Uploading Multimedia to Your Blog, Lesson # 11

WordPress allows users to upload images, documents, videos, and even audio files into blog posts. YouTube videos can also be incorporated. WordPress has a comprehensive tutorial and support area focusing on adding media to your blog. Another page in this area lists the approved file types.

Image from WordPress support site.

Locate the upload insert media menu — icons just above the editing bars and to the right of the words Upload/Insert. Moving from left to right, the symbols are for uploading images (inside the red square), video, audio, general media, polls, and custom forms.

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Attending to You Blog’s Settings, Lesson #10

On the left hand side of the WordPress dashboard is a long list of links that you can use to accomplish various tasks on your blogs – new posts, links, comments, new tags, etc. If you mouse over some of them you’ll discover an arrow on the right-hand side of each link that expands the category. For instance, if you click on the arrow next to the word post, the menu expands to include five additional links that relate to making posts on your blog. The dashboard is filled with all sorts of activities to do, and as you become more experienced you can expand your skills and learn about more  of the dashboard opportunities.

The most important dashboard menu for you to explore is settings. Below I’ve explored a few of the most important settings, General, Reading, and Discussion. Read the tutorial at WordPress for more detailed information. Continue reading

Adding Links to Your Post, Lesson #9

Several people have e-mailed me with questions about making links in posts. They’ve requested a set of simple but clear steps. So here we go. To learn more go to this Word Press Links Tutorial.

Four Steps to Link Making

Step #1

A link name is much better if it has descriptive words rather than an address. Thus Visit GDS is a better name Visit GDS http://www.gds.org.

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Your Blog – Getting Started: Lesson #7

Look for this image and click the get started button.

It’s time to start your blog. At WordPress.com look for the illustration on the right to help you start building your site. Before setting up the blog, however, please read through the following steps.

Step #1

Your blog needs to have a name to use as a part of the blog’s address (or URL — letters that stand for universal resource locator). The words you choose will be a semi-permanent part of the address. For this course our blog address is https://familyblogclass.wordpress.com. Think carefully about what name to use for your blog site’s address. For instance, if you are making a family reunion blog, personalize your address just a bit. (I expect that FamilyReunion.wordpress.com was taken long ago). In a web address you seek a combination of short and descriptive. It’s possible to edit this later on, but that means notifying your readers of a change of address. Continue reading

Blogging Terms: Lesson #6

In a few days, when we begin setting up family blogs, you will encounter all sorts of terms –vocabulary words that literally fly around the blogging world. At the bottom of this post I’ve attached three blog glossary links that you can use in the future, anytime you discover an unfamiliar term.

To get started, however, I’ve chosen a few blogging terms that I believe are most important. I copied some these definitions from Daily Blog Tips, however I tweaked here and there and also appended my own comments in green type inside of square brackets.

  • AdSense: The most popular advertising network on the Internet, owned by Google. Adsense allows bloggers to monetize their blogs by displaying contextual text messages. Every time someone clicks on one of the text links, the blogger will earn some money (ranging from $0.01 up to $50 in some rare cases) Read more about how AdSense works. [I will devote a post to advertising, blogs, WordPress, and how to stop advertising on a personal or family blog.]

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Parts of a Blog, Lesson #5

Blogs come in all sorts of shapes and forms.

Some contain only posts with no other content, while other blogs feature all sorts of bells and whistles — calendars, archives, copyright info, pictures, and more. Check out these links to learn a lot more about WordPress blogging and find out more about the seven essential parts of a blog.

Take some time to examine our course blog, and you’ll observe a number of different parts with different purposes.

Our Start a Family Blog course blog has the following parts:

  • center section features our blog posts. The most recent post always appears at the top, and the older posts are below, going backwards by date. I’ve set this blog to show the seven most recent posts on the home page. As we accumulate more and more posts, links at the bottom of the blog page (at the end of the seventh post) will direct readers to move back and forth to see other posts (older or newer). Continue reading

So What Are Blogs Anyway? Lesson #3

Video, from the series, “In Plain English.” published on YouTube. WordPress makes it  easy to add a YouTube video, and I’ll post more about YouTube in a later lesson.