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.
Installing WordPress on your computer is a great way to test and explore WordPress features. It’s also an excellent way to work on WordPress Themes and Plugins without exposure to the public view. When your site is set up and ready, it’s easy to move WordPress from your computer to your hosted server.
Why would you want to install and setup a portable version of WordPress?
It allows you to design and develop a testing environment protected from public eyes.
It allows you a safe, secure space, especially for testing private and security-specific WordPress development.
You can take WordPress with you or mail the thumbdrive to anyone. Plug it into any Windows-based machine and fairly instantly have WordPress up and running, ready to show clients what their future site will look like and have them test it fully while not connected to the Internet nor exposed to the public.
You can work on WordPress while not connected to the Internet.
There are a variety of tools that will help you install WordPress to your computer dependent upon the operating system. Some are very simple requiring few steps to completion. Others are a little more complex, so read through the documentation carefully before deciding which one to try, or try several to get the feel of how they work and which ones will work for you and your needs.
You have two choices in making WordPress portable. You can install it on a thumbdrive or to your laptop or desktop computer.
For my classes and workshops, unless you are used to bringing in your laptop, I recommend you install it on a Thumbdrive. Most of the computers in the classrooms where I teach are Windows based, so use Instant WordPress and install it to your thumbdrive. Continue reading →