It’s the end of semester!

A happy dog wearing a pink party hat
Photo by Anna Shvets on

Before you pack up all your things and head to the beach, make sure you’ve done everything on this list:

  • Handed in all of the bits of your assessments.
  • Talk to your teacher for each class to make sure that you’ve finished everything.
  • Signed off on your assessment feedback.
    (This might be in the form of an email from your teacher – make sure you read and respond asap.)
  • Tidy up your WordPress site, and make sure you post all your work.
  • Talk to your teachers about your next steps in your career if you haven’t already. (This might be more study, or applying for jobs, or some sort of combination of these.) You can also talk to our Careers Counsellors about options – call them on 9217 3238 to make an appointment.

Once you have finished all of the above, pat yourself on the back for achieving through one of the most challenging years. You’re awesome.

Have a lovely break, stay safe, and keep in touch 🙂

Update your WordPress site icon

Photo from Needpix

What’s a site icon?

A site icon (or favicon) is the little graphic you see on the browser tab when you have your website open.

By default, your WordPress site uses the WordPress logo for this.

Now that you’ve had your site for a little while, it’s time to update it.

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Week 11 (29/10): Creating an awesome portfolio

Street art in Reykjavik. Photo: Gerd Eichmann/ CC-BY-SA-4.0/Wikimedia Commons

There are two main reasons we ask you to build a WordPress site.

  1. WordPress is the CMS (content management system) used by most media companies – think Goat, Junkee, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian Financial Review … and more. Knowing how to use WordPress means you have a big advantage over graduates that don’t know how
  2. When you fly the nest (leave us 😭) you will have an amazing portfolio of work to shop around to potential employers (or just to look back over and reminisce about how awesome it was and how good you are).
  1. Make a list of the things you need to post on your WordPress site. Think about the stories you have written, audio stuff you’ve made, and any scripts, graphics, audiograms, videos, photos … anything! This list can also contain things you have made outside TAFE 😉
  2. Post your stuff. Videos and audio need to be hosted somewhere before you embed them in a post (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud)
  3. Do you have widgets on your WP?
  4. Do you have an About page?
  5. Have you changed your header image, or are you still using the photo WP gave you? (Change it, or remove it entirely)
  6. Have another look at the Categories in your menu. Are there any that are empty? Do you want to rethink your menu and categories?
  7. Are your social accounts (Twitter, Instagram in particular) linked to your WordPress site, and do they fit with your WordPress theme and design?
  8. Do you love your theme? If you don’t, you can change it without losing any of your work 😃

Remember: anything you do can be undone if you don’t like it. And ask me for help if you need it.