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If you are interested in creating your own website just like this one, then you are in the right place! There are some first steps you need to take in order to get started installing WordPress or any other domains platform.
First, it will be a major help to you to check out and read Knight Dot Domains. These articles will help you to get a better understanding on what exactly a domain is, why choosing the right name is important, and other really important stuff that is needed to know to get started working with domains.
Once you have read their Getting Started posts, come on back to this post for the next steps.
Alright, awesome! Welcome back.
So now that you know and have a basic understanding in the beginning steps to this process, you are ready to install WordPress.
The first step is going to Reclaim Hosting (reclaimhosting.com) and clicking on “Sign Up.” Choose a plan that you think will work best for your intentions. I chose the Student/Individual option to start my website.
Next, you’ll be able to choose your site identity. Choose a name and an top level domain. (.com, .org, .net, etc.) Once you have checked to see if your desired future website name is available, click on continue.
Click on continue until you are taken to your shopping cart. Purchase your website.
Now it’s time to begin creating your website.
Visit Reclaim Hosting again and click on the “Client Area Sign In” thats super small and located in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Sign in and then click on “cPanel.”
Within your cPanel, you will find a whole bunch of stuff. You will see different applications, domain information, files and much much more.
You will be redirected to a page that is full of different information that you will be able to fill out. You won’t have to fill out everything but there are some items that are recommended that you change to make your website personal to you.
For your personal info:
- Under Directory (optional), it will automatically say “blog” in that section. Delete the word “blog.” Otherwise your website would be yourdomainname.com/blog
Scroll down to Administrator Username.
- The username and password WordPress gives you is super random. It is recommended that you change both the username and password to something that you will remember in the future. (Also helpful to right it down in your notes somewhere.)
Your website title and tagline can be changed now but can also be changed at a later time so it is not super critical to change that now.
Once you’ve gotten to the bottom of the page, click on install!
Allow WordPress to download for a couple of minutes. Once it is finished, a very generic version of a website will pop up. In order to begin editing this site, click on the second link that has “/wp-admin/” included in it.
The “/wp-admin/” just means that you will be directed to the administrator site which will allow you access to edit your site.
Once you’ve clicked on the link, you will be redirected to your Dashboard. Your dashboard is the place where you will have all of the abilities to edit and personalize your website to your liking. You will be able to create new posts, new pages, upload media, add images to your website, and so much more!
Congrats on having installed WordPress!
“For any dirbs” was written by my five year old campers who wanted any local birds to know that the food they had left behind was intended for any and all bird interested in a light, afternoon snack.
Hello English Majors of Saint Norbert College,
As you know, the template website given to us in ENGL305 is super great and teaches the basics of maintaining a website.
Key word: “maintaining.”
This post will teach you how to build your own, personal portfolio website using WordPress. Doing this will allow you to have the freedom to make your website personalized to you. This way, your audience will be able to have a better idea of who you are as a student and a writer. It will also teach you important skills in building a website and having an online portfolio.
Let’s get started.
Stop on by the Tech Bar and check out Knight Dot Domains to get started on beginning a WordPress site. Once you have your site, most of the set up is going to be copying and pasting information from the template website onto your personal website.
The first step is going to be choosing a theme. Make sure to choose a theme that will help to keep your content organized and is better suited for blogging and writing purposes.
Then you will make your “Welcome” page. In order to do this, you must first create a new page. Name it “Welcome” and then copy and paste the information in the template website onto your new page.
Next, to have this page become your homepage, in your customizer, click on “Homepage Settings” then change your settings to “A static post.” The static post should be your homepage.
In order to make this page appear in your menu, go into “Menus” in your customizer and click on your current menu. Next, click on “Add items” and add your “Welcome” page. Your page should show up in your menu as well as appear as your new welcome page.
Yay, First Steps Accomplished!
Most of the steps you’re going to be completing in cloning the template website will be copying information from the original site and pasting it into new pages and posts as well as properly organizing your menus. The first steps will be the same in creating “Welcome,” “Introduction,” “Biography,” “Presentation Portfolio,” and “Process Portfolio” pages.
The difference is going to be creating the sub-menus. These are the items that appear when you mouse over the menu items and a drop down menu appears. These are items that you are going to be adding information to as the semester progresses. I made these items as posts.
I initially made these posts by giving them a title and a quick description of what they are.
- For example: I created a new post called “Essay 1” and wrote “essay 1 here” within the text box.
After these posts have been created. Go back into your customizer under “menus” and add these posts as sub-menus.
To Create a Sub-Menu:
Creating a sub-menu is super simple once you figure out how to do it. Once you’re in menus, select “Add menu” and select the posts you would like to add. These posts probably won’t show up in order. Click and drag these posts under the page in the order you would like them to appear in.
For these posts to become sub-menus, you must click and drag them to the right to create an indentation (as if you were pressing “tab” to indent a paragraph.)
After you have organized your menus, your portfolio website should be filled with the same content as the template website!
If you have any other questions during this process, feel free to stop on by the SNC TechBar!
Here is a list of different things I have struggled with and the solutions I have found on different projects I am working on.
Organizing blog posts under their own menu:
- To get a blog post to show up under a categorized menu, you first have to create a category. This can be done within your dashboard under “Categories.” If you click on “add new” you can create a new category. For example, my categories include: College, Entertainment, Tech Bar, and Travel.
- Once you have created a post for a designated category, on the right hand of the post editing screen, your newly created categories should have check boxes next to them. Check the box of the category where you want your post to show up. Click publish, then look for your post on your website to make sure it worked.
- The images on your website are important because it is what your audience is going to see initially. To upload an image or any other forms of media, once in a new post, click the “Add Media” button at the top left corner.
- Sometimes, WordPress won’t let you crop an image if it has been taken portrait style so it can be helpful to crop and edit the image on your device before uploading it up to your site.
- Picking a theme was one of the hardest parts about starting a blog because it is responsible for the entire way your blog looks and operates. It is important to try out different themes and pick one that you are most comfortable working with. The cool thing about WordPress is that your content will be moved and accommodated to the theme of your choice. In choosing a theme, remember to consider whether or not your site will be filled with photos, written posts, or other content. There are themes that will accommodate different site styles.
- Subdomains are super cool to have if you’re looking to publish different content to your website but want to keep it all organized. Click here to be redirected to an article written by the pros here in ITS to learn how to create a subdomain.
- After creating a subdomain, it is important to know what you intend to do next. For me, I wanted to create another WordPress site. To do this, you must reinstall WordPress by going into your cPanel under “Applications,” click on “WordPress” and install that application to your subdomain site. After this has been installed, you have a new subdomain attached to your original domain!
- Check out the subdomain I have been working on for my English305 class here!
Adding multiple images to a video:
- You can add multiple forms of media (e.g. Four photos at once over a video) by clicking on the plus button at the left corner of the editing screen. It is important to give that new section a label so you can effectively organize what content you are putting into your video. From there, you can add pictures and videos to create a cool overlapping effect.
Lowering audio volume:
- When the music is too loud on your video, it can take away from your voice and become distracting to your audience. It is important to keep your music volume at a level where it is heard but your voice is still the main audio. To lower music volume, click on the tiny circle on the blue bar at the top of the music content and drag it down to the percent at which you want the song to be played. Play around and test it out to find the percentage of volume that you desire.
- Fun fact: you can make your music crescendo (get louder) and decrescendo (get softer) by clicking on another point on the blue bar. This will create another small circle that you can drag to the percent of volume you prefer. It is effective to have the music fade away at the end of your video to create a smoother ending as it fades to a black screen.
- Transitions are tricky because instead of being embedded into a video where you put it, it will take up space on an image, resulting in the time the image is shown as being shorter. It is important to play around with transitions (some are longer than others) and the amount of time an image is shown.
Feel free to leave a comment if there is something else you would like to know about any of these platforms!
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