Structuring

Think about posts as the length, now we want to build the width of your blog.

While your posts will display on your blog’s front page with the latest one on top, pages are better suited for more timeless content, such as your About or Contact information.

PAGES

For a university teaching blog, you may like to create pages titled:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Assessments
  • Readings
  • Resources

TIPS: If you have a digital version of your Teaching and Learning Guideline, you may simply copy the tables of lectures, tutorials, etc., and paste them onto your pages. Check this out: http://networkedmedia.wordpress.com/lectures/

HOW TO ADD PAGES?

1. Go to Pages on the left column of your Dashboard – there should be an About or Contact page in the table already depending on your theme.

2. Move your cursor over the page titles, you can choose to Edit/Trash/View the pages. Click Edit.

3. You can change the page title and add content – similar to writing posts.

4. Have a Preview, then Publish. There should be a new tag on top of your page above or below the header.

5. Click Add New to add another page.

HOW TO REORDER MY PAGES?

1. Go to All Pages. Move your cursor over the page title and click Quick Edit.

2. Go to Order and type in a number that indicate where you want the page to rank – the Home page is considered as “1”; the page next to Home is “2”, and so on.

3. Click Update after

4. Repeat the process for all the pages in the list.

5. Go to your blog site  (in a new window) and refresh it – your pages should be in order now.

WIDGETS

With posts and pages, your blog is basically in shape. To make it look more attractive, we add widgets to give you page more textures.

WHAT ARE WIDGETS?

Widgets are small compartments on a blog page that normally appear at the sides or at the bottom. Some widgets are already present on your blog depending on your theme. Commonly used widgets include:

  • Calendar
  • Search
  • Recent Posts
  • Recent Comments
  • Archives
  • Categories

HOW TO ADD WIDGETS?

1. Go to Appearance (on the left column of the Dashboard) and click on Widgets – you can see all the available widgets

2. To add a widget, simply drag and drop it on to the right column.

  • Sidebar – the area(s) at the side(s) of your blog depending on your theme
  • Footer – the area at the bottom of your blog

3. To remove a widget, simply click on it, and click Delete

4. Refresh your blog page (in a new window). They should be there.

CATEGORIES WIDGETS

Categories is particular useful for teaching blogs. It is good for organising materials on your blog based on their topics.

1. Drag the Categories widgets from the list and drop it into Sidebar

2. Put a Title (optional)

3. Go to Posts, move your cursor over the latest post and click Edit

4. Go to Categories (on the right), untick Uncatagorized and click Add New Categories

5. Make up some category names and click the Add New Category button after every entry

6. Make 5 to 6 categories. You should see a tick beside each category name

7. Click Update

8. Go back to All Posts (in the left column) and repeat the same action with other blog posts.

TIPS: For a better effect, tick some category names that you’ve made up and make up some new ones for each post.

9. When you’re done with all posts, refresh your blog site (in a new window). You should see the list of categories you’ve just created. If you click on a category name, all the blog posts that are categorised under it should appear.

Be adventurous in experimenting with different widgets – just bear in mind that some widgets might not work in certain themes.

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