Go to WordPress.com (If you already have a WordPress.com account you can stop now and use the blog you have or start a new one.)
- Select the orange Get Started button
- Fill in the four blanks: E-mail Address, Username; Password; and Blog Address. Write down your User Name and Password; you will need it later. The Blog Address will be filled in automatically; you will change it later to something that makes more sense.
- Next, scroll to the bottom of the page and select the right hand button, Create Blog.
- Follow the directions on the “Now Check Your E-mail to Complete Registration” page.
- You will have a new email with the Subject: Activate YOURNEWBLOGNAME.wordpress.com.
- Select the Activate Blog button. You will be redirected to the WordPress.com page titled “Set up your blog”. Follow the directions.
- You don’t want your site to be branded as “just another WordPress site” (the default tagline)
- Edit or Enter your “Site Title”. Be creative. Do NOT use your MTMail email address (TO714y) as your site title.
- In a few words explain what your site is about and why your site is unique in “Tagline”
Make your site visible to search engines
- Make sure your site is visible to everyone, including search engines. Your site is visible to search engines by default.
- Select Settings > Reading > and scroll down to Site Visibility
- Make sure the “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” is unchecked.
Select a theme design (In Appearance > Themes)
- Find the theme you like and activate it. Some Themes will cost money.
- A Theme may allow you to add your own unique header image in Appearance > Header
- You can change the sidebar elements in Appearance > Widgets. Just drag and drop the ones you want to use and delete the ones you don’t.
- Your theme must support Portfolios (see below.)
- Delete the generic “My First Blog Post” post (In Posts)
- In Appearance > Widgets delete the Text Widget
Create some pages
- Edit the About page
- Write a short paragraph about you.
- Create a Contact Page
- Use the Add Contact Form button at the top of the menu bar and fill out both tabs: Form Builder and Email Notifications
- Create a page, title it Blog, and save it with no content in it. This is where all of your posts will go.
Create Some Post Categories
- In the left side menu select Posts > Categories.
- Change the name of Uncategorized to your website name.
- Add the following categories
- Class number (i.e. EMC3060)
- As you create Posts you will use select these as Categories for the posts you make.
- For other classes you can add Categories for other courses.
- We will use portfolios to categorize the projects that you complete in this course. Portfolios are a good way to organize your project work for good presentation on your website.
- Select Settings > Writing Settings and check the box next to “Enable Portfolio Projects for this site.”
- If you do not see this checkbox the theme you have chosen does not support Portfolios. You must select another theme that does enable Portfolios. Your theme MUST support Portfolios for this course. No exceptions.
Setup social media accounts and other subscription options
- Select Settings > Sharing and fill in your social media account information. This will allow you to automatically publish your Posts to your social media accounts.
The Portfolio content type in WordPress is an excellent way to display class assignments and projects, and eventually finished projects for your personal website.
Portfolio is a built-in content type like Pages and Posts. A Portfolio allows you to organize similar projects, like video or writing projects, and then display Portfolios in your main menu or sidebar. You’re also able to display a set of Portfolios in a Page or a Post using a WordPress shortcode.
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If you have a personal domain your theme may also have the Portfolio content type built-in. If it doesn’t there are many good portfolio plugins and portfolio themes that have more functionality than WordPress’ built in Portfolio.
Putting your “personal brand” online is important for everyone, professionals and students, whether you’re a technology person, an artist or a liberal arts major.
Scary (or Inspiring) Stats
- 56% of all hiring managers are more impressed by a candidate’s personal website than any other personal branding tool
- Only 7% of job seekers actually have a personal website.
Here’s a list of resources for building personal websites.
- How My Personal Website Helped Me Land My Dream Job – Why you should create a personal website. (themuse.com)
- Why Every Job Seeker Should Have a Personal Website, And What It Should Include – Just what the title says. (forbes.com)
- You Are Missing Out By Not Creating A Personal Website: Disproving The 6 Myths – Why you should create a personal website. (makeuseof.com)
- Your Step-by-Step Guide to Building Your Personal Website in a Week – A guide to planning your personal website before you start building. (themuse.com)
- The Ultimate Guide To Building A Personal Website (video summary) – After you read number 1, 2 and 3 and then do number 4, use this step by step tutorial to build a personal website (using WordPress.) This post includes some good pesonal website examples and some suggested themes, plugins and widgets. There is a long section on buying a web hosting using the author’s Hostgator account (and the same in the video.) Skip it. (College Info Geek)
- 6 ways to make your personal website more effective – Some good tips.
- The 35 Best Personal Websites We’ve Ever Seen – Great inspiration for your personal website. (themuse.com)
There are times when you want to clear out posts. Maybe they’re old and timely in their time but not timely anymore. Maybe you just want to clear the clutter. So what do you do when you don’t want a series of posts appearing on your site? It depends.
- NEVER want anyone to see those posts again? Delete.
- Not sure, might, maybe want to use those posts again? Change the status to Draft.
- Not sure, might, maybe repurpose those posts on another site or in the future? Export.
Here’s some directions for each of those options.
- Go to your site Dashboard.
- In the left menu select Posts.
- Check the box next to the Posts you want to “delete”.
- Select Bulk Actions and then Move to Trash.
- Select Apply.
- Select the blue Apply button.
Personally, I would NEVER Delete a post but I’m a hoarder. (You never know when you might need them.)
Change the Status to Draft
- Follow Steps 1 and 2 above.
- Select Bulk Actions and then Edit.
- Select Apply.
- Select Draft in the Status drop down (middle of the page).
- Select the blue Update button on the far right.
Export the posts:
- In the left menu select Tools -> Export.
- Select Export under Export Options on the left.
- Select Posts under What to Export.
- Leave the drop downs as they are.
- Select Download Export File.