Use WordPress to Create a Professional e-Portfolio
Jeff VanDrimmelen also built one using a self-hosted version of WordPress that can be viewed at http://jeffvandrimmelen.info
- To create your own FREE wordpress site go to WordPress.com and click on the “Sign Up Now” button.
Here are some general introduction video’s for finding your way around when you first start.
- Logging in / Introduction – 2:14 –http://media.oasis.unc.edu/instructional_technology/wordpress/wordpress-login-into.swf
- Writing/Editing Post/Page –4:59 –http://media.oasis.unc.edu/instructional_technology/wordpress/wordpress-edit-content.swf
- Adding/Deleting/Modifying Users – 2:42 –http://media.oasis.unc.edu/instructional_technology/wordpress/wordpress-users.swf
- Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features
- Editor – Somebody who can publish posts, manage posts as well as manage other people’s posts, etc.
- Author – Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts
- Contributor – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish posts
- Editing Appearance (Sidebars) – 2:00 –http://media.oasis.unc.edu/instructional_technology/wordpress/wordpress-sidebar.swf
Q: Where can I get more information about configuring WordPress? Can WordPress do _________?
A: Because WordPress is open-source there is a huge community that will answer any question you might have. Go to http://support.wordpress.com/and type your question in the top right to see what has already been answered.
Q: What is the difference between a page and a post?
A: Pages are static content that does not change. Posts are blog like entries that are listed in reverse chronological order. You can find more information here: http://support.wordpress.com/post-vs-page/.
Q: Can I use my own domain name instead of http://username.wordpress.com?
A: Yes, but it does cost about $15/yr. You can find more information athttp://support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/.
Q: What is the difference between a self-hosted WordPress website and a WordPress.com website?
A: Cost: Self-Hosted usually require a monthly hosting fee unless you already have the space. WordPress.com websites are free. Functionality: With a self-hosted website you can add and modify the website theme as you would like and add a lot more plugins to increase the functionality of the website. WordPress.com only has a specified number of available sites and plugins. You can read more about the differences at http://maketecheasier.com/understanding-wordpress-self-hosted-wordpress-vs-wordpresscom/2008/03/20
Q: How can I edit widgets on the side to only show certain pages?
A: I like to use straight HTML and a Text Widget. You can easily create any page in the editor for a page and copy the code into a widget. This HTML is also useful:
Submit your questions in the comments below and we will do our best to get them answered!
Note: OASIS exists to provide tools that teachers and students might find useful to incorporate into their teaching and learning experiences. Although we can not provide one on one support for this software, if you have a group of people, or a class you would like us to teach about WordPress, please submit a ticket at http://oasis.unc.edu/remedy.