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WordPress How To

Go to www.WordPress.com (this will open in a separate window.)

  1. Click on the big orange “Sign Up Now” button.  Fill in the forms and follow the directions.
  2. WordPress will then give you the option to change your Blog Domain and Blog Title.
  3. Click “Sign Up” then follow the directions about checking your email to verify the account. Check your junk mail if it’s not in your inbox.
  4. Bookmark your URL and save your username and password someplace you’ll remember it.
  5. Log out and log back in again – for practice.
  6. Write your first blog entry – introduce yourself, and tell us what you hope to get out of the program.

Things To Do

  1. Familiarize yourself with your Dashboard. Check out the buttons on the left: posts, appearance (where you can change the theme), settings, links. If you make any interesting discoveries, write about them.
  2. Each time you post you can give your post categories as well. The “Categories” option appears to the right of where you are writing your post. If you click on the word “Categories,” it will show you which categories are available. You can also add your own categories, like “Reviews,” “Reflection,” “Good Sites,” “Travel,” or “Horses.” You can categorize your posts in more than one location.
  3. If you are writing a post about something you found online, such as a web site or a blog post, create a hyperlink to that thing. To do so, copy the link in the address bar of the place you want to link to. Next, highlight the part of your post you want to turn into a hyperlink. Click on the little chain-link icon, paste the address into the “Link” box, and click “save.” Voila, you have a hyperlink in your blog.
  4. If you run into problems with anything, you can find help on the WordPress Support page.

Go back to Thing #4 – Blogging Basics

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