Listen up!

February 27, 2006 by

I made a podcast today.

Listen to me!

February 27, 2006 by

My First Podcast

Fellows Photo and Audio Linking Info

February 26, 2006 by

Url:glacier.banff.org
User: cwccorus
Password will be announced during session.

The path to the files uploaded will be
http://blog-project.banff.org/2006/

Each user can add their own folder to this directory. IE:
http://blog-project.banff.org/2006/MySpecialUserName/image.jpg

Here are directions on how to connect to the server using filezilla:
http://help.banff.org/using_filezilla/index.html

Categories/Links

February 25, 2006 by

Categories allow posts of similar content to be grouped, thereby aiding viewers in the navigation and use of a site.

The default category is uncategorized. It is very simple to change the name of the default category or to add new categories. Think about the overall content of your blog and decide upon categories and if they are to be divided into sub categories. The titles of the categories should give some indication to the viewer as to the content of the posts in these categories.

From the dashboard – manage – categories allows you to create new categories and rename categories. To assign a category to a post click on the category btton to the right of your post body and it will show a drop down menu of the different categories you have listed. Click on the one you wish to assign your post to.

If you have created a category without a post in it – wordpress will not show it. Don’t worry – when you write your posts you will still be able to assign it to that category.

Links

The Links tab allows you to add links and link categories.

Blogroll is a list of your favourite blogs that you keep up with.

You can create a link category and use this for gathering link resources.

I’ve put in mydel:ici:ous which gives me all my surfing results so I’m basically linking to links and getting momentary slices of the travels of my mind.

Presentation/Themes

February 25, 2006 by

After setting up your options you can set up your presentation.
The presentation link on your dashboard will give you a selection of templates for your blog.

The templates will change the way that your sidebar information is presented. Preview the different templates before selecting them as you will lose your site if you save it. Changing your template after creating your site in a different one is fine but the layout will not always work.

I chose the default template, Kubrick, because I can change the colour background of the header through a simple tab

If you go on to have a hosted site there is a plugin which allows you to insert an image into the header. Note** this does not work when your blog is hosted by wordpress.

By clicking on this link made by a third party developer you can select a picture from Flickr to insert.

http://www.redalt.com/Tools/kubrickr.php

Kubrickr

What is Kubrickr?

Kubrickr is a tool that lets you replace that giant blue blob at the top of your WordPress 1.5 blog with a nice photo from Flickr.

Simply type some words that relate to your blog and push Submit. Choose one of the photos from the that appears, and save the resulting file to your Default WordPress theme directory.

To change the header manually in this theme or other themes that you have selected it is necessary to dig into the html code. Here is a link to wordpress documentation of this process.

http://codex.wordpress.org/Designing_Headers

Blogstring describes using the theme editor available if you are using a hosted server vs wordpress free server:
Theme Editor:

To edit your current theme, click “Theme Editor”. This will allow you to see the code behind your themes, and make any adjustments.

The first line tells you what file you are looking at. In this case, style.css is the stylesheet that controls the font sizes, colors, backgrounds, etc. I would suggest copying the text of each of these files (the rest of the files are to the right of the main text box), pasting them in a text editor (NotePad, Word, etc), and saving them. This will give you a backup copy of each of the files, in case something goes wrong when you tinker with the blog’s styles.

Dashboard- set up options

February 24, 2006 by

The dashboard is the administration panel in WordPress.

Here you find sections that control the functions you need to create a blog.

Click through the tabs to check them out.

Start by setting up the options.

Here are Blogstring’s directions for setting up your options:

1. Weblog title: This is the title of your blog.

2. Tagline: Describe your blog here. In some themes (we’ll get to that later), this will be displayed on the About The Site section.

3. Word Press Address: Where you have WordPress installed.

4. Blog Address: If you have a different home page, put it here, and your “Home” links will go there.

5. Email Address: This is used for admin purposes only.

6. Membership: If you’re going to allow comments, you can make users register and login to comment. If you want that, click here, but it will seriously cut down on your comments.

7. Time: Look at the time, and then put in the difference in hours from your current time.

8. Default date format: F j, Y is Month Day, Year

9. Default time format: g:i a is in the format of 9:15 pm

10. Weeks in the calendar should start on: You can tweak this if you want your weeks to begin on a different day than Monday.

Options> Writing:


1. What starting a post, show: Here you can either choose Simple or Advanced Controls. When you select simple, you’ll just get an editor and the minimal number of options when making a post. If you select advanced, you can change the date/time of your post and you can post an excerpt (a short description followed by …Read More) instead of a full post. We’ll see more of this in Step 3: Posting).

2. Size of the writing box: Normally you won’t have to change this. If you think the writing box is too big or small, you can increase or decrease the size here.

3. Formatting: This allows you to convert : ) to a J . It also corrects some code formatting automatically.

4. Default post category: Since you can have multiple categories, this is the default category your post belongs to if you don’t pick one.

5. Newly registered members: If you have multiple people writing in your blog, you can limit their permissions here. They can either not write articles, submit drafts to you, or they can write anything they want.

6. Writing by e-mail: if you want to be able to write a post via email, you can enter your information here.

Set up your Blog

February 20, 2006 by

Begin by going to http://www.wordpress.com and start a new blog.
Create a username for your blog and a title, enter your email address and you will receive an activation link.
You can only use the same title and same email address once, even if you never see the blog.
However these limitations are quite easy to bear since a blog hosted by wordpress is free. To set up your blog on another server you can review your options in the wordpress introduction. I was told my Matt who wrote this program that Yahoo has a deal with wordpress in which the setup is very simple and the cost is $8/month (US)