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.
…WordPress has answers!
In the spirit of community WordPress has a great support network, starting with the WordPress.com Support page. Check it out and get answers fast. There is also the infamous WordPress Codex.
Then contact me if you’re REALLY puzzled.
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.
Tell Me More!
WordPress.com has some excellent resources and tutorials about creating Portfolios and Projects.
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.
Hope that helps!