There are plenty of resources on the WordPress support pages that will go into much more detail than the following which will provide you with a good starting point. Also worth looking at is this overview video on Youtube by NuuVidea
Read the Blogging page to learn how and why to run a blog – with handy links
STEP 1 – CHOOSING A THEME FOR YOUR BLOG
A blog’s ‘theme’ is essentially its graphic skin and controls the aesthetic look of the website. Different themes have different options and appearances so you may need to try some out to find out which one works best for you. The appearance and layout of your blog is likely to change as you progress through the course and develop your skills in this area.
Click on Appearance > Themes
You will be presented with a gallery of themes to choose from
Once you have found a suitable Theme, you can activate it or preview it first and then activate it
STEP 2 – USING PAGES
Pages can be added and removed easily on your blog and are designed to seperate your traditional blog timeline from other information. Pages cannot be ‘posted’ to and are best thought of as ‘static’ pages
To manage your pages click on Pages on the left hand side of your dashboard, you will be presented with a list of your pages. From here you can add, remove and edit pages
Clicking on one of your pages will open up an editing page where you can insert a title, text, images and so on. Once you have finished simply click on Publish/Update and the page will be saved
STEP 3 – CREATING POSTS
The main feature of your blog is to regularly post items to your followers and peers. The way to do this is through posts which will appear in a time-line on your blog, with the most recent displaying at the top.
To manage posts and create new ones, click on Posts
In the post management screen you can add, remove and edit posts, just as you can in the Pages screen
To add a new Post click on Add new
The post editing screen will load and just like the pages tool you can add your title, text and any other images you require before clicking publish for your post to go live
You will notice that there are already some categories that have been created for you to use when adding posts that are related to specific modules. It is essential that you use these categories as it assists staff to find work related to assessment quickly and easily.
Now read the page about Blogging – how and why to do it.