Getting Started

Step 1: Logging in and WordPress Dashboard

You have been sent your login credentials. Please have those on hand when accessing the site:

Take note of the extension /wp-admin at the back of the address. This is how you will access the site as an WordPress author to edit information.

This is the WordPress Dashboard, The left column is the menu, where you will find most of the functions.

Head over to Users in the main menu and look for your username. Please change your password from the default one.

Step 2: Creating a new post

Go to Posts and click on Add New to create a new post.

*Do not use Pages as it will not appear on the blog.

Step 3: Document Settings

Before adding any content, it is important to setup your post correctly through the document settings located at the left side of your screen.

The document settings (located in the Document tab) control generic settings to your blog post, while the block settings (located in the Block tab) only affect the look of your post.

Remember to make the following adjustments to the document settings:

  1. Status & visibility
    • Make sure that you are the author of the post (should be correct by default).
  2. Categories
    • Assign the post to the correct studio.
  3. Tags
    • Select and add a week number tag from the dropdown menu.
    • Add any other tags that represents the project.
    • General guidelines to creating tags
      • Use pre-existing tags if possible. Look through the dropdown menu before adding new tags.
      • Be mindful of case sensitivity and spacing.
      • There is no need for “#” prefix.
  4. Featured image
    • Add an image here, which will be used as the thumbnail. This image will be seen in the main page for your studio.

Step 4: Creating content and Block Settings

Students are reminded that it is not permitted to post copyrighted materials on this platform. Most materials obtain through search engines will be copyrighted. If you are aware of any copyrighted material, please take it down immediately or contact any of the ASD staff to have it removed.

This version of WordPress uses modular blocks to add various components to your post. In this guide, we will cover essential blocks and how to customise them.

How to add a block

Clicking on the (+) symbol located at the top right-hand corner will bring up menu with different types of blocks.

Paragraph Block

Clicking on the icon will create a text box. Upon clicking or typing, a row of icons with various style settings, above the block, will appear. Similar settings can also be found on the left side of the page.

Image Block

To upload an image, add an image block and click on Upload to upload your images individually.

When your image is uploaded successfully, a row of icons with various style settings, above the block, will appear. Adjust as you see fit.

Remember that you are uploading for web and not for print. To ensure that the page loads smoothly, please adhere to the following restrictions:

  • Less then 2000 pixels for image width
  • Less then 100 DPI resolution
  • .jpg preferred over .png

You can also head to the Patterns tab and use sample blocks for your post. These are ready to use, just edit the text and content accordingly.

PDF Block

When embedding PDFs into your post, click on the PDF icon under the Embeds section when selecting a block.

This is similar to uploading an image to your post. Just follow the prompts on your screen.

Remember that you are uploading for web and not for print. To ensure that the page loads smoothly, export your PDF for digital viewing. This can be done through whichever software you are using.

It should look something like this.

Step 5: Submitting and editing your post

Once you are done with writing your post, click on Update and Preview your post.

Please remember to check if you have selected the correct Categories and Tags for your post. Also, check if your post is located in the correct studio blog.

As Authors of the blog, you will only be allowed to edit your own blog posts.

If you would like to make changes after your post has been submitted, you can head to the Dashboard and edit your post under Post. Remember to click Update to save your changes!

Happy Blogging!