Getting Started with a Portfolio Blog

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Digital portfolios for all ACU students are now available on ACU Blogs. A portfolio blog is a collection of projects and assignments that help demonstrate your personal and academic growth. Individual assignments are often accompanied by reflections that provide context or some interpretation of their importance.

WordPress is an ideal platform for the two-step process of collection and reflection. First, the portfolio blog as a container is “content agnostic,” organizing and showcasing a range of file types and content types easily. Second, the blog format also makes reflections from the student or their peers or professors easy to manage and review.

Whether you’ve ever hosted a blog on WordPress or not, the following steps should help you begin the process of setting up your portfolio blog.

Getting Started

STEP 1: First, if you haven’t already, you’ll need to locate your portfolio blog. You’ll find it by adding your MyACU username to the main blog address:  http://blogs.acu.edu/abc12d , for example.

STEP 2: If you’re new to WordPress, read through Portfolio Blogs: The Basics to introduce key concepts like posts, pages, and widgets through short video tutorials from WordPress.tv.

STEP 3: After reviewing the basic features, see Portfolio Blogs: Advanced Tips for introductions to post by email or other easily overlooked tools on ACU Blogs.

For occasional updates on ACU Blogs including new features and training, you might check the ACU Blogs blog or stop by the Learning Studio during regular staff hours.

New WordPress theme and iOS app

ACU Blogs is now running on WordPress 3.2. Most users will never need to know this, but here is a quick overview of new features, including an overview of the new Twenty Eleven theme.

Introducing WordPress 3.2 "Gershwin"

Another addition to managing your blog is the WordPress iOS app for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. The following video walks you through key features of the app. See below for a download link and setup instructions.

WordPress for iPhone 2.0

To add your first blog to the app, follow these setup instructions.
  1. Install the WordPress app
  2. From the app homescreen, choose the “Add self-hosted WordPress blog” option
  3. In the URL field, type “https://blogs.acu.edu”  (*the “s” in “https” is important)
  4. In Username and Password fields, type your MyACU username and password
  5. After saving, choose all of the blogs you want to manage using the app

Stop by the Learning Studio if you have trouble.