No More iWeb
I really enjoyed making webpages with iWeb until… I received my new MacBook Pro and, realized that Apple is no longer making new versions of iWeb. 2 years of hard work and weekly updates had finally gotten me to a webpage that I was extremely happy with. The themes and templates always inspired me to expand my page & do more, I loved the instant access to my iPhoto & media files, the simplicity of dragging and dropping files made for quick & easy updates. Don’t get me wrong, I love my new computer, but I was still trying to use my old MacBook in order to keep my iWeb page alive.
Unfortunately, February was the last month that I was able to make any changes or updates. Since I’ve been so busy with school, I didn’t even have time to look into the reason why I couldn’t update my page. Was it because of the iWeb program, or was it a problem with my computer? Instead of trying to figure it out, I decided it was worth my time to learn more about WordPress, especially since this Full Sail University EMDT program has had us start 2 blogs with it.
WordPress to the Rescue!
Thank goodness for WordPress & spring break! Lucky for me, my school district’s spring break happened to fall on the same week as the Full Sail spring break. My one goal for the week was to re-create a webpage for my class. Before I started the WordPress training at Lynda.com, I thought maybe I could just play around and find a kid friendly theme that I could be happy with. Here’s a screen shot of my 1st attempt at a webpage:
I liked the blue calming color & the rounded edge of the boxes and pictures, but I knew that I wasn’t completely satisfied with the page. Maybe I couldn’t get past the lowercase letters in the title of my page. (I did try changing it many, many times.) I decided to keep it, for the time being.
Lynda.com Steps in to Help
Growing up with Apple computers (I think I was 6 or 7 when we had one of the first versions of the Macintosh computer), I’d become accustomed to learning through clicking & playing around with a program. Even though WordPress was fairly easy to navigate through my click & play method, I was finding myself watching tutorial videos on YouTube. Why didn’t I stop to think that Lynda.com would have a WordPress training video?
When I saw a Lynda.com assignment posted for my Emergent Technologies in a Collaborative Culture class, I realized that they did offer a WordPress training. It was the perfect chance for me to learn the ins and outs of the site. When I started watching information about changing the background, my first thought was to try and modify the theme that I already had chosen.
What I learned from the training:
As I got through watching more and more of the videos, I discovered that the Twenty Ten theme was equipped with the latest settings & features, and that it was easy to adjust and customize according to my needs. Here’s what I ended up coming up with: http://mrspacada.wordpress.com/
The training also allowed me to learn about how each button works while inside the Dashboard of WordPress. I now feel like I can navigate , my way through the admin side of WordPress with so much more ease. Even though I haven’t done it yet, I’m sure that my students will be interested if I start adding polls to the page. Maybe next week, we can come up with an idea for a poll, together as a class. I’m sure they would be totally into that.
Things I love about this theme:
- Customized photo of my students’ artwork
- Background color to match image
- Simple, sleek look
So far, I only have 4 pages, but I plan on expanding my webpage throughout the year.