Class blog directory

Comment here with a link to the blog you’ll be using for class (bonus points if you use html tags for a pretty link).  Feel free to comment with your twitter or other accounts if you want the class to find you.

Since commenting on others’ posts is part of your grade, I recommend following others’ blogs with an RSS reader.  I also recommend following this blog, since this is where assignments and schedule changes will post.  I use Digg, and I’ve used Feedly in the past.  Comment if you have another reader you’d recommend.

Shared notes for the first class meeting are available here.

33 thoughts on “Class blog directory

  1. I’ll be posting my reading responses and thoughts on the class here, but you are not obligated to follow or comment (and in fact, while you’re welcome to comment on anything I post, those comments won’t count towards your comment grade for the class–I want you talking to your fellow students!). I’m on twitter @MaeveKane, and again, you are not obligated to follow.

  2. Thought I should share my current progress with everyone. WordPress installation and everything is complete, plugins are complete, and working on customized a theme a bit. Ran into a number of little snags, got frustrated a few times, but all in all a fun learning experience and in good shape finally. Hopefully every one else is having some luck as well! Feel free to contact me if you are stuck, maybe a problem I had is one you have as well.

    • Great, thank you for letting us know! It might be helpful if you could describe how you got past the steps we were getting hung up on in class, either here in comments or on your blog. We’ll also try to make some time Thursday to try to figure things out.

  3. Two issues that came up happened while trying to connect through FileZilla. First, the one you corrected regarding which password to use. The second issue had to do with connecting to the host server. If you are unable to access your hosted file directory on the right side panel of FileZilla go into File>Site Manager>Transfer Settings. Here changing to ‘Active’ mode fixed that connection problem.

    An unrelated issue happened relating to the actual WordPress install. This took place around step 8. When I unzipped WordPress and altered my “wp-config-example.php (I think that is the file name) to have my database information put in, it came back to bite me later at step 13. I won’t bother with the details of the errors that kept happening, but if you cannot get past this step I have two suggestions. First, delete your WordPress files from your hosted site and your computer. Download it again, unzip it, but this time rename wp-config-example.php as wp-config.php before editing it. Edit it with your info and save. Now upload all WP files through filezilla. When you get back to step 13, instead of typing in your website URL type in and attempt that way.

    That was really all I ran into as far as problems. They just took some button clicking, brainstorming, and a lot of attempts to resolve. I don’t know if others are having these issues, but again I am happy to help anyone else if I can.

    • One of the issues Reclaim was having from their side was not allowing passive connections (the default setting for FileZilla and most FTP clients). That’s been changed on their servers and a couple of people have reported being able to get through without changing from passive to active. But that would explain why you were able to get through and the rest of us weren’t.

      Theoretically wordpress should work without the wp-config name change, but that’s a good suggestion. It’s also possible to rename wp-config from within FileZilla by finding wp-config-sample.php in public_html, right clicking, hitting “Rename” and changing the name to wp-config.php. Then a refresh in your main url should bring up the wordpress install. (This eliminates the need to delete, re-download and re-upload wordpress) Lots of exciting things to try!

  4. Hi everyone,

    I’m running into a snag and hoping that someone else hit the same one and found a way around it. It looks like all of the files transferred to Reclaim, but when I go to my URL ( JackofallTimes )there is no form. I tried clicking through to my Control Panel, but didn’t see anything in there either. After reading Trevor’s post and Dr. Kane’s response, I changed the name of the wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php. When that didn’t work I tried re-uploading with the name change and still nothing. None of the options on the Reclaim Control Panel seem to have what I’m looking for, and the main URL just has a link to the Control Panel. Any suggestions?


  5. Ellie, I had a Jetpack hassle too. I couldn’t get it through my head that I needed a wordpress account in addition to the account that logs into the wordpress admin page of my reclaim hosted site. It all seems so easy in hindsight, and so very nonsensically complicated in the moment! An exercise is learning new material is also an exercise in the virtue of patience.

  6. That was a long installation! I went in a boy and came out wearing blue jeans and a black turtleneck. You can see my page at (The page is still a work in progress).

  7. Thank you all of you for your patience and I also really appreciate Dr. Kane helping me finish the installation. Here’s the link: There’s still a long way to go to make this look presentable, but let me try my best.

  8. Hi everyone,
    We all know that grad school (at least for MA students) goes by quickly. As a result, I have been researching for further educational/employment opportunities. My graduation is not until the spring of 2016. Yet I feel its important that we all think about portfolios. Throughout my research, I’ve noticed that a lot of other public history programs around the country make student portfolios a requirement. In addition, I saw a tweet from the NCPH page “New Prof & Grads” that talked about portfolios. Some of these portfolios are made with wordpress. For example, check this out: This is pretty cool! Just some food for thought..

  9. I have been trying to come up with a way to get everyone’s blog posts in one place at one time. Every day trying to open a new tab in my browser for each individual website, followed by fishing around to see if there was any new material yet or not was getting cumbersome quickly. I know that sounds incredibly lazy, but trust me it was out of frustration not laziness that I wanted to do something about it. I didn’t want to have to constantly repeat the same actions over and over if no one had posted yet, or if anyone had commented yet etc. etc. So, what I am working on is a constant feed of everyone’s post on one page. At this time I am still working out the kinks, as I’ve never done this before and have very little idea of both the terminology and what I’m doing, but I do have something that might help. Obviously the display and some other small issues are still a hinderance to overall functionality, this may help just to keep you updated on who has posted, and when. On my site you can find a page under the Blog menu button titled BlogRoll (
    Here you will see the headline of each post you have all made, when it was made, and a couple other things. I have to add a few people’s names to their sites, and in the future hope to have texts and images from the posts added as well, but I am incredibly sick of looking at my computer so that’s it for today. Hope this is of some value.


    • The two RSS readers linked up top, Digg and Feedly, will aggregate and serve new posts in-browser for you if you make an account with them and give them each blog address you’d like to follow. Though the blogroll is very helpful and appreciated.

      • Thank you! I found feedly earlier and started using that for myself, but figured that there had to be a way to share that information to everyone at once. I’m also really curious how all of this works and just like messing around with it really.

        • And I don’t want to discourage you from doing it! WordPress used to have a blogroll widget for following things, but it’s been taken out of the recent builds for security issues. But that also means that trying to manually build a blog roll is a bit more of a hassle than it really needs to be.

          There might also be a way to build a shared folder in digg or feedly, but I’m not remembering it off hand. I’ll see if I can find it again before class.

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