here we are – wordpress rocks \m/
list of tips
here we are – wordpress rocks \m/
list of tips
For most of you this course was the first time that you have used WordPress to build a website, but I hope that it won’t be the last.
Although for this unit we have used WordPress to create a very specific type of site, the skills that you have learnt to do that can be used to create and manage websites for any purpose, without having to write any code. Over a third of all websites currently on the internet were built using WordPress, including many belonging to businesses, charities and other organisations.
Please try to remember at least some of the information you have learnt by doing this unit, as you may find yourself responsible for running a WordPress website in the future.
Top Tips For WordPress
I hope that you have enjoyed the unit and wish you all good luck for the future.
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.
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  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.
WordPress is a very popular CMS , currently being used for about 30% of all sites online.
Images of any kind, be that illustrations, graphics or photographs, are effective additions to your content. To follow good practices for both accessibility and SEO – each image has to include the alt/alternative text. This is a short description of the image content — this will be shown on the page should the image fail to load, be read out by screenreaders and other assistive software as well as being accessed by search engines.
You can check on your images’ text settings by going to the media library and clicking on the image. This will bring up the details of the file and you can update the text alternative at any time.
Plugins can be a very good addition to your site if set up for the right reasons. However, before you go on a virtual ‘shopping spree’ – bear in mind that they will add weight to your page load and can slow down your site substantially.
The nature of open source means that plugins vary in quality and relevance, some will outdate – others remain solid and strong through active developments and regular updates. Do take a little time to read up on the details, check on the reviews and last update date. Check out the info for Akismet — many active installs, plenty of good reviews, very recent update and a great star rating.
The following list is by no means exhaustive – it includes plugins which are both safe and useful. I will update this over time.
Please note: I am not recommending that you install this entire list. You should review the options and included functions and consider your site specifically to decide which might be useful.
When you create a new website, naturally you want it to look good. Unfortunately it can be easy to get so excited about how great your website looks, that you prioritise looking good over everything else.
In our first lecture, Prisca talked about the priorities for a successful website
Think about the priorities above and remember the importance of asking the right questions
One of the best things about WordPress is that you can make your website look completely different just by changing the theme. There are thousands of different WordPress themes to choose from, but please try not to get carried away with looking good or extra features that you don’t really need. This unit is about creating a successful website, not creating a good looking website.
To keep our sites safe, keep track of changes and edits to both content as well as site settings, let’s install Updraft – a plugin which will allow us to keep backups easily.
The Updraft plugin comes as free version with a premium paid plan, the free version will be sufficient for our websites at this point.