My name is Jesse Byars, and I am currently a student at Clark College studying web development. Although writing can be painful (especially personal biographies), I find it to be rewarding more often than not, so I am glad for the opportunity to contribute to this magazine.
A few important guidelines are all you need to transition from writing for print to writing for the web. This collection of tips will enhance your web writing skills, attract a larger audience, and keep readers on your site longer.
Write Catchy Titles
A catchy title is a sure way to attract an audience. Without a good title, potential readers will never click on the link to your article in the first place.
I recently had the chance to interview Eric Mann of 10up.com, a web development company that specializes in WordPress. Without further introduction, here is the interview:
JB: Who are you and what kind of work do you do for 10up?
I can’t resist using a quote from our professor Lorelle VanFossen to introduce this article:
“Your sidebar is not your junk drawer.”
Keeping your sidebars clean of Widgets that are unnecessary to your site is essential to maintaining a clean, professional look to your site. There are many Widgets that have their place and time, but should not be used injudiciously. It can be a common misstep (particularly among those who are new to WordPress) to use all of the cool Widgets that you can find. This can be a disastrous mistake, as it clutters your site with needless information, and hinders its navigability.
Finding the link to edit a post or page on WordPress is perhaps one of the simplest things that you can do (which is perhaps why I’m writing on this topic, but, shhh…don’t tell anyone.) To start with, you must have already made a post or page to edit in the first place. Continue reading How to Edit a Post or Page→
Students Serving Up WordPress Tips and Techniques for Clark College Students and the World