Step 2 – Build

In this step we guide you in building your website. We suggest proceeding in four stages. First, follow the instructions below and create a basic web site. Second, implement the logical structure that you’ve chosen for your site (pages, menus, navigation) while not worrying too much about the contents that will go into them. Third, take the contents that you’ve created in Step 1 (presently stored in a Word document) and pour it into your new web site. In the fourth stage, which is optional, you can experiment with fancier design templates and widgets.

Once you’ve decided on the contents and basic structure of your site, its actual construction will be quick and painless. In particular, if you follow the instructions given below (and resist the urge for design adventures and video experimentation) you will have a basic website online in 30 minutes.

You may want to print this page so you can read as you go without going back and forth from this site to the one you create.

Mark the time… Here goes:

Setting Up the Website:

  1. Go to WordPress.com and sign up for a new blog. (if you already have a WordPress user, log in first).
  2. Select the blog domain (its web address). Currently it shows your-user-name.wordpress.com. You should change it to something more descriptive (i.e. origami.wordpress.com) but not too long.
  3. Set a title (i.e. Origa-Me). Don’t get stuck on this. You can change it later.
  4. Set the language (EN unless authorized otherwise by David)
  5. Click “Create Blog” and cross your figures that the address you selected is still available
  6. Click log-in and… Congratulations!
    You’re the proud owner of a new blog. Don’t open the Cava just yet.

Creating the First Page and Making it Your ‘Home’ Page:

  1. On the top main menu go to “Pages” and in the sub menu select “Add New”
  2. Call this page “Home”
  3. In the content area paste your content from the Word document that contains the text for the home page
  4. Click “Save Draft” and “Preview”
  5. You may find that some extra spaces were added. Leave that for now, you’ll fix this later.
  6. Click “publish”
  7. In the main menu, go to “Pages”. You’re in the “Pages” sub menu now. You’ll find there’s already a page there called “About”. Click “Edit” in the “Action” options to edit this page.
  8. Paste the content you’ve prepared for this page and click “Publish”
  9. In the main menu go to “Settings” and enter your website’s tag-line (i.e. The Healing Power of Origami)
  10. Click “Save Settings”
  11. Stay in “Settings” and select the sub-menu “Reading”
  12. In the Front Page options select “A static page” and in the “Front page” drop down list select “Home”.
  13. Click “Save Settings”

Creating the Website Navigation Menu

  1. Go to the “Appearance” main menu and select the “Widgets” sub menu. You will feel a Strong urge to check out other website designs at this point. Exhibit self control and suppress this desire! I assure you, you will have plenty of time to play with designs later. If you want to make the 30 minute mark, click “Sidebar Widgets” sub menu now.
  2. Drag the following widgets from the “Available Widgets” box to the “Sidebar” box:
    1. Pages
    2. Recent Comments
    3. Blog stats (this will tell David in later stages how much traffic you attract)
  3. Click “Save Changes”

Mouses down. Stop the clock.
Did you make it in less than 30 minuets?

Now lets go see your creation…
On the top of the page, to the right of the website’s title you’ll find a link that says “View Site”. Click it.

To go back to editing mode click “My Dashboard”.

Now you can add the rest of the pages, insert images and video clips, edit the header image and much more.

Important note about structure and design: Structure is the logical layout of your site — how you divide the site’s contents into mental chunks that are easy to grasp, navigate, and visualize. Design is the actual look and feel of the site. As a rule, in this course you have to focus on contents and structure. Design is important only to the extent that it improves the site’s functionality and usability.

In particular, in this course we will guide you in using only the basic WordPress design. If you wish to experiment with the fancy design templates available in WordPress that’s perfectly OK, but we will not answer questions about WordPress features that go beyond the basics. Using other designs or adding features and widgets can certainly improve the look and feel of your web site, but remember that contents is king and without a good structure the contents will not be accessible.

Step 2 Tasks:

  1. Create your website by following the process outlined above.
  2. Post a link to your website (by adding a comment) along with its title, a short description and a list of owners (team members) in the Students Websites page. The format of your post should be (I use this website as an example):

Title: Internet Entrepreneurship

Description: The official website of the IDC MBA Internet Entrepreneurship Course.

Owners: Shimon Schocken and Maya Elhalal

Address: https://infopreneurship.wordpress.com/

Deliverables and deadline:

GMBA: Deliverables in this step are very eco-friendly. Just post the link to you website in the “GMBA Students Websites” page of this site no later than Nov 1, 14:00. Make sure that you post it properly as this is the sole method you will use for submitting your work in this step.

MBA: Deliverables in this step are very eco-friendly. Just post the link to you website in the “MBA Students Websites” page of this site no later than Nov 25, 17:00. Make sure that you post it properly as this is the sole method you will use for submitting your work in this step.

 

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2 Responses to “Step 2 – Build”

  1. nirpeled Says:

    how do i modify the domain name from my name to the blog name required?

  2. Maya Elhalal Says:

    Nir, this was supposed to be done when registering the name. I’m not sure it can be changed at this point. You can create a new one and import data or get yourself a real domain and use that. Also, please post this your website on: https://infopreneurship.wordpress.com/mba-student-websites/ (my bad, I provided GMBA link).

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