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Lorelle VanFossen is one of the leading experts and evangelists on WordPress. She offers a variety of educational programs, workshops, trainings, and keynote presentations on WordPress. This category is dedicated to all things WordPress to support her educational programs.
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There are many online tools, web browser extensions, and add-ons to help you evaluate and test web pages. We will be talking about web page validation later, but you can use these tools now to become familiar with such tools and how to integrate them into your web browser.
Most browser-integration tools are browser specific, compared to online tools which sit in web pages, accessible through any browser. Browser-integration tools include extensions, add-ons, and bookmarklets.
How to Add an Extension or Add-on to Your Web Browser
To add an extension or add-on tool to your browser:
Go to the page or site for your browser’s extensions or add-ons:
This will bring you to the login screen where you can login or request a forgotten password.
Once you have logged in, you will be on the Dashboard panel of the WordPress Administration Panels.
From the WordPress Sidebar
If you have enabled the WordPress Widget called “Meta” and dragged it to a spot on your site’s sidebar, you and members, contributors, and authors may log into your site through the front door, so to speak.
Scroll down the sidebar to look for the WordPress Widget Meta, or whatever you may have renamed it.
You will see “log out” if you are logged in, and “log in” if you are logged out.
Links are the gateway to the web, the interconnected parts of the web that allows a web user to easily move from document to document.
A link consists of the following HTML tag structure.
<a title="Link to article title." href="http://example.com/article.html">Anchor Text</a>
a: The HTML Anchor tag.
title: It is required by US federal law and international law that all links have a descriptive title property. The value text must describe the destination link in a way that will inform the user of what the destination material is about and help them decide to click through. It should be no more than a few words and written in sentence form, a simple instructional form such as “Link to article on links.” This is read out loud by screen readers.
href: The Hypertext Reference is the destination link. In general, it is typically an absolute link written with the full http: address such as http//example.com/article.html.
Anchor Text: This is the text which the HTML Anchor tag wraps around. It is the visible element of the tag on the web page.
The following is a tutorial for the HTML Fundamentals Class for Clark College. The information pertains to all web design, development, and WordPress fundamentals in WordPress Theme and Plugin development.
There programs designed to "tidy" your HTML and CSS into a format that meets typical standards for code layout. These take hard-to-read markup (code) and clean them up into a consistent format.
These tidy programs will not fix your broken code, but they may identify errors to help you fix it yourself.
Tidy programs were originally created by Dave Raggett to help clean up the HTML code. HTML TIDY now supports HTML5 and HTML exported from Google Docs, Word, and other publishing programs.
TIDY is available for cleaning up online or offline, and is incorporated into many text editors and programming editors. it is available for a variety of operating systems and in different programming languages such as Java, Perl, and Python.
To use these, follow the instructions provided by the developer. Always save a backup of the original file, called "about.bak" or something similar, just in case.
For online versions, it is as simple as uploading the file to be cleaned or pasting the file contents into the form. Copy the cleaned code and paste it into a copy of the file name or create a new version of the file and rename it to the desired name.
The following video is for Clark College’s HTML Fundamentals Class and covers the basics of HTML and CSS you need to know for building and fixing web pages. It also applies to understanding the underlying architecture for WordPress Themes.
For the final project, the WordPress Introduction class at Clark College was divided into teams to create a small business site on WordPress.com. This gave the students a chance to put into practice what they learned and find creativity within the limitations of WordPress.com. The small business sites are hypothetical, giving them a chance to use their skills in web design, content strategies, and WordPress to serve a variety of business “clients.” The business types were chosen from lists of the top 500 most popular small businesses in the United States representing potential future clients.
The following are the teams for the Introduction to WordPress Final Class Project: Continue reading →
This video contains instructions and screencasts for registering for a WordPress.com blog. It includes tips for new users and already registered users.
We will be starting with a WordPress.com blog whether or not you have another WordPress site.
Trust me. You will be making mistakes, experimenting, messing things up. The class also needs to be all working on the same thing for the first few weeks of the class – no arguments. Once you learn how this all works, you can go mess up your own site at will.
Here is what you need to know about creating your WordPress.com site:
Create a temporary blog domain name such as myclassblog1234.wordpress.com or myname987.wordpress.com. You will NOT change this. Pick right the first time.
Even if you have a WordPress site, you will only use the above WordPress.com site for homework and class assignments. You may transfer content over to your site later.
You will choose the Twenty-eleven WordPress Theme. Everyone will be using it for the first few weeks of the class.
Homework assignments are to be stored in the “Class Assignments” parent category.
While you can publish whatever you want on your blog, it is recommended you publish your homework and work with content related to the site’s intent.
The Privacy Settings for the site must be set to visible and “Ask search engines NOT to index this site.”
During the class, Clark College teachers and the students in this class will be reading the blog, therefore your content must be work/family appropriate during the course.
Homework assignments may be copied and used for future classes by the teacher and college.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Homework assignments are not to be copied and published publicly on your blog.
It is your responsibility to keep the blog maintained or delete it no sooner than 6 weeks after the class grades are posted.
Welcome to the first week of the Summer Quarter of the Introduction to WordPress course at Clark College. Here is the homework for the first week.
Understand the core content elements of WordPress.
Introduction to WordPress semantics and nomenclature.
Introduction to content conception and generation.
Introduction to WordPress dynamic web pages and WordPress Themes.
Introduction to WordPress content organization and navigation.
Basics of setting up a WordPress blog.
In Week 1: Day 1 Introduction to WordPress, we covered:
What is WordPress
Create a WordPress.com blog
Categories and Tags to organize content navigation
Blog Title and Tagline
Introduction to Basic Content Formats: Posts and Pages
You will create your test blog during the class, add a Page and a Post, set up your profile, and start thinking about what you are going to publish on your blog during this course.
It is important that you choose a topic on which you have something to say in addition to the topics and assignments covered in class. We will all be reading your blog and looking for thoughtful content, so be ready.
A well designed and structured site is built around content. I call it "content with intent." You cannot make framework or design decisions without understanding your content, audience, and specific needs that support that content. So we start with content and build from there.
DUE TUESDAY NEXT WEEK.
Group brainstorm words into categories (no more than 7)
Title the categories
Write 3 blog posts minimum, one per category, 200 word minimum each
Complete your About Page
Create a Contact Page
Complete your Profile
Set your Gravatar
PREP FOR THURSDAY’S CLASS:
Create or find 5 copyright free photographs, graphics or images and bring them to class on a thumb drive/flash stick.
Find 3 YouTube videos and bring the links to their pages to the class.
The Summer Quarter at Clark College starts in July and now is the time to register for the Introduction to WordPress course, the world’s only full-credit college course on WordPress. There are only 15 slots left.
Within 24 hours you should receive an email confirmation from Clark that will assign you a student ID number. Use this number to register for the class.
To register for the class:
Email to email@example.com with your name, contact phone numbers, student ID number, and any follow up questions you may have. In the subject line, indicate you are interested in registering for the CTEC 280 Intro to WordPress class.
You will receive another email or phone call within 2 business days from Clark Advising with instructions on how to register for the class and complete the process.
If you have additional concerns or questions regarding this process contact John Maduta in Advising 360-992-2327 or Reesa McAllister in the CTEC office or call 360-992-2106.
The number of seats is limited to 20. The course is ideal for any business professional, small business owner, web designer, web publisher, or anyone who needs to get WordPress on their resume or learn how to create their own website or blog, so hurry.
I had the honor of being a guest speaker for the PHP class at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. The following is the slideshow presentation and references and resources mentioned during the presentation.