SCS6079 Digital Practices MA Digital Media & Society

wordpress + pen week 7: Bringing it all together

  1. planning & recap
  2. site maintenance
  3. backup

planning & recap

project planning

With your project in full swing - let's take stock and check on work progress.

ideal stage of project work
  • research completed
  • draft content written
  • information architecture in place
  • site plan completed
planner sample
project plan sample
content out
Using Google Sheets for project planning
content out
  1. Open Google Sheets
  2. top menu: File -> New -> From template
  3. Select template
  4. Edit and save to your Google Drive

NOTE: which tool you use for your planning is less important that the planning itself. Pen and paper, calendars or spreadsheets - whatever works best for you :)


  • split the project up into phases
  • be as specific or as general as you like - but make sure to divide the work logically
  • plan for writes and re-writes
  • schedule in time for optimisation and testing
  • check your progress against your plan to stay on track and meet your deadline!

REMINDER: content out approach

content out

Own your data / your responsibility

  • publishing to the public domain
  • ownership and data protection
  • third party services and legal agreements
UK copyright

quoted material visual Growing Up Digital © Children’s Commissioner 2017

REMINDER: inclusive design

inclusive design

REMINDER: optimise for speed

image edit process

REMINDER: WordPress - pages vs posts

site plan showing pages and posts
WP categories
WP tips
  • carefully plan your IA before naming your categories
  • consider your phrasing and tone/language
  • check on the slug and ensure clear wording
  • don’t fragment your content but look for clear organisation and labelling
  • make use of tags if beneficial to user journey
    (do not use without good reason!)

site maintenance

Working with plugins for design and performance

shielded WP
  • don't rush! Try & test. Check license.
  • explore options, read reviews - ask questions
  • check for fallbacks: activate + test with JS disabled
  • check on customisation options for your purposes

Importance of backing up

illustration of content to be backed up
  • consider all published content and all connected setups
  • backup regularly & store safely
  • check backups & know your restore procedure
  • include third party services in your backup process

Photo editing

image sources

NOTE: the background image here serves as demo of how details of photos can interfere with the reading of content. Be careful when working with text on top of images.

content curated / created © Prisca Schmarsow | eyedea studio london | 2017