Designing your blog for user experience (that’s what UX stands for) is vital, if you want people to use and enjoy your site.
1. Make sure your site is mobile responsive
2. Make its purpose immediately apparent
3. Use lots of white space
4. Don’t clutter sidebars with widgets
5. Keep your header height minimal
6. Make navigation clear and obvious
7. No auto-play music!
8. Have a contact link, button or page
9. Look at your blog from their point of view
10. Don’t use light text on a dark background
Information adapted from http://amylynnandrews.com/blog-design-dos-and-donts/
It’s overwhelming, the amount of help there is online for WordPress, WordPress.com and WordPress.org. Here’s some places to get started:
Sites focused on self-hosted web sites/ blogs using the WordPress program, but WordPress.com users will find much of the information useful as well:
Specific questions students have asked:
It’s very helpful to know at least some HTML. These links will help:
Please check the PDFs and notes for each class for many more links to help you in your exciting journey as you communicate online!
Students: I have posted this little message as a blog post only to illustrate how you can write a text widget in the dashboard, as though it were an entry. See Class 2 page for more info on this. (Normally, after you used the post entry for this purpose, you’d simply send the post to trash… you wouldn’t actually post it as I have done here!)
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Read this blog, and don’t miss Auntie Kate and the HowToConsign blog
It’s child’s play to share Facebook posts on your blog. For example, if I don’t want you to miss this fun photo, I can use a Facebook post on my blog:
That link above, which looks like a graphic, is actually more. Try clicking on it, and you’ll be redirected to the Facebook page (if you click on the poster’s avatar) or directly to the link that the Facebook post links to if you click on the photo or message! Boggles the mind, doesn’t it? [smile]