Building Your Site

This link will take you to a site that is set up exactly the way I want my students to do their own. Keep in mind that most art portfolio cases look the same on the outside; the magic occurs inside.


  • Go to to create a free account.
  • Title your blog something like “Joe’s/Josephine’s Honors Art Class” (or Portfolio, or Honors & Portfolio). Use only your first name.
  • Exit your wordpress site and log into your personal email. You will receive an email from wordpress. Open and click the link provided to confirm your username and password.
  • Compose an email to me ( with your user name, password, and URL.
  • Sign in on using your new username/password. Click the grey box where your profile picture will go and choose your site from the drop down, this will take you to My Dashboard.
    • My Dashboard has all the tools you will need to set up your website, manage your blog and create your posts.
  • Go to Appearance in left-hand sidebar toward the bottom. Click Themes. Click FREE on the top right. Scroll down and choose Colinear by Automatic. Select and apply Colinear as your blog template.
  • Go to Settings: General in left-hand sidebar towards the bottom.
    • Title example: “Joe’s Honors Art Class” (Joe’s Portfolio Class or Joe’s Honors & Portfolio Art Class). Use only your first name.
    • Tagline box type “Fall 2015” or “Spring 2016”.
    • Timezone select UTC-5 from the drop down menu.
    • Optional: Blog Picture/Icon in the box on the right. Follow the instructions. Note: you will not see your icon posted immediately so be patient.
    • Click the Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
  • Under Appearance select Widgets. In this order drag Calendar, Archives, and Categories to the Primary Widget Area on the right side of the page.
    • Don’t type anything under Calendar or Archives.
    • Under Categories type Courses” in the title box. Don’t check any boxes. Click Save.
  • On the left-hand sidebar under Posts go to Categories. In the default category box click quick edit and rename “Honors Art” or “Portfolio Art.”
    • Note: If you are in both Honors and Portfolio you will need to add an additional category for your second course. Under Add Category type “Honors Art” or “Portfolio Art”. Leave the Category Parent as None. Don’t type anything in the Description box. Click the Add Category on the bottom of the page to save. Your category should show up in blue on the upper right-hand area of this page.
  • Enter your first Post. Go to Add New under Posts near the top of the left-hand sidebar. Type something like “Welcome” in the subject box. Type something like “this will be a most awesome blog” in the text box.
    • Uncheck both “show likes” and “show sharing buttons”
    • Check the category box on the right sidebar under Categories that applies to your class. If you are in both Honors & Portfolio you need to check those two boxes. Click Publish.
    • Go to All Posts under Posts on left-hand sidebar. Hover over post and choose quick edit. Uncheck both “allow comments” and “allow pings”.
    • You will need to go through this process each time you post an entry on your blog.
  • Next set up Pages where you will upload your assignments for each. The first page will be a default page titled “Front Page”. Change the title of that page to Artist Statement”. Click Publish to save. Under Attributes (in the right side bar) in the Order Box you will see the number 1. Select Add New under the Pages heading in the left-hand sidebar.
    • Honors students follow this procedure for the following four pages: “Art Work (order box: 2), “Sketchbook (order box: 3), “Writing (order box: 4), and “Community Connections (order box: 5).
    • Portfolio students will follow the above procedure, but your pages will be: Artist Statement (order box: 1), Art Work” (order box: 2), Sketchbook” (order box: 3), Community Connections” (order box: 4), Proposals” (order box: 5), Progress Reports” (order box: 6), and Self-Assessments” (order box: 7).
    • Students in both courses will set their blogs following the Honors page order. You will then add three more pages: Proposals” (order box: 6), Progress Reports” (order box: 7), and Self-Assessments (order box: 8).
    • Note: it is imperative that you follow this order.
  • Go to Pages: All Pages and hover over each page and click quick edit and uncheck “allow comments”. Click update to save. Repeat for every page.
  • Go to Settings: Sharing. Drag “press this” “facebook” “twitter” “Google+” into the Available Services
    • Scroll Down to where it says “Open links in” and choose New Window.
    • Uncheck all boxes under “Show bottons on” and “Comment likes are”
    • Choose “ likes are” turned on per post
    • Choose “ Reblog Button” Don’t show the reblog…
    • Check “hide my Google+ profile.” Click Save Changes.
  • To add your own Header Image you will go to Appearance in left-hand sidebar then go to Customize and follow the instructions.


  • When you add links to your blog and page entries you will highlight the word or image and then click the link icon in the editing toolbar. A box will appear titled Insert/edit link. Paste your desired link into the Link URL Under Target select Open link in a new window (important to do this). Give it a Title and leave Class the way it is. Click Insert and voila!
  • Always remember to click update post when making edits and remember to click Publish for new posts. Also be sure to uncheck the leave comments box whenever it appears.
  • This blog is to be dedicated to my art classes and you are expected to follow the WSD Acceptable Use Policy.