How To Post

How To Post in WordPress

1. Write your post in Word or some other text editor. Many authors lose posts when their browser crashes unexpectedly. Don’t take the chance. Use Word to draft and edit your writing, and consider how you might design your post. Will you include an image? How will you format your text? Work out these kinks in Word so you can save your work early and often.

2. Log in to the Dashboard for the class website: https://comm200nmc.wordpress.com/wp-admin/index.php

3. In the lefthand menu, choose Posts.

4. At the top, choose Add New.  Before you start writing, adjust your screen to show all the options you need:  In the upper right, click the Screen Options pulldown menu. Toggle the Authors option ON.

5. Enter your title, and write your post.  Things to consider while posting:

– consider how your post will look. Design your texts, images, and other media. Use bold, italics, block quotes, and links. Think of posts you’ve read in the past and what you expect to see as a blog reader. Include those well-designed elements in your posts.

– link everything that is relevant.

– cite all sources including images

– IF THIS IS AN ASSIGNMENT POST, INCLUDE YOUR NAME IN THE TEXT

– to add a picture, click Add Media from the text editing tools, Drag and drop the image file into the space provided, then click Add To Post. Click the image, and then the pencil icon to edit the image within the post.

6. Scroll down to the Author menu, and choose your name from the dropdown list.

7. Choose a Category. Choose the appropriate category. If your blog post is left Uncategorized, it will also be left ungraded, and considered unsubmitted earning a zero. In Digital Media, you must make the content you create findable. If people can’t find your work, it may as well not exist.

8. Click Preview at the top right to check out what your post will look like.

9. Make any edits or changes based on your preview.

10. Click Publish to publish.

Advanced Options

If this is too easy and you want more control, you can add more:

A. Writing Helper

Use this tool on the Add A New Post page to request feedback on a draft before you post! Enter an email address, customize your request message, and send a request for review. You can ask anyone for a review. Before you email ME, think of asking an outside reviewer first. IF YOU ASK ME FOR REVIEW, consider the following:

a. I am not pre-grading your post.

b. You must request very specific feedback. I will not respond to “Does this look okay?” requests.

c. You must request feedback ONE WEEK in advance of the deadline. I will not respond to requests for feedback that came in with less than one week left before the due date. Please remember that reviewing someone’s work takes time and effort. Be clear in what you are asking for so your reviewer can give you the best feedback possible.

B. Likes and Shares

Blogs are social spaces. The Web is all about likes and shares these days, but you have a choice. You can choose to participate in this Like Economy, or not. On the Add A New Post page,toggle the likes and shares buttons on or off according to your preference.

C. Comments

One of the most commonly cited characteristic of blogs is the ability to engage readers in comments. You can choose to allow or disallow comments on your posts. To turn comments on or off:

a. Click on All Posts in the lefthand menu.

b. Hover the mouse over your blog title and you’ll see a popup menu: Edit | Quick Edit  Trash | View.

c. Choose Quick Edit. In this quick editing menu, you can make changes to your title, change or add categories, add tags, or toggle on and off comments and pings.

d. Make your changes and click Update to save.

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