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WordPress Blogging Software

WordPress is open source [1] blogging software that provides users the ability to create dynamic web sites (blog sites) to communicate, create and collaborate. WordPress is made available to educators through many services, including Monroe #1 BOCES. If you are a Monroe #1 BOCES Model Schools component school district and would like a blog site please send a request to BrianC_Smith@boces.monroe.edu.


The Dashboard is the interface used for writing and maintaining your blog. Included in the Dashboard are sections that provide a glance of your blog Right Now, Recent Comments, Incoming Links, Quick Press, Recent Drafts, and more.

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A post is the text authored by the user. Under the Posts tab you can create writing new posts, publish them and save them as drafts for later editing. Posts make up the bulk of the content on your blog.

Placing a catchy Title for your post will help attract readers to your post. WordPress uses a graphical or WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor so when writing, you will be able to customize the format of your text, and add media. A blogging best practice is adding hyperlinks to other articles or blogs that relate to your post or support your message.

Adding a Post List of Published & Draft Posts

If your post is ready to be published, click the Publish button. Publishing puts your post out "live" on the blog site for others to read and comment on.

Save Draft
Saving a post puts into a draft state, click the Save Draft button. This will save your post as a draft and will not be displayed on the blog site until published. To edit the post later, click the Posts tab and select the draft you wish to edit.

Consider Using Categories
The more you write, the more topics you will address. Using Categories to group related posts is helpful for readers to easily find specific information about a topic or to find a specific post. To categorize your post, click the appropriate box(es), uncheck any box that doesn't fit the post topic. Add categories as you see fit.


The primary page of a blog site contains posts and is more dynamic as opposed to other static pages. Pages add layers to a blog site. Just like a standard web page that contains informational pages a blog site can also contain pages dedicated to related, but separate, information. You may wish to include other pages containing information about projects and interests. Most blog sites have an "About" page where readers can learn more about you or what your blog is about

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Add links to other websites or blogs that relate to your blog site. To add a link to your blogroll, add a name of the site (this is what visitors will read) and then enter the web address. You may add a short description about the link in the Description field. This will appear when a visitor hovers the cursor over the link. If you have set your blog up with multiple categories (see below), select the category in which the new link belongs, otherwise leaving this blank will place it in the default (Blogroll) category. To save the link to your blog site, click Save.

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Link Categories
Just as posts can be categorized, so can Links that you want to add to your blog site. Links, by default, appear under a category called Blogroll. A blogroll is sort of a roll call of blogs related to your blog or blogs that you read regularly. For your class consider posting blogs related to the topic or goal of the blog as well as other classrooms with which you collaborate. Giving them "link love" will generate interest in their site, and yours!



This is where you set the look and feel of your blog. There are many theme templates that you can apply to your blog. To select a theme, in the Available Themes section click on the theme you wish to use. This will apply the theme to your blog. To view your blog with the new theme, click the View Site link located next to the title of your blog.

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The Widget editor allows you to customize what appears on the side of your blog. Depending upon the Theme you have chosen, your sidebar where you place your widgets will vary. To customize your sidebar click and drag a "widget" from the Available Widgets area to the Your Sidebar area. You can set the order by clicking and dragging the widgets to the desired order. To reset your sidebar click the Reset button.

Customizing Widgets
Each widget allows a different element to appear in the sidebar of your blog site. You will need to edit each widget you add to make it appear the way you wish. To do so, click on edit.

Apply your changes by click the 'Save Changes button.

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Update your personal profile information in this section. This is also where you can change your password. Be sure to click the Update Profile button to save your changes.

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Settings > Writing


Settings > Reading


Under the Discussion tab you will find settings for comment moderation, email notification and more.

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Settings > Media


Settings > Privacy


Settings > Permalinks

Subscribe to Comments

Settings > Subscribe to Comments


Site Administrator

Monroe #1 BOCES Technology Services will establish one (1) site administrator per blog site created. If additional users or members will be added they must be assigned an Editor, Author, Contributor, or Subscriber role. Allowing only one site administrator per site allows consistency, prevents confusion and establishes one contact person for support of using Wordpress.

User Management

Naming Conventions

In order to make user management easier as use of Wordpress grows, we require the following naming conventions be followed:

For teachers
Adults authoring or requesting accounts should have accounts created with the username in the format of last name and first initial (i.e. cashj)
For Students
For students authoring or commenting on blog sites, usernames should be created using the format of first name, last initial and three numbers (i.e. johnnyc123)
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