Giving the Blog a Unique Personality
One of the first steps was to make the blog ours, rather than leaving the default WordPress graphics on our page. We chose one of our favorite portrait landscape photographs, Dreaming on the Serengeti, from 2001. It was taken at the start of our photo safari to Africa that year. It communicates a world of promise, potential available to the couple who could be any couple, anywhere.
A primary purpose for this blog was brought out during this step. We wanted to help those who are discouraged by all the confusing information on the Internet. For example, here, WordPress gives instructions to format the Header photograph to a size of 1200 by 600 pixels, however, when the user does so, only the center portion of the photograph is displayed when making the customization on a desk top computer. The full 1200 pixels wide is used, but about 200 to 300 of the 600 vertical center pixels are actually shown in the main window.
The remainder of the image is used when the page is displayed on different screen sizes. The user should click on the desktop, tablet and phone icons in the lower left corner of the Image Header Customizing page to see how the image will appear on different platforms. I would imagine, if one had time to read all the documentation, that this information is available somewhere, however, with the deplorable state of support for users today, that is not to be assumed.
Updated: 8 January, 2016. The above applied to our first attempt at using WordPress to host a free blog in addition to our independent website. Since then, we have switched to WordPress as the host for our site, to include our blog.