As you start the ePortfolio that you will build throughout your time at UNE, you will not only begin shaping a professional digital identity, but you will also be constructing a website. At the beginning, your site’s purpose may be shaped by course requirements, but you should also select and add experiences and reflections to demonstrate your learning and growth. This is your space on the web to create a professional, digital representation of your growth, accomplishments, and goals.
Your UNE ePortfolio site is part of the UNE ePortfolio network and will be built using WordPress software. Like Wix or Weebly software, WordPress allows users to add multimedia content and customize their sites. WordPress software is used to build 1/3 of ALL sites on the Internet, so you are likely to encounter sites built in WordPress for many different uses. Many people write blogs using WordPress, but organizations and corporations also do. For example, UNE’s library services site is built with WordPress as are many company sites and blogs.
Complete the series of activities below to learn the basics of ePortfolio construction. Each part of the sequence includes steps that you need to complete (in red) and a time estimate. If you would like to offer feedback on any of the activities or videos, please use the form below.
Part 1: Access Your Site and Familiarize Yourself with the Dashboard and Settings (@15 min)
- Watch the introduction to ePortfolio video to understand the purpose of your ePortfolio.
- You will use the WordPress Dashboard to add content and customize your site. View this video tour of the Dashboard (6 minutes) to get familiar with it before you begin building your site.
- Once you have logged on to your site, change your password and adjust your Settings (including time zone). Either follow the written instructions for password change (be sure to Save changes) or view this 5-minute tutorial to change your password and adjust your Settings.
Part 2: Add and Organize Content (@20 min)
- Delete your sample post and page, and add an About page to your ePortfolio; to see details and demos, watch the following videos. The videos include step-by-step instructions to complete the tasks to give you a basic understanding of WordPress as you begin your ePortfolio.
- Add your About page to your menu. To see written instructions with screenshots click here, or watch the following video tutorials for customizing your navigation menu.
Part 3: Begin Customizing Your Site (@20 min)
Your ePortfolio site will reflect your professionalism and your goals, but it should also highlight your creativity and interests. Selecting your theme is like decorating your home — it reflects your personality and suits the purpose of the space. Although you may be using your ePortfolio for course work initially, you may also add pages and posts about your interests and experience. Customize your site by selecting a theme and tagline.
Themes are website templates. They are designed by professionals, so the colors and text styles work together. When choosing a theme, remember that your content will not only include the text you are adding to your site but also the images. Themes include choices about where and how your menu is displayed. Many themes include a header (or banner) image at the top of the page and a tagline (our default tagline is “Just another UNEPortfolios site”). Customize your banner image and tagline. Some students use the tagline to share their philosophy about learning or life, while others select a thought-provoking quote. Others simply welcome visitors or state the student’s major.
To change your theme, go to Appearances > Themes. Some good beginner themes are Hemingway (barn picture) and Lifestyles (rollerskate picture) because they do not require much customization to start. To change your header image and tagline, go to Appearances> Customize.
You may change your theme as often as you would like. Your content (posts, images, pages) is saved on your site, but it may be displayed differently from theme to theme. You may also add widgets to your site. The Meta widget will create a log-in field for your use, and the Categories widget allows visitors to see the categories of your posts. Widgets are another way to customize your site and make it your own.
To make log-in easier, add a Meta Widget. Go to Appearances>Widgets. Different themes have different options for the location of the widget. In the example below, the Meta Log-in will appear in the footer. Click the + sign to add a block, and search for the Meta widget by entering “/Meta” into the search field. Then click the Meta block to add it. Give the Widget a title (Meta is fine). Click “update” to save the change. If you change your theme, you may need to add the widget, depending on which theme you select.
Have you completed all the launch steps?
Use this checklist to be sure that you have fully completed the launch sequence.