WordPress Widgets: A Guide

What is a WordPress Widget?

Widgets allow you to customize your sidebar or other widget areas (these vary with theme). There are many to choose from (check out this WordPress Widget Guide). This guide has a list of many of the widgets, what they are useful for, and screen captures of what they look like (although appearance varies depending on how you configure the widget).

Different themes have different widget areas. Go to the dashboard Appearance -> Widgets, and you will see the different widget areas. When you drag a widget into a certain space, it appears in that area on your site. Sometimes it just takes a lot of experimentation to see what looks best.

How to have certain widgets appear on certain pages

At the bottom of each widget, you can expand the “visibility” option and choose which pages that widget appears on. You might also have to go into each page (from the dashboard) and check out which template is activated within that page; this can also affect whether or not widget areas appear on that particular page.

Please reference the tutorial from the link above, and let me know if you have any questions!

Visual Communication Newsletter Design: Thursday Labs

Below are the newsletter designs that the Spring 2014 Thursday lab students created for fictional clients. You can read more about the newsletter design assignment.

Thursday Lab, 3 – 6 p.m.

Thursday Lab, 6:15 – 9:15 p.m.

Visual Communication Newsletter Design: Wednesday Lab

Below are the newsletter designs that the Spring 2014 Wednesday lab students created for fictional clients. You can read more about the newsletter design assignment.

Visual Communication Newsletter Design: Tuesday Lab

Below are the newsletter designs that Spring 2014 students created for fictional clients. Each team brainstormed about the kind of organization they would use, then designated three adjectives to describe the personality of that organizations. Visual cues such as color, imagery and typeface were chosen based on these adjectives. Students mocked up their assignments with images from The Noun Project and Shutterstock.

Public Relations Visual Communication: Welcome Spring 2014!

visual communication 2014

About the PUR4103 Blog

Welcome! I’m looking forward to an exciting and productive semester. On this site you will find course updates, lecture outtakes, tutorials, and other visual communication resources. Feel free to leave comments but make sure to email me regarding assignments, clarification, or any other important questions or notifications that you might have.

Best, Kay Tappan

Visual Communication Newsletter Design: Friday Afternoon Lab

Below are the newsletter designs that the Fall 2013 Friday afternoon lab students created for fictional clients. You can read more about the newsletter design assignment.