The move from Windows Live Spaces to WordPress brings with it the need to learn a new language and to get to know new customs. Most users of Live Spaces saw that platform as a gateway to their photos and other services, the blog module was just one of many. From my reading I gather that blogging was important to maybe just a quarter of the Spaces users. Here at WordPress it is all about blogging.
The look and feel of WordPress blogging sites are a culture shift for “Spacers”. The site layout and features are different and the language used to describe elements is different as well. When moving over, the default “theme” used on WordPress is “Twenty Ten” (currently, in October 2010). This blog uses that theme, so I will use it to describe some of the other elements and features.
WordPress “Themes” – there are nearly a hundred – are more restrictive than the themes on Spaces. There you could rearrange the layout and modules, resize modules and change font and sizes for title and other elements. On WordPress a “theme” brings with it a fixed look, page width, font, and location of “widgets”. “Widgets” are similar to modules on Spaces.
Take a look at the illustration here. This shows the layout of theme “Twenty Ten”.
The blog title and slogan are fixed in location and size (see the top of this blog), that is followed by a header image. This image is optional, but when used (default) its size is fixed. There are many images to choose from, or you can upload your own as I have done here. The main area shows the most recent post. There is a “side bar” to the right where the “Widgets” are placed. Widgets are of fixed width. For the Twenty Ten theme there are two areas in the sidebar (labeled 1 and 2 in the illustration). These areas adjust in length to the size and number of widgets. The Twenty Ten theme has four additional areas for widgets on the bottom (labeled F1, F2, F3, F4 – they are called First, Second … Footer Widget Area ..).
There are additional features that have no equivalent in Live Spaces, but those are for another post.
How do you use the Widgets, and make other customizations? I will go into some of these in future posts, but will not cover the details as they are very well described in a series of posts on “Technogran’s tittle tattle” – in particular:
- From Spaces to WordPress step by step. General Settings.
- From Spaces to WordPress step by step. Adjusting other Settings.
You will find much useful guidance there.
Please also visit my blog on “things photographic”: Café Ludwig