This week you will be given access to a private blog, hosted by #SciFund Challenge, so you can get started with blogging. Only people in the class have access to this blog and, when the class is over, all materials you write on the blog will be erased (to ease the minds of first-time bloggers). This practice blog is powered by WordPress, which is the most widely-used blogging system. What’s the link for the class blog? You can find it under Week 3 instructions on the Google+ page for the class.
The first time you visit the practice blog, you’ll be taken to the login page. Since you are new to the site, you’ll need to create an account so that you can create content and comment on other posts. To do this, click on “Register” in the lower left, under the login box (where the red circle is in the image below).
On the registration page, create a username and enter your email. Make your username your first and last name with no spaces so that everyone can identify authors. You’ll shortly receive an email with a link to create a password for your new account. Click that link, create your account password, and complete your user registration. If you have any issues with your registration, send Jai and I (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com) an email and we’ll fix it as soon as possible.
At this point you should be logged in and interfacing with the practice blog. You may see the “public” content screen (which only class members can see, just as a reminder):
At the very top of your web page you’ll see the WordPress admin bar (look for the red rectangle in the upper left of the image above). From here you can navigate to the administration side of WordPress by pointing your mouse at the blog name and clicking “Dashboard” from the dropdown menu. You’ll then be taken to the WordPress Dashboard:
To create a new post, navigate to “Posts” on the left panel and click “New Post” from the dropdown menu (see red box on the left side in the image above). You will automatically be taken to the post editing page. You can also create a new post, no matter where you are on the practice blog, by clicking “Post” from the dropdown menu under “+ New” in the Admin bar at the top of your web page.
The New Post composition page looks like this:
From here you are all ready to construct your first blog post, so let’s get to it!