WP tips

my first post

here we are – wordpress rocks \m/

list of tips

first point



follow-up questions

I’ve lost my privacy policy page.

Your WordPress install now includes the option to use a sample privacy policy page, provided by Automattic (the people behind WordPress). We went through this together in one of our workshops – so first thing to check is the list of your pages in admin. You might already have one, it might be saved as ‘draft’ and not be published yet.

If you do not have the page anymore, you can simply create a new one :) In admin, go to Settings > Privacy — and set or create the page.

And make sure to complete your GDPR setup with the Cookie Notice, see cookies & GDPR post for video tutorial on how to set up the privacy page, and use it as part of the GDPR consent.


assessment questions

In preparation for our support session on assessment on friday – please do have a look through the slides and make note of your questions beforehand. Feel free to use the comments below to ask more :)

deliverables in summary

The brief

  • to create a site which aims to help
  • to produce and edit appropriate content for online consumption
  • to deliver a website designed for a select target group
  • to ensure that the site performs well
    [accessibility / loading speed / responsive design]
  • to submit a project document, including site plan and rationale

The criteria

  • evident site purpose for common good
  • well structured content, easy to accesss
  • all text is well written and free of errors
  • content designed for target audience, phrasing reflects suitable tone
  • media content is accessible (e.g. alternative text for images)
  • any quoted/sourced content is clearly referenced/linked
  • pages load fast and with full content
  • layout, including all media, adapts to different viewport widths

read session notes ↗

2,500 words?

In case you’re worried about the word count, and what document you are to write – please double-check the deliverables and read the session notes.

In short, the 2,500 word are the content of your website, i.e. the text you write and publish on your website. In addition to this text, you should write a 500 word report on your project, the project documentation which discusses your rationale.

Your submission

You will submit your work as any other project via Turnitin. Your submission will be the 500-word project document which has to include the following:

  1. URL/link to your website
  2. site plan to show final content structure
  3. project documentation, outlining your focus on the brief, your approach to content and your choice/setup of theme

Optional but recommended addition:
screenshots of your website’s pages (core pages if not all).


Project questions

Following our tutorial sessions, I’ve collected some of the recurring queries here, elaborating a little on the answers I gave you during our session.

How do I make my images accessible to blind users?

Please do check on the WP tips → category where I’ve put together some posts on this and other subjects we covered in our workshops.

For this particular question – see adding ALT text →

How should I present references and media credits?

Up to you :) — however best fitting your site and content. For referencing sources, giving image credit and additional links for the media your site might include – the method of referencing should fit your site and its context.

You might decide it is important to link to the original author of a video right next to the video itself. This will be a good way of giving credit and promote the original producer.

Or you might decide that all references are best collected and included as an index of info, and then link to this page in your footer only, for example. Here is the site I showed you during our tutorials, VE are healthy, from last year which uses this approach – check the footer for the link.

How do I set up a good menu?

Your site menu should allow quick and easy access to your content. It will likely consist of links to pages as well as categories. Links to pages will show that page’s content, i.e. one piece of content shown in its entirety.

Links to categories are different and will show the collcted posts, ordered chronologically. Posts might be shown as headings with images only, or show excerpts, or full content (depending on your settings).

For your websites overall, I’d expect to find one/two links to pages and the rest are links to categories. This is a fairly typical setup and works well to present your content and an easy-to-understand manner. This very website features this kind of navigation.

The menu includes one page link only, to the ‘about’ page (which is also set to be the homepage here), and the rest are category links which will access their collected posts.

Make sure to check on the menu’s location, typically you might have 2 menus in total. One main site menu (called primary or site navigation), and possible an added footer menu which would link to additional content, such as the legally required privacy page, or your reference page, for example.

What is wrong with my site/theme?

Quite a few of you were asking about editing specific parts of content on the site, about certain odd behaviours of layout and other odd display issues. This was all likely linked to the theme you’ve chosen and the additional requriements of it.

Please do remember my advice: do not use themes which require you to install additional plugins!

While not all of those themes are bad – I think it will be too difficult for you to make a good judgement as most of you are new to working with WordPress. Hence, you might select a theme that asks you to install various plugins, configure lots of settings – could even ask you to pay for the pro version in order to enable functions and so on. Your site might end up being only partially working, still not allowing you to edit your content as you’d like and load extremely slowly.

So if you see prompts in the admin asking you to install plugins, then this could be why your theme is not fully working due to the lack of additional functions. My advice would be: find a new theme! One that works without additional requirements ~ most good themes have enough features to meet the needs of your site.

Also, see Claire’s post on what to avoid!

And remember: your content is what is most important, and ease of use is higher valued than flashy effects which often only distract.

WP tips

editor view modes

The latest WordPress update sets the editor in fullscreen mode by default, hiding access to the usually visible admin panel. To get this back, you will have to exit fullscreen mode, see the options, in top right corner of your window.

changing view mode

  1. Top toolbar
    move block editor to top
  2. Spotlight mode
    fade out other blocks
  3. Fullscreen mode
    as set by default since v5.4 update

editor view modes

NOTE: this a super-quick fly-by demo – intended to be paused as needed (hit SPACE bar or use controls).


Privacy & GDPR

NOTE: this a super-quick fly-by demo – intended to be paused as needed (hit SPACE bar or use controls).

WP tips

cookies & GDPR

Websites should always present good original content which respects copyright of authors and creators as well as site visitors and their privacy. By law, every website is required to be transparent about data handling (via a privacy policy) and state clearly which settings are in place as well as asking for explicit consent to set cookies.

applicable UK laws

Automattic (the people behind WordPress) have now included recommendations and suggestions for a privacy policy page. This will be a good start for you :)

Cookie Notice setup

how-to summary

  1. write / edit privacy policy page and publish
  2. install and activate plugin: Cookie Notice
  3. edit all settings as fitting, including all text
  4. check cookie setup on website
WP tips

referencing with footnotes

When writing your content, always keep your readers in mind ~ these are the people you write for, your target group and it is up to you to make your text clear and easy to understand. Your subject might involve a certain terminology, or subject-specific jargon [1] or abbreviations, for example. Consider whether certain phrases would benefit from explanations, and offer additional information as fitting context.


Adding footnotes to your articles could be one way to offer explanations. In print, footnotes will appear at the very bottom of the page. Online, this remains the same – with the added advatange of being able to link the footnote to its text and vice versa.

Footnotes can be used for various purposes – to explain phrases, to offer links to official websites, to reference quotes, to give credit for images or other media, … etc … the list goes on.

Footnotes Made Easy plugin

how-to summary

  1. install and activate plugin: Footnotes made easy
  2. check setting for how to begin/end footnote
  3. add footnote by adding content inside double parenthesis (as per default setting) immediate after the term


WordPress is a very popular CMS [2], currently being used for about 30% of all sites online.

in editor:

  1. specialized terminology associated with a particular field or area of activity[]
  2. content management system[]

Footnotes Made Easy

NOTE: this a super-quick fly-by demo – intended to be paused as needed (hit SPACE bar or use controls).