Create Your Class Blog


Everything starts with curiosity and Your first step.

Standards: 01.02/ 09.0/ 11.0/ 28.0/ 29.0/ 30.0/ 31.0/ 32.0/ --- Competency: The objective of this lesson is to show you how to create a blog using a Content Management System (CMS). / Examples:  WordPress, Joomla, Drupal.

What is a Content Management System?

A content management system (CMS) is a software tool that lets users add, publish, edit, or remove content from a website, using a web browser on a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. Typically, the CMS software is written in a scripting language, and its scripts run on a computer where a database and a web server are installed. The content and settings for the website are usually stored in a database, and for each page request that comes to the web server, the scripts combine information from the database and assets (JavaScript files, CSS files, image files, etc. that are part of the CMS or have been uploaded) to build the pages of the website.

The combination of the operating system that the CMS runs on, the scripting language it is written in, the database it stores its information in, and the web server that runs the scripts to retrieve information and return it to the site visitor’s web browser is known as the stack that the CMS runs on; the commonly used combination of the Linux operating system, Apache web server, MySQL database, and PHP scripting language is known as the LAMP stack.

Some examples of CMS: WordPress, Google Sites, Drupal, SquareSpace, WIX, Weeble, Concrete5… and list is long.

Why WordPress?

-You will be using your WordPress Site as your Portfolio and also hang up your school work.

    • Easy to use
      Creating and managing your website is simple with WordPress.com’s powerful platform. Get started in minutes and make changes to your site easily.
    • Your own domain name
      You can have a free domain name that includes your desired name and the word “WordPress” or you can register (by paying) a unique .com, .net, .org, or .me domain and start using it in seconds. You can also map your existing domain name to WordPress.com in a few easy steps.
    • Outstanding design
      Find a unique style for your site, WordPress.com features hundreds of high-quality themes.
    • Powerful statistics
      Keep your finger on the pulse and learn more about your readers. See where they’re from and how they found you, with colorful maps and graphs that beautifully present your stats.
  • Mobile ready
    With their responsive and mobile themes, you make sure your site looks good on any device. Update your website on the go with mobile apps for iOS and Android.

Watch the next video:

This video does a side-by-side comparison of WordPress.com and WordPress.org. By the end of this video, you should be able to make an informed decision as to which WordPress product is the right option for you.

To create your FREE WORDPRESS site:
Go to https://wordpress.com/ and follow the instructions.

YOUR SITE in WordPress must have as a minimum the pages listed below.
(5 pages)

    1. Home (About Who you are)
    1. Info-Tech (About OCP-A)
    1. Web Designer 1: (About OCP-B) 
    1. Web Designer  2: (About OCP-C)
  1. Coder: (About OCP-D)

Please don’t be scared, your work in WordPress is something you will make along the entire course and you will be making changes and updates while you learn.  Do your best creating the “basic structure” as soon as possible so you can make progress on it as you go along with your other assignments. (Ask your teacher for help)

To receive credit for projects, You must share your WordPress address with your instructor to allows her to become your follower and to allows the system to send an email to her each time you upload something new to your Portfolio.

This is the most direct and effective way to get your work to your instructor and at the same time makes you practice using CMS (Content Management System).

One of your main tasks in this blog will be:

  • To post an overview every Wednesday morning by 9:00 am.
    You can share or write an article about web development or about the latest trends in technology related to our field.
  • Please include a link, image or video to each article.