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Setting Up a WordPress Online Portfolio

JOY Committee Chair Rebecca Pollard presents step-by-step tutorials to help eligible candidates create their portfolio of work examples specifically for the Journalist of the Year contest. They are broken up in small chunks so one can pace it out, or power through and watch them all at once. One might hear some Texas twang in her voice that will entertain along the way, but this will help candidates with portfolio building — from establishing your site, to posting a variety of examples and everything in between.

 

How to Set Up a WordPress Account, Part 1  Establishing your online presence is easy. Go to WordPress.com and get going. This tutorial gives you tips on URL choice and how to navigate around site addresses already in use to get the one you want.

 

How to Set Up a WordPress Account, Part 2  Continue working on your account and setting up your basic information. Setting up your site can happen in private; just don’t forget to change this setting when finished assembling your portfolio.

 

Setting Up Your WordPress Theme  There are a lot of choices to think about when designing your site and the way you want it to look. Working with themes is an easy place to drain a lot of time. This will boil down the basics and what is effective to impress the judges.

 

Setting Up Your Menu Choices in WordPress  There are many ways to categorize your work examples and organize them into pages to your site. This tutorial will address these concerns and talk about where documents with your personal information (your application, résumé, letters of recommendation and transcript) will go. HINT: It’s not on the site you are building for your examples.

 

Customizing Your WordPress Site to Add Personal Touches  From font choices, site colors and uploading default photos to work in conjunction with your theme, this tutorial gives you ideas and options of how to add a personal feel to your WordPress site.

 

Posting to Your WordPress Home Page  Now that overall settings have been decided, it is time to extend the first impression through your home page content.

 

Adding Personal Work Examples with a URL Address to Your WordPress JOY Portfolio  Do you have online examples of your work done for your student media organization? This tutorial explains how to embed those existing links into your examples page.

 

Adding PDFs that are Work Examples to Your WordPress JOY Portfolio  Do you have print examples of your work done for your student media organization? This tutorial explains how to upload and post those files to your pages as a visual, and also to house the files for the judges to look at them in detail.

 

Adding Personal Images that are Work Examples to Your WordPress JOY Portfolio Do you have photography or video examples of your work done for your student media organization? This tutorial explains how to upload and post those files to your pages as a visual, and also to house the files for the judges to look at them in detail.

NOTE: Files must be under 16 MB in order to load to your site. If your file is bigger, compress the file under 16 MB. Another option is to load online, for example on YouTube, and then follow the tutorial about using an URL address.

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