Most of the tools and languages we use online are constantly changing. HTML itself is in constant flux, a new version of Firefox releases every six weeks, and who knows what’s going to happen next with video formats. It’s enough to drive you crazy. Suffice it to say that the web design and development industry demands people who are learners by definition.
Sometimes the hardest part about any new learning commitment is getting started. If your pile of work is not getting any smaller, and you’ve only got a few minutes to learn something new, then View Source may be the series for you.
View Source, which is named after the view source browser-function that allows you to see a web page’s underlying code, is a new lynda.com series that offers 10-minute intermediate and advanced web design projects. Each movie in the course is self-contained and shows how to accomplish an interesting effect and/or technique.
This week, I’ll show you how to add WordPress breadcrumbs to your pages, per Google’s recommendations (see Google’s SEO Starter Guide).
Another thing Google recommends in its SEO Starter Guide is generating more meaningful URLs that are rich with keywords. By default, your WordPress links probably look something like:
Since this is not very descriptive, it would be better to have a category and the name of the article in the URL. Maybe something like this:
In my second View Source installment, Creating a custom URL in WordPress, I show you how to easily modify the look of your URLs by changing your Permalinks settings, which can be found in the admin section of WordPress under the Settings menu. The default options WordPress gives you emphasize organizing things by date, but I also show you how to apply Custom Structure options in my tutorial. More information about how to further modify your WordPress permalinks is also available in the Using Permalinks WordPress documentation.
See you in two weeks with more View Source!