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WordPress HSD Blog Setup

This tutorial will guide a user through setting up a blog for a student and/or staff member at Faith Academy. This tutorial assumes that the user for which the blog is being created has a working Faith Academy Google Apps Account.

The tutorial has two parts: Part 1 involves helping the user to create a WordPress account in our system. Part 2 involves the Administrator creating and linking the blog to the user and making a configuration setting for each blog site.

Part 1 - WordPress User Account Creation

Verify that the user can log into Faith Academy Google Apps...

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Have the user visit http://webmail.faith.edu.ph and confirm that they can successfully log into Faith Academy's system.

WordPress user creation...

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Have the user visit http://faith.edu.ph/blog. Toward the bottom left, under Site Management, click the Log In link.

Have the user sign in using the COMPLETE Faith Academy email address and password...

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The user needs to use their COMPLETE, FULL Faith Academy email address when signing into WordPress at Faith. WordPress is configured to authenticate the user agains the Faith Academy Google Apps domain and must have the full email address for this to be successful.

Have the user log out without making any changes...

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When the user's Profile page is dislayed, they simply need to log out. To do this, they point to their name in the upper right corner and then select Log Out from the options.

Part 2 - WordPress Blog Site Creation and Configuration

Before proceeding with Part 2, you must have a list of email address for each user for whom you are creating a blog.

Visit Faith Academy's WordPress site...

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Have the user visit http://faith.edu.ph/blog. Toward the bottom left, under Site Management, click the Log In link.

Log into WordPress with administrator credentials...

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Enter an administrative username (fa.wordpressadmin@faith.edu.ph) and password (not shown). Click Log In.

Access the Network Admin Sites section...

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Point to the "My Sites" link at the top, select Network Admin and then Sites.

Begin Adding a New site...

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At the top of the page, click the blue Add New link to begin the process.

Enter the specifics for the new site...

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There are three pieces of information need to successfully create and link a new site to an existing WordPress user:
1. Site Address: The site address should be the same as the first part of the user's email addres (before the @ symbol) but without the periods "." in it. For example, davidb33211

2. Site Title: The site title should be the user's first name with a 's and the word Blog. For example, David's Blog

3. Admin Email: The admin email is the complete email address of the existing user to which this site will be linked. Take great care in entering this email address. Any typos here will prevent the user from accessing their blog. For example, david.b.33211@faith.edu.ph

4. Click Add Site to complete the process and create the new site.

Access the new site's Dashboard...

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You should see a yellow banner across the top confirming that the site was added. Click the blue Visit Dashboard link to open the new sites admin dashboard.

View the site's user list...

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From the list of options on the left, point to the Users icon and select All Users.

Verify that the right user is an admin of the new site...

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From the list of users (of which there should be only one), locate the user. Verify that the email address is correct and that they have the Role of Administrator for the new site.

Access the 3rd Party Authentication settings for the site...

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From the options on the left, click on the Settings icon and select 3rd Party Authentication.

Configure authentication via Faith Academy's Google Apps...

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On the 3rd Party Authentication Options screen, check the box next to Don't authenticate gmail.com/googlemail.com logons?.
In the box provided, enter faith.edu.ph to configure authentication against Faith's Google Apps domain.
Click the Save Changes button.

Confirm settings saved...

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You should see a yellow banner at the top indicating Settings Saved.

Job complete...

At this point, you have successfully worked with the user to create a WordPress user account and have created a blog site for the user. You will want to have the user now visit their blog (faith.edu.ph/blog/blog address), click the Log In link on their blog, and verify that they can log into their blog with their complete Faith Academy Google Apps credentials.

Create another or log out...

If you are creating additional blog sites, repeat the needed sections of this tutorial.

When you are finished creating blog sites, be sure to Log Out of the Admin Site.

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