Jeff VanDrimmelen

Academic Computing, Technology, Web Design, Literature, Music

Use WordPress to Create a Professional e-Portfolio

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Helen Barrett has put together a great professional portfolio that can be viewed at

Jeff VanDrimmelen also built one using a self-hosted version of WordPress that can be viewed at

  • To create your own FREE wordpress site go to and click on the “Sign Up Now” button.


Here are some general introduction video’s for finding your way around when you first start.

General Tutorials

Administrative Tutorials


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 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:

Q: Can I use my own domain name instead of

A: Yes, but it does cost about $15/yr.  You can find more information at

Q: What is the difference between a self-hosted WordPress website and a website?

A: Cost:  Self-Hosted usually require a monthly hosting fee unless you already have the space. 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. only has a specified number of available sites and plugins.  You can read more about the differences at

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


Written by Jeff

March 31, 2009 at 12:22 pm

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