Customising the sidebar (Widgets).

  1. The blog website, there will be a sidebar (on the right with the Twenty Eleven theme) with various information such as categories, archives, and your Log-in link.  You can change this and how it looks.
  2. In the Dashboard tab, the column down the left-side of the page is the main menu for the Dashboard.
  3. Click on ‘Appearance’, and then on ‘Widgets’.
  4. You will find a wide range of possible widgets you can use, such as for adding text, links, images (eg. logos), subscriptions, tag clouds, and so on.  Each has its own options.
  5. Choose a widget that you like, click-and-hold-down the mouse button on it and drag it to the position on the right where you want it to show up in your sidebar.
  6. Once it is in the sidebar, you can edit its options.
  7. To remove it, just drag it back to the main box of widgets.


Inserting a YouTube video within a blog post.

  1. Open a new tab or window in your browser.
  2. Use YouTube and find a video you like.
  3. Click on it to go to it’s player page where you can watch the video.
  4. Then click on ‘Share’ a bit below the video.
  5. This will give you a web address (‘URL’) that you can copy. Highlight this text (if it isn’t already) and then right click on this text and select ‘Copy’.
  6. Find your post on the dashboard ready to edit it (see the instructions for ‘Updating a Post’).  NOTE: you can also click on ‘edit’ on the website page itself to open the ‘Edit Post’ screen.
  7. Place the cursor where you want the video to appear.
  8. Click on the ‘Add Media’ button above the main text of the post.
  9. On the next screen box, click on ‘Insert from URL’ at the left.
  10. Place the pointer over the box where it says ‘http://’ and right-click, then choose paste.
  11. Click on ‘Insert into Post’.
  12. Click ‘update’, and then check the blog website to see if its published.

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