I blog, You blog, (We)blog www.chrisfuller.typepad.com Chrisfullerinspain@hotmail.com
It is recommended that you work through this PowerPoint in Slide Show mode. Then use Alt Tab to move between this window and the Internet window which you will need to be using to create and design your blog. To return to the main index page, press at any of the title pages.
Contents How to create a blog How to make a Post How to manage the design of your blog-the Design tab How to set up Comment Moderation How to create a visitors map How to add new authors How to use the TypeList tab to create links to other websites How to use a Notes TypeList to establish blog rules. How to Insert Images, audio, files or HTML into a Post How to set up an RSS Feed How to set up a link to your blog from www.blip.tv in order to put videos on the blog Further websites to explore
1. Go to www.typepad.com 2. Click on Start your free trial now
1. Choose Unlimited. 2. Click on Continue.
1. Blog URL: e.g. TBGS.typepad.com 2. Display name: e.g. Sra Foster
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To make a Post you have 2 options, Quick Compose or Compose. Compose gives you far more options, but Quick Compose allows you to quickly put text onto the blog. 1. Click on Compose.
1. Add a title, eg first post 2. Type a short description of what you hope to learn during the session.
This now shows the Post ready to be published. • Ensure that the category you want is checked. • Check those spellings • Press Publish
The peach bar indicates the success of a post. Now click View blog Do not close the tab / window you have posted from.
Like what you see? Or do you need to correct any mistakes? Or would you like to change the design of the blog?
1. Return to the tab you posted from. 2. Click Posts
Options: • Click on the title of the blog post and you will return to the main Compose screen for that blog post, allowing you to edit any text or images. • Click the box next to the blog post and then choose to delete any unwanted posts. This is what we want to do now to delete Typepad’s trial post.
From where we are in the blogging INSET, click Design From the main Dashboard (the first page you’ll see when you log-in, click Design
Typepad allows for a large amount of customisation, if you have the skill and desire (and time). However, for today, click on Choose a theme
Browse the categories and then click Choose from the right hand side when you are happy with the selected theme. However, just like we tell our pupils, don’t spend too long on this!
The numer of columns principally effects the width of your post. If you are intending to use lots of widgets and typelists (things on your sidebar) it is recommended to have 3 columns- otherwise 2. When you are finished, click on Apply this design to... and then Save Changes.
The content selection screen allows you to decide what elements should be included in your posts (title, date etc) and your sidebar (categories, archive, links etc). These can be changed at any time. Modules are facilities offered automatically by TypePad. These include Widgets which are fun bits and bobs for your sidebar (you need to create these from www.widgetbox.com).TypeLists will also appear in here, which allow you to form links to other sites, and to host badges- of photos and sitemaps of who’s visited your blog. More later...
1. Now that we have changed the design, let’s check how the blog looks now- so click on View blog. If you want to change anything, repeat the previous steps.
In order to set up comment moderation, click on the Settings tab. Or from the main Dashboard (the first page you’ll see when you log-in, click Settings
Click on Comments • (NOTE: this screen can be used to add a tagline to your blog banner or even to change the displayed name)
These are recommended settings for a school blog. 1. Will allow commenters to provide their details through their TypePad account. 2. Prevents any inappropriate comments, as the author will be sent all comments to approve for the blog.
Input the details for your newly created blog (note that the http:// is already typed. • Add the e-mail address you wish to use • Press Make my map
Highlight the code at the bottom of the page, right click with the mouse and press Copy
Now return to where you were in Typepad, click on the arrow by the side of Library at the top of the page and click on TypeLists ORFrom the main dashboard, again click on the arrow by the side of Library at the top of the page and click on TypeLists
1. For the code to work we need a Links TypeList. 2. Choose an appropriate name for the map e.g. Our visitors 3. Click Create New TypeList
1. Choose the blog you want (if you have more than one blog in the account you will see all of them on this screen) and then click Save Changes [NOTE: you can also choose modules from the Content section of the Design tab]
1. From wherever you are in Typepad, click on Dashboard to return to the screen below. 2. Now click on Settings.
Name: best to be in a pupil appropriate version Junior author is the level for staff members. They will have to accept the invitation after receiving an e-mail from Typepad. The Guest Author level can be used for senior pupils. 1. Complete the details below as appropriate, using the advice on the left. 2. Click on Send Invitation(s)
The peach box should indicate success, and invitations should be listed as pending below.
A TypeList is displayed in your sidebar on the blog. It can be used to... - create links - permanently display specific things on your blog e.g. photo displays
A TypeList must always be of a specific type. When you have assigned it, it cannot change. There are five different types of TypeLists. However, for our educational purposes, it is the Links and Notes TypeLists which are key. So what are they?!
Link TypeList • Use a Link TypeList to add a link to another website to your sidebar. • The fields in a Link TypeList are: • Title (what people will see in your sidebar) • URL (the web address) • Notes (To describe what the link is to) • These are the most common TypeLists, and allow you to set up links for your pupils to follow.