Agenda for Thursday, November 10

  • (2) Independent Project work day
  • (2) Independent Projects due Wednesday 11/16 – post to forum by midnight, presentations start Thursday 11/17
  • (1) More on WordPress
    • User settings
      • Set display name
      • Disable visual editor if you want to use HTML
    • Site settings
      • If you leave comments on, make sure to activate the plugin Akismet – uses the same WordPress.com account you set up last class
    • Where content goes
      • Site title
      • Pages and posts
      • Menus
        • Create menu
        • Set theme location as “Primary Menu”
      • Sidebars
  • (2) Last progress check
    • Blog post
    • Walk me through your presentation
    • Any questions you have

Agenda for Tuesday, November 8

  • Critique
  • (2) Notes on Independent Project
    • Final progress check next class
      • Blog post
      • Walk me through your presentation
      • Any questions you have
    • Provide link on forum by Wednesday 11/16 at midnight, presentations begin on Thursday 11/17
    • Notes on grading
      • 80 points
      • Website – 20 points
        • Not about design
        • Organization – all things included and easy to find
          • Introduction to topic
          • 5 blog posts
          • Overview of material from presentation
          • Demo instructions and materials
          • Not just for during presentation – should be useful to people revisiting your topic for their final site
      • Demo – 40 points
        • May be a part of or separate from your WordPress site, depending on your topic
        • All instructions and materials available and easy to follow
        • Should be a standalone thing, completely usable outside of your presentation
        • Consider what materials others might need to be able to do your demo
      • Presentation – 20 points
        • No specific time requirement
        • Should include presentation and walkthrough of demo
        • Make sure you are prepared to help people complete your demo
        • You will be responsible for answering questions that people have
        • Consider the flow of your presentation, specifically your introduction and conclusion
      • I will have everyone set up a sample static and WordPress site beforehand
  • (2) Independent Project work day
  • (1) Introduce WordPress Site
  • (1) WordPress
    • Setup
      • Go to your DreamHost Web Panel
      • Choose Goodies > One-Click Installs (upper left)
      • Choose WordPress
        • Install to: Choose domain, type in name of new folder
        • Automatically create database
        • Deluxe Install unchecked
        • Click Install it for me now
      • Wait for email, then follow instructions for setting up an admin user (don’t use admin as username)
      • Log in
    • Possible themes
    • How to customize
      • Custom CSS using Jetpack plugin
      • Customize under Appearance menu
      • Other plugins from the WordPress repository

Agenda for Thursday, October 27

Agenda for Thursday, October 20

  • AAF Lexington’s Interactive Social 3 Conference
    • Thursday, November 3 from 10am to 2pm
    • Lexington Public Library – Central Library
    • $20 for students – talk with me if you’d like to go and can’t afford
    • Still discussing possible travel arrangements with Darrell
    • 8 bonus points
  • (2) Introduce jQuery Site
  • (1) Restaurant Site Critique
    • Are there any issues with the responsive design of the site?
    • Does the layout work well and fit the content of the site?
    • Is everything styled appropriately?
    • Is all necessary information included?
    • Is the content clear, concise, and well-organized?
  • (1) Introduce Grid Site
  • (1) Grids
    • CSS documentation on the Unsemantic CSS Framework
    • Copying the correct file – in the second section (no IE7 support), under Responsive, choose the Mobile and Desktop breakpoint (unsemantic-grid-responsive-no-ie7.css)
    • Basics of using a grid system – example
  • (2) Independent Project Check 4
    • Full outline of presentation with sources (email)
    • Description of how your demo will work
    • Blog post (on WordPress site)