Getting Started with WordPress.com

Getting Started with WordPress.com


Humber College Graphic Design for Print & Web and Web Design & Development

This year, you will use WordPress to build, manage and facilitate social collaboration between your peers, instructors, and industry professionals. Through the power of WordPress, you will be able to share your projects and experiences, reflect on your program/course learning outcomes and build networking skills throughout the year.

Download Demo Files WordPress Vocabulary

Learning Outcomes

During our in-class workshop, you will learn and discuss how to use WordPress to write, post and share your progress and projects with your peers, faculty and industry professionals. Our workshop will include:

  • Setting up a free WordPress.com site
  • Choosing a theme
  • Creating Posts
  • Creating Pages
  • Creating Navigation menus
  • Writing/editing posts
  • Adding multimedia
  • Adding a poll or survey
  • Following and commenting
  • Social Sharing
  • Using the WordPress Mobile app
  • Notifications

Sign Up for WordPress

Log on to wordpress.com in your favourite web browser to begin.

  1. Click on ‘Get Started’.
  2. Choose a site type and a theme.
  3. Pick a domain name (web address) ie: yourdomain.wordpress.com.
  4. Choose free hosting.
  5. Enter a password and confirm your registration via email.

WordPress Dashboard

Within the WordPress Dashboard you can create and edit blog posts, pages, themes, and collaborative tools such as social sharing, discussions and follower notifications. The Dashboard is divided into three main sections; publish, personalize, and configure. An advanced Dashboard can be accessed by entering the following URL: yourdomain.wordpress.com/wp-admin

Create a Post in WordPress

Create a WordPress Post

WordPress Post

Log in to your blog yourdomain.wordpress.com/wp-admin

  1. Click on ‘Add Post’.
  2. Add a title.
  3. Add some text.
  4. Add media such as hyperlinks, images, video, and audio.
  5. Enter meta-data, tags, a feature image and publish your post.

Create a Navigation Menu in WordPress

Creating a Navigation Menu

WordPress Navigation Menu

Log in to your blog yourdomain.wordpress.com/wp-admin

  1. Hover over ‘Appearance’ and choose menu.
  2. Choose primary menu and select its position.
  3. Select menu items or add custom links.
  4. Add selected categories, links or page items to your menu.
  5. Save your menu and preview your blog. yourdomain.wordpress.com

Install the WordPress Mobile App

Search ‘Wordpress’ in the App store for iOS or Google Play Store on Android.

  1. Install WordPress App.
  2. Enter in your domain URL and Enter your password.
  3. Create posts, read posts, comment or share posts from followers.
  4. Allow push notifications to receive updates from followers.

WordPress Resources

WordPress Vocabulary: http://codex.wordpress.org/Glossary

WordPress Support: https://en.support.wordpress.com/

Share Your WordPress Blog

Share you blog on Twitter or Facebook:

Check out my @wordpress blog I made @HumbersGDPW @HumberWDDM #GDPW #WDDM @iTeachAi taught me well! http://yourdomain.wordpress.com

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