Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Summary: WordPress Settings

This is a summary of the settings requirements for your WordPress blog. These configuration options are lab exercises during weeks one and two.

The order reflects the WordPress Dashboard, from top to bottom:

Posts ->

  • Edit or change to pending status/delete the placeholder “Hello, World” post

Posts -> Categories ->

  • Give the category “uncategorized” a new name such as “Miscellaneous”
  • Create categories “Assignments,” “Reading” and “Projects”

Pages ->

Edit the placeholder copy for the “About” page and tell us something about yourself; first name required, last name is not required.

Comments ->

  • Moderate the placeholder comment on the “Hello, World” post (delete or unapprove)
  • Approve any pending comment from members of the class

Appearance -> Themes ->

Pick a new theme

  • Best for readability is dark text on light background
  • No two column content themes (such as Under the Influence) because they break/violate the reverse-chronological order distinction that is blogging genre

Appearance -> Widgets ->

Your blog should contain, at a minimum, these widgets: categories, archives, meta (screen grab)

  • To add widgets, drag-and-drop widget from the gallery (center of page) onto the sidebar template (upper right hand side of page)
  • To remove widgets, drag-and-drop widget from the sidebar template to the widget gallery
  • NOTE: each template/theme has its own widgets set. These will not be visible when you view the widgets configuration page. Manual configuration will remove any preset widgets from your theme’s appearance.

Settings -> General ->

Change time to Pacific/GMT -8

    Settings -> Discussion ->

    • Enable comments (screen grab)
    • Remove requirement that comments be moderated:
      • Deselect “Comment author must fill out name and e-mail”
      • Select “Users must be registered and logged in to comment”
      • Deselect “An administrator must always approve the comment” and “Comment author must have a previously approved comment” (screen grab)

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