How to Design your Site

There are several things you can do to create, design, and “lay out” an efficient site:

  • We encourage everyone to begin with identifying the theme they wish to use.  This is important, because all themes are different and have different options.
  • The next thing you will need to decide is whether you wish to uses Pages or Categories and Post.  The Pages option is a bit simpler because it allows for comments on the page.  If you use the Categories and Post option, you will first need to create the different categories you’ll need. You will then need to log into the WordPress dashboard, add your post and select the Category to which you want the post to be applied.  If you do not select the Category, then the post will be applied to the incorrect location.
  • The final thing you need to think about is which “Widget” you would like to use on this site.  Widgets are important because they provide additional functionality to your site.  You can add link, a text box for announcement, a calendar and several other things.

Following are steps to select a theme, add pages or categories & posts, and how to add widgets.

How to Select/Activate a Theme

  1. Login to WordPress using your ECU Pirate ID and your ECU Password from the following URL:  http://blog.ecu.edu/sites .
  2. Click the “Dashboard” Dropdown button.
  3. Then click on “My Sites.”
  4. Now identify the site you would like to edit and click on the “Dashboard” link below the site name that needs changes.
  5. To switch themes locate the “Appearance” link located on the left side panel.
  6. Click “Themes” link (if it does not load as the first page).
  7. You may select/preview a theme by using the link located under each theme.
  8. Once you have a desired theme, click “Activate.
    Note:
    Clicking “Activate” is the equivalent to the “Save” button.

How to Add a Page

  1. Login to WordPress using your ECU Pirate ID and your ECU Password from the following URL:  http://blog.ecu.edu/sites .
  2. Click the “Dashboard” Dropdown button.
  3. Then click on “My Sites.”
  4. Now identify the site you would like to edit and click on the “Dashboard” link below the site name that needs changes.
  5. Click the “Page” dropdown and select “Add New.”
  6. Type your page title in the box, then add your content in the text box.  If you would like your other people to add comment to this page, scroll down and put a check box in the “Add Comment” box under the discussion setting.  Note: If you do not see the Discussion setting area, click on the “Screen Options” button located in the top right side of the window.
  7. Once the content has been added, click the “Update” button to add the content to the page.

How to Add a Categories

  1. Login to WordPress using your ECU Pirate ID and your ECU Password from the following URL:  http://blog.ecu.edu/sites .
  2. Click the “Dashboard” Dropdown button.
  3. Then click on “My Sites.”
  4. Now identify the site you would like to edit and click on the “Dashboard” link below the site name that needs changes.
  5. Click on the “Categories” link.
  6. Then add a “Name” for your category and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Add New Category” button.  If you need to create more categories, please repeat the process.

How to Add a Post

  1. Login to WordPress using your ECU Pirate ID and your ECU Password from the following URL:  http://blog.ecu.edu/sites .
  2. Click the “Dashboard” Dropdown button.
  3. Then click on “My Sites.”
  4. Now identify the site you would like to edit and click on the “Dashboard” link below the site name that needs changes.
  5. Click the “Post” dropdown button.
  6. Click the “Add New” link, then enter a title for your post and add the content that you would like to include in the post in the text box below the toolbar.
  7. Once you have finished adding your content, you will then need to decide which “Category” you would like this post added to.  Once that is determined, then place a check in that “categories” box.
  8. Then click the “Publish” button, above the “Categories” section.

How to Add a Widget

  1. Login to WordPress using your ECU Pirate ID and your ECU Password from the following URL:  http://blog.ecu.edu/sites .
  2. Click the “Dashboard” Dropdown button.
  3. Then click on “My Sites.”
  4. Now identify the site you would like to edit and click on the “Dashboard” link below the site name that needs changes.
  5. Click the “Appearance”  dropdown.
  6. Then click the “Widgets” link.
  7. Then click on one of the sidebars, (Sidebar 1 or Sidebar 2) dropdown to open up the sidebar.
  8. Then identify a widget that you would like added to your site and click and drag it to one of the sidebars on the right side of the window.
  9. If you would like to add another widget the click and drag it over to the desired sidebar.
  10. Then click the “Update” button above the Page Attributes” section.