2. Registering a blog

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Meg’s PressGO! objectives

  1. To register your blog on WordPress.

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Your PressGO! objectives

What are you hoping to learn from this module? Your objectives can be the same as mine, but is there anything else you are expecting to learn? Write down your thoughts, discuss with a partner or small group in the class, or blog it!

Blog it here.

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Introduction

Most blog websites require that you register with them by signing up for an account with a username and password. This is standard. Registering with WordPress will make you a part of the WordPress community, which in turn means that you can have as many blogs as you like, and you can be made a contributor on other people’s blogs. In this module, you will learn:

  • How to register a WordPress blog.

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Focus questions

Have you ever signed up for a Web account before? For an online teaching site, perhaps? Or a shopping site such as Amazon.com or eBay? Write down your experiences, discuss with a partner or small group in the class, or blog it (don’t worry … we’ll get to that bit soon!)

Blog it here.

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Exercise: Register your account

  1. Go to WordPress.com’s homepage.
  2. Click on the great big button that say, ‘Sign up now!’
  3. Fill in the fields under ‘Get your own WordPress account’.
    • Make sure you choose your username carefully: it must be something that you will remember later!
    • Make sure you choose your password carefully: it must be something that you will remember later!
    • Click on ‘Gimme a blog!’
  4. Next, register your domain name (also known as a ‘URL’ or ‘web address’). A domain name is simply a unique name for your website. The default domain name when you sign up is your username, but you can change now it if you want. Make sure you choose a domain name that you’re happy with, because once you’ve registered it you won’t be able to change it later.
    • Make sure you remember your URL/blog domain/web address. This will be where you can view your blog and log into your ‘dashboard’ (your admin area’ — the place where you build your blog)
  5. Fill in the rest of the fields and click ‘Signup’.
  6. You will now see a page that asks you to check your email to complete your registration. Go to your email account, and open the ‘Activate your blog’ WordPress email you have been sent. You will be asked to click on a link in your email that will take you back to WordPress.
  7. You will now see a page that says that your account is now active. You have created a blog! Yay! (But where is it? Read on …).
  8. You will also be sent another email that contains your username, password, and blog URL details. Keep this message safe, as you may need to refer to it later, especially if you forget your login details.

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The WordPress interface

But what next? How can you see your blog? Once your account has been activated, either click on ‘View your site’ or ‘Log in’.

  • If you choose ‘Login’, you will go to a page where you will have to enter your username and password. After that, you will be taken to your ‘dashboard‘. Your dashboard is just a series of controls across the top of the page that allows you to do things such as write or manage posts and pages, set options for comments and privacy, change the look of the site, and manage users.
  • Go to’View your site’ to see your blog. Cool! 8) To start building your blog, click on ‘Login’ under the ‘Meta’ heading at the bottom of the right-hand rail. You will go to a page where you will have to enter your username and password. After that, you will be taken to your ‘dashboard‘. Your dashboard is just a series of controls across the top of the page that allows you to do things such as write or manage posts and pages, set options for comments and privacy, change the look of the site, and manage users.

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Exercise: Explore WordPress

Have a tool around the WordPress user interface (i.e., the bit where you build your blog — the admin interface — not the bit where the world can see your blog). What features have you noticed? What terms are unfamiliar? What do you think they might mean? Make a note of terms that seem a bit unusual: ask your classmates if they know what they refer to, ask me (in class) or google it (e.g., google “what does blogroll mean?”). If you wanted to write a post or a page, where would you do it? How would you change the look of your site? What sorts of things can you change under ‘Settings’? Where would you add other authors to your blog?

Write down your observations, discuss with a partner or small group in the class, or blog your discoveries and questions.

Blog it here.

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Reflection

Write down your thoughts, discuss with a partner or small group in the class, or blog it!

  • What have I learnt?
  • What is still unclear?
  • What do I need to follow up on?
  • Where to from here?
  • What other stuff I have read or accessed to help me make sense of it all?

Blog it here.

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Links and resources

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