How this Blog/Website Was Set Up

The following is an excerpt from the Fall/Winter issue of WordWorks published by the Federation of BC Writers.
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“Even Digital Immigrants Can Set Up A Blog”
by Susan Greig, Fed Director At Large
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Setting up an Author Blog or Website 101
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This step-by-step tutorial will allow you to create an author blog or website that is hosted on wordpress.com.  You do not need a domain name or a hosting website (setting up a site under your own domain name may be covered in another article and issue of WordWorks or on our website.)  We have chosen WordPress.com for our tutorial because of its flexibility.  The other common site that people use to get started blogging is blogger.com, which is also easy to use, but doesn’t have the same versatility.
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Signing Up
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1. Go to http://wordpress.com/and click on the sign up now button.

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2. Choose your username; ie: your author name. For the purposes
of this tutorial we will have a fictional author named Mr. F. Ed Test set up a blog. His  username will be fedtest since you cannot have spaces or punctuation.
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3. Decide on and enter and password.
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4. Add the email address you would like to use for the account. WordPress will send you a confirmation email to the email address you enter.
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5. The next page instructs you to Check Your Email to Complete Registration Page. You may also fill in your profile information if you wish.
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6. Check your email. Click on the link provided in the WordPress message. If you cannot find the email in your inbox check your spam or trash folders. Another page will open that tells you your account is now active. Close your email.
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7. Go back to the Complete Registration Page and click on the Save Profile button.
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8. You will reach a page that say the account has been activated.
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9. Enter your User Name and password into the boxes on the top left of the page. Click the “log in” button. You are now at your “Dashboard” page or control panel-this is where you will work on your blog-it’s your cockpit, so to speak, only visible to the pilot. The left hand side has a list of all of your “tools”.
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10. You can now see your blog/website! Open a new tab or browser window and type in http://www.yourname.wordpress.com. To see F. Ed Test’s new blog check out www.fedtest.wordpress.com
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Congratulations, just like F. Ed. Test you now have your own blog!
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You should have two tabs or browser windows open. One will show your dashboard and the other will be your site as others see it. Every time you make changes on the Dashboard, you may wish to refresh the second tab so that you can see how the changes look on your site.
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Your home page will be a blog format with “widgets” such as My Recent Posts, Search, Categories, Archives or Calendar on the right side. If you want people to see your blog first then you do not have to do anything except starting posting. This is the choice made by Mr. F. Ed Test. WordPress has already added one page called About. You can add others such as Contact, Portfolio or Published works later.
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Wordpress has set you up with a chosen theme called Twenty Ten with a nice tree or flower header. The template and header can be changed later.
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Problems & Figuring out how to do this?
Mr. F. Ed Test’s secret weapon to help him learn more about WordPress is http://www.youtube.com/.
Any time he wants to know how to do something on his blog he goes to youtube and types in the search box things like:
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wordpress tutorial
wordpress upload photos
wordpress widgets
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There are many videos available with step by step instructions. You may have to view one or two different ones to find something up to date but there should be something that will help you walk through the process.
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Where to from here?
If you have gotten this far, you’re already a member of the web world. Now you will want to know how to make changes and additions to your website. Onward and forward!   This article will be continued in an environment perfectly suited to the task: on the Federation of BC Writers new website. We will shortly be adding a Website 101-Part II, where we will provide instructions on how to make your site into a website rather than a blog. I look forward to seeing you there.
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Once you have your new blog or website set up please be sure to contact us at members@ bcwriters.ca so we can add your new address and contact information to your Fed Member profile.

2 Responses to How this Blog/Website Was Set Up

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