WordPress

Two WordPress blogs, One Site

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Here was my problem:
I wanted to set up a WordPress blog for my EDUC 515 class. I wanted to have a separate navigation, a different color scheme, and a second blog. I already have WordPress set up for my main page (billselak.com), and I couldn’t publish new posts to my EDUC 515 page.

Here is my solution:
I created an empty folder on my server (inside public.html) named educ515, and simply installed another WordPress account inside that folder. Now, I can log in to my main WordPress, or my 515 WordPress. Once I’m logged into my 515 account, I created one (static) page for each week of class, with directions, reminders, and notes from that class session. Disclaimer: I’m not sure if this is how you’re supposed to do it, but it’s working really well so far.

This is yet another reason I’m happy to pay for my own hosting service. So much more control than the free wordpress.com blog, so less hassle (and work) than a web site built from scratch.

wordpress.org VS wordpress.com

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Until recently, I was confused why there was a  wordpress.com and a wordpress.org. I’m not anymore. Here’s what I learned…

WordPress.org is a publishing platform. Yes, you download it. No, you don’t use it locally (on your computer). Once downloaded from wordpress.org, you install WordPress onto your host’s server. When you go to your domain (like billselak.com), you can log in to make changes to your web site. The cool thing about using WordPress to power your site is that you don’t need to spend hours in Dreamweaver designing a site–WordPress takes care of it for you on the server.

WordPress.com is a free place to host a simple blog. You could go to blogger.com or to wordpress.com.

Here’s the biggest upside to paying monthly for your own host: you can create pages using WordPress. I can have a page for my resume, my photos, classes I teach, and a blog. I just click on Pages > Add New, and I have a new page on my web site. Super easy.