Basics

Resources | Log In | Dashboard | Profile | Media | Links | Posts | Pages | Categories | Appearance | Themes | Menus | Widgets

Resources

Log In

Generally the blog you create is available to all through the web.  However, the administrative area of the blog where changes are made require you to log in to gain access.

A login ID and Password were provided via email.

Dashboard

Once you log into your blog, you will see a dashboard that provides all the tools you will need to maintain your site.  Click here to find out more.

Profile

Your profile can be found under the Users area of the dashboard.  It will probably not be a place you visit frequently, but you will probably want to go there initially to update your password.

Media

There are several different types of media that can be added to your site including documents, images, videos, and audio files.  This topic is extensive and will be covered more completely on a separate page.  Click here to find out more about adding media to your site.

The links option on your dashboard allows you to add links (often links to external sites) that will automatically show up in a widget called a Blogroll.  The links can be organized under different headings by categories (topics) that are assigned to each.  Click here  to find out more.

Posts vs Pages

Posts and pages are two primary ways to add content to your site.  Both are valuable, but they are created for different purposes.  Posts are date-specific and are typically added on a regular (daily or weekly) basis. Pages are more static than posts. Click here to find out more about the differences.

Posts

Posts are what you would use to add information about what is happening in your class such as information about projects, events, homework assignments, etc.  Click here to find out more about posts.

 Pages

You are likely to use pages to enter information that does not change much over time.  An example might be an About Me page.  Click here to find out more.

Categories/Tags

Categories and tags are tools that allow you to organize your posts by keywords so that posts related to a particular topic are easier to find.  Click here to find out more.

Appearance

Appearance is a menu selection on your dashboard that provides a variety of ways to customize the look of your site including customizing the theme, adding widgets, and modifying the navigation menu.  Click here to find out more.

 Themes

Each edublog and WordPress site has an underlying theme that controls the look of the site including the layout, font, navigation, placement of headers, color of links, and much more.  Click here to find out more about themes.

Some parts of the theme can be modified directly by the owner of the blog.  Others require more extensive theme modification on the main administrative site.

At MISD teachers will be using a common theme.  The theme is mobile-ready (responsive) so that it will adjust to the device that it is being used.

The primary navigation (menu) on your page can be easily customized.  It can also contain both pages and post categories.  In addition, you can add drop-down sub-menus under any main category to add more options to your menu.  Click here to find out more.

When using a horizontal main menu, one of the challenges is making sure the menu options do not expand to a second row.  Careful planning and use of sub-menus will help.

Widgets

A widget is a tool or piece of content that can be added to the sidebars of your site.  It is very simple to add a widget by dragging the widget of interest to the desired sidebar location.  Click here to find out more.

 

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