Customizing Your Blog

Here are some tips for getting rid of stock elements of a WordPress blog:

Dump the username title (e.g., “Phill123′s Blog”) and the stock description (“Just another wordpress blog”). Click on “settings” in the Dashboard and replace it with a title that’s more specific to the content of your blog. Remember, what you’re doing here is building a portfolio of multimedia work about the New Paltz campus community.

Get rid of all the stock posts — such as “Hello World” — by going to “All Posts” and deleting the ones you don’t want.

Get rid of all stock widgets, such as “Blogroll.” Go to Appearance>Widgets to rename or replace your widgets.

Anything visual on your blog theme — such as a masthead photo — should be your own.

Categorize your posts to make them more searchable. You might also want to use tags. Categories are general, like the headings on a table of contents. Tags are more specific, comparable to listings in an index.

Write a fetching “About” section. Blogs tend to have a personal voice. Tell us about yourself and your interests. Include a photo.

 

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About Lisa Phillips

I am an assistant professor of journalism at SUNY New Paltz and the author of Unrequited: Women and Romantic Obsession (HarperCollins, 2015) and Public Radio: Behind the Voices.
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