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 email address (totally your call if you want to use your cps email or your personal email)
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
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 in http://photographyelephantssunflowersellen.wordpress.com/wp-admin 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 your artist bio that was part of the summer homework
Press the blue ‘Update’ 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 ‘Portfolio’
Add a new page titled ‘Class Projects’
To view your site, hover the mouse (do not click) where it says ‘My Sites’
Click on ‘View Site’
Make sure your About, Portfolio, and Class Projects pages are visible. If you have a ‘Contact’ page, you can 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
Find ‘Pages’ and drag it to the sidebar
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
Make sure to add me as an administrator
Go to your dashboard
Enter my email address (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Change the role to administrator
You will not receive credit for your blog until I am added as an administrator