in image galleries
- You can display Instagram Image Galleries as well. See: Setting up the Feed Instagram Pro plugin.
- Embed video from Vimeo or YouTube by pasting the URL link into the content area of your page/post
- Link to a file
Week 2 Workshop
How to delete the sample posts from your site
- Go to the Dashboard > Posts > All Posts
- Hover cursor over post name in list until menu pops up below post name
- Click on the red "Trash" link
Copyright and Site Content
- Use your own material whenever possible.
- Site visibility: Public versus Network versus Registered Users of Site
- Using and crediting work by other people: Creative Commons and Public Domain
- Creative Commons or Open License: copyright holder grants rights to users
- Public Domain: copyright holder waives copyright ownership
- File upload versus linking to/embedding an external resource in your site.
- Never link to an image on the internetz.
- Using Google Search Tools and Usage Rights filter
Customize Your Site
Examples from previous students of A-POP
- Breanne’s A-POP Blog
- Emily’s A-POP Blog
- MIXED UP MIXTAPE
- Not Exotic Just Exhausted
- The Khoohii Dragon
- Zambrano’s A-POP Blog
This is the default theme for your site. This theme has a flexible Theme Customization panel located in Dashboard > Appearance > Customize, that lets you customize a few components.
If you would like to use a different theme, the following themes will work well on mobile devices (they are responsive) and make good usage of navigation (Menus) and widgets so you can design a site where viewers can easily find and interact with your content.
- Baskerville (custom header image)
- Hemingway (custom header image)
- Tracks (works best with featured images saved to posts)
- Twenty Twelve, Twenty Thirteen, Twenty Fourteen, Twenty Sixteen
Additional themes may not have Theme Options but can be modified by Appearance > Customize
Sidebar content in WordPress is controlled via "Widgets". Often times if you don't anything to your sidebar a default set of "widgets" will appear. You can change this by adding your own widgets.
- Widgets - add additional features to your sidebar
Wayfinding for your audience
Considering layout design, navigation - How inviting is your site? Is content easily discoverable for viewers?
Week 6 Workshop
For this session we'll first meet in small groups of 3-4 people.
Each person is to identify one element of a peer's site that you really like and/or find successful and one element of your own site you feel could benefit from improvement - this could be both content and/or design elements.
We will then share out highlights from our small group discussions to the larger group.