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How to Build a Site

Creating the Blogs:

Create: Using Google Sites, create a blog/ site for use this semester and email me the URL.

  • You can find directions for doing so here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1B_q_EiVHI

  • Please note: you can use your ODU Midas and password as your Google account to log in easily (use Shibboleth to do this)

  • However, I recommend using your personal Google account, so that you can retain this site, adding new courses to it throughout your college career. *If you have not created a gmail account, please do so now.


Follow along; we'll build this site together

  • Go to: http://sites.google.com/

  • Once you are logged in, click “Create” on the left side.

  • Select “Blank template.”

  • On the same page, name your site. I recommend something simple, like your last name and the course, or ODU, but you can certainly get more creative. Ex: Mize ODU or Burkean Batcave.

  • On the same page, select a color template that appeals to you. You may see previews of each. Don't get hung up here. You can always change the aesthetics later.

  • When you have filled these in, then select “Create” at the top.

Modifying Your Site:

Creating your Blog page:

  • Click the “New Page” Icon at the top right (It looks like a document with a plus sign)

  • Name this page “Blog” (or some variation that makes it clear this is your blog)

  • Under “template,” select “Announcements”

  • Select “Put page under Home”

  • Click “Create”

  • Click the “New Page” Icon at the top right (It looks like a document with a plus sign)

  • Name this page “Blog” (or some variation that makes it clear this is your blog)

  • Under “template,” select “Announcements”

  • Select “Put page under Home”

  • Click “Create”

  • On the Blog page, click “New Post.” Title this first post, “My favorite story.” In the body of the post, write the name of your favorite story (don't write more...for now).

  • Click “save” at the top

Creating your document page:

  • Click the “New Page” Icon at the top right (It looks like a document with a plus sign)

  • Name this page “Documents”

  • Under “template,” select “File Cabinet”

  • Select “Put page under Home”

  • Click “Create”

  • On your Document page, you will create two folders for you to upload to later.

  • To do so, click on the “Move to” tab: it will give a drop down box which allows you to add new folders.

  • Create a “Research” Folder and a “Paper” Folder. If you like, you can add a “Notes” folder, storing your class notes here as well.


  • On the left, click the “Home” tab.

  • At the top right, you will see a pencil icon. Click this when you want to edit a page...like now.

  • Here, write a brief description of yourself and of your goals, both in this course (beyond a grade) and in school in general.

  • You can rename this page if you like (“About Me” for instance”) or leave it as “Home."

  • Don’t forget to email that link to me; be sure to include a subject, greeting, message and signature in your email—not just a link


You now have built a website! If you want to add more pages, use the document icon. If you want to alter each page, do so with the pencil icon. You can do even more detailed tweaking if you go to “Manage Site” under the “More” drop down menu. Over the course of the next few weeks, I'd be happy to help so that you can leave this course with a portfolio of your work that you can continue to add to.

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