Workshop Outline


What is WordPress?

  • Content Management System (CMS) initially developed for blogging
  • Powers about 27% of all websites or

  • Easy to use, but has many limitations, offers 3GB of storage space, multiple sites
  • Extensible and flexible but requires self-hosting, one site per instance

Using is available:

  • Online using a browser
  • Desktop app
  • Mobile app

Sites edits synch across all three.

WordPress for Blogging and ePortfolios


  • Share course content with learners
  • Central hub for communicating with learners
  • Links to learner’s WP sites


  • Blog – post reflections on course material and discussions
  • ePortfolio – present and share digital artifacts
  • Peer and public review – Allow for comments, feedback and ratings
  • Social Media sharing


  • Development of group projects
  • ePortfolio – share group project work
  • Provide feedback on concepts and prototypes

Create a site in 4 steps

  1. Choose a layout
  2. Choose a theme
  3. Select a site address
  4. Pick a plan

Site options can be changed at any time.


Themes are templates for WP blogs and pages. Some are available for free, while premium ones are available for a fee. Themes are unique to one another, some options may not be available in the themes you choose for your site.


Action: Create an avatar for use in WordPress using Gravatar.

Customizing WP


  • New (default)
  • Classic (WP Admin)


  • Profile
  • Account Settings


Use Customizer to modify your site:

  • Site identity
  • Colours
  • Fonts
  • Header image
  • Widgets
  • Front Page

Creating and Sharing Content

Post or Page?

Blog posts are for sharing transitory content. They are displayed in chronological order based on creation date. Posts are displayed in some widgets.

Pages are static and meant for content for permanent display, such as About. They are automatically added to the primary menu.


  • Public
  • Private
  • Draft


  • Create a post
  • View a post
  • Publish a post
  • Create a page
  • View a page
  • Publish a page
  • Publish using a schedule
  • Edit a post and a page
  • Change a page or post status to Draft
  • Return to a previous version using Revision
  • Delete a page or post

Visual and HTML Editors


  • Write or copy and paste content in a post or page
  • Add an external link to a post or page
  • Add an internal link to a post or page
  • Structure your post or page using Headings
  • Use underbred and ordered lists
  • Add a contact form
  • Add a block quote


Categories and Tags

Categories and Tags are used to aggregate, sort and promote posts. Pages do not use categories or tags. Categories are used to broadly describe the content of a post. Tags are micro-categories that describe specifics details in a post. Tags can be used for searching for sites.

For example, a post about baking may use:

  • Categories:
    • baking, dessert
  • Tags:
    • cookies, chocolate, walnuts


  • Add Categories and Tags to a post.

Media Library

Media Library can contain:

  • Images
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Documents: PDFs and Word Docs


  • Insert an image to a page or post
  • Embed a Video to a page or post
  • Insert a PDF or Word Doc to page or post
  • Access Media Library
  • Edit an image

Menus and Widgets

By default, your site will have a primary menu containing the site pages (About and Contact). Menus can be edited to contain:

  • Pages
  • Blog Posts
  • Categories and Tags
  • Social Media

Widgets are content containers displayed on the site sidebar and footers. There are a number of widgets available:

  • Blog Posts
  • Twitter feed
  • Search
  • Categories cloud
  • Follow
  • Links


  • Modify your primary menu
  • Add Widgets to your site

Setting a Static Front Page

Share posts to Social Media:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Linkedin


Share posts to Social Media:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Linkedin



  • Create links
  • Share links in a Widget

Setting a Static Front Page

Share posts to Social Media:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Linkedin



  • Build a team
  • Add Followers



  • Follow a site
  • Search for sites
  • Search using tags

Discussion, Like and Sharing


  • Add Sharing Buttons on a post
  • Allow Like Button on a post
  • Allow comments on a post
  • Add a comment to a Post
  • Like a post



  • Add Ratings to posts



  • View post and page stats



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