This video contains instructions and screencasts for registering for a WordPress.com blog. It includes tips for new users and already registered users.
We will be starting with a WordPress.com blog whether or not you have another WordPress site.
Trust me. You will be making mistakes, experimenting, messing things up. The class also needs to be all working on the same thing for the first few weeks of the class – no arguments. Once you learn how this all works, you can go mess up your own site at will. 😀
Here is what you need to know about creating your WordPress.com site:
- Create a temporary blog domain name such as myclassblog1234.wordpress.com or myname987.wordpress.com. You will NOT change this. Pick right the first time.
- Even if you have a WordPress site, you will only use the above WordPress.com site for homework and class assignments. You may transfer content over to your site later.
- You will choose the Twenty-eleven WordPress Theme. Everyone will be using it for the first few weeks of the class.
- Homework assignments are to be stored in the “Class Assignments” parent category.
- While you can publish whatever you want on your blog, it is recommended you publish your homework and work with content related to the site’s intent.
- The Privacy Settings for the site must be set to visible and “Ask search engines NOT to index this site.”
- During the class, Clark College teachers and the students in this class will be reading the blog, therefore your content must be work/family appropriate during the course.
- Homework assignments may be copied and used for future classes by the teacher and college.
- Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Homework assignments are not to be copied and published publicly on your blog.
- It is your responsibility to keep the blog maintained or delete it no sooner than 6 weeks after the class grades are posted.
If you are already a WordPress.com member, go to Add Another Blog or go to Dashboard > My Blogs and look for the button that says “Register a New Site” or blog. The button changes from time to time.
For more information on using WordPress, check out:
- Lorelle Teaches
- WordPress Resources – Lorelle Teaches
- WordPress Codex, the online manual for WordPress Users
- WordPress Cheat Sheets, Checklists, and Infographics
- WordPress News (official)
- WordPress.com News (official)
- Lorelle on WordPress
- Blog Your Passion