Honestly, Who Can Do This? API This, Python That… But what I can do might help you!

I have been working on my business for 8 hours… Nope, I haven’t done a single thing on my list.  Quite frankly, does it really matter?  If it needs to be done, then it needs to be done.  Who cares if it was done today or not. It is so difficult to explain to people what I am doing.  People who are “tech” people have no clue what I am saying because I don’t speak their language.  I am learning – immersion, ya know? Meanwhile, those people don’t really understand my goal because they don’t speak the language of my work.  At the same time, my circle of people are teachers, counselors, nurturers, caregivers, etc., and they don’t speak developer language. For example, I have been trying to understand how to use API codes for geolocation for the app I am working on.  That doesn’t even make sense, does it? (Although, I must say This article was helpful.)  I have also been learning about JSON API for REST connection.  Again, what?  And, I also want to use a native camera from within my app.  I can read THIS over and over, but I don’t know what to do with all that info.  I do know some things, however. Earlier today I wrote a POST about the absolute basics of getting a website up and going.  I figure that, for my break, I can write a bit more about that.  Maybe I can save you from some of the pitfalls I have encountered.  Let’s talk a bit about widgets and plugins. First, I have been using a theme I like called Emmet Lite.  You can see it Here. The link shows how it comes out of the box. Here is a picture of my site using the same theme.  Actually, because I forgot to tell you something important, here are three pictures.  Now, lets talk about “widgets”. Widgets give you flexibility and functionality in your website.  Sometimes the widgets are part of the Theme, and sometimes they are part of a Plugin.  (We will get back to Plugins…)  The top picture you see includes “Features”.  These are clickable links and widgets.  The middle picture is just design.  The bottom picture is my widget page. If you didn’t read my earlier post, you may not know this, but you probably have figured it out.  As you are going through “Customize”, one of the choices you will come to is “Widgets”.  Initially you can leave that alone.  Just skip over it and go through the process.  Once you have clicked “save” and “x” out of Customize, then you can go to Widgets. Let’s do it.  On the left side of your screen, it says Appearance.  Hover and go Appearance > Widgets, then click.  What you will see looks similar to the bottom picture I have posted above.  Yours will be different depending on what Theme you chose, and also, what PlugIns you have added.  Again, we will come back to PlugIns. Your widgets are going to do things like connect you to your Facebook feed, provide search and share buttons, create log in options, add text, etc.  You are going to decide what you want and where you want it. Your “header” and “footer” are the top and bottom of your page.  You may also have a “side bar” – that is the section on the left or right of your page.  These sections always stay the same.  Ok, not always, because you have settings.  But for now, think of it as stationary/static components of your website.  Ok. In the picture above, on my widget page, lets look at the right side and notice “Footer Left” and “Footer Center”.  You can hopefully see that under Footer Left, it says Theme My Login.  And under Footer Center it says Facebook Page.  Both of those things are PlugIns.  When I installed them, I got these little widgets which appeared in my menu.  But, even without Plugins, you have widgets to choose from.  You just click on a widget you want, and drag it to the section you want.  If you want a Facebook feed in the bottom center of your website, just drag the widget to Footer Center.  If you want that same feed to appear at the bottom of your page and on the side, you do the same thing again, but drag the widget to Main Widget Area. Now, my Theme, Emmet Lite, came with a “Features Section”.  On the widget page, I see Features Section, but it is empty. So, here is what I do. I know I want 4 features.  I go to the left side of my widgets page and see “Feature – theme”.  I drag it to the feature section. Then repeat 3 more times.  These particular widgets allow for either a photograph or using Font Awesome (or other similar icon font), and it will ask you for where you want the Feature to link. Let’s say you are a Young Living consultant, and you are making your own site to highlight certain recipes.  You might have the greatest ever insect repellent recipe.  You would add a page, type up the recipe, then link to the feature. Here, I will do it real quick. Add the page, like this:                 Go back to Appearance > Widgets > Features and fill it in…   Click SAVE – and look what you will have!   OK!  Ready for Plugins?  It turns out that I am not…but it will be posted tomorrow! Oh, hey, by the way… If you are a Young Living consultant, let me know and I will link you to this page!  It can’t hurt, right?  Or, for that matter, comment and show me your website!