Your 444 Portfolio and Text to Hypertext Project: Working With WordPress or Weebly (and PS about the Codecademy Part 2!)

One of the things on the schedule for us this week is to start talking a bit more about your 444 Portfolio site and whatever software you decide you’re going to use to make your text to hypertext project– and for that, you’re probably going to use WordPress or Weebly.

We’ve talked about this a bit already, but part of the reason why I think this is important for this class is because it’s software sort of like Wordpress and Weebly– let’s generally call it “Content Management Systems”– that drive most kinds of web sites.  So to me, it’s as important in a class like this to learn the basics/concepts behind Content Management Systems as it is to learn the basics of HTML and CSS.

I don’t have any “Codecademy”-like sites to point you toward for learning the basics of WordPress, but I do have three two easy suggestions and one question to help people out:

  • Ask some questions– right here, elsewhere, etc.– about WordPress. That’s what I’m here for! What are you trying to figure out to do? Ask! That’s why I get paid the big bucks!
  • Also take a look at https://en.support.wordpress.com/ which is WordPress’ support site. It’s searchable and very complete, so give it a try.

And here’s the question: is there any interest in folks getting together face to face to talk through some of these tools and/or the upcoming final writing assignments for the term?

I am always available to meet with each of you individually either in person or via Google Hangouts, but I’ve found that it can be productive (and kinda fun!) for a group to get together. Time-wise, I could probably meet in the late afternoon/early evening next week on November 16 or 17 or maybe November 18, and I could probably meet late afternoon/early evening on the Monday or Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

What do you think? Vote here in the poll if you’re interested.

And finally, PS: don’t forget you need to do the second part of the Codecademy assignment, something you should probably something you should get started on if you haven’t yet. It’s due the Monday after Thanksgiving.

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