Originally, this weeks blog post was going to be quite different, I was going to be talking about the newly launched D&D Beyond. However, at the beginning of the weekend I got my quarterly bonus from work that was going to fund the hosting for our new website. Due to this, I have spent all weekend learning how to get a website up and running. It’s always sounded pretty simple, but going in blind was definitely a new experience for me.
Right now, things are fairly barebones and there isn’t much of a difference from the old wordpress.com site. One of the biggest reasons I wanted to have our own install of WordPress however, was to have access to the sites CSS. Now, I’m not a web designer by any means, but I do have enough experience with editing CSS to figure out how to make some of the changes I wanted to make. The main changes to the site design are the background to posts and widgets that made it possible to add in the parchment background without making things impossible to read, as well as the red accent color.
Now that the website has the same look as the old website and the content is ported over, I’ll be spending some time in the coming weeks to add and learn some plugins. Right now the main plugins being used are Pretty Link Lite, Yoast SEO, and Widget CSS Classes. For anyone else getting a website started:
- Pretty Link allows you to make custom links, like adventuresinerylia.com/patreon, that are easier to remember, and trackable.
- Yoast SEO gives you tips on improving your SEO.
- Widget CSS Classes lets you easily assign a custom CSS class to a widget, which helps a ton when doing some custom CSS work on your theme.
The next highest priority goal for me is getting PowerPress set up. From everything I’ve heard, it should be pretty simple. But because we are hosting our media on PodBean, I have to get used to the new workflow and also make sure I don’t mess anything up for the RSS, like I did with Google Play Podcasts when I redirected the domain last time. I also want to get the fonts back to what they were on the wordpress.com site, but so far I haven’t had any luck with that, and it’s a pretty low priority change.
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