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Challenge – Create Your Profile

SAGS Support is designed to be a virtual community center for members of the St. Augustine Genealogical Society. It doesn’t require us to be in the same place at the same time to carry on a conversation. We can participate any time from just about anywhere. Although it doesn’t provide the face-to-face contact with others we enjoy at our monthly meetings, we can still chat, ask questions, share tips and more.

sample profile details

When you follow interesting sites in the WordPress Reader, you will find an avatar similar to the one you see in the example above. It includes the site’s author, web address and an avatar (small photo or graphic image). If you click on the avatar, even more information is displayed. The avatar and name are also included in comments and likes so you can quickly recognize who is contacting you.

Creating a profile in WordPress is quite easy. Start by clicking the button to the left of the notifications icon at the right side of the top bar. A screen similar to this one appears.

Editing screen for profile page

When your member account was created, WordPress set up a profile page for you. It contains your username (the @moultriecreek you see in the example above). You can add as much or as little information as you wish. In the top example, Jake only used four words in his About Me section. You choose how much or how little you want to include.

The round graphic in the left sidebar is my avatar. It is part of a larger logo I use on all my blogs and publications. Your avatar can be a photo or a graphic. All you do to set it up is drag a digital photo onto that round area and WordPress will help you decide what part of the photo/graphic will be included in your gravatar. As you can see when you look at the tiny avatar in the top bar, keeping it simple is best.

One other tidbit . . . Did you notice that WordPress added an at sign (@) in front of my username in my profile? When commenting, if you include a person’s username proceeded by the at sign, the WordPress app will notify that person that they have been mentioned and link them to the comment. It’s a great way to get someone else’s attention.

If you need more help, check out the WordPress Reader page in the Help Desk section.

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