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Getting Started

March 23, 2007

3FC Diet Blogs are easy to use because we use Wordpress, a very popular blogging platform. If you’ve never used Wordpress or another blog before, we’ll do our best to make it quick and easy.

Signing Up
Signing up for a blog is easy. You’ll be asked to create a username, which is what you will use to log in with. Your username will also appear on your posts, though you can also create an alternate nickname later. Next you’ll then be asked for the NAME of your blog. This is what will appear in your URL. Your address will be something like 3fatchicks.com/diet-blogs/NAME/ so choose that name carefully! You will not be able to change the name later. You will then be asked for a title for your blog. This title will appear at the top of your blog. You can change it later if you wish. You will then be asked for your email address. Please be careful when you type it in. We will send an email to you with a link you must click to activate your blog. You will be given a password on the page, and we suggest that you write it down. Did you forget it? Don’t worry, we’ll also send it to you by email. Now you can log in!

The first thing you will see when you log into your admin panel is the Dashboard. This is your lobby. You’ll also notice a menu across the top.

Write - This is where you will write entries for your blog. You’ll see an option to write a post and to write a page. They are different. You will write posts most of the time.
–Write Post: Fill in the blanks. Click Publish this Post to make your entry appear on your blog. Not ready? Click Save Draft and finish it later. For more detailed instructions, visit http://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts Please note that some features provided by Wordpress may have been disabled for the 3FC blogs.

What is the difference between a Page and a Post?
A Post is a regular blog entry and you will usually create posts. Posts are filed by category, so it’s easy to manage them.
Pages are individual pages of information and are not filed in categories. They are linked in a different area on your blog page. Examples of pages might include an “About Us” page.

Manage - This area will let you manage your existing posts, pages, and categories. Instructions are on each page.

Comments - Your entries are open to comments by registered users. You will need to moderate your comments. This means any comments will not be visible to the public until you approve them. Most of the time your comments will be nice, helpful, and supportive. Every now and then someone will sign up just to post spam and you’ll want to get rid of it.

Control Spam - Go to your blog control panel and select Settings from the menu on the right. Under the General settings tab, select that users must be registered and logged in to comment. Most comment spam is created by spambots, not humans, so selecting this option will reduce or eliminate comment spam from your blog.

Blogroll - You can add links to your favorite blogs, recipe sites, personal pages, etc, if you wish. This is purely optional. Please note that we do not allow links to any website that you gain financial rewards. Our blogs are for non-commercial purposes.

Presentation - You can select from 21 different themes. It’s easy to switch themes anytime the mood strikes!

Your Profile - Update your personal info, including your password and email address.

Options - You can set the name of your blog, a brief descriptions, and an email address to be contacted whenever someone comments on your blog.

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