- Text Widget – The text widget which provides an introduction to my blog is located in the Extrabar sidebar (on the left side of the page at the top).
- RSS Feed - The RSS feed is a widget in the Top Menu.
- AdSense – I added a widget in the footer of my page that has been displaying various ads for AdSense.
- Events Calendar – Events Calendar is a widget in the Extrabar sidebar.
- Recent Posts, Archived Posts, Categories, and Links – These widgets have been included added to the sidebars. It took a while to grasp the concept of a widget and how it relates to a plugin (some background reading was necessary for a newbie like me), but it became much easier after a couple of tries. Widgets are powerful tools and once I understood that I could install some widget types more than once (which was later confirmed in lecture), the structure made a lot more sense. Categories are set up to reflect the major topic areas for posts.
- I left the Home widget in the Top Menu because I found it very useful.
- About - About is an extra text widget that describes the author.
- Copyright – I am using Blog Copyright and inserted the string into the actual footer.php file, which was a breakthrough for me. It appears at the bottom left of the pages.
I selected Akismet for blocking spam comments based on user product ratings. It was easy to obtain a key and I was able to test it by creating a Spam comment, which now shows up in the Widget. While researching Akismet, I ran across a post on Tech & Life Insights describing additional steps that can be taken to control spam. It provides a list of words to blacklist in Word Press, along with instructions, which I followed. Read the article here.
Subscribing to comment discussions by email
Subscribe to Comments was the second plugin I tried (after Subscribe to Comments Reloaded). The first plugin may have been fine, but for some reason, there was no option to leave comments. I knew comments were available on my assignment 1 sandbox pages and thought they were available on the /424 page when I began, but didn’t notice when they disappeared. Read the rest of this entry »
After installing Word Press, I initially chose the Constructor theme and spent several hours working with it which included changing the layout several times (adding and deleting columns as well as changing the locations of the contents, uploading photos, installing plug-ins, etc). I changed all of the fonts and the header sizes and added a windmill photo as the header, but didn’t find the results to be aesthetically pleasing. I moved to Twenty Ten 1.1, but was concerned it would be considered a “default” theme. Next, I download several others to preview, then opted for Fastfood. I did check to make sure it supported WordPress 3.0 before installing this theme.