Personalizing my WordPress Blog
The eBook, “Introduction to WordPress”, v1.0. Miriam Walsh, 2015, iBooks (19 pages), begins by introducing two very good questions. Whether I should join WordPress.com or WordPress.org to begin my blogging effort. I didn’t know there was a dot-org version. To make this process easy, from the information in Ms. Walsh’s book, WordPress.com was my clear choice.
The second question she introduced was, “Which theme should I select.” As an answer to this question, the book provides a list of 10 more questions that it fails to answer, or tell me where the answers are.
While looking for answers, and more information to know which theme would best suit my needs, I looked for more information on the parts of a page or the theme I had chosen. In particular, I first wanted to know, if possible, what portion of my Header Image would be displayed as discussed in my previous post.
By exploring around, I found that by tapping on the “My Site” label (upper left), and then the “Themes” menu item, my chosen theme, “Eighties”, is listed at the top of the right section of the page. Many other available themes are shown below. For my current theme, I can tap on “Details” in the top row of options. For the unused themes, I can tap the ellipsis, or three dots, on the lower right corner of the theme’s sample icon, then select “Details” from the pop-up menu.
Within the list of the specific features of that theme are good descriptions of the features, but many of them are not really written for the web site uninitiated. “Eighties includes one more Custom Menu in addition to the Social Links menu. The main navigation is located behind a toggle menu icon in the header” for example. It is not as intuitive and easy to jump into as I thought when reading the marketing, and I have published a very basic web site for many years.
The additional information is very helpful, but not complete. The Header Image was described, but I have yet to find information about my question on the automatic trimming of my photograph.
Also, “Introduction to WordPress” is a good, but very superficial, overview of the process. It addresses a version of the software at least one generation out of date, but the functions seem accurate.
Updated: 8 January, 2016. This also applied to our previous blog only effort on WordPress.