By: John Dang

This particular lab will guide you through the following:

  1. Creating your WordPress account
  2. Feeding your blog to the Open Source @ Seneca Planet
  3. Posting your first blog

Alright, let’s begin.

Launch Firefox and go to http://wordpress.com/. This page is the WordPress main page.

 

1. Creating your WordPress account

To create an account click on the orange “Sign up now” button located near the top right of the page. Once you click on it you will be redirected to the “sign up” page.

Filling in your Seneca User ID into the “Username” textbox and your Seneca email into the “Email Address” textbox. Once you are done filling in this information and check marked the “I have read and agree to the fascinating terms of services” checkbox, make sure the “Gimme a blog!” radio button is selected then click on the “next” button.

On this page, leave your Blog Domain as is (your Seneca User ID) and for the Blog Title replace the text with your first and last name. Now click on the “Signup” button to create your account.

If everything went right you will be redirected to the “Check Your Email to Complete Registration” page. Log into your email account and click on the email confirmation link to activate your account.

Now log into your WordPress blog account by clicking on the “Login” link. Enter your username and password and click “Log In”. You will be logged into the dashboard. This is were you will create your post, pages, and maintain your blog.

 

2. Feeding your blog to the Open Source @ Seneca Planet

Before we can start feeding your blog to the Open Source @ Seneca Planet we will need to create a category to feed. Click on the “Category” link and you will be redirected to the “Categories” page. From here, enter “Open Source” into the “Category Name” field and then click on the “Add Category” button to create this category.

Alright, now it is time to tell the Open Source @ Seneca Planet to listen to all our future Open Source blogs.

Launch Firefox and go to http://zenit.senecac.on.ca/wiki/index.php/Open_Source@Seneca_Planet_List.

You will need to be logged into your Open Source @ Seneca Wiki account.

Scroll down to the “Feed” section and click on the “edit” link to enable edit mode.

After the <pre> tag copy and paste the following code with your information.


Where:
a is your WordPress username
b is your first and last name

[http://a.wordpress.com/category/open-source/feed/]
name=b

example:
[http://jqdang.wordpress.com/category/open-source/feed/]
name=John Dang


Alright, time to save.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Save page” button.

 

3. Posting your first blog

Launch Firefox and go to http://wordpress.com/. If you’re not already logged in, log into your WordPress account.

Click on the “My Dashboard” link located along the top of the browser to launch your dashboard.

Now it’s time to create your first Open Source post.

Click on the “Add New” link located within the “Posts” menu items along the left side of the browser.

For the title enter “My First Open Source Post” and for the body, type in “This is my first open source post!”. Now in order to make this post accessible for the Open Source @ Seneca Planet we need to enter “open source” into the “Post Tags” and click on the “add” button. Then, we need to add this post to the “Open Source” category by check marking the “Open Source” category within the “Categories” window. Once all this is done, click on the blue “Publish” button to publish your post.

To view your post click on the “View post” link.

Alright, your done. You’ve published your first open source blog. It may take a couple of hours before you see your post on the Open Source @ Seneca Planet.

I hope this lab helped you get started with Open Source and Blogging. If you have an question feel free to leave a comment and I will try my best to get back to you as soon as possible.

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