Settings

In the settings tab you will find many things. For starters, if you look at the top of the page, you will find six categories-General, Writing, Discussion, Traffic, Import, and Export.

In the general category, you will find that you can edit your site title, tagline, and address. You can also change the privacy of your site, to public, hidden, and private. you also have the option to delete your site, and restart your site.

In the writing category, you can find how many tags and categories that your site has. You can change the post format, and you can also enable a feature that will “clip text, images and videos from any web page.”

In the Discussion category, you will see comment moderation, and article settings. There is also email settings and a comment blacklist.

In the Traffic tab, you can find different options that you can use to see who is coming to your page, such as using google analytics to track the web traffic of your page.

And finally, in the import and export tab, you can import a site to the site that you own, or export your site to a different one.

I only used the general settings, and I edited the Title, and left it at that.

Themes

Themes are great for your website. They add style, and a personal touch to your website that separates you from other websites. My favorite themes are Publication, Argent, and Eighties. Some of my least favorite are sketch, Isola, and Big Brother.

Some of the easier things about themes for me, was selecting a theme. WordPress has hundreds of themes to choose from, and there are an infinite amount of styles that these themes offer.

One of the harder things that I found to do was editing these themes. The interface is a bit condensed for my liking, and you have to have the perfect website for the perfect theme, or you are going to have to customize it.

I chose the theme “plane” because I liked the interface and it seemed very easy to use and edit. I also really like the simplicity of the theme.

How I Will Use Catagories

The way that I will use the categories and tags in word press are very simple-use appropriate tags for each post, and try to get more and more clicks on my blog posts. The reason that I will add tags, other than I am forced to, is to narrow down my posts into a certain category and so people that are looking for posts like mine, they see mine. Using tags are important because then, in that category, they can search for certain words and can find my posts/site even quicker.

Creating Hyperlinks

Creating hyperlinks are a great thing for your website. They are not a detractor, so much as an attraction. When you see a hyperlink to another website, and you are looking for information, it’s kind of like the author of the page going “this is true, and here is a source saying that what I’m saying is true”. Of course, you should always check the link, and check your information on a site that they didn’t link just to be sure. Another way that hyperlinks are a great thing on your website, is if you are trying to sell something. You can add a hyperlink to forums on the internet saying how they use the product that you are trying to sell, or how much they like the product. You can also create a link to a competitors page, and show your potential customer that you have a better deal. The only problem if you are going to do that on a business scale, you might run into some sort of copyright infringement issues or something. One way that hyperlinks might not be such a good idea for your site is if the link doesn’t open in a new tab. If your site’s link to an external site gets rid of your page, people might not be able to find your site again, or if something on their site contradicts what you are saying. On a business level, you might metaphorically shooting yourself in the foot if your competitor has a better deal on the product that you are trying to sell. That is my two cents on hyper links, and there is more if you click here.

About me
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Images.

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I believe that the statement “Images and visuals are one of the primary ways for us to communicate information now.  We need to take a step back from the text and think more about the visual.” is a very true statement, because usually the thing that catches people’s attention first, whether it is a website, book, or nearly anything, they see an image that captures their attention.

I felt very unchanged when “going visual with images” because I chose three random images that I thought looked decent, and they all capture a different setting. The small image captures the night sky lit up with the northern lights, and the medium sized image captures a lade and a green hillside, while the largest image has the Eiffel tower on a dreary day.

I don’t see any features that have changed or that have been moved, although I didn’t spend  a whole lot of time looking at the interface last time I was using WordPress.

Pros and Cons of WordPress

The information that I read form the article called “The Pros and Cons Of WordPress” form the site called “Webnology” gave a very accurate and precise description of using WordPress. It gave several pros and cons, and was very unbiased to either side. It was not trying to persuade me in any way, and the article seemed very knowledgeable  as to what they were talking about.
My initial thoughts on WordPress was that it was very difficult. It has a very small interface with very large categories, and was very hard to navigate. It seems that you would have to spend a lot of time with the platform to really know what you were doing, but even after an hour-ish of working with the site, I have began to understand it better, just by navigating all of the options.
The reason I have decided to build a website is because I took this web design class, and I need to get a good grade in this class, because otherwise I have wasted half a year of school with no forward progress, and I will either have to retake this class, or earn my other half credit in the vocational studies somewhere else. My hopes and dreams for this site are set very low, with maybe one or two visits from Mrs.Bates to grade my blog posts, and possibly the unfortunate person that accidentally stumbles across my website. Overall, I really just want to use this website to get a good grade in the WordPress area for my grade for Web Design.
The purpose of this site, as stated above, is nothing more than a means to an end. I do really have an interest in designing a website, but I will not be doing it with WordPress. I personally do not like the blog style sites, as I do not really  like to read them, and I have no interest in creating a blog myself.

(I screwed up and didn’t read the email, so I started with this, but the above is 325 words. I didn’t want the paragraph below to be deleted though.)

With WordPress, there are many advantages that this platform has over other platforms, but there are also disadvantages that it has as well. For some of the advantages that WordPress has, it is easy to use. Nearly anyone can find an online guide and get right to making their own website. That is another advantage. So many people use it, that it is easy to find help somewhere on the web, or even in a book, so you wont have to spend too long on finding out how to edit a small detail. Another advantage that WordPress has is that it is very cheap. You can get four versions of WordPress. You can use the free version, the personal version, the premium version, or you can use the business version. The most expensive version, the business version, costs only three hundred dollars per year, and you have many features. For example, in the business version, you get unlimited storage space, you can get personalized help, and you can remove all branding from WordPress- making the site truly yours. There are also cons to using WordPress though. Some of the cons that WordPress has are that, even after all the customization that you can add, all WordPress sites look similar. Another con of using WordPress is that WordPress uses a lot of unnecessary code in making their websites, so the loading times are inherently longer. WordPress is also an open source structure. That means that all of your website’s code is online, open to the public, making it easier for hackers to shut down or break in to your website. So, in short, If you are writing a blog or using WordPress for personal use, it is a great platform to use. It is even OK for a small business not focused on online sales, or a medium sized business just launching a site. But for large commercial use, WordPress is not at the top of the list for platforms that you should use.