In my blog post (found here) we had to write thoughtful and engaging content, detailing the experience and pros and cons of WordPress. In this post we had to include a range of creative content, this included:
- Featured Image
- A link
- Embed of a Youtube video
- Discussion of blog visibility and the publicise feature
A Featured Image
A featured image is supported by WordPress, it sits behind the blog post title and fills a large amount of space making the post look more engaging. I set a featured image relevant to my blog post for this task and have use this feature elsewhere on my portfolio.
As I am creating a portfolio of creative work, it is important to have posts and pages that are visually engaging and appealing. This is particularly true for my photography and graphic design units, where I want to feature my work.
Links in WordPress are simple and easy to use, you can simply copy and paste a URL into your blog post and it will automatically link you to the website or you can manually past in a URL using the toolbar, you can also edit how your link will appear and work (will it open another window).
Links have been invaluable in my portfolio as it allows me to link to video work I have created, and able to link and source my research throughout my projects.
Outside of the blog post, I have also used links throughout my portfolio:
Embed of a Video
As we are working with free WordPress themes there are certain constraints, one of these is being unable to upload videos directly onto our portfolio, therefore videos must be embedded from an outside source. I have done this consistently throughout my blog.
In my blog post:
In my portfolio:
Embedding allows the video to appear and be playable on my posts, rather than just exist as a link, this has been vital feature as I have progressed throughout my course, especially in my Video unit.
Discussion of blog visibility and the publicise feature
My discussion of the features of WordPress can be found here
I have also made frequent use of WordPress’s publicise options, including adding tags, share options and use of categories.
Categories have helped me organise and group together my posts and pages, enabling me to keep my portfolio organised. These were also an essential part of creating the menu system for my blog.