Uploading and Linking Files

Sometimes you may want to make files such as Word documents and PowerPoint presentations available for download from your site.  File uploads and links are handled in the same manner as other media:

  1. Using the editor for a page or post, position the cursor where you want the link and click the upload media button
  2. Browse to the file and upload
  3. Adjust the document title as desired (title will become the link text in your post).
  4. Click the Insert into Post button.

Watch the video which also demonstrates an alternate method using the hyperlink button in the editor window.

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Set a Page as the Home Page

By default, WordPress displays the most recent posts on your home page. You can, however, tell WordPress to use a Page you’ve already created instead.

To set a Page as the home page follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your site’s Dashboard
  2. Under Settings, select Reading
  3. Change the radio button to a Static Page
  4. Chose the page for the Front Page from the drop down box
  5. Click the Save Changes button

Watch the video demonstration:

http://campus.albion.edu/onlinetutorials/files/2009/05/pageashome.flv

Creating Posts & Categories From Existing Content

Posts are the default content type in WordPress. Content that can be ordered by date and by categories is suited to posts. Posts are displayed on your site in reverse chronological order (newest first).

This tutorial will show you how to create posts and categories from existing content on your old WWW site.

  1. Log in to your site’s Dashboard.
  2. From Posts, click Add New
  3. Create a Title (note the title will become a clickable link in your site’s navigation, so shorter is better).
  4. Click in the editor window
  5. Open a separate browser window or tab and go to the “old” page.
  6. Copy the text (highlight the text, then right-click to copy).
    Don’t worry about any images or files right now. See the separate tutorial on moving images and files.
  7. Back in the new site, click the PASTE AS TEXT button
  8. Type CTRL-V to paste the text in the popup window, then click the Insert button
  9. Select a category for the post on the right side of the screen, or add a new one
  10. Publish the post and then view it

Watch the video (5 minutes)

http://campus.albion.edu/onlinetutorials/files/2009/05/posts.flv

Editor Toolbar Buttons

WordPress may “hide” some of the editor window toolbar buttons.

If you’re missing the second row of buttons in the editor window, click the Kitchen Sink button, 3 in from the right on the main toolbar.

See the video (20 seconds):

http://campus.albion.edu/onlinetutorials/files/2009/05/kitchensink.flv