WordPress photo gallery example

To create a photo gallery in a WordPress blog post, use the Add Media button while you in the post editor. An overlay will open. In the upper left corner of the overlay, click “Create Gallery.”

Here’s a gallery (it is NOT a photo story):

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First you upload your images via the WordPress “Add Media” overlay. Then you create the gallery. Under GALLERY SETTINGS, choose “Link To: None” and “Type: Slideshow.”

You can see these photos and five more in this Dropbox photo album.

Here are instructions for Dropbox: How to Create and Share a Dropbox Photo Album

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Blog post 8: Improve your website

You have created a website using WordPress. Not the blog for this course. Not the blog for bootcamp. I mean your real website — the one I would see if I went to “yourname.com.” For example, mine is mindymcadams.com.

Last week you critiqued a professional journalist’s website, in Blog Post 4. It’s time to start making your website more like that.

How do you get started? There are three things you can do right now:

  1. Choose a WordPress theme that is suitable for a professional journalist’s portfolio. In particular, make sure the home page of your website sends a clear signal that this is professional portfolio site.
  2. Write a personal statement that makes you appear serious, professional, committed, hire-able.
  3. Construct a resume page on a WordPress page that will be easy for you to update in the future. NOT A PDF. A live, searchable Web page, built inside your WordPress theme. Read more of this post

Fixing the ‘permalink’ URL on a WordPress blog

A lot of the students here have generic URLs for their WordPress posts. This is something a savvy person wants to change, because the generic URL makes you look like a WordPress novice. Like you don’t care about your blog.

Changing this is very easy.

If your URL to a blog post looks like this, you should change it:

http://mysite.com/blog/?p=123

The number at the end of the URL is what makes you look like a noob. Here’s how to change it:

The most common choices (below) are:

  • Month and name
  • Post name

If you want to try a custom structure, find the heading Structure Tags on this page:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks