Using the WordPress Site

Congratulations, as a member of one of my classes, you win “Author” access to the blog portions of this site. And here you didn’t even know you were competing! 🙂 Author access means you can not only read and comment but generate posts.

At the beginning of the semester, you’ll receive an invitation in your SCC e-mailbox to join Del’s Digital Classroom. Each student is required have a WordPress.com account and accept the invitation. Don’t fret… this isn’t like that “no outside food in the theater” requirement that’s in place to force you to buy $27 popcorn. Rather, it’s intended to benefit you. Updates, instructions and assignments are posted regularly. What we do in the classroom builds on that information, and you’re responsible for knowing it. Check in regularly with your course-specific blog to keep up-to-date.

Logging in to WordPress may bring you to the Dashboard (aka WP Admin). This interface can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but Don’t freak out. Once you get to know it, Dashboard is a powerful tool for posting and editing. Play around with the controls to see what’s possible. You won’t mess anything up; at worst you’ll accidentally post that embarrassing baby picture of you with the chocolate pudding all over your face. 😀 To get to the regular, readable home page from Dashboard, hover over “My Site” in the upper left corner until the drop down menu appears and select “View Site”.

For more information on using the blog, please scroll down or click the links below to see the following step-by-step tutorials:


How to Join Del’s Digital Classroom

  1. Check your SCC e-mail inbox for an invitation to join Del’s Digital Classroom. If you don’t see it, check your spam folder.
  2. Although it’s tempting to click the big blue “Accept Invitation” button, don’t do it unless you already use WordPress (in which case you can skip to Step 6). Instead, click the much more subtle link to signup for a WordPress.com account.
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  3. You will be taken to a “Let’s get started” page. Enter your e-mail address and choose a username and a password you can remember, and then hit “Create My Account”
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  4. Next, you will be taken to a page asking you to verify your e-mail address. Go to your e-mail inbox, open the verification e-mail and click the “Confirm Email Address” button.
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  5. You will be routed to a verification confirmation looking something like this. Yay! Success!
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  6. Now you can go back to the original invitation e-mail and click that seductive blue button.
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  7. After accepting, you will most likely be routed to the Dashboard, which is the control center of WordPress. From here, you can make posts, upload media and so forth. To view the regular site, click “My Site” at the top left and choose “View Site”. To get to the Dashboard from the regular site, go to “My Site” again and select “WP Admin”
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How to Follow Del’s Digital Classroom

New information is posted regularly, so it can be helpful to follow the website so you know when content goes live. When you follow, you will receive an e-mail whenever a new post is made.

Please note that because of the way this site is structured, there is no way to get notifications only for your course . If it bothers you to receive updates for my other classes too, bookmark your course-specific blog and check in regularly.

  1. Log in to  WordPress with your username and password. An option to log in is located at the very bottom of Del’s Digital Classroom.
  2. At the bottom right of your screen, you should see a blue “Follow” button that looks something like this:
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    If you do not see this button, try switching to a different browser.
  3. Click the button (you know you want to). It will change from a blue “Follow” to a green “Following”.
  4. You can unfollow Del’s Digital Classroom at any time by clicking the button a second time. It will go from “Following” back to “Follow”.
  5. For more information see: https://en.support.wordpress.com/following/

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How to Manage E-Mail Notifications for Del’s Digital Classroom

To change what kind of e-mail notifications you get as a follower of Del’s Digital classroom or to otherwise manage your subscriptions, take the steps below. Be aware that, as mentioned in the section on following the website, there is currently no way to get e-mail notifications only for your course.

  1. Log in to  WordPress with your username and password. An option to log in is located at the very bottom of Del’s Digital Classroom.
  2. Click the “Reader” link at the upper left of the WordPress site.
  3. Select “Followed Sites” and then “Manage”.
  4. This will bring up a list of the WordPress sites you follow. Click the arrow to the left of Del’s Digital Classroom to expand options for the site. You can turn e-mail notifications on or off for either posts and/or comments. You can also adjust when you receive notifications. I recommend you turn on instant notifications for posts.
  5. For more information see: https://en.support.wordpress.com/following/#change-your-email-settings.

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How to Make a Comment

  1. Log in to  WordPress with your username and password. An option to log in is located at the very bottom of Del’s Digital Classroom.
  2. At the top of the blog post on which you wish to comment, there should be a clickable “Leave a Comment” link.
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  3. After clicking “Leave a Comment” the browser will shift you to a reply dialogue box. Type your comment in the box.
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  4. If you wish to include a link or image, copy the complete url (web address) and paste it into the dialogue box . Urls that point to another web page will remain links. Those ending with an image file extension such as .jpg, .png or .gif will typically be converted to an image within the comment itself. Please note that you will not see this conversion until the comment goes live.
  5. Check the box next to “Notify me of new comments via email” if you… surprise…want to receive updates in your inbox when someone else comments.
  6. When you are finished writing your comment, click “Post Comment” under the dialogue box. If you have never commented on this blog before, your contribution must be approved before anyone (but me) can see it. I get e-mail notifications when new comments are pending, and I will go into mod mode as soon as the opportunity presents.
  7. Enjoy your live post and the sense of well-deserved awesome that comes from contributing.
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  8. If you realize after the fact that your comment contains the kind of mistake that will keep you up nights (oh noes… I used “their” instead of “there” to indicate location!!!), OR if you need to add information, you can edit your comment. Click the “Edit” button underneath and go to town (see above screenshot).
  9. Finally, you can reply to your comment or the comments of others by clicking the reply button (see above screenshot). This will keep related conversations nested in the same thread.

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How to Make a WordPress Post

  1. Log into  WordPress with your username and password. An option to log in is located at the very bottom of Del’s Digital Classroom.
  2. Whether you are in Dashboard or reading the class site, you can get the post editor by clicking “Create New Post” (the pencil) at the upper right.posting1
  3. “Create New Post” will open an editor window.
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  4. *VERY IMPORTANT* Before you publish any post, select your course category. Click “Categories & Tags” on the left sidebar or, on some devices, under the menu that looks like a gear gear. Check the box next to your course blog, and then UNCHECK the box next to “Class General Information Blog”. If you skip this step, your post will default to “Class General Information Blog”. Noooooo! That’s the Hufflepuff of this site! I mean, it’s an okay blog and all, but it lacks that certain something… namely, the correct audience!
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  5. Add a title at the top.
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  6. Build your post. You can include text or, using the “Add Media” button below the title box, add photos, documents, videos, animated gifs, etc. Format your entry using the toolbar under the media button. If necessary, expand the toolbar to see all options.
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  7. When you are finished entering information, click “Publish” at the left. Your blog post is now live. Hooray!
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  8. Finally, you can always revisit past posts to edit, delete or add a category (*ahem* just in case you forgot). Simply click the “Edit” link nestled quietly at the top of your live post. Back to the editor you go! Beep beep boop! posting7

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