Term Project WordPress Details

Setting Up WordPress Project Site

General Instructions

  1. Recognize that each “page” of the site needs context — this is one reason why I had you write two papers, so that each could “stand alone”
  2. Each page of the paper should have its own sources cited at the bottom. Remember: no need for hanging indents but please use APA for narrative citing format and for the reference list. Remember to hyperlink references.
  3. The annotated bibliography is its own page
  4. There should be an about page

Stand-Alone Site

Rationale: experience using WordPress as a content management system for a website, not a blog. Minimum number of pages: past, present-future, annotated bibliography, about, (unused) blog

  1. Log In
  2. Go to WordPress.com
  3. Left hand column, look for “Register another blog
    wordpress_new_blog
  4. Pick a name
  5. Pick a design that is very readable
  6. Widgets: Pages, Blogroll (Links), Meta. Unless you are going to use this as a site to blog about the topic, you won’t want any widgets related to blogging. Use Blogroll (Links) to provide links to your blog, this site, other resources related to your topic.
  7. Create a stand-alone page for the home page
    • Pages -> New -> Home
    • Pages -> New -> Blog
    • Settings -> Reading -> Front Page Displays …
  8. Provide information on the “about” page about you and this project/course
  9. Recognize that each “page” of the site needs context — this is one reason why I had you write two papers, so that each could “stand alone”
  10. The annotated bibliography is its own page
  11. Each page of the project (a minimum of two, past & present-future) should have its own sources cited at the bottom. Remember: no need for hanging indents but please use APA for narrative citing format and for the reference list

Integrated Site

If you want everything in one place, and want this paper to be a “sub-section” of your course blog. Minimum number of pages: “home” (contents), past, present-future, annotated bibliography

  1. Log In
  2. Make sure that your blog design is very readable for long blocks of text (light on dark does not meet this requirement)
  3. Provide information on the “about” page about you
  4. Create a new page that will be the project home; provide information on this page about the project/course; provide links to the project parts (past, present-future, annotated bibliography)*
  5. Create the pages that are for the project; each will have, as it parent page, the project home page:
    wordpress_parents

* WordPress will not automagically provide “in page” content or links to child pages. Some themes provide links to child pages in the main navigation section; some provide links to child pages if the Pages Widget has been enabled in side navigation.

See this as an example. This is the page on the blog that I made for each student last year – it’s a proxy for what your page might look like:
https://com546.wordpress.com/syllabus/2009-projects/brian-johnson/

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