Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Guidelines for building a Wordpress website that works for you

Social Media
Guidelines

This semester, you will use your Wordpress website for several reasons:

  •       Build a portfolio
  •       Turn in your homework
  •       Create a platform to share information with students
  •       Share your vision and voice
Consider these guidelines to help you find and organize your website.

Step One:
Template. It is very important you choose the right template; it could become a part of your portfolio/resume. 
  • Spend at least an hour searching through various templates until you find one that works for you
  • Make sure it’s easy to read and follow
  • Keep it simply organized
  • It absolutely needs to be photo friendly
  • Stay away from websites designed for marketing or selling stuff
  • Don’t feel you need to select the first one you find. Go through them until you find the right fit
  • When you do find one you like, but then decide two weeks later it doesn’t work, then change it
  • Spend the first month getting to understand and know your website. Experiment!
Lori King's website: With dynamic photo and menu
Step Two:
Homepage or cover page? When a visitor lands on your blog, what will they see? Will it begin with a cover page, with a dynamic photo and a menu like what on the right? Or a homepage, with a menu for the various pages? Or will visitors be greeted with your blog and social media right away?
Consider these options:
Visuals and Voices – This doesn’t have a homepage
Lori King’s Website – This one does
King’s Klass Blog – This is a true blog, not a website
King's Klass Blog: All elements on homepage

Step Three:
Blog. Once you’ve chosen your homepage option, then add a blog, or not.
Some websites are blogs, while others have separate pages for blogs. You have to decide which one works for you. Whatever you decide, your blog posts need to be found fast and easy, because this is where you will post 99% of your essays and photos.

Step Four:
Twitter. Your Twitter feed should be on the homepage.
Visitors need to be able to read your most recent Tweets. They also should be able to click on your name to go directly to your Twitter feed.
Remember the following requirements:
  • Upload professional headshot
  • Brief but informative description
  • Include Website URL in your description
  • For WSU students: Include #WSUpj and @intro2pj in every post
  • For KSU students: Include #TeachMM and @intro2pj in every post
  • Follow @intro2pj + five others from my feed
Step Five:
Instagram. Your Instagram feed should be on the homepage.
Visitors need to be able to view your most recent Instagram posts. They should also be able to click on your name to go directly to your Instagram feed.
Remember the following requirements:

  • Upload professional headshot
  • Brief but informative description. This can be the same as your Twitter description
  • Include Website URL in your description
  • For WSU students: Include #WSUpj and @toledophotog in every post
  • For KSU students: Include #TeachMM and @toledophotog in every post
  • You must post a first photo to make it active on your website
  • Open a new account if your original account is mostly selfies and personal content
  • Follow @toledophotog + five others from my feed

Your Wordpress: The site that binds

1 comment:

Nina Athena said...

Thank you for sharing such informative, useful and helpful knowledge! This gave me some insights to do better. I would really love to see more updates from you.

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