What’s a blog?

A ‘Weblog’is a chronicle of information or commentary with links to external sites. Blogs can be personal, informative, instructive or even a diary of thoughts or events. What is unique about blogs is that is allows users to post comments.

Getting Started with Pages

You want to:

  • Inform students and other visitors about your club
  • State where you are located – Bellevue College in Washington State (some of your visitors may come from far-far-away-land)
  • What kind of programs you student members are participating in (link to the department)
  • Times when you meet
  • Important dates
  • Info such as guest speaker programs.

Pages:

  • Are not chronological like Posts
  • Can have children (subpages)
  • Do not have categories or tags
  • Are not blogs.

Get Started

  1. Login – Visit your site’s URL and click on Login on the menu bar OR go to studentweb.bellevuecollege.edu/wp-admin/ and enter your login/pw through the WordPress window.
  2. Go to My Sites to access your Dashboard. You site is currently on a default theme which you may change later.
  3. Hover on Pages in the left menu bar and Add New.
  4. If you have already set up a page click on Pages on the center of the Dashboard. If this is a first page click Add New.
  5. Enter a title for your page in the title bar.
  6. Add your text, images, video links, code and tags per your theme’s widgets. You may not be able to add images or videos right away until you have selected a theme. Don’t panic.
  7. Finished? Click on the Publish button on the right side of the Dashboard in the Publish section. You can then view your masterpiece by either pressing Preview or going to the top menu bar and clicking on the name of your site.
  8. At any time if you wish to return to your Dashboard from your live site, either go to My Sites and click on your site’s Dashboard, OR backspace to return to the Dashboard.
  9. To Add/Change a theme from the Dashboard -> Appearance -> Themes. Choose either Activate or Preview on the theme. Preview is a great way to view you site before committing to a theme.
  • If you decide to Activate your theme, you may return to the themes panel at any time and change your theme again
  • We do advise you to read the overview of each theme as you scroll through the extensive themes list
  • We recommend you find a theme that fits your club and your experience as an admin
  • Click on Dashboard to return to your panel at any time.

Posts

Posts are the entries that display in reverse chronological order on your home page. In contrast to Pages, Posts usually have comments fields beneath them and are included in your site’s RSS feed:

  1. Login to your WordPress Dashboard
  2. Click the Add New Sub Tab
  3. Start filling in the blanks
  4. As needed, select a category, add tags, and make other selections from the sections below the Post
  5. Click Publish.

Switching Off Comments

  1. Dashboard -> Post
  2. Open an existing Post
  3. Top right box click on Screen Options
  4. Ensure the Comments field is blank
  5. Comments will no longer be available to your site visitors
  6. Reverse order to re-establish Comments from users to your Post.

Page Attributes

By default your Pages will be place in alpha order but you can change the positioning for each page in Page Attributes:

  1. Decide what order you want your pages to show on your live site
  2. Go to each page and set the order of each page in Page Attributes -> Order.

The Importance of Categories and Tags

Categories and the classification for your post.

  1. Your site’s visitors can browse your Categories and choose an item that interests them. To add a Category, click the Add New Category link. To manage your Categories go to Posts > Categories.
  2. Tags are micro-categories for your blog, similar to including index entries for a page. Add new Tags to the post by typing the Tag into the box and clicking Add.
  3. Categories and Tags are important to your site as they can increase search engine optimization, which will assist both your club and the college.

These are just Quick Start recommendations but we do want you to experiment with your site and use the tools that are available through various themes we offer you. WordPress is an extremely powerful tool. We hope you enjoy this amazing online experience. Good Luck!

From September 2012, Web Services hopes to have a support group in place for Student Web. Until then, if you are a beginner, you can check out WordPress for Beginners at:

http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Lessons.

Please note that Bellevue College’s WordPress does not function in exactly the same way as the WordPress site but new users will find the Beginner’s Guide very helpful.