A-Pop - WordPress

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Week 1 Workshop

Access your site

Your sites have been pre-created based on a site template. To access your site:

  1. Login to blogs.evergreen.edu
  2. navigate to My Sites in the upper left for a listing of all sites connected to your login

Note: we will be changing URLs to match the preferred first name provided.

Site Visibility

Your sites are currently set to be publicly viewable.

  • In order for your posts to aggregate to the main program blog, your site needs to be publicly viewable.
  • To protect specific posts, Edit the post's visibilty and set to Private. Private posts can only be seen by you and will not agreggate to the class blog.

Display Name

How your Author display name can be changed sitewide.

  1. Go to Edit Profile from the "Howdy, your name" drop down in the upper left admin bar
  2. Change the "Display name publicly as" field to your choice. First name last initial is a good option.

Site Title

Your site's were created using the pattern First Name's A-Pop Blog. You can change this in your Dashboard.

  1. Go to Settings > General
  2. Change the Site Title field and click Save Changes

Writing and Managing your content

Images, video and linked files

Week 2 Workshop

Blog Syndication

Each of your blogs is now set to syndicate to the A-Pop program site at https://sites.evergreen.edu/a-pop2017/.

What you need to know about syndication

  • Each of your posts will be copied to the program site
  • Viewers will be redirected to the original post when they click the title

Customize Your Site

Examples from previous students of A-Pop

Recommend Themes


This is default theme your site is already set to use. This theme has a flexible Theme Customization panel located in Dashboard > Appearance > Customize, that lets you customize a few components.

Additional themes

If you feel compelled 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)
  • Editor
  • Hemingway (custom header image)
  • Ignite
  • Padhang
  • 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

Sidebars (Widgets)

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

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.

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