WordPress.com: Getting started with your project's website

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October 27, 2016

WordPress.com: Getting started with your project's website

In Octobre 2016, Hugh, Gareth, Rynaldo, Rob, Mark and I (all working at Automattic) went to GROW! leadership academy to teach how to set up a WordPress.com website to support the projects that the students had been working on.

We talked about:
- Upgrading
- Choosing domains
- Creating websites and adding others
- Creating content
- Improving design
- Connecting on social media

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  1. WordPress.com

  2. “ ” AUTHOR Title Text We’ll focus on: Plans Blog

    Posts Pages Themes / Customisation Menus Sharing People Domains
  3. • Part 1: Plans & Domains • Part 2: People

    • Part 3: Posts & Pages • Part 4: Themes, Customisation & Menus • Part 5: Sharing Outline
  4. PART 1 Plans & Domains

  5. • Go to: Your website > My Sites > Plan

    • Select Premium > Upgrade • Select Have a coupon code? • Enter coupon code Plans
  6. What would be a good domain? • YES: Easy to

    type | Short | Keywords | Area • NO: Numbers | Symbols • Find something memorable • TLD: .com | .org | .net?
 (top level domain) Brainstorm 10 mins about a good name Domains
  7. • Go to: My Sites > Domains • Select Claim

    Free Domain • Enter a domain • If available, Select • If not, try different TLD • If still not, try a variation Domains
  8. • Select No thanks, I don't need email or will

    use another provider. • Enter details • Select Continue to Checkout • Select Complete Checkout Domains
  9. PART 2 People

  10. Roles Role Rights Viewer Read Contributor Write, not publish Author

    Write, publish and edit own posts Editor Write, publish edit all content Administrator Everything
  11. • Go to: My Sites > People > Add •

    Find out the usernames or email addresses • Type username/email address • Hit Enter or , • Choose Role: Administrator • Type Custom Message • Select Send Invitations ! Add people "
  12. PART 3 Posts & Pages

  13. • What are posts? And pages? • When would you

    use posts? And pages? • Discuss in groups • 10 mins • You can use Google Posts & Pages
  14. • Pages: static content (doesn’t change often) - About -

    Home - Contact - Collection of posts • Posts: dynamic content - News - Notices - Updates Posts & Pages
  15. • Go to: My Sites > Pages > Add •

    Select Featured Image • Select Set Featured Image • Drag image in pop-up • Select Set Featured Image Pages
  16. Pages • Give Title • Select HTML • Copy text

    from Word document • Go back to: Visual • Style to make it look good • Select Publish
  17. PART 4 Themes, Customisation & Menus

  18. • Go to: My Sites > Themes • Choose All

    > Free • Add search terms • Alternatively, go to
 wordpress.com/themes • Search • Select Demo Themes
  19. “ ” AUTHOR Title Text

  20. • How to get help? • Click on the theme

    image • Read the documentation • For example:
 wordpress.com/themes/affinity Themes
  21. When you’ve found one, select Activate Themes

  22. • Open theme info page (as back) • Go to:

    My Sites > Themes > Customize Customisations
  23. “ ” AUTHOR Title Text

  24. “ ” AUTHOR Title Text

  25. • Change title, tagline, logo • Change colours, background •

    Set up static front page • Set up blog page • Add widgets • (wait a bit with menus) Have fun!
  26. • Go to: My Sites > Customize • Select Menus

    > Add a Menu • Add Pages / Links / etc. • Don’t forget Menu Locations Menus
  27. PART 5 Sharing

  28. • Connections:
 Automatically publish posts on social media • Sharing

    buttons:
 Let others share your content Sharing