Week Three – Interactivity and Security/Publishing Options
This week is dedicated to all things interactive on WordPress. We’ll explore comments, trackbacks, comment spam, and social media integration. We will also look at privacy and security issues on WordPress. Also consider this week a lesson in interior design. We’ll be exploring all the content organization, navigation, and management features of WordPress, continuing what was started in week two of the class, including what content is appropriate for posts or Pages, how to write experts and article series, and how to publish technical articles that may include code. In the second class this week, we will explore the different ways to publish via WordPress including Press This, Windows Live Writer, and Mobile.
NOTE: We will be using social media and third-party apps to publish with WordPress. You do not have to sign up for a social media service or any of the third-party apps. You may learn by watching others. It is recommended that you have a Facebook and Twitter account at a minimum. If you wish to experiment with Windows Live Writer, you will need a Windows Live ID with Microsoft.
- WordPress Integration with the Social Web
- Email Obfuscation Tools and Scripts
- Security on WordPress.com
- Security Issues for Self-hosted WordPress
- Privacy and WordPress
- Post Visibility – Private and Password Protected Posts
- Privacy Policies
- Pages and Posts Revisited
Pop Quiz: Prepare yourself for a pop-quiz next week. Catch up with all the reading and homework assignments so you are prepared.
Homework Week Three
- Review all the articles in the links for the class lessons.
- Check off the tasks you’ve accomplished on the Blog Checklist.
- Update your Profile and display name to be “human” and reflective of yourself and your site’s purpose.
- Comment on blogs everywhere, especially fellow students. See if you can get them to come to your site and comment.
On Your Blog
- Add a Comments Policy to your Policies.
- Add more information to your Contact Page for options on how to contact you (email, social media, etc.).
- Add social sharing icons to your site.
- Add a poll in a post.
- Write a blog post about one of your fellow student’s blog posts to create a trackback.
- [Optional] Write a blog post featuring a link and recommendation to an external site to generate a trackback on their site.
- Create a protected blog post with the password “lorelle” with something that will make your students laugh, such as: Protected: Some Giggles.
- Edit your posts to set the “More” shortcode for excerpts.
- Re-evaluate the content on your site to determine what should be in a post or Page and make the appropriate changes.
- Write a link post – a post featuring a series of links in a list.
- Comment on each class member’s site.
- Web Writing
- Publishing Responsibilities: I’m Responsible for What I Say
- Creating a Blogging, Social Media, and Editorial Calendar and Schedule
- Writing and Publishing Code in Your WordPress Blog Posts | The Blog Herald
- WordPress.com Blog Bling: Signatures and Writing Code
- Post by Email
- Post by Voice
- Writing Helper Plugin on WordPress.com
- Social Web and Interactivity
- Security and Privacy
- The About Page: