What Is WordPress?A content management systemCan be used for a blog or a basic website without a blog
Today1. General Settings2. Categories3. Design Considerations4. Widgets
1. General SettingsModify the tag line and set time zone to Pacific Dashboard -> Settings -> GeneralChange the home page Dashboard -> Settings -> Reading Requires that you have created a new home page and a placeholder for the blog, if you are going to have one
2. Categories and TagsWhat are theyWhere are theyHow to edit/delete Should never have “uncategorized” postsTutorial; categories sub-panel; tags sub-panel
3. Design ConsiderationsDark on light is easier to readSan Serif fonts are easier to read on screen than SerifFixed versus variable widths: impact on readability
4. What Are Widgets?A “configurable code snippet" that makes it possible to modify function and appearance
4a. Widgets & WordPressThemesNot all themes are widget-capableThemes vary in widget options, location
4c. Editing WidgetsNote: once you edit a widget area, the default widgets disappear, ie, they will no longer be visible on the siteRecommendation: before editing, take a screenshot of your themeTip: if you don’t want anything to show up in a widget area, try adding a blank text widget.
Adding Widgets To add a widget, drag from the Available or Inactive Widgets area on the left onto the Sidebar area on the right. When you see a dashed line appear, you can drop the widget Single widget area; image from WP.com into place.
Multiple Widget Locations The Widget area, such as Sidebar 1, must be “open” in order to add widgets!
Configuring WidgetsEach widget has configuration options. Click on the triangle on the right side of the widget to configure.You’ll need to save only if you edit.
Ordering, Deleting Widgets Change the order of the widgets by dragging and dropping them in the sidebar area. Delete by dragging to the left or clicking the “delete” link on the configuration box. Drag to “inactive” area to retain any custom settings Note: design change is immediate – no “save” required
4d. Important Widgets (1/5)Archives Navigation. Provides access to old posts; a key characteristic of blog as a genreCategories Navigation. Provides access to posts by topic; a key characteristic of blog as a genre
4d. Important Widgets (2/5)Links As Blogroll, Background. Provides insight into blog content, author; a key characteristic of blog as a genrePages Navigation. Provides access to pages; essential if sidebar is primary navigation.
4d. Important Widgets (3/5)Tag Cloud Navigation, Background. Provides access to posts by keyword; requires reasonably large corpus to be useful.Category Cloud Navigation, Background. Provides alternative access to posts by category; requires reasonably large corpus to be useful.
4d. Important Widgets (5/5)Recent Posts Background. Highlights most recent posts; useful when “more” tag not employed.Recent Comments Background. Highlights most recent comments; requires reasonably large corpus/frequent comments to be meaningful.
4e. Interesting Widgets (1/3) Twitter Background. Displays tweets by handle. Flickr Background. Displays photos from Flickr based on an RSS feed. Delicious Background. Display Delicious links by handle. Goodreads Background. Display your books.
4e. Interesting Widgets (2/3) Box.net Functionality. Share files with your readers. Meebo Functionality. Enables private IM chat. RSS Functionality. Display results from any RSS feed. SocialVibe Functionality. Support a charity.
4e. Interesting Widgets (3/3) Blog Subscription Functionality. Enables email alert when there are new posts. Milestone Functionality. Display a countdown to a specific date. Facebook Functionality. “Like” a Facebook page (not profile)
Widgets Are Not Plug-ins• WP.com does not allow user- installed plug-ins• Widgets = content (more or less)• Plug-Ins = functionality (usually are back-end, such as Akismet, statistics or Google analytics, but may provide short-code functionality or easy content sharing)
WordPress WidgetsList and descriptions at WP.com: http://en.support.wordpress.com/t opic/widgets-sidebars/Even more widgets available for self-hosted WP accounts: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordP ress_Widgets