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Creating An e-Portfolio and Reflection Journals Using WordPress

During the first week of classes in my graphic and web design courses, each student is asked to create a free WordPress e-Portfolio to display their learning and facilitate social collaboration between their peers, instructors, and industry professionals. Through the power of WordPress, students can share their projects and experiences, reflect on their program/course learning outcomes and build networking skills throughout the year.

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WordPress Vocabulary

WordPress 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

How To Sign Up for WordPress

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

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

Sign Up
Choose a blog type
choose a job title
What’s your blog about?
name your blog
Give your blog a name
Choose a style
Choose a free URL
Choose ‘start with free plan’
Complete the setup and confirm yoru email
Enter ‘Humber College Graphic Design Advanced Diploma’ in the tagline
Choose ‘latest posts’ or ‘static page’ for yoru home page.
Choose ‘Manage’ and enter advanced information.

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

WordPress Dashboard
WordPress Dashboard (Basic)
WordPress Dashboard
WordPress Dashboard (Advanced)

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.
Search WordPress on iOS or Android
Search WordPress on iOS or Android
Create and Edit Posts, Pages, and Comment
Create and Edit Posts, Pages, and Comment
Read and Comment on Posts
Read and Comment on Posts
Create Posts
Create Posts
Edit Settings
Edit Settings
Discussion and Comments
Discussion and Comments

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 this @wordpress blog I made! @iTeachAi taught me well! http://yourdomain.wordpress.com

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