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!
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.
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.
WordPress has a plethora of customization option for your site. The only hard part is choosing how you want it to look! Your theme, font, and layout should all run smoothly and look good together. You don’t want your site to have hard to read text or a very outrageous theme. The customization options let you explore and create a really beautiful site.
Having a category set for each blog post help the visitor find specific posts related to that category. For example this blog post will be categorized under ‘Learning WordPress’ because it involves WP. It like an filing system within your set that helps you find posts related to that topic later.
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.
Adding images and PDFs into WordPress is a very easy process. All you have to do is click ‘Add Media’, located to the left of “Paragraph”. Then you select the file you want to insert and the rest of the process is self explanatory.