Having done a first WordPress installation for the experience and understanding how it works, it’s time to create a site for ourself, a landing page or a calling card site for our domain.

The three themes we are suggesting are relatively simple yet flexible (but are hardly your own options). You can create sites using these WordPress Calling Card Themes:

Below, under “Creating a Calling Card Site From Scratch” you can find the steps for installing a new WordPress site in your domain, downloading and uploading one of three special themes for making a calling card, and how to start customizing it.

If your domain runs from Reclaim Hosting, we do have a quicker route- a one click installer tat not only puts WordPress in place, but also a site with this theme set up and demo content. You can find these installers in your cpanel, click the icon for Applications, and look for these three items in the Featured Apps at the top.

FEatured applications with box around ones for Dimension, Big Picture, and Highlights

Just follow the same steps for creating a WordPress site as you have done before. You may want to install it over the simple landing page you created earlier with the Site Publisher (unless you are really attached to it!) You can put a new WordPress site a directory or a new subdomain (see how to make a new subdomain).

One special note on these installers – keep track of the username and password for the admin account created in Installatron.

Look for instructions on how to change elements of your new sites:

Creating a Calling Card Site From Scratch

Once you have decided where in your domain is shall live, repeat the steps from the activity linked above to create a new empty WordPress site. Use the link via My Apps in cpanel to access the admin interface or WordPress Dashboard.

You know you are logged in as an admin user of your site when you see the black menu bar at the top of your screen, it will be there too when you visit your site.

Get to know how to navigate between the Dashboard view and the Site view (and back, the animation below is for a different site, but it works this way on all WordPress sites).

The themes we are going to be trying are not available (yet) in the standard place you add themes to your site, you will learn to directly install a theme.

Pick which of these themes you want to experiment with first (you can later switch to another one).

All of these themes are available on Github, to get a copy from the links above, look for the green Clone or Download button, and choose the option for .zip to save a compressed version of the theme on your computer. In the WordPress Dashboard go to Appearance -> Themes, then click the Add New button.

On the next screen, click Upload Theme, and locate the .zip file you downloaded from the steps above, and click Install Now. When the process is completed, you will see a conformation message “Theme installed successfully.” and a link you can click to Activate it.

You gave just installed a new theme. But there will not be too much to see, as your site will have no content, plus each theme has a few more steps for choosing images, and perhaps adding some new plugins.

See if you can find out where to install plugins (it works like adding themes, in the Dashboard go to Plugins -> Add New, enter name or keyword to find the one you want, click Install then Activate).

A useful feature in WordPress that many people miss is a great system of contextual help; if you are on the Plugins screen of your dashboard, click the help tab in the upper right to get some assistance.

Click the Help tab on the top right of any WordPress Dashboard area to get assistance on the what section you are working in, here for Plugins.

Each of these themes comes with detailed and illustrated instructions:

Your goal for this activity is to get a site working, change its visual settings, insert your own images, add the menu for social media links, and create the content areas (even if they are placeholders for now).

And if these themes are not your cup of tea, you might find more possibilities in the landing page themes available to install directly from WordPress.

Example for "Building a WordPress Calling Card Site":
http://www.kimjaxon.com/me/

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7 Responses Completed for this Activity

  • Testing this out (jesslyndw, @jesslyndw)

    So I’m throwing together what I am hoping will be an operational resource site for my work, but I’m not sure if how I’m setting this up is really well suited to what I’m doing.  techforteaching.ca should be full of events, resources and teaching tips, which I’ve collected in a WP blog.  I’ve not yet… Read more »

  • Landing Page (Lisa Koster, @lkoster)

    Last year I worked through domain camp just to learn how to do things and I didn’t give alot of thought to how I might pull it all together. This year I am trying to work through these modules with the goal to pull it all together. I like the idea of the calling card… Read more »

  • Getting started??? (Tricia Bonner, @triciab67)

    Hi all, I am finding this quite interesting… every time I think I have something I end up down another rabbit hole trying something else. At this point I am not even sure that I am doing what I was supposed to regarding the new landing page.  However I am having fun with it. 🙂

  • Creating A Landing Page (Kim Carter, @Kcarte02)

    I played around most of the afternoon with the various options for a new landing page. I was able to change the picture. I learned that my pictures are too big (so I played around with resizing the picture). I was able to link my twitter account. I also imported my blog from WordPress. I… Read more »

  • Creating the Launching Page (Asako Yoshida, @yourlibrarian)

    A bit of struggle to find how to customize HTML5 DImension theme.  In Alan’s instructional page  I see Front Pages where mine is just showing the default option of “Posts.”

  • Completing a Calling Card opening to my site (Irene Stewart, @IrenequStewart)

    I chose the WP-Highlights as my theme and worked through the instructions to add social media links, new photos and two posts. One links to my blog and the other is simply information about what is coming next.

  • Building a WordPress Calling Card Site (Lisa Koster, @lkoster)

    I had some trouble with adding posts to the front page. I finally figured out that I had to create a new one entirely. For some reason, the “Hello World” page would not work. Once I added a second page, it showed up on the menu in the bottom.. The only question I have –… Read more »

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