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(WP) Quick guide to site creation

I heard I can make some kind of site. What can I do with this site?

Check out the description here. The site can be pretty much anything you like! We’ve provided some examples that we think many of our faculty and staff would find useful.

 

Okay, I’ve read the description and I’d like to create a site. How can I get started?

Start over here with our guide to setting up your site.

 

Now that I’ve got a site, I’d like to add some content so I can see how the changes I make to the look affect it. How can I add content?

Let’s start by adding a post. It’s very easy to add a simple post: just type some text in the main box, and add a title at the top. The hyperlink will be automatically generated. Posts are what you will be working with most days–they are the regular updates, like homework assignments or announcements.

Wait, how about something other than just text? What if you want to show students a picture of exactly what book they should look for at the bookstore? You can also add media to your post.

Before you click that submit button, don’t forget to add tags and give it a category so it’s easy to find and associate with other, similar topics.

 
 
I’ve got a post! Now what?

How about adding a page? Pages keep your unchanging information, like a summary of the research project a site is centered around, organized.

You can edit Pages and add media pretty much the same as you treat posts, keeping in mind that they won’t be displayed on the front page of your blog by default.

 

But what if I want them to be?

No problem! Head on over to the Settings summary page. There, you can find out how to make a static page be the “landing spot” for your site, rather than the regular updates.

You can also set a Post to be “stuck” to the front page. This way, you can still have recent posts appear on the homepage of your site, but also have a static section of content greeting visitors. With a static Page on the homepage, you don’t get the recent posts.

To set a Post to stay on the front page, navigate to the ‘Posts’ section and choose ‘All posts.’ Find the Post you’d like to stick, choose ‘Quick Edit’ and check the box that says ‘Make this post sticky’:

Shows the location of the checkbox 'Make this post sticky'

 

I’ve got some content now. How do I share it with people, get feedback and make connections?

Ask around–see if your colleagues have set up a site. You can add them by adding links to their blog, which can also work for external sites. You can also browse a list of sites here!

Don’t forget to check out the ins and outs of commenting. Commenting will be the main venue that others use to ask questions and provide feedback on your blog–and it works in reverse too. Don’t be afraid to comment! The more active you are in making connections, the more others will interact with you.

 

Okay, got it. But now my site is kind of boring. How can I personalize it?

The first thing to do to beautify your site is definitely to pick a theme. A theme will give you a framework and let you fine-tune from there.

Once you’ve got your theme, try adding widgets and a background. How about starting with a widget that shows a calendar of your updates?

Now that you’ve got the basic tweaks on, you can start editing the finer points of your site’s appearance. Try adding a custom header image, then choosing different widgets to assist in navigation.

If you’re savvy with HTML, you can take a peak at the HTML Tab (right next to the Visual tab) above the typing area. Here, you can directly edit the formatting of your Post or Page. If you have some text that isn’t getting formatted correctly, even when you erase it and rewrite it, try viewing the HTML tab and erasing that text and any tags attached to it.