Blogging: Basic Links & HTML

Students should complete two different activities this week, adding links to the BLOGROLL widget and creating a TEXT widget to input an image with a HYPERLINK to a popular site.

1. Adding links to the blogroll is an easy process. Have a look at a video on this page about the blogroll to learn more about a blogroll. On the dashboard, there is a blogroll Links faq section. This shows you how to add new links to the widget. Perhaps ask your friends for their blog url’s? Or, add any websites which you read regularly.

2. Create a text widget in the the sidebar, add an image and then create a hyperlink from this to an external website. The steps to completing this are: a) create new blog post. (This does not need a title as we’re only using the image and the html wich will be associated with it. b) Insert an image. c) Create a hyperlink to an external website. d) Select the html tab. (There are two editing tabs in posts; Visual and HTML.) e) Select the text (using Ctrl C) f) Navigate back to your text widget you created earlier. g) Paste the text into the widget. (You will have noted that the text is in html.) h) Save the work in the widget, close and visit the site to see the results.

Please remember that help for wordpress blogs is available on the support page.

Extension: Add another blog post, comment on a friend’s blog, investigate other widgets.


WordPress Widgets

This week we’re going to continue with blogging and will spend a little more time adding to the design appearance of the blog. We’ll begin work on adding widgets to the sidebars of the blogs. The following widgets will be added:

Archives (a list of all blog posts by month)

Calendar (shows current month and highlights the date when a blog post is published)

Links (web links to websites which interest you)

Tag  Cloud (words which appear in a cloud form, based on ‘tagging’)

Avatar (created from a text widget)

In order to create an avatar, follow the instructions  from the Mangatar website. Once your Avatar is complete and it has been emailed to your school email account, right click on the image and SAVE it to your MY PICTURES folder. From there, it can be uploaded as your avatar to the text box widget on your wordpress blog.

WordPress has a link to help those who forget how they constructed a widget. Find this here. To the right of the help text on this webpage there is a  list further explaining how to go about inserting and working with supported wordpress widgets. Go ahead and try out others if you wish. However, take care not to clutter your sidebars and always SAVE and PUBLISH your work.

If you enjoy the idea of creating Avatars, you might wish to visit this website which lists 12 sites to create cartoon characters of yourself. Similalry 18 Sites might have something which appeals to you. Not all of these might be accessible from the school network, so perhaps try them from home.