Musings of Murphy and Media

Half of this blog post is going to be technical talk about how to add widgets and embed video but the other half is going to be about dogs. And really, at this point when I’m left unsupervised to make decisions and my professor even says, “It’s not important what you display” did we expect me to post anything elseĀ besides dogs?

Let’s get into it! To start this assignment I decided to begin with adding in a twitter feed first and my social links. I decided to put a twitter feed in the right sidebar because I liked the way it evened out my page. Previously some of my tabs stopped abruptly and made the page look imbalanced. I was faced the question of what twitter feed to add and while most people would probably choose their own professional twitter profile, I haven’t exactly been keeping up with mine and I figured that adding the We Rate Dogs Twitter would represent my personality better anyway.

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Next I added in some social media links which are featured at the bottom of every page. This process was very straightforward and easy to navigate from the Widgets tab in the WordPress settings.

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Another element required was to add a contact form. I’ve had a Contact Me form for a while so I clicked through the menu tab to see if it was just as easy an accessible to add the first time. (It was!)

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For the last element I was instructed to embed a video from youtube. So once again I was left to my own devices. I bet you can’t imagine what I chose for my video. Of course I wanted it to featured dogs but I felt like maybe this could be an opportunity for someone to learn something. So I chose an educational video. Still about dogs. Specifically my type of dog, a cocker spaniel. His name’s Murphy!

All in all adding in every feature was pretty easy and straightforward. However I do remember when I was new to WordPress and it seemed like the site was making things difficult on purpose. I can’t speak for how this assignment might go for somebody newer to WordPress but I found it easy to follow and the results looked great.

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