SCS6079 Digital Practices MA Digital Media & Society

wordpress + penweek 7: Bringing it all together

  1. planning & recap
  2. site maintenance
  3. backup
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Hi everyone :)

Last week worked out quite well going by your emails and messages ~ thank you for letting me know :)
This week, we're going to be in smaller groups to make conversations easier ~ as the numbers are smaller, this can be quite flexible, so if you cannot make your assigned slot, please join the one you can. links !!! refresh ~ reload ~ repeat :-)

  1. group1 — 11:00 start: ↗
  2. group2 — 12:00 start: ↗
  3. group3 — 13:00 start: ↗
  4. group4 — 14:00 start: ↗
  5. group5 — 15:00 start: ↗
  6. group6 — 16:00 start: ↗

Jitsi seems to be happiest when used with Chrome - as many of you will be happy to know ;)
Remeber to refresh this very page intermittently - I will add the links to the chat room here, and update this as needed.

continuing our conversations

WordPress rocks \m/ →

The newly repurposed site has now moved to a new home, outside of the protective grasp of the university's VPN, to make sure everyone can get to it easily :)

ask your questions: Q&A →

Please do use this site for more info on WordPress specifics and to ask your questions at any time. If you prefer, you can email me too.

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 visualGrowing 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

Workshop task

GDPR consent

To comply with UK law, any site using cookies is required to get consent from the site visitor, both to set cookies and to collect data. This is now part of the legal requirement and should be in place on yours as well. For more detailed information about this law and how it affects websites, please read the article GDRP - our approach.


To make the legal text easier to read, add footnotes to explain complex or jargon terms, see this example of the use of shortcode within a sentence (this will work with the EasyFootnotes plugin).

WordPress is a very popular CMS [note] Content Management System [/note].

Presentation of footnotes will be automatic when published. The text inside the pair of shortcodes [note] ... [/note] is then presented below the content, shown as numbered list of linked notes.

to-do list
  1. Privacy & Cookie Policy
    publish a new page for legal info such as privacy policy and cookie policy. This can be done via the WP admin: Settings > Privacy
  2. edit the text for easy reading
    remove irrelevant text, re-write the given example and focus on short sentences and add subheadings as fitting
  3. setup up cookie notice
    install and activate the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin (by WebToffee) and configure settings; ensure the policy link is set to go to your new policy page.
  4. review policy text (ongoing)
    when in use, cookies will need to be listed on your website - make sure to update your policy pages accordingly. The GDPR Cookie Consent plugin will aim to find any cookie info for you - check the settings and text examples to refine your site's legal text.
  5. add footnotes to your policy text
    install and activate the Easy Footnotes plugin (by Jason Yingling) and configure settings; review the text of your new policy page and use the shortcodes to explain technical terms and link to appropriate references.

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