Set Up and Use Your Progress Blog



***USE the Photoshop template to add your image. Make an image that is 800 wide x 250 high JPG and place it in the template.  The Blog template chops off a part of your image and this template file compensates for that. Make sure you turn off the "Turn off before Saving" folder in the Photoshop Layers.  Flatten image and save as JPG.


Create a blog on


      Login with your BGSU username

      Click My Sites

      Select Dashboard



By default, it will create the blog with your username and this blog will be for you to use throughout the time you are at BGSU.


Create another blog for the class:

Go to and log in

      Click My Sites

      Choose your username blog

      choose Dashboard

      Choose My Sites from the menu on the left

      Create a New Site

Specs for new site:

      Under Site Name type:

o   artc4180username - replace username with YOUR username.  It is IMPORTANT to use this naming scheme.

      Blog Title

o   Your Names Senior Studio Progress

      It does not matter if you want your blog to appear in the search engine.

      Click Create Site


      Now Login to the new site you just created.

      Set up theme:

o   On the menu at the left, Click the Appearance - Themes:

o   Find the Mandigo
theme and click Activate "Mandigo"

o   Click Customize to add a relevant tagline (in menu on left), like Fall 2015

Add your picture to your site:

      Dashboard - Appearance section select Header 
(You need to have an image ready to go that you created with the template above! )

      Click Add New Image and select your image.

      If you followed the template instructions above, DO NOT CROP, choose skip crop.


      Click the Edit button next to Hello World to add a title for the first day.  You can also add an entry here that is relevant to your blog.

      Click update

      Click save and publish



Customize your side bar in the following way:

      Go to the dashboard of your site.

      On the left side you will see a paint brush icon, this is Appearance

      click Appearance - Widgets then

      Click Calendar, sidbar 1
- Add Widget

      Click Archives in the Sidebar 1 column and Delete

      Click Categories in the Sidebar 1 column and Delete


You will be left with:

Recent Posts

Recent Comments



      Set Discussion specs:

Click Settings (Icon on the left)– Discussion and

UNCHECK - Comment author must have a previously

approved comment

UNCHECK - Comment is held for moderation

Save Changes

      Adding to your blog

1. To add something to your blog, use the POSTS - Add New - Don't forget to click Publish

2. To change a posting, use the Edit - Don't forget to click Update Post

3. To add images to a blog page, use the Media - Add New link. Use the Browser Uploader if you have any problems.

4. To see how it looks, click the view posts button.


Dont Use Pages – use Posts instead.


We will be using the blog to post ideas, research, exercises and assignments as well as using it to critique each others work.