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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 You might already have one, it might be saved as ‘draft’ and not be published yet.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.

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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).

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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.

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week 7 ~ Q&A

Keep us posted on your progress – ask for feedback on any aspects of your site and stay in touch! Any questions, queries or worries, please ask — we’re happy to help :)

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General questions

There will be a few common questions ~ which I will collect and publish here, and you are welcome to ask more via the comments :)

I’ve forgotten the link to my website…

Check the site info page → on our usual site :)

I can’t remember how to access admin?

Check the notes on the site info page → on our usual site :)

In short: the link to the admin is comprised of your webaddress, followed by /wp-admin

I can’t log in!

If you have forgotten your password, you can reset this via the link on the reset form on your login page.

Should the email fail to send, and you cannot reset your password yourself, please email me and I can do this for you.

P.Schmarsow@sheffield.ac.uk
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week 6 ~ Q&A

Please use the comments to ask your questions — we will reply as soon as we can. Depending on your queries, I might follow up on specific topics in a new post.