And then there is Divi

And then there is Divi

In the beginning… there was a stillness on the horizon, the modules were an idea in the designer’s mind, the ideal placeholder for the information. A text, an image, a blurb, a full width slider, and the family of modules was born into the house of Divi.

The designer went to the developer and said write the code for this please. The developer nodded thoughtfully and the string of code poured from the keyboard. The logic phrases of code, fetched and styled integrating perfectly with WordPress. This is the story of the dawning of the Divi Theme.

Okay, so I’m hopelessly in love with the Divi Theme since it came out in 2013. I switched my website to the Divi theme. I can’t get enough of it and love using it, thanks to the designers and developers of the Elegant Themes team who created the master framework upon which to build a website.

The Divi Theme Changes Everything

I don’t know how to code.  All the effects you see in this website are made through the module. Each module gives you the option to style it. All the code is already built into the module.

The way the website looks and the way it is built isn’t only for the designer and the developer, it’s also for the user.

WordPress is the go-to software for websites today. The software has the flexibility to add in desired features and it has a robust core structure. Everything about building a website with Divi is pleasurable as it should be.

Of course not everyone wants to take the time to figure out how the Divi theme works, they leave that to people of my nature, I will work with the module to see what it does and figure out how to make it shorter, longer, and fit in better with the layout.

Divi has an on page visual builder. You can write directly into the webpage, this helps you put the content into the website in the right place. As you type into the module you can see the changes you make as you are making them.

Clutter

Some websites look cluttered and are a chore to look at. Popups, moving pictures, slide in text boxes distracts the reader.

Clean Interface

If you put the right information in the module it makes for easier reading. Too much content on the page promotes eye fatigue.

The Content

Includes the words, the images and the white space. When these elements are harmonious, the website works.

The Divi frame gives you the opportunity to use it for what you’re sutied for. Now that is service.

The do it yourself has an appeal all of it’s own.

The design for the creative and the visual.

The code brought to perfection to render the exact right look.

The code is built in and you don’t need to know how to code.

Updating the Divi Theme happens with one click of the Update button. Some say this is not possible. I say it is. I do it all the time whenever the Divi Theme is updated. When I press the update button there isn’t a code collision. A code collision happens when there are too many plugins competing against each other.

In truth, the elegance of design is, less is more. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Trends come and go, material design, minimalist design, flat design, three dimensional design, all will in due time live for a while then expire. What doesn’t expire is your style and that is unique to you.

For me the ordinary user, the ability to place the modules, adjust the headings, widen the space, add colors, images, is an avenue of expression on the web.  And now there is Divi…

About the About Page

About the About Page

So, what’s this all about? People want to know.

It’s the page on your website that gives people information about you or the business. We know this. We also know first impressions count as the visitor lands on the Homepage.

Which is more important the Homepage or the About page?

There’s no easy answer it depends on which “expert” you speak to. The answer is common sense. What would you like to know about someone when they are a total stranger? I’m always reminded of the truth of the statement, “Anyone can say anything on the Web.” How do we know it is true? We don’t, we have to find out, if we can get past the popup, the push notification, the cookie policy, or the objection to the use of Adblocker.

Using the Web should be fun and informative. Now it’s an obstacle course to get to where you want to go. The information is buried somewhere within a minimalist opt in to a free signup. This is the new business model, for a while, until the next one comes along.

There’s a good book you should read if you want to get your content read; Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug. How usable is your Website? Technology and Design move fast, style’s change, and new trends develop all the time. What doesn’t change is the way a human being wants to be treated, yes, even on a website.

Endless meetings and discussions go on about what is inside the person’s head as they come to your website. It’s a guessing game. Instead of spending so much time trying to figure out what the visitor is thinking, think about the information you’re presenting to the visitor.

Do they want to sign up for your newsletter before they know what you’re about? Are they comfortable paying you money before they know you are who you say you are?

Online Interaction Overload

Before I can get to the About page I have to land on the Homepage. Unless, the Homepage has everything on it:

  • About
  • Testimonials
  • Portfolio links
  • Newsletter signup
  • Latest workshop signup
  • Book offer

This is interaction overload. The Homepage makes the visitor think too much. One glowing paragraph about you and what you do isn’t enough to build a relationship with a total stranger being introduced to you for the first time.

The About page is where I should find extensive information about you. I am most interested in this because this page introduces you to me. I can start to get to know you.

What do you put on the About Page?

Remember, you must offer your specific, unique services so as not to overstep the boundary and then infringe on someone else’s territory. If you copy then you’re plagiarizing. If you emulate, you adapt the content to fit your style. Your own style.

Return to the simple and find the definition of the context. The word “about” means with reference to, relevant to, and on the subject of. You’re the subject of your website. Even if you have a team of people you still have to tell people what you’re about.

About is the story of the business and how it originated. This story starts to build the relationship with people who might be interested in what you do. The context should clearly explain what you are about, but without selling.

Keep the context related to: who, what, and why.

The About page is the spotlight. Stand firmly in the center. The Internet is the marketplace, the public square. Everyone who gathers in this place can speak to those who want to listen.

Use a current picture. No matter how old or young you look if your picture isn’t what you look like in real time, people will not trust you. In a time when we have megapixel cameras there’s no excuse not to have a current picture of you. If you hide behind an image it’s worse. If there’s a blank avatar image and no photo of you, there’s no connection.

If you put pictures of your family instead of you, the visitor knows it’s family first and they’re second. Of course your family comes first, but you’re still conveying a message that’s not about you.

Don’t use a character picture without your real picture nearby. The icon graphics although they’re cartoonish, they don’t promote realism. When you’re looking for the person behind the website you want the real person.

Your kitty isn’t you…

 

The Visitor

The visitor uses the web and they’re well up on information. Any exaggeration or sales context sets up a barrier between you and the visitor. You don’t know the visitor. If you set up analytics and tracking you know about their use of the site. What you should be concerned about is the context of the information and communicating to the visitor.

When you respect the visitor, this is your chance to build a relationship. When you meet a person face-to-face, there’s nowhere to hide. Online there’s the opportunity to hide, exaggerate, or be untruthful.

Have you ever visited an About page on a website that’s just too good to be true? The person has one too many celebrity pictures or endorsements. They’re so over-the-top, that while they might be well-known, how well do you know them. Instead, you’re shown their value based on the celebrities not on them.

Your About page is the most revealing page in your entire website. Never underestimate the user of the web, they’re smart.

Your Story

The story of how you started what you do is what the visitor is looking for. It is the capture point. Every child listens to the story and continues listening. Your story is the identifying element and brings the context about who you are, what you do, and why you’re doing it. If the visitor identifies with your story they will connect with you.

Every interaction online is person to person. There is a human being on the other end of the keyboard reading what you wrote. I never tire of thinking about that as I write online. I am communicating to someone who wants to know about the About page.

Control WordPress Dashboard

Control WordPress Dashboard

Congratulations you’ve arrived on the deck of your control panel. We’ll be taking off in a few minutes. Please take a seat and look around the Dashboard, these are the controls in your jurisdiction as the administrator of the site.

You will be logging into your Website dashboard frequently and you could arrive in the dashboard and see an update for WordPress is available. Always make sure you’re running the latest version of WordPress.

Now about the Theme you just bought, it should be installed and ready to go.

When you don’t know, you don’t know. Sounds obvious until you find out what the problem is. There are so many themes in the marketplace it is overwhelming.

What’s the deal with Themes?

It’s a big deal today. There are now so many Themes you have no idea which one is a good Theme. You’re looking at the finished product. The issue isn’t the Theme, but can you operate it.

A theme is a customized modification of WordPress core software. It has a specific design and layout for a particular type of business. The theme is readymade. If you like the design you purchase the Theme. The theme comes with a one year license. At the end of the year you must renew the license, or buy another theme. Another way of doing this is to find a reputable theme company that provides updates to your Theme without you having to change themes every year.

Your relationship with the company that built your theme should include communication, documentation, and technical support at no extra cost. All these decisions should be made before you start working in your website. It’s too late when you need to update WordPress and your Theme breaks.

Switching Themes

Switching Themes is a bad practice. I’ll say it loud and clear.

It’s true you don’t lose the existing content in the site. The problem happens in the back end. A theme has custom code, so if you switch themes, the custom code of the theme you switched to isn’t the same as the one you were using.

The customized code was done by two different people. the result is incompatible code and endless problems and it get’s expensive. Now that we’ve solved the theme issue, and you’re not in the position of needing another theme… if you are read this article on how I solved my website dilemma.

The Modules in the Dashboard

WordPress is well thought out and built for the user. The first module tells you how many posts, pages, comments, and which version of WordPress is currently installed and the name of your Theme.

WordPress News

You will receive updates and news about WordPress. Every WordPress website is linked to the WordPress core software. If there is a serious problem with WordPress you’ll get a notice, keep this module in the dashboard.

There are settings that need to be in place not obvious from the main Dashboard. The first place to go is the Settings tab. When you hover over the Settings command you’ll see the menu of the different settings. There are two lots of settings you need to set. So let’s get settled on what we have to set.

Settings

General, writing, reading, discussion, media permalinks.

These are WordPress settings and are different from your Theme Settings. I know, it’s strange at first, but there’s good news; the WordPress settings once they are in place don’t have to be changed unless you want to modify a setting such as close the blog comments.

You’ll need to familiarize yourself with the different areas within your site. The WordPress settings are different from the Theme Options area. WordPress is the software that drives the site. The Theme is the decorative overlay that enhances the content in the site. In the Divi Theme you have built in options to change the settings and display the content professionally, and add a subtle artistic flair.

Theme Settings

Your WordPress Theme may have the settings in place and you don’t have to do anything. If you bought the Theme from a reputable Theme company the accompanying documentation will explain what settings to implement before using the Theme.  I call this good web housekeeping. When all the settings of your Theme and WordPress is setup properly, then you can get to working on putting the content into the site.

If you don’t know how something works “mouse around,” just click on icons and see what they do. There’s very little damage you can do because the code works in the background while you figure out what something does.

This is the DIvi Theme Options area. You have to go through all these settings to make sure they are enabled. There are no shortcuts with a website. The setting is either enabled or disabled. For example, if you didn’t enable the Divi Gallery in the Theme Options section you cannot select which items you want for the picture gallery display.

I have used the Divi Theme since it came out in 2013. It is such a versatile theme, I have no need for another Theme. The Divi Theme is built by Elegant Themes. I’m a front end user and know very little code. I’m also the kind of person that will read the help menu and watch video documentation until I get an answer to my question. If I can’t solve the problem, I’ll open a support ticket and get help from Elegant Themes technical support.

Here’s the thing with technology, things go wrong, and it isn’t because you don’t know. Software malfunctions and can have errors. Nothing is perfect in the world of technology and websites. It’s just the way it is.

The good news is someone from tech support can answer the question and the problem gets fixed. The bad news is if you have to keep paying someone to fix a problem with your Theme. A reputable theme company will be there when you need tech support and won’t charge you extra because your level of support needs an upgrade.

With your theme purchase comes a license to use the Theme for one year. Make sure you’re familiar with how your Theme is updated and how often. Some say it’s not necessary to update a theme, others say it is necessary. I say an outdated theme is a vulnerable to being hacked. Don’t leave the backdoor open, anyone can walk in.

What to look for with Plugins

The plugin is awesome. It can do these things for you, so you don’t have to do them. While this is true, you need to know about plugins even if you’re not a developer. Most of us aren’t and get caught in the crossfire of technology “experts” who will sell you the latest, greatest, new gadget for your Website.

A plugin is software added into your website.

When was the plugin published?

Is it compatible with the latest version of WordPress core?

Is there tech support for the plugin?

When was the plugin last updated?

Mouse around the developer’s website. Read their About page. There are good and bad developers. You don’t need a plugin for every function. If you have too many plugins loaded into your website you will bloat the site. This causes a collision of the codes used by the developers.

A plugin developer might work with a Theme company. In this case the plugin won’t have any problems with your Theme because it is built for that Theme.

You still have to know how the plugin works and initiate the settings. In the WordPress Dashboard you go to the Plugins area and you’ll see a list of the plugins in your site.

The WordPress Plugin Repository

Go to the Plugins section inside your Website. Click on Add new.

This is where you will find the plugin directory and where you add the plugin to your site. A plugin has to be approved before it can reside in the repository and be available. The Repository has 44,000+ plugins. Choose wisely.

Your New Philosophy

Don’t rely on people to tell you things about technology that you can find out for yourself. Whenever I hear people say they don’t have time, I see a disaster waiting to happen. The time it takes to read the information about a company, a developer, and a plugin, is the pay off. It’s better to be informed than get wrong advice. Yes, there are people who don’t care if they give wrong advice, as long as you pay for the “advice.”

You always want to be in the know, and ask questions. WordPress is not easy and there is a definite learning curve with the software. Once you know where a setting is you enable or disable, turn on or off. Be patient, some of the most complex problems happen with websites because a setting wasn’t enabled.

 

The People Behind WordPress

The People Behind WordPress

A glimpse of the roles of the people who make up the team of the WordPress software from the user’s perspective.

WordPress is an open source software. Since it’s debut in 2003 it has gone on to be the software of choice because of its flexibility and strength at the base of the software. Approximately 60 million websites run on WordPress.

The first role we should consider is the Developer. The person who has a love affair with the code language, the hypertext markup language (HTML) used to drive the software.

The Developer

The brains behind the commands for the code. The system of code follows a definite protocol. Volunteer developers from all over the world contribute to the source code of WordPress.

A developer is a unique individual devoted to logic and challenge and knows HTML and PHP. PHP is an acronym for Hypertext Processor. This is a recurring acronym for all web pages. It is a scripting language used in all open source software.

PHP files have text, HTML (hypertext markup language), CSS (cascading style sheets) the language that describes the style of an HTML document and JavaScript the programming language invented by Brendan Eich in 1995. All these “languages” are used by the developer.

This is what code looks like.

The core WordPress developer team are what is called top tier developers. These are the top of the line and are the developers who know what they are doing. The WordPress software is a testament to their work. They bring the software to the point where the user does not have to make too many choices. The practical decisions of the workings of WordPress commands are in place, all you are doing is using the commands. This is what makes WordPress so flexible and easy to use.

Developers worldwide contribute to the WordPress core. They collaborate and work online. When you think about this accomplishment it’s remarkable. All the different personalities and nationalities uniting through a common computer language to produce the WordPress software.

The WordPress developers say “code is poetry.” It’s a good metaphor as it aptly describes the expression of being able to press words through the WordPress content management system.

The developer’s role encompasses the bloom of technology. It has burst into our lives and enjoys everyday usage by everyone. The ability to develop, design, and use software, is the collaboration of ideas and technology to produce WordPress; the user’s software for a professional website. The developer can come up with a complete solution and solve problems just with the code.

Technology moves fast and the developer moves with it.

The Designer

The new media requires graphics and interactivity. The online experience is not the same as reading a magazine. Originally the magazine editors were called on to transfer what was in print onto the web. This didn’t quite work. The web is not the same as a magazine. The connecting system of active hyperlinks offers more than a single page. Everything is linked within a site and connected from the Homepage to the About page to the Blog page. The user travels with one click and is in control of how they interact with the information.

The designer plans the form and the workings of something before it’s made or built. In the case of the WordPress designer they are working with an already built product. The language of computer software design takes its style form with HTML and CSS, using the code to produce aesthetic effects. The designer brings out a style that overlays the WordPress core software.

The designer is more than a visual artist. They have the challenge to present the visual structure of the framework of the website. Their vision has to reach into the architect of the layout of the website as well as into the user’s perspective.  A word here about designers and developers. If they never talk to each other then they are polarized by their ego. When there is a good design team, they have developers and designers working together.

The designer knows code and works with CSS, cascading style sheets. The CSS code when placed into the Theme will create a specific effect or style that was not there before. That sounds obvious, but it’s worth repeating it to understand how it works. The website for the user is built by a team of designers and developers. When the Theme is well built it’s usually the result of a dedicated team.

Less Is More

The challenge of design is the production of aesthetic elements to bring out the idea of the purpose of the website. Designers create and style Themes. For a designer the challenge is to achieve a refined, less is more appeal, to showcase the content within the site. The designer achieves the balance between the aesthetics and the content so as not to overpower the content within the site.

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should. There is temptation to put more information on a page thinking it’s convenient for the visitor. The web page becomes cluttered and the user is distracted with too many options.

The User

This is the all important person who uses the combination of the work of the developer and the designer. Which is the best Theme? There isn’t one. It’s what appeals to you when you look at the Theme. You’re the judge and the jury on this one. If you want an opinion, you’re going to get a biased opinion from the person who created the Theme or from someone who uses the Theme.

At some point you are going to use the site and operate it. This is practical experience and doesn’t cost you anything except time. If someone does it for you; you don’t learn the basics and you’ll always be at the mercy of the designer or developer.

The results of using WordPress:

  • You’ll be a unique individual who will know how WordPress works
  • Capable of using your website to your advantage
  • Operate the site and add to it as you go along

User Beware

Here comes the fun part. Tread carefully. There are many people who are going to try to take advantage of you at this stage. Yes, it’s true. This is human nature. What you have to look for is clarity, a reputable company, or individual, with a team of developers and designers who produce a quality product that has you in mind, not them.

Let me use myself as an example. I am not a developer, or a designer, I am a user. I know about using WordPress Themes because I’ve used WordPress since 2006 and have used several Themes. I use a ready made theme from a reputable theme company that offers me tech support if I need it. I don’t re-do the Theme or change anything. The most I would do is copy and paste some CSS code into a module to create a specific effect, because I learned how to do it through watching a video from the technical support video library.

A developer can design a whole website. They structure the entire site in their own way. They might use the WordPress core software or not. If you want an entirely customized theme you could ask a developer to make you one. This depends on what your website is for. Everyone’s need is different.

Before you decide to go with a particular designer or developer, ask as many questions as you like and make sure you’ve seen their work. There has to be a visible skill level that satisfies you.

A designer or developer that doesn’t like questions from the client, is wasting your time. If you’re intimidated by a developer or a designer because you’re an unfortunate client and don’t know anything, walk away from that kind of person.

Be wary of the easy to use and setup in three minutes. I can tell you from experience it did not take me three minutes to set up my website. Nothing does. That is just to make you feel like there isn’t any work you have to do so you’ll fall for the easy to do.

When you go looking for a theme make sure the company is a reputable one.

Look for these things:

How regularly are their themes updated?

Do you have to pay to upgrade the theme?

Is the theme compatible with WordPress core updates?

If you run into problems is there sufficient tech support available to you?

Is there enough documentation about how to operate the theme?

When you are going to use the software you want to be sure you’re in charge of what you are going to use. At first it might seem intimidating because you’re bound to meetup with someone who says they can take care of all your website needs. If you go through the steps to find out, you’ll make the right decisions the first time and not have the “migration headache.”

The “migration headache” starts when you want to use another theme and the existing theme conflicts with the new theme overlay. Switching themes is never a good idea.

Themes are alterations or extensions and they use code to create particular effects. One effect might not be in use in another Theme. There’s no good switching mechanism not even a plugin. The plugin will have competing code.

Another “migration headache,” moving from one hosting server to another. Not all hosts have the same configurations in their back panels. Code is proprietary to one platform and isn’t compatible with another platform. That’s the way technology works.

There are people behind everything we do. Now that you have met the people behind WordPress, including the user, you have the knowledge you need to make the right choices for your website.

If you’re still not sure what to do and want to talk to a WordPress user, contact me.

New To WordPress

New To WordPress

Everyone starts out not knowing how something works. First of all there is no such thing as a quick set up when you start using the web. No matter how many promises of it’s easy in a few minutes everything is ready and you’re “good to go.”

The five elements selected in this post are based on my personal experience from having gone through them.

All the software we use on the Web is sophisticated even if it looks easy. When you are new to WordPress the idea of the FREE blog with a free Theme sounds attractive.

Free means upgrade and comes with limited use. Free is designed to get you used to using something, and when you want to go further you are not inclined to want to start over and you upgrade for a fee.

This is fine if you are willing to try out something to see if you want to continue using it and then pay for the upgrade.

I started using WordPress in 2006. From my perspective, it’s the software made for the user. The work has already been done for you by the core developers.

As I connect online and offline, I meet people who started a free WordPress website and want an upgrade. Or they’re using a WordPress Theme the Theme isn’t quite working and an update costs more money or another Theme. You can switch platforms, but unless you’re used to migrating websites you’ll run into problems. The software isn’t compatible even though it is WordPress. When you move from one host to another there are proprietary code issues.

Who knew… now you do.

If you had the right information to begin with, you could make better choices for your website.

Step 1 Having the Right Information

The web, websites, blogs, and everything that goes with it has a learning curve. No one is completely clueless. We use the web everyday. Having a website or a blog is not a bad idea, it’s a monumental one. Yes, it takes work, but it is a labor of love, and passion led us here.

Information is out there on the Web. It depends who you talk to and what they are wanting you to buy. With WordPress for a website the only thing you would be buying is the Theme.

Where are you on your journey with your website?

  • Are you completely new to WordPress?
  • Are you somewhat familiar with WordPress and have a blog on WordPress.com and want to migrate it to another Theme?
  • Are you looking for an upgrade on an existing WordPress website?
  • Do you have a website dilemma?

The comparison of one type of software versus another comes down to personal preference and not the software. Every person approaches something in their unique way. No one can say there is only one perfect Website software to use.

WordPress is my personal preference. My journey started because I wanted to learn how to use a website but I didn’t know how to code. WordPress lets you operate the software, use a Theme, and without knowing code you can have a great looking website.

Step 2 About the Beginnings of WordPress

WordPress was first created as a blogging software. The project was a “fork” (a developer term, used to describe a new avenue to contribute to an existing project) that needed fixing. The software needing fixing was b2 Cafelog. Matt Mullenweg, a smart computer programmer participated in an online forum and asked if anyone was interested in assisting him to improve the software. This resulted in the teamwork of Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, together they solved the blogging software dilemma. The result, the creation of the blogging software, WordPress.

WordPress has developed beyond a blogging software. Over 60 million people now use WordPress for their website.

If you’re using it for the first time, it is sort of scary to use, because you aren’t quite sure of what something does. All you have to do is test it out, and if you do something wrong you can always undo the action and start over. The core software doesn’t break down because what you did doesn’t quite work.

It’s amazing when you think about it. All the code works in the background and you’re using a Word Processor just like we use in a Word document, in Microsoft, or Google Docs, or any other word processing software.

You will read a lot of negative criticism about WordPress. I call this brand bashing. In the cutthroat world of business, the guy at the top is always the target of those who are annoyed at someone else’s hard work that put them into the top position.

The Web lets anyone say anything about something and you have no way of knowing if the information is true or not.

You now have to look carefully behind the scenes at who says what, and who makes what claim about themselves. There are so many “experts,” “number one in the nation,” “leading edge,” “thought leader,” and on it goes.

Who is the real expert? You are when you take the time to find out the facts. When you don’t know, you are vulnerable. This is what happened in my case when I first started out with WordPress. I had no idea what I was getting into. Fortunately, the company that developed the WordPress theme provided tutorials and support if I bought their package deal.

Before I bought their package though, I found out all I could about them. They’re still in business today, and I’m still with them.

We’re not unintelligent, we’re often on the receiving end of convincing sales talk.

Step 3 What is the Free Blog

WordPress.com is where you can set up a blog for free. The free platform has limitations and when you decide you want to turn your blog into a Website, you will need to upgrade to WordPress.org.

Upgrading to WordPress.org means you need your own domain name and a Hosting Company. This is called self-hosting.

Let me clear up something here. Self-hosting implies you download WordPress to your computer and work on it and have a website. This isn’t the way it works.

We use these terms all the time but take a look at this graphic to get the practical picture.

Your computer is what you use to access the web. The Web Hosting service is on a server. You are renting the space your website takes up on a server provided to you by your Hosting Company.

The information from your computer travels back and forth in HTML packages. On the Web, we have a system of links that connect your computer to all the pages on the Web. Each person is operating from their own individual computer to the World Wide Web, through an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

The WordPress core software exists on the Host Company’s server. 

You will be downloading the WordPress Theme file after you’ve purchased it from a reputable theme company. The Theme overlays the core software. A Theme is the decorative element of the Website or Blog. There is a whole lot to using a WordPress Theme and your choice of theme matters.

Step 4 What is the Web

We have to pause and reflect on how the web came into existence. It wasn’t always there. It was invented by engineers and physicists who built a system of networked computers for private communication between institutions.

Originally the public did not have access. Until the idea of an individual being able to access information from a personal computer was presented by a team of physicists at CERN Laboratories in Switzerland. Among them was Sir Tim Berners-Lee who is credited with the invention of the abstract concept of the Word Wide Web.

The simple system of hyperlinks was the connecting factor from computer to computer and Berners-Lee developed the HTML language to enable the information to travel from your computer through your browser, through the web host server onto the network, the web.

On another front was Jacques Vallee who led the team to develop the network software on ARPANET, the ancestor of the Internet. Vallee has been called one of the “fathers” of the Internet.

The history of the web is fascinating and there are more than two people involved in the evolution of the web. I mention these two men specifically because their work brought us the Internet and the Web. They wrote informative and inspiring books about their experience, The Heart of the Internet by Jacques Vallee, and Weaving the Web by Tim Berners-Lee, with Mark Fischetti  These are books in my collection, and no, I’m not an affiliate with Amazon. I believe in passing on information when I’ve read something worthwhile.

Step 5 Using WordPress

The inventor of the software, in this case WordPress, has the right to make their software available to the public under the GPL, meaning general public license. A WordPress Theme is required to be one hundred percent GPL license. The default WordPress Theme, Twenty Seventeen, is distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL. When you use a Theme, you are granted a license to use the Theme for your purposes. The person who created the Theme, the Designer, may offer it free or for a price.

The developers of WordPress core feel that WordPress should work without much configuration on the user’s end. The configuration is the code, and for those who are not code savvy, this is what makes WordPress easy to use, once you start using it. All software requires some getting used to when you use it for the first time.

A common complaint of WordPress user’s after installing their WordPress theme, the admin area, the dashboard, is completely overwhelming. I agree. It was when I first started using it. But after a while, you remember the functions because you use them repeatedly.

When you are inside the admin dashboard you have to begin by using the icons. You will find an explanation with each command. We’re pretty much used to using software. You place your mouse over the icon and the tool function will tell you what the icon does.

WordPress gives you your own private printing press which turns into a publishing platform. A powerful tool to use to get your message out onto the Web. So now you’re not new to WordPress, and your passion led you here.