Basic HTML Part 1

HTML is an acronym and stands for Hyper Text Markup Language. It is the most basic building block of websites.  HTML is used to organize and display information on a web page, and utilizes tags to tell the web browser how to display the content.

HTML can format headings, paragraphs, lists and tables. It can also display images and create hyperlinks to other web pages.

The following post will cover some basic HTML tags that may help you build better web pages with clean and accessible code.

Before you get started there are a couple of things you will need.

  • Your favorite web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari)
  • A simple text editor like Notepad for Windows users or TexEdit on a Mac.

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Selecte a Theme For Your WordPress Blog

What is a Theme?

Fundamentally, the WordPress Theme system is a way to “skin” your weblog. Yet, it is more than just a “skin.” Skinning your site implies that only the design is changed. WordPress Themes can provide much more control over the look and presentation of the material on your website.


Selecting the Active Theme

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Create a WordPress Page

In WordPress, you can write either posts or pages. When you’re writing a regular blog entry, you write a post. Posts automatically appear in reverse chronological order on your blog’s home page. Pages, on the other hand, are for content such as “About Me,” “Contact Me,” etc. Pages live outside of the normal blog chronology, and are often used to present information about yourself or your site that is somehow timeless — information that is always applicable. You can use Pages to organize and manage any amount of content.

Other examples of common pages include Copyright, Legal Information, Reprint Permissions, Company Information, and Accessibility Statement.

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Using Images in WordPress Posts

Images can be used in a variety of methods in your WordPress posts and Pages. They can be a major subject, or a referenced detail that enhances the information or story.

Inserting an Image into a Post.

There are 2 steps involved to inserting an image into a post. First, the image file must be uploaded onto your web server before it can be inserted into a post. The second step is to actually insert the image into the post in the appropriate location.

The simplest way to do this is to use the “Add Media” function on the post screen (beside the “Visual” and “HTML” tabs). Choose the appropriate button depending on whether you are adding photos, videos, audio, or miscellaneous media (e.g. PDF files).


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WordPress Blogs for CFCC Faculty and Staff

What is WordPress?

WordPress is a web log program that allows users to create and manage their own blogs. Users can create and manage blog posts using a web based interface and see their content published instantly.

Who can use WordPress?

WordPress blogs are available to CFCC Faculty and Staff for use as their personal CFCC web pages. While each faculty or staff member controls the content of their blog they are still representing Cape Fear Community College to the public. Subject matter and content published to the WordPress blogs should be relevant and appropriate to Cape Fear Community College. It is also important to keep in mind that the CFCC Acceptable Use Policy for computers and technology applies to the WordPress blogs.

Why Use WordPress?

Because WordPress Rocks! It is also a great way to connect with students and colleagues. A WordPress blog can be used to supplement instructional material, journal professional development, support research or just blog about things that are interesting. Here are a few examples of how blogs are used at CFCC and other schools:

Cape Fear Community College provides up-to-date information with a News and Events blog.

CFCC’s Webmaster uses a WordPress blog to share web related how-tos for CFCC Faculty and Staff.

Doc Searls Weblog is a blog maintained by a professor at Harvard.

A View to Hugh is a UNC Weblog cataloging the work of photographic archivists who are processing the Hugh Morton Photographs and Films Collection.

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