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Jan. 30-1

Agenda for part one today. Be sure you are good with the following:

  1. Be able to optimize a photo in Photoshop
  2. Be able to post photos to your blog (Add Media button above the ribbon)
  3. Continue review of your WordPress blog. Note that I am now on WordPress 3.5 (as are you). Note new options e.g. top left, top right on menu bar.
  4. In Settings, look at Reading to be sure your Blog is the home page and that there is enough of them to see them in the main blog window. Look at Permalinks and set those to Date and Name.  Under General be sure your blog Title and Tagline make sense.
  5. Start your Categories and Tags under the Posts menu and add those to the photo assignment that’s due next week.
  6. Under Posts, be sure your photo post has a reasonable title and Body Title if your theme (Appearance->Themes) has that.
  7. Be sure that you have at least the Admin/Meta/Log-in widget (Appearance->Widgets) in a sidebar.
  8. Explore the options for your Theme—does it allow sidebars, customization, etc.?
  9. Check your Profile and follow the instructions from last week to add a gravatar through WordPress.com (Might be Users->Your profile; or go to WordPress.com, login there and then Settings->Public profile->Change your Gravatar)
  10. Go to Pages->Add New and add a page (e.g. Other or Technical) that you can use to store items that are not part of your blog on food and nutrition.
  11. Go to Posts->Add New and take a look at the Visual and Text (formerly HTML) tabs.

Then we’ll discuss the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web (they are not the same thing; take a look at this WIRED article and Briggs Chapter 1). We’ll then do some hands on with HTML and CSS (Briggs Chapter 1) . I’ll introduce RSS (and XML, which it’s made of) and PHP, which is what most blogs (such as WordPress) are written in. To give us a common source on these, we’ll use W3Schools.com.

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(We’ll come back to all this as needed later on.)

Some examples: Here’s an RSS feed I made for a DART class (try it in Firefox). Here is what a PHP test page will show if you post it on alpha.lasalle.edu.

By next week (hoping to do most of this tonight), be able to write a basic HTML page with a CSS rule embedded, and a basic page to test for PHP (sum of two numbers). We will post those to  alpha.lasalle.edu with FTP. The standard FTP client is Filezilla (note the URL). You can also experiment with RSS readers and install one either here or at home. I used CITA but it got buggy, so I switched to feedreader.com.

We’ll also discuss the state of online journalism and blogs a bit using Briggs (foreword, preface, Introduction, Chapter 3), this video from Clay Shirky,  shared from BigThink.com. (Note sharing from this site allows only a link, not an embed.).

Recorded 2009, as a follow-up to the success of his book,  Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations.

NYU sociologist Clay Shirky

NYU sociologist Clay Shirky

The Rise of Social Media.

and what would Shirky think about the CNN/Twitter partnership? What do you think? And what about Jay Rosen’s post that summarizes the bad and good of the new “information ecosystem, ” to paraphrase Shirky?

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