Getting to Know Your Blog: A Beginner’s How-To-Guide

I have had the pleasure of working with the Kauai Pacific School and Martin J. Gottlieb Day School faculty this past month in getting started with classroom blogs. The familiarity of reading and writing in a blog platform varies tremendously. I found it very helpful to start out with a brief overview of the architecture and vocabulary of a blog.

Establishing common vocabulary

As I am continuing to support individual teachers and administrators in getting started with creating and maintaining their classroom or their own professional blog, it was time to create a comprehensive How-To-Guide.

You can directly download the entire How-To-Guide- Getting to Know Your Blog here as a .pdf file.

A Step by Step Guide on how to:

  • login to your Dashboard
  • add a post
  • add a page
  • edit a post or a page
  • add and organize links
  • add and arrange widgets on your sidebar
  • insert images

on your WordPress platform based blog.

Difference between POSTS & PAGES
(from WordPress Support)

Posts

Pages

Added  this great list What kinds of pages are common on eduction blogs? on 9/4 from Stephanie Sandifer‘s blog Change Agency

The following lists are just general ideas and certainly do not include all possible page ideas.

For classroom blogs:

  • Contact
  • About
  • Blog Rules
  • Resources
  • Classes (or individual pages for each class)

For professional learning education blogs:

  • Contact
  • About
  • Archives
  • Presentations and/or Workshops
  • Resources
  • How to Use This Blog
  • My Portfolio
  • CV or Resume
  • Disclaimer/Disclosures

Login to your Dashboard

After you click “login” on your blog (usually the link is located on the bottom of your SideBar,

you will be directed to the following screen. Enter your Username and Password given to you by your administrator/ webmaster. In my current school, it is customary to have “firstname.lastname” as the username. This may be different in other schools.

The Dashboard

Once logged in, you will be taken automatically to your Dashboard.
This is where you will make any changes to your blog.

All About Posts

Take a look at the left sidebar of your Dashboard for “Posts”. Click on the upside down triangle next to “Posts” in order to see more options.

All About Pages

Take a look at the left sidebar of your Dashboard for “Pages”. Click on the upside down triangle next to “Pages” in order to see more options.

4 Steps to Writing a POST


4 Steps to Writing a PAGE


Editing a Post or Page

If you are in need of editing an already published post/page or a draft post/page, in the sidebar of you dashboard, click “Posts” or “Pages”.

Add and Organize Links

Take a look at the left sidebar of your Dashboard for “Links”. Click on the upside down triangle next to “Links” in order to see more options.

4 Steps to Adding a Link


Add and Arrange Widgets in your SideBar.

Each widget represents a different TITLE in Your SideBar.

Inserting an Image

In order to insert an image into a blog post or page, add or edit a post (or page). Make sure you insert your cursor at the point in your post (or page) you want the image to appear.

The image will be uploaded to the Media Library of your blog. Make sure that the image is not too large. It is a good idea to resize larger images (that came directly from your digital camera) BEFORE you upload them to your blog.