WordPress for Beginners

We had our first post-crash Web Work Day today and I think it went well.  The Dashboard is user friendly and  the new Image widget/plug-in makes side-bar buttons a snap.  Other points worth sharing:

  • Look for the Blue Buttons – they do stuff, like save and publish and update
  • The Media Library rocks, as does the new Edit Image functions built into WordPress
  • Understanding the functions of Categories, Link Categories, Pages and Posts makes arranging associated sidebar widgets easier.
  • In KLOW, searching for and installing a new theme is a snap – video forthcoming on the project site.
  • Understanding that when you first select a theme, certain widgets appear by default, even though the Sidebar 1 or Sidebar 2 tabs on the Widgets page look empty.  Once you add a widget to any of the sidebars, all of the defaults will disappear.
  • WordPress treats Links with high regard – they’re special and good and can be categorized and those categorized links can be put into a sidebar (all alone or with all other link categories).
  • Messing with CSS is fun, if you know how to do it…but frustrating if you don’t.  I’m of the camp – find a theme you like as-is or one that has cool Theme Options.
  • Last – the WordPress CODEX is great, so use it.
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