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swords dance ([personal profile] bisharp) wrote2017-04-08 10:54 pm

Dreamwidth Starter Kit

This is supposed to be more useful than anything. There is another link of links of things, but it was made/updated back in 2010-2011, so consider this an updated version.

I'll try to put this in an order that is more functional and useful than simply topical. Also not going to link to other posts of assorted links here - except for links to posts that compile different communities, for community purposes. Recommendations to other tutorials and handholds are appreciated as long as they're hosted on either DW or Tumblr.

And of course you're not required to read everything on this list - just whatever looks relevant to you for now. I think they're all useful to read at some point, though.

Please let me know if any of these entries are outdated or no longer of relevant use. I haven't had a chance to go through and try everything out yet.

LIVEJOURNAL TO DREAMWIDTH

Making the move.

IN-SITE LINKS TO GET COMFORTABLE

Dreamwidth staff is very useful and handholding to people who are used to LiveJournal and/or migrating from there on the regular. I suggest for you to take advantage of that! They are also very transparent with their site purpose and business, which is always assuring.
There is also the site-official tutorial that is specifically directed for ex/long-time LJ users, which may be outdated in some places, but you should take a look at it anyway.

CUSTOMIZATIONS ON THE DESIGN FRONT

Making your journal look pretty!

CUSTOMIZATIONS IN OTHER AREAS

Making other things look pretty!

ACCESSIBILITY CONCERNS

Site customization with the display and functions if its default configurations are difficult for you.

MAKING NEW FRIENDS & MEETING NEW PEOPLE

One day I will compile a journal dedicated to listing different types of communities, fannish and otherwise; but meanwhile, have these tutorials and massive multipurpose masterlists. I would also include my own tips but they're all covered in the tutorials here.

OPENID, EXTENDED

For those who don't know how the hell OpenID works, or are too stubborn to move. Advisable to read either way - you should claim your openID regardless but these things explain more in-depth how and/or why.

HOW TO BE ACTIVE ON DW WHILE ON OTHER SITES

Not necessarily necessary, but if nothing else good to help you get comfortable on Dreamwidth & psychologically tricking yourself to making this your new home.

WANNA STAY ON ELJAY? ARE YOUR FRIENDS STAYING THERE?

Aka, on crossposting and other things to try to make LJ & DW compatible.

HELP COMMS

[community profile] lj_refugees [community profile] getting_started [site community profile] dw_suggestions [tumblr.com profile] dreamwidth-help [site community profile] dw_nifty [community profile] tumblr_refugees

FRIENDING COMMS

[community profile] addme [community profile] addme_fandom [community profile] 2017revival [community profile] animeaddme [community profile] add_a_writer

Note: I don't do Q&As. I'd be happy to answer questions, if I know the answer, but I can't promise you anything.
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[personal profile] nerwende 2017-04-14 09:35 am (UTC)(link)
Wow, this is going to be really helpful. Thank you! *bookmarks*