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In this course, author Joseph Lowery shows how to combine the utility of WordPress and the power of Adobe Dreamweaver to transition existing websites to the WordPress platform. The course demonstrates how to create new blog posts and pages, customize WordPress themes, and extend WordPress editable pages from within Dreamweaver. It also covers how to add Spry elements, add and customize plugins, and enhance WordPress-stored content with Dreamweaver's dynamic pages. Plus, a chapter on responsive design shows how you can adapt your layouts for tablets and mobile devices.
A lot of thought has gone into the administrative settings found in the WordPress Dashboard. You can easily customize it to best fit the workflow for you or your client. So here in WordPress, let's go right down to where the settings are over on the left-hand side, and I'll click once to expand that and go to the first option which is the General Settings. So this is where the blog Title and Tagline are found, should you ever need to change them. Now, we never used the description or the Tagline here. So I'm just going to go ahead and delete it.
It really depends on the theme, some themes actually incorporate that as part of the title, so you want to be careful with that to look up at your title as you're developing your pages, because having the Tagline just another WordPress site might be a bit of a downer for some clients. We can also, if needed, change the WordPress Address and the Site Address. Most of the time, you won't have to do that The little bit of information that it says here about Entering the address if you want your site homepage to be different from the directory, you install WordPress.
It's a little misleading. It's not quite as seamless as it would appear. So I recommended that you keep these the same and use some of the techniques that we covered early on to handle that, using the custom function that I developed called Site Root, for example. Other settings, Email Address, obviously, this is required for admin purposes. You can set it up if you have a site that involves people having to register in order to view the site, control who can register through the Membership option here, and there are other settings, including the User Default Role.
Now I'll be covering Users a bit later, so let's skip over that for now. Scroll down past the Timezone, and of course you can modify all of those things. I have made some modifications here, so I'm going to go ahead and click Save Changes. And now the next settings category I want to show you is Permalinks. If you recall, every time you create a page or put up a post, WordPress creates a Permalink to display that page or post. Now by default, it uses the syntax that you see up top there, where it simply puts the path to your folder a question mark and a P for post, equaling whatever their database id is.
If it's a page, you'll see the word page, and an equal sign and database id. Now you can make that much more English readable if you want by choosing any of the other options you see here. I have to issue a very strong warning here. There's a known bug in Dreamweaver that prevents dynamically-related files from being recognized as such, should you change the Permalink setting. It's been around for a while and has caught a great many Dreamweaver users. So hopefully it will be fixed soon, but if you make a change like choosing Post name for your Permalink Setting and then choose Save Changes, and you go back to Dreamweaver and encounter this issue, you'll know what to do.
You'll need to come back here and change it to Default. It doesn't mean that on your Live Site you can't change the Permalink Setting there to your Post name, which is a workaround that I've used before. I'm not going to make or save any changes here, so let's just go on to the next category I want to show you, which is Media. This is where you set up the maximum dimensions for images that you want to bring into a post. I found that the defaults are okay, but it really depends on the design of your layout, whether they should be larger or not. The section that I want to focus on, though, is down towards the bottom, and that concerns the Uploading of Files.
By default, WordPress stores its Uploads in the wp-content/uploads folder. You can customize that if you want by entering a new path here. Another option that I think is key for organizing your uploads is the Organize my uploads into month- and year-based folders choice. Now I have clients who really hate the way that WordPress sets this up, and I have other clients who really like it. So it's something that you may have to change at some point. If you do change it, any images or other documents that you've already uploaded will still be in those initial folders, and any new assets that are added moving forward will be set up according to your new structure.
So that's an overview of the most important settings. In the next lesson, I'll show you how to manage your WordPress sites users.
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