Using WordPress

Creating an Account

You will receive an email invite through your TSU email address. Click the link in the email to be taken to a sign-up page. There, you will create a username and password for your account.

You may use your first name or some alternate username if you do not want your real name to appear on your blogs.

Setting Up Your Profile

At the top right of any WordPress site, you should see a small gray and white circle. Clicking this will take you to your profile. From here, you can change your public display name (what will show when you write comments or posts), add a user picture and bio, and change several settings. You do not need to create a profile for our class, but it’s available if you want to.

The “Notification Settings” tab on your profile page will also allow you to customize which notifications you receive. These show up by the bell icon at the top right menu on WordPress. By default, you will receive notifications for any changes on this blog both on WordPress and sent to your email.

Writing Posts

At the very top right of the homepage, you should see a button that says “Write.” Clicking this will open a blank blog page.

On the left side of the screen is space for you to write your blog. On the right are options for posting.

When writing your blog, you may choose to write straight into WordPress or you may choose to write using a program like Word and then copy and paste the text into WordPress. I would advise that you keep a Word copy of all your blogs in case you accidentally delete something from the website.

WordPress uses “blocks” rather than paragraphs. Every time you hit “enter,” you create a new block. Each block has to be formatted separately. Once you’ve typed some text into a block, you can hover over the block to see formatting option (font, indentation, adding hyperlinks, etc.) The far right button on the formatting menu allows you to delete blocks.

You can add different kinds of blocks by hovering around the middle of your screen and clicking the blue plus symbol. The default block is a simple text box. Using the plus symbol, you can add images, files, audio, block quotes, separators to distinguish between different sections, etc.

Before you post your blog, make sure it is tagged appropriately. To do this, make sure you have selected “Document” on the menu at the right side of the screen. Click “tags” and then enter your tags into the text box.

All blogs should be tagged with “Blogs” so that they are displayed under the menu in the top bar. You should also tag your blogs with the unit or film they are for, and with “extra-credit” if applicable.

You may use additional tags to describe the content of your blog, if you wish.

Once you’ve written, formatted and tagged your blog, click the blue “Publish” button at the top right of the screen. You may also click “Preview” (next to the “Publish” button) to make sure the blog looks the way you want it to.

Leaving Comments

As other students write posts, read and comment on them. To do this, click on the title of the post and scroll to the bottom of the page. There, you will see “Leave a Reply” and a text box underneath.

You may also respond to other comments on the post.

Deleting Content

If you need to delete something for some reason, click “My Site” at the top left of any WordPress page. This will bring up a menu (also on the left side of the page) where you can access posts, media and comments you have posted. From here, you can delete these items.

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