The WordPress Option
WordPress allows you to build anything from a simple blog to a complex web site. Free and open source, WordPress provides a great alternative if you "just want to get your message out on the Internet".
A.J. Juliani has used WordPress to build over twenty different websites that powered his classroom, personal blog, and group blogs. He covers..
- Why WordPress
- WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
- WordPress Basics
WordPress comes in two flavors. The first is WordPress.com, which allows you to create a WordPress web site for free on their servers. While there are add-ons that you can purchase, the free version will give you everything you need to have your own place on the Internet. Many of the sites referenced in this IMC are hosted by WordPress.com.
This page goes thru step-by-step how to set up a web site on WordPress.com. Other pages on this site go thru the complete process of creating and setting up your web site.
Robert Mening has developed this guide to step you thru creating your own WordPress site with your own domain name.
He says you can start blogging in 20 minutes in just 6 steps. This resource shows how easy it is to get started.
This blog entry takes a closer look at how some tech-savvy teachers are using WordPress.com to create educational experiences that seamlessly blend the traditional and virtual worlds.
This blog article addresses many of the common questions and myths around WordPress. It explkains how WordPress is easy to use, beautiful, scalable and why it's free.
WordPress is used for way more than "just blogs". Edublogs lists 10 different ways WordPress is being used in schools, along with examples to trigger your own inspiration and ideas.
Ryan McCallum created his first classroom website in 2001. It was hard work that involved a lot of time and specialized knowledge. Now, anyone can create a site instantly and easily. Ryan takes a look at 10 of the many reasons why you should jump in now.
Setting up a Teacher Website in WordPress
We know of whole schools and school districts set up a multi-user version of WordPress and give every instructor their own web site, ready to go. Here is an example from Crystal Lake, IL school district that takes teachers thru the steps needed to set up and start using WordPress.
With WordPress being free and open source, this is something your school or school district could easily replicate. Or, get together with a couple of fellow teachers and start a multi-user WordPress site of your own.
- YouTube URL
If you would rather host your own web site, or use a third party hosting company, WordPress.org is the official repository for the main software, add-ons and themes. While there are fees associated with some third-party add-ons and themes, everything found on WordPress.org is available free of charge.
Volcano Café is an example of a site hosted on WordPress.com. Free does not need to mean ugly or limited.
We talk about this site in Volcanoes.
This book takes you thru, step by step, the process of setting up your WordPress site, choosing a theme (i.e., the layout and colors of your web site), adding content, using plugins, and more. Covers using WordPress.com and hosting your own WordPress site, and the differences in how they work. Recommended as a good lets-get-started book by our webmaster.
Just Do It
Getting started with WordPress involves a couple of steps, but is easy and straightforward. Give it a shot and see what happens.
WordPress supports RSS feeds "out of the box". This article explains how to access them on your site.
Related Topics ...
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Creating Multimedia: Advanced Level
• Getting Started And Happy Endings
• Google Docs & Education
• Linking Environment and Physics
• Maker Movement
• Microsoft Office Alternatives
• Online Courseware And Management Systems
• Places For Publishing Your Work
• Traditional Desktop Publishing Tools