Building a WordPress Powered Website: Survival Guide Reading Notes, Ch. 4

For the second week of reading notes in my Social Media class we were required to read chapter 4 from A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization.

If you are considering rebuilding your website or starting a new one, this book suggests that content management systems like WordPress should be used to build it. WordPress is one of the easiest content management systems to learn; it contains countless plugins and themes to choose from.

What I learned:

  • CMS websites like WordPress, Joomla!, and Drupal use cascading style sheets (CSS) to make it easy for users to change the look and feel of their site, and for developers to contribute templates or themes that others can use to customize their site.
  • The anatomy of a WordPress Site
    • Header-the area where the main header is located. Also features the title and tag line of the blog.
    • Navigation menu- usually a part of the site’s header, but optional (not necessary all the time).
    • Main body area- are where the actual blog entries are located. On WordPress this area is known as the “content area,” and it can be customized by changing the amount of blog entries display on a page
    • Sidebars- columns on either side of the content area (sometimes below). This area holds links, categories, search tools, recent blog entries, archived entries, photos, video streams, RSS feeds, widgets, badges, advertisements, and much more
    • Footer- the area of the site where credit is given; this area should not be removed because of the amount of people that have donated their time to this free, open source project, and they are due credit.
    • Sidebar widgets- different elements and modules you can place on your sidebars; can be arranged to your liking and choice
    • Static pages- pages of a WordPress blog that do not contain blog entries, and can be linked to from the navigation menu.
  • Customizing a WordPress theme: You can customize a WordPress theme to fit your tastes by changing specific colors, font size, or adding images. To change this, all you need to possess is brief knowledge of cascading style sheets (CSS).
  • WordPress blogs can be cut short with a “read more” option.

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