How to Use WordPress

The info below is here to help you use WordPress. The “Getting Started in WordPress” video created for the first exercise is also still available.

Adding Text

To add your text you are writing for your papers will need to be edited down and possibly simplified some for the general audience that will be viewing your website. Take a look at these writing for the web tips for guidance. Once you have rewritten your text, you can paste it into your webpage. Delete the text that is there from the previous exercise since it’s no longer needed.

I recommend cutting your text from your Word doc, pasting it into a text editor and then cutting and pasting that into your webpage. This will remove any strange formatting that Word might have added. It will also remove formatting like italics and boldface, so you will need to add those back in.

What the video for more info and to see examples:

Text Formatting

If you don’t see all of the formatting tools click the box icon (see below).

Adding Media

To add pictures you will need to download them and then reupload them to the site. All images must be given captions and credits in the following format and link back to where you got the image from.

The basic format:  what the images is (creator, year)

For example: Mother and cub Panda in Wolong Reserve (Amy Vitale, National Geographic, 2016)

If you don’t have all of the information, include as much as you can. For example, if you don’t know the photographer and year but you do know it is from National Geographic, write it as:

Panda in the Chengdu Panda Rescue (National Geographic)

What this video to learn more about adding images:

Searching for images in Google images:

Other image sources:

Watch this video about adding video:

Video sources:

Adding Your Maps

To add your maps to your webpage you will need to get the embed code from ArcGIS and paste it into the page. If you want visitors to your page to be able to click different layers on and off, you will need to select “Legend” and “Layer Toggle” when you copy the embed code. The following video will instruct you on how to do all of this.