How to make the “About” page stand out more
And…of course, there’s one more criterion that’s important to me and that is that the theme allow to me to create and place TEXT Widgets or GRAVATAR Widgets on my blog without having to write special code.
a) Links aren’t theme dependent. You either create them via the link button of the post or page editor (see here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/links/ ), or you get accustomed to using the code for them (in the html post or page editor, or in text and other widgets).
Code for a link:
Code for a link that opens in a new browser window or tab:
<a href="URL_HERE" target="_blank">TEXT_HERE</a>
You can copy these two models, save them in a simple text file, and copy-paste them each time you need them.
For links in your sidebar, there’s also the Links section in your dashboard (used in association with the Links widget).
b) You get an automatic link to your About page if you use a theme with top navigation (tabs in the header), or if you add the Pages widget to your sidebar.
Re 2 (and PS):
a) “Links to subscribe via: RSS, Twitter, and email”. You don’t need text widgets for those – there are special widgets for all three (RSS Links, Twitter, and Blog Subscriptions, respectively).
b) Text widgets work the same no matter what the theme. The text widget box is an html editor. For anything other than plain text, sorry, you need html coding. (But you can follow raincoaster’s suggestion: prepare the content in the post editor, switch the editor to html, copy the result, paste in text widget).
Those are the Categories and Archives widgets.
In general, the same widgets are available in practically all themes (Monotone is the only exception), so they’re not a criterion for selecting a theme. Also, practically all themes display a small (varying) preset selection of sidebar items, but that shouldn’t be your criterion either: sooner or later you’ll need an extra widget, and when you add that the preset will vanish (as you know by now).
That has nothing to do with themes either: it only has to do with knowing your keyboard. I’m a Mac user: on Macs a bullet is option-8; I don’t know how it’s typed in PCs, but you can probably find out, or another volunteer might tell you. If not, you can use the “Insert custom character” button of the post or page editor (second row of edit buttons, Omega icon).
I very much appreciate your detailed reply. It is going to take me a while to digest what you’ve said and try to make the adjustments to my blog. I just want to say that if you don’t hear from me for a few days…that just means it’s taking me a bit longer that I’d like to get this done. But I certainly very very much appreciate all your help — and everyone else’s help too.
A big thanks!
You’re welcome. The gist is that all widgets work in almost all themes, so they can’t be the deciding factor for choosing a theme. There’s no shortcut to spending that “afternoon of frustration” previewing themes till you find one you like. One piece of advice: stay away from a) DePo Masthead, Duotone, Monotone, and Hemingway (very special designs not suitable to your content), b) flexible-width themes (more difficult to arrange content in them, especially multiple images), c) themes with a bottombar instead of a sidebar (widgets down there will be practically buried out of sight).
And another piece of advice: tags and categories are exactly the same thing – don’t use the same word or phrase as both a tag and a category (or you’ll run into problems you don’t want me to explain now).
Hm….so I have more problems than I realized! Great! Well, gotta learn somehow. You see, I almost always use the same words in tags and categories! Now I realize that I better go back and remove the duplicates…but then should I leave the tags or the categories? For example, I have “spinach” as both a tag and a category in the post: http://monamifood.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/putting-it-all-together/.
At the link I just gave you, the word “spinach” shows up as a topic in the column to the right of all posts. I definitely want to keep this column because it’s so useful to getting to recipes with a given ingredient.
So what do you – and anyone else — suggest I do? In this example, do you suggest I remove the word “spinach” from the tag or category listing? And are there any tricks for removing the tag or category? I tried removing the tag for spinach myself but could not figure out how to do that. I can add tags…but remove them…well, I need to learn how to do that.
And…again, THANKS for your coaching and tips!!!!!!
@monamifood: Re tag/category duplicates, you got it: the only difference is in relation to the organization of your blog. So whatever you want under “Topics”, keep it as a category.
To delete a tag: dashboard sidebar > Posts > Post Tags.
(And ignore meeprojectk – just spamming.)
Well, tonight I gave it a try…and managed to delete some tags. Thanks for telling how to do this!
I have to delete a lot more tags and I’ll do that over the next several days as I have time. In the end, I will have tags for things like “monamifood”, “anticancer”, “david servan schreiber” and “leni reed nazare” but I’ll have categories for “garlic”, “caluliflower,” and “beans.” Does that sound about right?
When search engines go crawling, I guess they put it all together — they look at tags, categories, post titles…right? So there’s no need to duplicate anything…
I haven’t forgotten about my original request…to figure out how to make the About page more easily noticed and accessible…but I’ll go back to your suggestions about how to do that after I get the tags/categories straightened out. And hopefully, I’ll also find some time to put up another post or two, too!
Thanks again; I enjoy learning. You are so kind to offer me such good advice.
And….I just want to ask a semantics question:
Is the “About Monamifood and Leni Reed Nazare” bar that appears at the top of each page and ( turns white when you put your cursor over it) called a “header tab”?
If so, then I realize that Panahiotisadam has already told me that
“You cannot change the appearance of the header tab without the paid CSS upgrade (and knowledge of CSS editing).”
I just keep wishing I could do that…
I hope I’m not being too difficult a “client” here…asking the same question again. But since it’s not easy for me to do the changes that have been suggested…I just want to be sure I am not missing something because maybe I didn’t quite understand the terminology above.
You see, I could live with the useless wording “About; Just another WordPress blog” in the right hand corner of every page, just as long as the bar at the top of the page would stand out more.
I suppose you all understood this before…and I’m just repeating myself…right?
//You see, I could live with the useless wording “About; Just another WordPress blog” in the right hand corner of every page, just as long as the bar at the top of the page would stand out more.//
The “useless” wording can be easily changed at Settings / General Settings / Tagline
BTW that image on your http://monamifood.com/ site is 3072px × 2304px (scaled to 240px × 180px) and requires 2,424,014 bytes to be downloaded. I bet that makes you popular with anyone who is using a dial-up connection!
Sorry, that was meant to be a reply, not a question!
Forget that last comment. I panicked when it came at the top of the page and thought I had submitted a question!
Thanks for telling me that the picture at http://monamifood.com is composed of too many pixels for someone with a dial-up connection (and I realize that in many parts of the world that’s the norm). So I changed the picture on monamifood.com (but not yet on .net and .org). I have yet to see the change when I go to the website. But that’s because the company that hosts my website (Register.com) usually takes a day or so to get the changes up. So I’ll check back back at monamifood.com tomorrow.
Thanks for the tip!
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