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Rubric for WordPress Technology Badge
Getting Started
Add Name Give your blog an appropriate address and name. (Although WordPress refers to your new site as a blog, it offers you the opportunity to create an entire website in addition to its excellent blogging functionality.)
Privacy Be sure that your blog’s privacy settings are set to either “viewable by everyone” or “viewable by everyone, but block search engines” so that we will be able to view your blog.
Theme Select a professional theme. The theme should improve the overall look of your site without distracting from the content.
Color Scheme Themes come with a color scheme. Occasionally, there is a reason to change the theme. New colors should match colors already used in the theme and color scheme. The color scheme should always improve the overall look of the site without distracting from the content.
Add Widgets Add 2 widgets to the site layout (found under “Appearance”).
Page Creation and Layout
Web Page Add at least 1 page with an appropriate title and content. The new page(s) should be on an appropriate navigation level (i.e. having a correct parent page, or no parent page assigned and a correct order number).
Portfolio Page Create an additional web page that could serve as a portfolio page (you will upload future projects to this page). The page should be on an appropriate navigation level (most likely, a top level page).
Page Layout Use titles and appropriate heading formats (ex. H2, H3 or H4), the paragraph format, and line spacing, to organize text on the page. At least 1 heading must be used somewhere on the site. Sub-headings should also be used when appropriate. Heading sizes for each level should be consistent throughout the site. Extra spacing between sections should be used when needed. Those who view the page should be able to understand the organization of a page instantly.
Text Alignment In the body of all of your web pages most text should be left aligned. Avoid centered text, except possibly for captions and titles. However, often left aligned text will look better even with captions and titles. Occasionally right aligned text is appropriate.
Links Include at least 1 relevant link to another site within the content of one of your pages or posts. This can be done by clicking the link button just above the content editing field of your page editing window or by writing the code in yourself.
Blog
Blog Post Publish at least 1 blog post. This post should include a relevant title and content as well as a featured image and at least 1 tag. Add your post to at least 1 appropriate category. Also be sure that your post is visible to the public on your website.
Comments In order to make it so every comment must be approved before it is made public, go to Settings under Discussion, and check the box that reads “Comment must be manually approved.”
Embedding Content
Images Add at least 1 image to a page or post on your site.
Google Content Embed at least 1 Google document, presentation, spreadsheet, or form on one of your webpages. The privacy settings on the embedded content should allow it to be viewable on the page (generally the settings should be set to public).
Google Calendar A Google calendar with multiple events is properly embedded on a page. The privacy settings for the calendar are set so that visitors to the website can view the calendar (generally the settings should be set to public). Calendar should be on its own page or at least be visible and not “below the fold” (where you have to scroll to see it).
Poll Add a Poll. If you allow for comments to be made on your poll, be sure to require that they be moderated before appearing on your poll.
YouTube Video An appropriate YouTube video is embedded on a page. The size of the video should fit well on the page. “Suggested videos” should not be shown when the video ends.
Embed Additional Content Embed 1 additional piece of content of your choice which is relevant to your site. This is content from another website, such as a Slideshare, PollDaddy, or Vimeo, etc.
Professional Look and Feel
Navigation: Logical The navigation of the site should be logical. Pages should be organized either as a top level page (having no parent) or a sub-page of an appropriate page (having an appropriate page as parent). A user should easily be able to navigate the site to find the page or information they are looking for. Your site should have at least two levels of webpages.
Site Layout Top level pages should be organized in a logical manner. Home should always be the first of the pages listed. Other pages can be listed alphabetically or using some other convention (ex. often a contact page is the last page listed). Important information should be visible and easy to find, and shouldn’t be “below the fold” so that people who don’t know to scroll down won’t miss something important.
Rubric for WordPress Planning Badge
Prerequisites
Technology You must have previously earned the WordPress Technology Badge.
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Rubric for WordPress Integration Badge
Prerequisites
Technology You must have previously earned the WordPress Technology Badge.
Planning You must have previously earned the WordPress Planning Badge.
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