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Week 2 Thursday – WordPress

Week 2 Monday


Design, Sustainability, Change 

A Little Inspiration.

Steve Jobs on How to Live BEFORE You Die




When adding content, you have to decide if it should be a post or a page. The main difference between these is that a page is non-dated content that is intended to be a permanent, top-level part of your site that does not change often. A post is for dated, time-sensitive content, that you will add on a regular basis to freshen the site. Posts are usually the bulk of the site, with pages providing context and background information. On this site, the weekly lessons are posts and the syllabus is a page.


  • Visual vs. HTML
  • Standard Toolbar
  • Kitchen Sink Toolbar
  • Uploading and Inserting Images


Pages are relatively simple. They have the following elements:

  • Title
  • Content
  • Publish Status
  • Page Attributes – Template and Parent
  • Featured Image

Posts have most of the same elements as pages with some additions. They do not have parents.

Categories – You can use these to organize your posts. Categories can be added right from the post page or from the Categories item in the left side dashboard menu.

Tags – Tags are a looser way of associating posts with a list of keywords that describe the content of a post. Some themes will show all the tags on a post as hyperlinks, so you can quickly jump to other posts tagged with the same term.

Format – As of WP 3.1, there are a number of options for a post format besides the standard type. The effect of choosing one of these rather than the standard format is going to depend on your theme.

  • aside – Typically styled without a title. Similar to a Facebook note update.
  • gallery – A gallery of images. Post will likely contain a gallery shortcode and will have image attachments.
  • link – A link to another site. Themes may wish to use the first <a href=””> tag in the post content as the external link for that post. An alternative approach could be if the post consists only of a URL, then that will be the URL and the title (post_title) will be the name attached to the anchor for it.
  • image – A single image. The first <img /> tag in the post could be considered the image. Alternatively, if the post consists only of a URL, that will be the image URL and the title of the post (post_title) will be the title attribute for the image.
  • quote – A quotation. Probably will contain a blockquote holding the quote content. Alternatively, the quote may be just the content, with the source/author being the title.
  • status – A short status update, similar to a Twitter status update.
  • video – A single video. The first <video /> tag or object/embed in the post content could be considered the video. Alternatively, if the post consists only of a URL, that will be the video URL. May also contain the video as an attachment to the post, if video support is enabled on the blog (like via a plugin).
  • audio – An audio file. Could be used for Podcasting.
  • chat – A chat transcript, like so:
Adam: what's up?
Luis: not much
Adam: that sounds boring



Ken Robinson: How Schools Kill Creativity


  • Add 2 widgets to your sidebar.
  • Complete the CODE ACADEMY lesson on HTML. Take a photo of the certificate at the end showing that you completed it. Upload it to Flickr and post it to your blog.
  • Add a new post called: Homework Week 2 Wednesday and list all your homework and links.
  • On your Adobe Create Suite page, add the following text: Homework Week 2 Wednesday and make it a link to the blog posting you created.
  • On your account tag three Web Sites that focus on WordPress, WordPress menus or anything we learned in class today, and write a note in the Delicious comments section about why you think each one would be a good resource for this class.  *Make sure you also add the tag: msuadobecreativesuite2013-01 AS WELL AS add additional tags.