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CMAT 211 – InDesign, WordPress, & the Class

Learning InDesign wasn’t as hard as I expected to be. I had no previous experience working with this software but I learned it pretty easily. Taking CMAT 212 in the previous semester also contributed to my success in the class. I often found myself going ahead of the class during lecture and completing early. I did learn a lot of new shortcuts and new features in InDesign. Learning WordPress was easy as well because I run a blog on Tumblr which has sort of the same style when creating a website. I like exploring new website builders as well so learning how to use WordPress was a breeze. As a whole the class was very fun, informative, and pretty easy. I would definitely take it again!

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Creating a Header

I created my header using InDesign. I combined all of the skills and lessons used throughout the semester to make it. I started off by changing the units to pixels and creating a text box. I created a separate box behind the text layer. On the text box I used the feather and drop shadow effect. On the box layer I used the drop shadow and gradient effect. I added a glyph at the end to give it some personality! I packaged and saved the file. Afterwards, I exported the document as a jpeg. I uploaded the image in the customization tab and clicked publish. It was a easy process making it my background image.

Adding Widgets

Widgets bring a little life to your site. They offer many options like sharing your content and page to other sites. Widgets organize your photos, create a search box, and create a list of your pages. You can choose from a large list widgets that you want to add to your site to make it look great and fun to go through.

Links in WP (Internal Navigation vs External Navigation)

Adding links in WordPress is easy as well. Once you highlight what you want as a link you can have it go to an external website (just put the website in the field required) OR you can select a web page from within your WordPress site. Test the link by clicking on it just to make sure it takes you to the place it’s supposed to! Adding links to each of my pages didn’t take very long and they all work correctly.