Interactive Design Homepage

VUIT Digital Arts

Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci - email:
Education Manager: Adam Hutterer - email:

Class Website -

Subject: ID2 - Interactive Design

Course: Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design (CUV60411)

CLASS 12 - Wordpress Portfolio Development

widgets and other add-ons


Hopefully you have a theme that you can work with now, but you will need to fully explore it to make sure it works for you. Read this page to make sure you have considered all the options:


Today you will investigate and experiment with widgets and other customisations in Wordpress to get your site looking and functioning the way you want it to.

Follow the instructions on this page:

Things to make sure you have checked and set up in your site:

  1. Static front page - make sure you have created a Home page and a blank "Posts" page (which will become the template for your blog area), so you can set up your static front page in the "Appearance -> Customise" area of the Dashboard

  2. Set your custom menu to the the one that is used in your site (go to Appearance -> Customise)

  3. Explore the Widgets that you want to activate ( go to Appearance -> Widgets) in your site (note that some of them won't be seen on full-width Pages - it will depend on your theme where the widgets will go). Widgets go in "Sidebars" so your theme will determine where these sidebars are and what is allowed.

  4. Do you want a Header or Logo image? These elements will depend on your theme and what it will allow(go to Appearance -> Customise)

  5. Do you have a custom background or colour? Again, this will depend on your theme (go to Appearance -> Customise)

  6. You may not be able to customise fonts and colours without paying for the full version of your free theme - which seems unfair, but there are limitations to the free versions of any software.

Spend any remaining time adding content to your site - you need to have Pages, Posts and Media (images) uploaded to fully explore and work with your portfolio layout and functionality.


*Note: widgets do a lot of really cool things, but having too many widgets can make your site look crowded and direct focus away from your content. So make sure you really consider whether you need that widget or not. You can always experiment with adding and removing them.



Create: things to do this week

1. Upload minimum of 5 Images to your Wordpress site with the proper specifications (72 dpi, no larger than 1200 x 900 pixels, JPG or PNG)

2. Create minimum of 3 Pages for your portfolio and insert content: text & image (video optional) where appropriate - with a minimum of 1 image gallery or slideshow with titles, captions etc. for each image.

3. Make 2 Posts about projects you are working on with images of work in progress or completed work

4. Comment on a minimum of 3 other student's blog Posts