Going Digital Workshop 4: Creating & Editing a Blog – 13th March 2013


Registration will take place the foyer of the Courtauld Institute of Art. The entrance is the second door on your left as you enter Somerset House from the Strand (in the photograph below, taken from the courtyard, it’s a door on the immediate right of the right-hand arch). If you come as far as the courtyard you’ve come too far!


Aim of the course:

This course is aimed at people who with to create a blog in order to promote their research, or showcase their work through an online portfolio. Our chosen application is WordPress, and we’re assuming no prior knowledge or experience apart from basic computer skills. As the course will include registering your blog with WordPress for free, you’ll be able to ‘take away’ your work and continue building your online presence after the course has finished. We’ll discuss the various options available if you wish to remain with WordPress.

What you’ll need to bring with you:

In order to get the most out of the day (and have something to work on) we’d like you to either bring some text and images you’d like to use on a memory stick or be able to access these online (via webmail sent to yourself, Google docs, DropBox, Flickr etc.)


We’ll divide the day between teaching and discussion sessions in Seminar Room 7, and practical sessions in our IT Centre. Information on how to reach these locations will be given to you at registration.

Programme for the day:

9.30 am: Registration (Courtauld foyer) and Tea / Coffee (provided, Seminar Room 7)

10.00 am – 11.00 am: Introduction to WordPress (Seminar Room 7)

  • Creating an account and choosing a name for your blog
  • Navigating the WordPress dashboard
  • Setting options before you start
  • Publishing your first post
  • Organising your blog

11.00 am – 1.00 pm: Practical session (IT Centre)

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm: Lunch (provided)

2.00 pm – 2.30 pm: Managing your blog (Seminar Room 7)

  • Managing users
  • Inviting and managing comments

2.30 pm – 3.15pm: Practical session (IT Centre)

3.15pm – 3.45 pm Enhancing your blog (IT Centre)

  • Themes
  • Menus
  • Widgets
  • Social Media

3.45 pm – 4.30 pm: Practical session (IT Centre)

4.30 pm: Close

Anyone who wishes to visit The Courtauld Gallery or look round our photographic libraries will be able to do so after the course finishes.


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