The Low Road


ICM 506 project advice
April 23, 2007, 8:53 pm
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I’ll admit: I’m a little behind the curve on the technical end. I don’t even have DreamWeaver or Flash software, and my HTML is pretty weak. But I wanted to finish the semester with my project up on a working Web site rather than a PowerPoint presentation. Earlier this semester I worked out a relatively easy way to do this on a WordPress blog, so I thought I’d post it here in case anyone else was struggling.

A method for creating interactive blogs for ICM 506 projects:

Go to DASHBOARD

Under “WRITE” select “WRITE PAGE” (not “WRITE POST” — pages are different!)

Write a new page for each page of your project and publish it. Tabbed browsing will keep you from going insane — sorry IE users. Make sure put the page number in the title or somewhere else so you can keep track of them.

When you are done, select “MANAGE PAGES” and select “EDIT” for each page of your project, in order. Use tabbed browsing to keep this manageable (sorry IE users).

Open MANAGE PAGES in a separate window (so you can toggle between them). Again using tabs, select “VIEW” to open each page of your project in order.

OK. You now should have two windows open, one with all of your pages in “edit” mode and one in “view” mode, showing all of the pages themselves.

One housekeeping task before you get started: In the edit window, go from window to window and uncheck “allow comments” and “allow pings” so you don’t have people commenting and pinging on every page. You might choose to keep them on the final page.

Now you need to create the “NEXT” and “BACK” buttons. (Don’t bother plugging in text — it’ll be easy once you get the formatting done.) Here’s where it pays off to be able to toggle between the edit and view windows.

Go to the first page in edit mode. Since this is the first page, you only need a NEXT button. Type NEXT and then toggle over to view; copy the URL for page 2, return to edit mode and link NEXT to that URL.

Move on to page 2. Here you’ll need a BACK and NEXT button, so you need to go to view mode, select the URL for page one, link it to BACK, then link page 3 to NEXT.

Continue the process for each page of your blog. (Don’t forget, you don’t need a NEXT button on the last page.) It’s laborious, but it works. Be sure to check that the links all work the way they’re supposed to.

With a little experimentation, you can do all sorts of things using this method. If you’re really masochistic, you can display the page numbers, linking each number to the appropriate page: 1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9.10.11.12. I tried this but gave it up as too labor intensive.

You can also add a HOME link, sending the reader back to the main blog.

MORE TIPS:
* Even if your quiz isn’t interactive, you can make it functional. Post the questions on one page, and create another one for the answers.

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