Getting Started With WordPress

  • Log in to your newly created WordPress account (you should receive initial login details via email when your account is created), and change your password and add more details (like your web address, bio, user image, etc.).
  • Once you log in you will see the “dashboard” page—this is where you’ll find all the WordPress options you have permissions for (typically posts, media, comments, profile, and tools). To edit your password, you’ll use the “profile” options in the left margin. NOTE: If you click on the arrow to the right of any of you options you can choose to contract or expand and leave them that way for easier navigation. (see: http://www.michiganquarterlyreview.com/wp-login.php)
  • Once on your profile page you can supply any optional information in the areas provided. A few key elements, however, will be your “Biographical Info,” “Password,” and “User Avatar.” Your bio can simply be a short intro introducing you to our readers or a more detailed introduction. This bio will display at the bottom of all of your posts and on your user page within the MQR website. The text box does allow some basic HTML formatting, but does not format automatically for you like when creating a post in our blog. It’s not hard to add things like italics and bolding. To create italics for instance, you need to wrap your word in the appropriate beginning code and ending code like this:
  • <em>your italicized words</em>. Here are the most common items: <em>italics</em> and <strong>bold</strong>. If you add your website using the WordPress options, it will be linked in your profile automatically, but you can also add additional links in this space too. The format for creating a link is as follows: <a href=”http://www.example.com”>http:// www.example.com</a>. See Useful Code Elements for an example.

Useful Code Elements

Bold

<strong></strong> HTML tag for strong emphasis of text (i.e. bold).

Italics

<em></em> HTML tag for emphasis of text (i.e. italicize).

Block Quote

<blockquote></blockquote> HTML tag to distinguish quoted or cited text.

Link

<a href=”http://example.com”></a> HTML tag to create a hyperlink.

Bulleted (unordered) List

<ul></ul> HTML tag will insert an unordered list, or wrap the selected text in same. An unordered list will typically be a bulleted list of items.

Numbered (ordered) List

<ol></ol> HTML tag will insert a numbered list, or wrap the selected text in same. Each item in an ordered list are typically numbered.

List Item

<li></li> HTML tag will insert or make the selected text a list item. Used in conjunction with the ul or ol tag.

Learn More

Read HTML Basic Examples at W3Schools.com for more web coding basics.

Update Your Password

Once you’ve completed your bio make sure to update your password. Make it different from the one you were provided when your account was created. The “strength indicator” will let you know how secure your choice is.

Your Avatar

MQR’s website uses Gravatar for its avatars. Gravatar is a service from the creators of WordPress. Read Gravatar Basics for instructions on how to sign up and add your image.

A Few Last Things

  • Read the posts archived on the blog to get a sense for tone, variety, etc.
  • Add your MQR Blog post delivery week/deadline to your calendar, and begin planning your posts.

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