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This software is supported by Instructional Technologies.
Description: Website and blogging web tool
Usage: Personal website, portfolio websites, bloggingAvailable locations: Any computer with internet and modern web browser.
Access: See below for login options.
Help: (253) 535-7525, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Help Desk in Mortvedt Library
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WordPress is a free, easy-to-use website builder and blogging platform that’s used by over 60 million websites. Websites made in WordPress can be used for group projects, portfolios, blogging, and more. Each sites can be customized with a wide variety of design choices. WordPress is very customizable with a large library of theme options and available plugins that change the user experience. The goal of this guide is to get acquainted with the base features of a standard WordPress installation and start building websites and blogs.
A few types of WordPress sites are available. The process for logging into and setting up a site will depend on the type of site being used.
Primarily used for personal sites and portfolios. These sites are created, managed, and hosted directly through WordPress.com. The URL will typically end with “___.wordpress.com”, such as: “myportfolio.wordpress.com”. NOTE: All instructions in this guide apply to the WP Admin dashboard. To access this view in a WordPress.com site, click “WP Admin” from the bottom of the menu to the left.
This is the official site of WordPress. The WordPress software can be downloaded from WordPress.org, then used to build a site to be hosted outside of WordPress. For example, the PLU website is built with WordPress, but since it’s hosted elsewhere, there is no “___.wordpress.com” in the URL.
Some classes use sites that are hosted through the Digital Humanities (DH) lab. These sites will have a unique [Name], such as the name of the class or individual student, followed by “___. pludhlab.org”. Entering this web address will display the home page of the site. To make changes to the site, such as to write a post/page or adjust the appearance, add “/wp-admin” to the end.
WordPress has two main user roles: administrator, and author. Administrators have full control over a site, such as the ability to adjust the permission settings of other users, and customize the look of the site. Non-administrator users should contact the site admin for permission or access issues.
PLU Instructional Technologies equips users with the knowledge and tools needed to create digital content, but does not accept responsibility for how these programs are utilized. We do not claim ownership of any user-created content and will not be liable for violations of copyright or Fair Use laws. The legality of user-created content is the sole responsibility of the user.