How to create a website with WordPress:
Where to start?
To start off, log into your account by using the name and password provided: http://artsites.uottawa.ca/NAME/wp-login.php (replace NAME by the name of your account)
Changing your password
Once you have entered the system, you may now use the navigational menu on your left to access the different parts of the site. In order to change your password, click on the link entitled “Your Profile” (Votre profil), located under the “Users” (Utilisateurs) section. At the bottom of the page, you may modify your password in the box written “New Password” (Nouveau mot de passe).
To change your website’s settings, click on the link entitled “General,” located under the section “Settings” (Réglages).
From here, you will be able to change the title of your website, its description (tagline), your email address, the main language of your website (see also qTranslate: a bilingual website?), etc.
qTranslate: a bilingual website?
By default, the qTranslate plugin is activated. This allows you to create a website wherein both ‘pages’ as well as ‘posts’ can be written in more than one language. If a page or a post is not written in the other language, it simply won’t appear on your site for that other language.
The English language is used as the default language, with French as the secondary language. To reverse these roles, scroll down to the section “Settings” (Réglages) and select “Languages” (Langues). You can then change the order of the languages, select your default language, and finally save your modifications.
If you do not wish to have a bilingual or multilingual website, you can deactivate qTranslate by going into the section “Plugins” (Extensions). You can always reactivate the plugin at a later time should you ever happen to change your mind.
Note: If this feature does not seem to be present in your account, activate the plugin qTranslate under the section “Plugins” (Extensions).
The home page
By default, the home page of your website uses the blogging feature. In order to add new entries, you must submit your text in the “Posts” (Articles) section. If your website does not require a news feed of sorts, you can remove this aspect and use a regular page as your home page instead by modifying the reading settings, located under “Settings” (Réglage) → “Reading” (Lecture).
In order to modify the layout of your website, navigate towards the section “Appearance” (Apparence) in the menu and click on “Themes” (Thèmes). To preview a theme, click on one of the images. To choose a theme, click on the link that says “Activate” (Activer).
Note that many themes also come with additional options. Once a theme is activated, you will be able to find those options (if available) under the section “Appearance” (Apparence).
Creating your first page
Creating a new page can be done quite easily. In the menu, click on the link “Add new” under the section “Pages.” You will then be able to add a title and some content to your new page. To modify the content of the page, there are two different modes available: the Visual mode, and the HTML mode. The difference is simple: the visual mode allows you to modify the content as it will appear on your page (e.g. bold), while the HTML mode will allow you to access the code directly (e.g. <strong>bold</strong>).
Once satisfied, you can publish the page by clicking on the “Publish” (Publier) button. If you would like to modify the page later on, you can do so by going in Pages → Edit (modifier).
Adding images and documents
You can upload, delete, and manage images and documents by going directly into your media library located under the section “Media” (Médias). In order to add an image (or a document) to your page, go back and edit the page where you want it to appear. Above the content editor, you will see the words “Add media:” followed by four little images (image, video, sound and media). Click on the first one. Then, either upload a new file, or locate your file in the library. Once you’ve selected a file, click on the button that says “Insert into Post” (Insérer dans l’article).
Note that all files that you add into your media library can be accessed at the following address: http://artsites.uottawa.ca/NAME/doc/FILE.EXTENSION
Modifying the navigation menu (sidebar)
To add stuff to your website’s sidebar, move over to the section entitled “Widgets.” Essentially, widgets, whose name derives from the contraction of the words ‘windows’ and ‘gadget,’ “are small interactive applications that bring specific information to the end-user.” You can find the widgets under the “Appearance” (Apparence) section. From there on, you can choose which widgets you want to use by dragging them into the sidebar on the right (e.g. a list of pages, recent articles, links, etc.).
Furthermore, a number of widgets come with optional settings that you can modify in order to change the way they appear on your website.