Assignment Three: Build two original WordPress sites

There is still a lot to learn about WordPress but you know enough by now to build a fully functional WordPress site. In fact, you are about to build two!

Each site is worth 4 points and will be evaluated on the following criteria

  • Appropriateness of theme to site purpose
  • Intelligent use of WordPress features (plugins, widgets, etc.)
  • Overall quality of execution

Site 1: A site about you! Or whatever.

For your first site, you are welcome to re-use the same site that you used for the previous lessons. This site can function as a portfolio site that shows off your work, it can be about your family, a personal interest, your favorite sport, or whatever. 

The site should have the following characteristics:

1. Eight pages with original content and photos. If you like, use the same content as the Module 1 website.

2. One of the pages should feature a brand new plugin of your choice. Find a new plugin that you like. Install, activate the plugin and put it to work. Write a brief description of the plugin on one of your pages.

3. Make the site look as cool as you possibly can by choosing and installing an awesome template.

4. Create and embed a Google Form. See below for instructions.

To create a Google Form you will need a free Google account. Afterward you will create the from from the Google Documents menu. You probably already know how, but if not, I expect you to figure this one out on your own. 

1. Make sure that your form has at least three questions that ask for name and other contact information such as email address and at least one multiple choice question. After you create the form you will need to get the embed code that will allow you to place your form inside of a webpage of your choosing via an iframe. The embed code is generated automatically for you from the More Actions menu of the Google Forms Editor. You can also get the same embed code from the spreadsheet view of your form.

2. However you get to the embed code, copy it, return to your dashboard, and create a new page. Click on the Text button and paste in the embed code. After you paste it in and while you are still in the Source Code view, take a look at the width and height settings. Those settings control the width and height of the iframe that makes it possible to embed your form. You can change them if you want the form to display differently.

3. Return to the WYSIWYG (non-source) view, center your form and publish it. Afterward check it out in the preview tab. If you don’t like the way that it displays you can always modify it.

4. Name your page something obvious like ‘google form’ so as not to tax your instructor’s brain when he or she is looking for it.

Site 2: Ecommerce Site

I strongly recommend that you start by following the instructions in the very next lesson: Easy Ecommerce with Woo Commerce. It is up to you to figure out what to ‘sell’ but make sure you have at least 5 products.

Make it look as cool as you can!