I believe in continued education and realise the value of being self-sufficient instead relying on people around us (no matter how much skilful they are in comparison).
So my little cousin (who has ambitions to be a programmer) and I took a short four hours WordPress/basic programming class with David Wang. Here’s a list of things I’ve learned that are helpful for maintaining my sites:
1. To maintain a website, you need to constantly update:
- WordPress itself
That’ll prevent hacking (hopefully).
2. Html comment
* <! – – Hi There – – >
I was told that I shouldn’t play with html because one small mistake can ruin the whole thing. Solution: always jot down the changes I made within it using Html comment!
3. Check code
- Command + Option + I = go to inspector
Command + Option + OPTION + U = go to source itself
- Shortcuts to check things like the sizing of the fonts on my site, so I can preview it and make changes.
4. Then difference between HTML & CSS
- HTML = content/data
- CSS = style
5.Check colour on the web
Useful when choosing colour for my site(s).
6. Using Child theme
Once WordPress is updated, any changes you’ve made to its still will be lost. Using a child theme means that WordPress updates won’t override the changes.
7. How to check efficiency
8. Creating contact form
David recommended Ninja Form. Though I still can’t do it properly yet because of some mail server issues.
There’s so much more to learn! But I think the most important lesson is to know that I can and should do things on my own. If you have any comments on how to improve these sites, please let me know:
Next goal, learn to add a ‘RANDOM’ button to STICKGEEK so that visitors can randomly select a comic.