week 9, dec 3 – peer review and work session

Agenda

  • Housekeeping
  • Inside a bookstore – report out
  • Getting ready for class wrap-up
  • Peer review and work session

Housekeeping

Open the following web pages in separate browser tabs or browser windows (your choice) and be sure to keep them open to make it easier to switch from one to another

  • This page
  • Your WordPress.com blog dashboard
  • Your web hosting company dashboard (first screen after log in)

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Your “Kathy is trying to force you to write” assignments — there should be four new link posts on each person’s project page

  • By last Wednesday: have two new posts on your project site (@ SiteGround)  that are “link posts” (curated content) or original content — if you are not using a blog on your site, put them on your WordPress.com account. Link them to your project page.
  • By tonight: have two new posts on your project site (@ SiteGround)  that are “link posts” (curated content) or original content — if you are not using a blog on your site, put them on your WordPress.com account. Link them to your project page.

Missing in action by most folks 😦

Tonight

Inside a bookstore

Visit your local bricks-and-mortar mega-bookstore. Assess how the bookstore promotes its digital reader and offerings. How are they promoting books? What kinds of books are being promoted?

Tie up loose ends:

  • Optimizing images for the web/screen (quick review – Chris home page as example)
  • SEO > Twitter cards / Open Graph for Facebook

    Social Meta tags give us control over the appearance of our content when it shows up on social networks like Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

    The Open Graph protocol is Facebook’s standard and it is now supported by LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter. It allows us to customize the title, description and image of any link that we share. For WordPress, options to make these individual configurations include Facebook’s official plugin, JM Twitter Cards for Twitter, and the plugin we we talked about last class, WordPress SEO by Yoast.

Peer review and lab:

  • You can complete the peer review here or at home, but please complete by noon on Thursday if you don’t do this in our lab session. I will send the results to everyone (anonymized) on Friday.
  • Here’s the feedback form — complete one for each person you review. Review the four people whose name follows yours (when you get to the last person in the list, return to the first one!). I will review everyone’s site – that means you should all have feedback from five people this weekend.
  • Here’s everyone’s project page; it should have a link to the project site (the self-hosted installation at SiteGround) — AnnaBarb, ChrisChrystalDavidJenn, Karen,  Kelsey, MargaretMilenNeda

Assignments

  • No Reading
  • Next week: presentation to your classmates – your goals, accomplishments, lessons learned (what you would have done differently if you could start over now) – and lab time + a party!
  • Week after next: an optional lab is planned. However, you must text, tweet or email me by midnight on Tuesday and confirm that you intend to be here. I will then send an email out Wednesday morning saying whether or not there will be a lab session.

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