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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!

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