How to Build Your ePort

Comprehensive Blow-by-Blow Better-Than-Mediocre Directions:
Install, Organize, and Trick Out Your ePort with Rad Basics

 Remember that if you don’t want to work on the open web, you can stay in Moodle. Let’s talk about it if you’re concerned! Remember that you have a choice about your ePort as well: you can work under your own name/identity, or you can choose a pseudonym and work more anonymously. It depends on what you want to do with your digital footprint, so please think it through, talk with me.

See these readings for some different perspectives.   

These directions will help you set up an ePort with a blog and a bio page.  They will also help you add a Creative Commons license if you so choose.

Before creating your domain, you’ll need to choose a domain name. There are a few things to consider:

Choose a Domain You Can Live With! You should choose a domain name that you feel you can live with for quite some time. You should pick something that you won’t find embarrassing in the future. A good rule of thumb is to pick a domain that you would be comfortable putting on a future job application. There is no requirement that your domain reflect your real identity in the form of your first and last name. However, choosing a domain name that includes your name may make it easier for you to achieve higher rankings in search engines when someone queries your real name. At the end of the day, your domain should reflect you. Pick a domain you like and are proud of. The “right” domain for you is the one you’re comfortable with.

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Get Started”
  3. STOP! Instead of entering your email and password, click “Login with Shibboleth”
  4. Enter your PSU Username and password
  5. Enter the domain name of your choice, and you can only do this once, so choose wisely!
  6. On the Review page, ensure your contact information and domain are correct, then click “Sign Up”
  7. You will be brought to the C panel (control panel)

Ok, now let’s build this thing!

  1. Click on WordPress
  2. Click on Install this application
  3. Scroll down and change your administrator username and password to whatever you want
  4. Change “My Blog” to “My ePort”
  5. Delete “Just another WordPress Site” and write something better about your site!
  6. Click Install
  7. Click link in middle (with wp-admin in URL) and then bookmark that—this is your editing page for your website!
  8. Hover over +New and go to “Page” to add a new Page.
  9. Title it “Blog” (and Publish it)
  10. Hover over +New and go to “Page” to add a new Page.
  11. Title it “Recent Work” (and Publish it)
  12. Go to Appearance — customize-Homepage Settings
  13. Choose “Static Front Page” and choose “Static Front Page.”
  14. Then set them this way:
  15. Front page: About; Posts page: Blog
  16. Save & Publish
  17. Choose the back arrow there.
  18. Go to Menus
  19. Menu name: “Main,” and click “Create Menu”
  20. Display location: Top Menu, then Save Menu
  21. And add items: Blog, About, Recent Work (drag “About” so it is on top)
  22. Save Menu

Now let’s get a license for you!

  1. Open a new tab and go to Creative Commons: Choose a License
  2. Fill out the buttons as you wish
  3. Copy the code at the bottom
  4. Go back to your ePort
  5. Go to the “Edit” screen on your About page
  6. Click on the little “Text” tab next to “Visual” at the right side of the box to get to the coding screen
  7. Now click to the bottom of the text that’s there and paste in your code, and update

Check out your new ePort! Go home and play around with themes, header images, and other fun stuff. Remember that PAGES are stable spaces that we add to your menu.  Most of the class assignments we do will be new POSTS, which will automatically go on your blog page.

Break it—we can always fix it!

Have fun!  I wish you many happy years of creativity and autonomy at your new domain!

What to do if you forget/lose your password:

1. Visit and click “Get started.”
2. Click the blue “Login with Shibboleth” link on the login page.
3. On the standard PSU login screen, enter your PSU username and password.
4. You’ll be logged into your PlymouthCreate control panel (cPanel).
5. Under Applications, click on “My Apps.”
6. You’ll see your WordPress installation– click on the middle link that ends with “wp-admin” to get into your WordPress dashboard.
7. Find Users on the left menu, click Users, then “Your Profile”
8. Scroll all the way down and click the “Generate password” button– enter a new password and click “Update profile.”

Need more help?

Contact the PSU HelpDesk in Lamson Library at (603) 535-2929 or at