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Teaching Self-Hosted WordPress to College Students?

  1. I want college freshmen in my Interactive Media Class to learn self-hosted WordPress. They've gone through 6 hours of Lynda.com's WordPress.com 2.7 Essential Training

    http://www.lynda.com/WordPress-2-7-tutorials/wordpress-com-2-7-essential-training/750-2.html

    but I need for students to have access to self-hosting without incurring the $100 fee.

    I have a self-hosting license, but can't expect students to incur this additional cost on top of the course fee. Cloud hosting is not an option because students must be able to edit simple HTML within their WP Themes.

    Has anyone dealt with a similar situation? Is there a way I can make my license available to students for experimentation only? I'm not too concerned about access to my user name password if I can temporarily share my information.

    The blog I need help with is doneland.wordpress.com.

  2. I think you are confused, the $100 fee is for WordPress to move a blog to a self-hosted platform. Since WordPress.org software is free you can do it yourself for nothing - in fact it would be a learning experience for them.

    You could even run WordPress.org on a machine on your local LAN, meaning you don't even have to buy a domain name or pay for hosting!

  3. The site I'm self-hosting is http://orummi.org/wordpress/

  4. Our goal is to edit HTML within WordPress. We need more than simple Theme templates for my class.

    It's my understanding that HTML can't be accessed with the Cloud-Hosted version - only Self-Hosted.

  5. Right. You want to either have multiple installs on the server or run WordPress multisite and let your students import their blogs there.

  6. WP Multisite might be just the solution I required. Our objective is for students to access HTML source code within their imported blog running inside Multisite.

    I teach multiple technologies (3D/animation, video/audio, etc.) in addition to web design, so I need a solution with a minimal learning curve.

    Is Multisite more straight forward than "multiple installs?" I won't have time to deal with proprietary problems for each student's blog. Turning off each student's plug-ins sounds like a simple way to avoid potential problems.

  7. As noted above the .ORG folks are where you will get the software you will probably be using - they also support it - your students will also need to get used to using the .ORG support documents for their software and modifying code and I assume Themes (done in PHP) -

    I used to help in the .ORG forum and would refer people to some of the documents for similar things such as how to make a Post were better written here than over at .ORG - that was two years ago so maybe things have changed - but the how to make a Post would probably be something you would cover in class so might not make any difference

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