Week 1 – Wed Lab – Creating WordPress Blogs

Lab attendance is required this week.

Notes on the short lecture:

Lab Details

1) Create student blogs using Word Press.
By using blogging software to reflect on your readings, you practice using this new technology. By customizing your blog space, you develop your personal design aesthetic. By categorizing blog posts, you are becoming literate about Web 2.0 technologies and folksonomy.

  • Create your blog! Go to Word Press ; select the new account button and follow the prompts. Notes:

    • Use your UWNetID as your login/member name. This will make your WordPress URL <uwnetid.wordpress.com> and makes it easy for me and other class members to send you email. [If it’s not available, use something else! I’ll note the email info on the student blogs page.]
    • Use an email account that you can access in the lab, because you will not be able to move to the next steps until you activate the blog by clicking on a link in an email from WordPress.
  • Activate your blog
    Log in to your email account and find the WordPress mail that contains instructions. Click the link and your blog will be live! This step “proves” you are a human and not a ‘bot.
  • Customize your blog.
    Required settings:

    • Make the name (separate from your login) distinctive (not Com300!). This setting is found under options – general
    • Change the time (settings-general) to [-8] Greenwich Mean Time so that we all have the same timestamp
    • Create the following categories (posts – categories). We will be categorizing all of our blog entries

      • Assignment
      • Discussion Leader
      • Extra-Credit
      • Reading

    Recommended settings

    • Make the blog public but not included in search engines or public listings (unless you want the outside world – strangers – to easily view your blog!) – This setting is found under options – privacy
    • To avoid spam, enable Users must be registered and logged in to comment – This setting is found under options – discussion

Other Workshop Exercises:

  1. Edit the existing comment (Comments) by unapproving the existing comment. How does this change the appearance of the administration page? How does it change the appearance of the blog post?
  2. Edit the existing post. (Posts – edit pages). Paste the answer the above questions in the body of the existing (Hello, World) blog post. Change its title/subject. Categorize the blog post assignment (click the tick mark for assignment – Categories are in the right margin)
  3. Edit the blogroll (Links)
  4. Create a new page (Pages – add page). The title should be COM300. Write something about this page being your COM300 home page. Click publish.
  5. Change the design (presentation tab)

    • Experiment!
    • Be sure your design shows this minimum set of sidebar widgets. You can change the elements in the sidebars by playing around with the widgets.
      • Archives
      • Categories
      • Links (the blogroll)
      • Pages
      • Recent comments
      • Recent posts
    • Congratulations! You have now created a website that integrates static pages with blog posts!
  6. Create a new blog post (Posts – add new), 200-300 words on how you use digital media in your life everyday. (We will talk about this on Monday.) Categorize the blog post assignment and then publish

    • Before 6.20 pm, e-mail this blog post URL (permalink) to me at kegill – at – uw

2) Now that your blog has been set up, you are ready to complete Mondays reading assignment. Have a great weekend!

For WordPress help, see these tips.


Posted on January 7, 2009, in Class Notes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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