Apparently it does. Apparently I should learn it. Apparently expressing that it’s all Greek to me is not acceptable in the blogging world. And so, when I heard that Jay and Whittle, the original monkeys, were going to teach a session on this elusive beast, this HTML monster, I knew I had to sit in. I mean, they said I could take over the world. Now that DOES fit into my world just fine.
So, yea, that’s me. Sitting front and center with the half pink hair. I’m a good student like that (besides that put me in optimal heckling position and that’s pretty important in my world too). I was ready to learn. Mind clear, pen and paper in hand, let’s get this thing started!
Jay Thornton, VP of Technology for Collective Bias opened with the “basics”. He explained that HTML, or the building blocks, controlled things on my blog like the headers, footers, and sidebars. And CSS (don’t ask me what that stands for, I have no clue) makes it all look right with position, color, font, and size. You know, the pretty stuff.
Common CSS changes include:
- Background colors and images
- Fonts – Use Google Webfonts for 5000+ free fonts
- Content area widths (I can’t express enough how important this is to the appearance of your blog. 1″ thick blog post widths are not pretty people!).
- Plug ins and widget styling
- Use Global CSS by Joddit (Confession: I have “so confused” next to my notes on this part!) to make changes. We’ll have to ask for clarification on this part later.
As they often do, this was a tag team effort between the dynamic duo. Chris Whittle, Director of Technology at Collective Bias, stepped up to the plate next. Don’t let him fool you, he is rarely serious although he does know his “stuff”.
- Chrome Webmaster Tools:
- Use to inspect an element and make a change. Hey, I can do that!
- The cool part of this is, you can change stuff, but unless you hit save, it won’t stick. Meaning, I can experiment all I want without messing up everything I’ve worked so hard to achieve.
- Keep WordPress up to date for security. Remember: Plugins are your weak points.
- Don’t be scared (my biggest hurdle!)
- Back up your current site.
- Export, import, then move your domain.
- PAY FOR HOSTING! They recommend: