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New to Blogging at Wordpress Your quick­start guide to creating and maintaining a blog with Wordpress.com

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Table of Contents Introduction to Wordpress …………………………………………………………... 2 Setting up your account ……………………………………………………………...

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Logging in to your account …………………………………………………..

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Using the Dashboard ………………………………………………………………….

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Making a Post ………………………………………………………………………….. 10 Inserting Media into a Post ………………………………………………….. 11 Categorizing and Tagging ……………………………………………………... 12 Creating Pages …………………………………………………………………………. 13 Designing Appearance ………………………………………………………………… 14 Controlling Settings …………………………………………………………………… 15

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Introduction to Wordpress

Welcome to Wordpress.com! We’re glad that you’ve joined our growing community of users creating content online.

Wordpress is simple and easy for new bloggers to use. The purpose of this guide is to introduce you to the basic functions Wordpress can perform, and to show you around the interface of your new blog.

This guide will teach you how to: ● ● ● ● ● ●

Set up your blogging account Use your blog’s dashboard Make your first blog post Create static blog pages Design the appearance of your blog Control your blog’s settings

For an introduction to more advanced topics, please visit our award-winning online user support forum: codex.wordpress.org

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Setting up your account 1.

Open a web browser on your computer and enter www.wordpress.com into the address bar. The Wordpress.com home screen will appear.

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Once you’re on the home screen, click on the orange “Get Started” button. This will take you to the signup page.

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3.

On the signup page, enter your email address and desired username, password and blog address into the corresponding fields. Tips to the right of these fields will help you select an appropriate username and password.

The address you choose for your blog may already be taken by another user. If this happens, you can select a new address for your blog, or you can pay to use your original address with a different web suffix. For example, use .com instead of .org.

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If you would like to pay for a blog address, select the suffix you want by clicking on the blue drop down menu and scrolling to find the suffix of your choice.

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For beginners, we recommend selecting the .wordpress.com suffix, which is free. You can pay for a different suffix at any time through the “Settings” panel on your Dashboard.

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Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Create Blog” button.

This will create your blog and send you back to the Wordpress.com home screen.

Now you’re ready to log in to your new blog!

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Logging in to your account 1.

Once you’re back on the Wordpress home screen, www.wordpress.com, sign in using the username or email and password you entered to set up your account.

The “Blogs I Follow” page will appear.

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On the “Blogs I Follow” page, you will find a feed of recent posts from other blogs you follow on this account. By default, you will already be following the WordPress.com News account. You can edit the blogs you’re following at any time using the “Settings” panel on your Dashboard.

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In the upper right hand corner of this page, click on the far right icon and select your blog’s name from the list of options. This will take you to your Dashboard where you can begin blogging.

The far right icon above is called your gravatar. It is the icon other users see when you comment on a post. You can customize your gravatar through the “Settings” panel on your Dashboard.

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Using the Dashboard What is the Dashboard? Your Dashboard is the command center for your blog and a window to the rest of the Wordpress community. Understanding how to navigate the dashboard will help you work efficiently within your Wordpress blog. The Dashboard has six modules, or sections: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

At a Glance — shows you basic information about the content on your blog Quick Draft — allows you create a post draft without visiting the “Posts” panel Activity — outlines the posts you’ve made and comments you’ve received recently Stats — gives an overview of how many people visited your blog and when they visited Your Stuff — shows you a list of your recent actions on the blog What’s Hot — pulls together a list of what’s trending on Wordpress

Introduction to the modules Each module serves a different purpose and you may use some modules more than others. Your Dashboard helps make the most common Wordpress tasks easy to accomplish. At a Glance module <insert diagram here> Quick Draft module <insert diagram here> Activity module <insert diagram here> Stats module <insert diagram here> Your Stuff module <insert diagram here> What’s Hot module <insert diagram here>

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Making a Post 1.

In your Dashboard, select “Posts” from the left hand menu and click “Add New.”

A page titled “Add New Post” will appear. 2.

In the white box beneath “Add New Post,” enter a title for your post. The larger white box below your title is where the body content of your post will go.

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3.

Once you’re ready, begin typing body content into your post, using the toolbar to insert media and stylize your text as needed. Typing your post’s body content into Wordpress is similar to typing in Microsoft Word, or any other text editing software. The toolbar, which runs across the top of your typing space, allows you to stylize and add media into your post. Refer to the diagram below.

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Inserting Media into a post

1.

To insert a media file into your post, click on the “Add Media” button from the toolbar. An “Insert Media” window will appear.

File types that you can upload — without upgrading to a paid account — include: jpg, jpeg, png, gif, pdf, doc, ppt, odt, pptx, docx, pps, ppsx, xls, xlsx and key. 2.

To upload a file from your computer, simply drag the file from its location on your computer, directly onto the “Insert Media” window. You may also click on the “Select Files” button in the center of the window to select files manually from your computer.

3.

To insert a video, click “Insert from YouTube” in the left hand menu.

4.

Use the search box to look for videos generally or by specific user.

5.

Once you’ve found the video you’re looking for, select it, and click the “Insert” button in the bottom right corner.

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Categorizing and Tagging posts Categories and Tags are ways to sort your posts by topic. These can be helpful when visitors are searching for particular types of information on your blog. 1.

To create a category, click on “Categories” from the left hand Dashboard menu. A “Categories” page will appear.

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Enter the name of your new category into the “Name” field.

3.

Click the blue “Add New Category” button. The new category will appear in the right hand list.

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4.

To create a tag, click on “Tags” from the left hand Dashboard menu. A “Tags” page will appear.

5.

Enter the name of your new tag into the “Name” field.

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Click the blue “Add New Tag” button. The new tag will appear in the right hand list. New categories and tags you create will appear in the right hand column of all draft posts.

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To categorize or tag a post, select the category or tag you’d like to apply in the right hand column. Now you’re ready to publish.

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Click the “Publish” button.

You’re post is live on the web!

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Creating Pages What is a Page? Pages are different from posts. While posts are displayed on your blog’s front page in the order they’re published, pages are static, and should be used for more timeless content that needs to be easily accessible, like your About or Contact information.

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Designing Appearance

Controlling Settings

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