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WordPress School: Week 2

Badge - Learn WordPress with Lorelle VanFossen at WordPress School.We’ve just completed the first week of Lorelle’s WordPress School. Whew!

In the first week, you did a lot of homework with a variety of forms and assignments to get you thinking before doing, part of the secret recipe for learning WordPress from the inside out.

The discussions are rocking in the WordPress School Google+ Community, and I look forward to having you join us there. Be sure and introduce yourself to everyone.

Last week we covered:

At the end of the week you should have setup your WordPress test site, preferably on, and created your test site’s About Page to begin the process of learning to publish content on a WordPress site. I didn’t provide much in the way of step-by-step instructions on editing and writing the About Page, showing you how easy WordPress is to use. Next week I will dive deeper into content with several weeks of “What Can You Put Into WordPress.”

This week will be about your online identity as it relates to WordPress and social media, since it is hard to separate them.

While we are developing your online identity for your test site, it’s up to you as to what name you wish to use, email, and other personal information. One of the worksheets I’ve provided for this course is the Online Persona Plan and Worksheet (PDF), which may help you to identify your persona for the test site and other sites.

This week we will working on:

  • Your WordPress Profile
  • Gravatar Profile and Image
  • Web Browser Tips for WordPress
  • WordPress helpful resources and references
  • Start your first article series of posts

We have a busy week!

The next week we will start “What Can You Put Into WordPress” to help you learn about all the ways people stuff things into WordPress and how to make the process easier and how to make the stuffed content look good.

Be sure and check the WordPress School description and instructions for the specifications for multimedia. You will need to start getting images ready to include in your site. We will talk about pre-publishing process, so get your pictures and videos sorted and ready now.

Let’s get started.

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  1. Posted March 16, 2015 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know how to share my assignments?

    • Posted March 16, 2015 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

      You may share your assignment here in the comments by pasting in a properly formed HTML link or through the Google+ Community on the post with the assignment. This is a summary post, and not the best place to connect your assignment with the tutorial.

      WordPress automatically adds your site address and DISPLAY NAME to the comments when you are logged in to It also connects and displays the Gravatar, all you will learn in class. The instructions on how to do all this is found in WordPress School Description and in the Google+ Community explanations.

      Glad to have you aboard and eager to watch you grow and learn with WordPress. Thanks!

  2. Posted March 16, 2015 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Ok I guess that when I post a comment here it connects to my WordPress page and attaches it here. I’m on a learning curve and need some time to understand how all this works.

  3. Posted April 6, 2015 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on MaryAnn's World.

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