Digital Photography WordPress

There are a lot of instructions on this page- please read all the way through! It is incredibly important that you add me as an ‘administrator’ on your blog…not a ‘follower’. You will not receive credit for your assignments if I am not the administrator. Directions for that are towards the bottom of the site.

Creating an account

  • Go to
  • Click on ‘Get Started’
  • Click on ‘Start with a blog’
  • Next, it’ll ask for you to come with a domain name. Mine is LaneTechDiamond. It’ll ask you to type in things you like…you can also just type in your name. Please note, you will not be able to change this. MAKE SURE TO CLICK ON THE FREE OPTION
  • I love photography, elephants, sunflowers, and Ellen (obvy) so this is the option it gave me:
    • Again…make sure to click on the FREE option!
  • The next page will look like this
  • Once again, CLICK ON FREE (it’s the first option on the left!)
  • Add your cps email address
  • Type in a password that only you know. You will not share this password with me
  • Press ‘Continue’ when you are done
  • Most likely, your next page will look like the image below
  • Click on ‘My Site’ on the top left
  • Click on ‘Themes’
  • Use the filter option to view free themes
  • Pick a theme you like. You can always change this later!
  • Click on the theme, then ‘activate this design’
  • Click on ‘Customize’
  • Click on ‘Static Front Page’ all the way on the bottom
  • Select the ‘A static page’ option…NOT the ‘Your latest posts’ option
  • Feel free to customize the rest of the site. The important thing is to make sure you create a static front page
  • Press Save and Publish
  • You will not add any posts to the site- everything will be a page…more on this later
  • GO TO YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT AND VERIFY YOUR NEW WORDPRESS ACCOUNT!!!!! (super important you do this, you will not be able to publish anything without it being verified)


  • The dashboard in WordPress is the place where you can make a lot of your changes to your blog.
  • In order to get to your dashboard, type the name of your url and then /wp-admin
  • For example, I would type to get to the dashboard on my site.
  • The dashboard looks like the image below


  • While in your dashboard, click on ‘Pages’ (this is on the left)
  • Click on ‘About’
  • Delete the text on the ‘About’ page and type in a few things about yourself
  • Press the blue ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button on the right
  • You can change/update this later
  • Click on the ‘Add New’ button on the dashboard (make sure you are adding a new page and not a new post)
  • Title the page ‘Quarter One’
  • Press the blue ‘Update’ or ‘Publish’ button on the right
  • To view your site, hover the mouse (do not click) where it says ‘My Sites’
  • Click on ‘View Site’
  • Make sure your About and Quarter One pages are visible. If you have a ‘Contact’ page, you need to delete it. If your pages are not showing, it is because you have not confirmed your email OR it is because of the theme.
  • If you know you have confirmed your email, then you will need to add a widget.

Adding a Page Widget

  • If your pages aren’t showing on your blog, go to the Dashboard
  • Hover the mouse over Appearance and click on Widgets
  • Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 1.23.50 PM
  • Find ‘Pages’ and drag it to the sidebar
  • Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 1.24.08 PM
  • If the name of your pages still doesn’t show, go back to the Dashboard and hover the mouse over Appearance again
  • Click on Menu
  • Select the pages you want to appear
  • Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 1.24.49 PM
  •  Press ‘Save’

Make sure to add me as an administrator

  • Go to your dashboard
  • Users—>Invite new
  • Enter my email address (
  • Change the role to administrator
  • Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 9.19.09 AM

You will not receive credit for your blog until I am added as an administrator