Activity 1: Creating Content

Intent:

In this activity students will learn how to create content on their wordpress site.

Posts vs. pages

While publishing posts is the primary way to share content on your site, you can also add additional pages to make it look and feel more like a traditional website. Learn more about the difference between posts and pages here.

There are very key differences between posts and pages in your WordPress blog.

Posts

Posts are entries listed in reverse chronological order on the blog home page or on the posts page if you have set one in Settings  Reading. If you have created any sticky posts, those will appear before the other posts. Posts can be found in the Archives, Categories, Recent Posts, and other widgets. Posts are also displayed in the RSS feed of the blog. You can control how many posts are displayed at a time in the Reading Settings. The URL for a post includes the date the post was published like this:http://blogname.wordpress.com/2008/11/30/post-title/

If you want your posts to appear on a page other than your home page, read this: Front Page.

See Posts for more detailed information.

Pages

Pages are static and are not listed by date. Pages do not use tags or categories. An About page is the classic example. Pages can be displayed in the sidebar using the Pages widget, and some themes display pages in tabs at the top of the blog. If you have 50 pages and you use the Pages widget, then all pages will be listed all the time. The URL for a page looks like this:http://blogname.wordpress.com/page-title/

See Pages for more detailed information.

How many can I have?
There is no limit on the number of posts or pages you can have.

How do I post to a Page?

All posts will appear on the main posts page, but you can also display specific posts on category pages with our custom menus feature. If you want, you can change the default page for posts to appear by changing Settings  Reading in the Dashboard.  This will likely require changing yourFront page as well.

You can create a new post several different ways:

  1. The New Post button in the top right of the admin bar (learn more)
  2. The New Post tab on the WordPress.com home page
  3. Posts -> Add New in your site’s Dashboard
  4. QuickPress in your site’s Dashboard

You can also create a new page from your site’s Dashboard by going to Pages -> Add New, and for most themes, a link to your page will automatically be displayed in your navigation menu.

Tip!  Did you forget to Post something?  well you can change the published date of any Page or Post.

Adding images, video, and audio

You can add galleriesslideshows, and individual images to posts and pages. If you’d like to upload videos to your site, we offer VideoPress upgrade. You can also easily embed videos from services like YouTube & Vimeo.

Each new WordPress.com site comes with 3GB of free storage for files and images. If you need additional storage space, or you’d like to upload audio to your site, there are multiple space upgrades to choose from.

Featured Image:

With custom header images, you can display your own photo on your blog’s page headers. Featured images allow for even greater customization, giving you the option to display unique custom header images for specific posts and pages or set thumbnails for special features of your theme.  http://en.support.wordpress.com/featured-images/

Feeds:

feed (often called RSS) is a stream of posts or comments that is updated when new content is published. This is very useful, as it allows other people to monitor your blog, along with other websites they are interested in, and aggregate them together through applications known as feed readers

Categories:

Categories provide a helpful way to group related posts together, and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Categories also make it easier for people to find your content. Categories are similar to, but broader than, tags.

Depending on the theme and widgets you have activated, categories can be displayed at the top or bottom of posts, on the individual post view, and/or in the sidebar. You can assign multiple categories per post (you must assign at least one), and categories can be organized hierarchically.

Tags: 

Tags provide a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for people to find your content. Tags are similar to, but more specific than, categories.

Depending on the theme and widgets you have activated, tags can be displayed at the top or bottom of posts, on the individual post view, and/or in the sidebar. You can assign multiple tags per post.

Task:

Part 1:

  • Check and apply needed settings in your theme options for Blog or Post page.
  • Set your Front Page to “Your Latest Posts.”  To do this follow these steps:

The Reading Settings control how your blog is displayed to visitors. You can access it via your Settings -> Reading page.

General Settings

The Front Page Display setting allows you to choose what content appears on your blog’s front page. You can choose to have your latest blog posts or a static page that you have created in the Pages section of your blog. (Your blog must have at least one static page for this setting to appear.)

By default, your front page is set to display your latest blog posts, but you can change it to a static front page. Using a static front page is handy if you want to use WordPress.com to create a website and use your front page as a landing page or to display a welcome message.

 

Front page displays

Blog pages show at most lets you choose how many blog posts are displayed per page. The default setting is 10 posts per page.

Setting a higher number of posts to display on each page can potentially impact load times on your blog, since you will be loading a lot more data with each page. The default setting is 10 posts per page to ensure fast load times.

Blog pages show at most

Syndication feeds show the most recent lets you set how many blog posts will be sent out at once via your RSS feed (located at http://your-domain.wordpress.com/feed/).

Syndication feeds show the most recent

For each article in a feed you can select Full text or Summary. Full text means that the entire contents of a post are included in the feed. Summary means that only the first 55 words are included in the feed, along with the option to continue reading the rest of the post.

Which option to use is a matter of some debate. Visit Problogger’s view for some more information. This setting also affects what your followers receive in their email subscriptions.

For each article in a feed

Related Posts contains options for the Related Posts section.

  1. Link to related content after posts toggles the related posts section on or off.
  2. To clearly separate the related posts section from the rest of the content, you can choose to show a Related header on the section, using the second checkbox.
  3. You can choose to display thumbnails, using Show thumbnails for related posts check-box.

Related Posts

Enhanced Feeds

Enhanced feeds is a setting that allows you to show other items in your feed. You can choose to display categories, tags, and the number of comments.

Note: Changes to an enhanced feed may not appear in feed readers until you create a new post or your news reader refreshes. This setting does not affect existing posts displayed on the blog.

Part 2 – Create Categories:

  • Create the following Post Categories:
    • Summative,
    • Rich Activity,
    • SoapBoxED,
    • Course Work,
  • Delete any non-relevant existing categories

Part 3 – Create Posts:

  • Create new 14 posts for previous course highlights ,
  • Your previous posts must show a combination of the following categories (minimum of 4 per category).  One post per week (approximately):
    • Rich Activity, SoapBoxED and Course Work
    • Change the date of each post to the friday of each week of semester one,
  • Create a Post for today.   You are expected to make a new post each week.
  • The post title should be witty and encapsulate what you experienced in that week of class.  How do you find out what you did?  Well, use DIgital Voices.ca’ Posts to help guide you.
  • Each post must have a featured image from that week!  You may want to use one of your activity images or photos from our soapboxED sessions.  Be sure to look at your recommended image size,
  • Write 4-5 points on what you did that week.  Feel free to link to your page content.
  • Insert 2-3 images in your Posts.  Use captions!
  • Set 5-8 Tags to related key-tems,
  • Create and set the category

Part 4 –  Definitions:

  • Create a new Activity 1 sub-page under your Web Unit (parent Page),
  • Define the following terms:
    • Page,
    • Post,
    • Featured Image,
    • Tags,
    • Categories,
    • Feeds
  • Use the following Formats on your page: Heading 2 and paragraphs
  • All key terms must be identified with Bold,

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