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Philosophy of WP! (11 posts)

  1. lhques
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Could someone give me the driving philosophy behind WP and when it is better to use word press? What education (coding languages) one should have to make wp easy to use? Also how long does it take to become proficient with wp if you've never used it in your life before today.

    IS there a simple option to click to change font size and color?

    I was forced into wp by a fraud site designer. The agreement was that I would be able to work on the site but that is not the case. I can't even change the font size, which in every other word-processing software I have used was simple.

    THANK YOU

  2. cubecolour
    ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ
    Posted 1 year ago #

    WordPress is not Word Processing software. It is a semantic web publishing platform.

    Content goes into the pages & post with semantic markup - Headers are marked as <h1> lists as <ul> etc

    The stylesheet tells the browser how to display the content. This separation of content and presentation is how modern web pages are made. This isn't unique to WordPress; this is web standards. http://wordpress.org/about/

    If you want to work the old way, you may find that the tinymce advanced plugin helps: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tinymce-advanced/

  3. lhques
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    THX FOR THE REPLY.

    a semantic web publishing platform.

    When a word or phrase has widely differing meanings it is said to have semantic ambiguity. dictionary.com

    So the philosophy of wp is to be ambiguous?

    What did you mean by the "old way" could you please be more specific?

    Yes word processor, is much like a web software as you must type to get text to display where you want it and how you want it. Compared to Dreamweaver it is very difficult to do simple things.

    I have tried 3 different plugins and none of them worked. None of them had any instructions either.

    Desperately tring to not throw wp out the front door.

    thx

  4. Andrew
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Have you seen this page http://wordpress.org/about/philosophy/ ?

  5. leejosepho
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Could someone give me the driving philosophy behind WP...

    Kind of like altruism, with all people trying to work together for the good of all...versus EULAs and some commercial entity having primary control over shivering denizens.

    ... and when it is better to use word press?

    Stemming from and consistent with core WordPress philosophy, that answer will vary from one keyboard to the next.

    What education (coding languages) one should have to make wp easy to use?

    I do not know a complete answer there, but I began learning some basics in HTML and CSS right here just a few months ago.

    Also how long does it take to become proficient with wp if you've never used it in your life before today.

    Like with anything else one might do in life, that can greatly depend upon aptitude, study and practice, practice, practice.

    IS there a simple option to click to change font size and color?

    For some things, yes; for others, no.

  6. lhques
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you cube colour for the app. I did install and in about 40 seconds after install I was able to make the simple change that I wasted 3 days trying to get done prior to having that app.

    Have a nice day!

  7. lhques
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you Andrew Nevins for your reply. Haven't had time to respond sooner. Yes I did read that before creating the thread. I beleive that wp's philosophy is the longest or biggest philosophy on earth. Which makes me think that it is more of a positive propaganda piece for wp. A paragraph should be the most needed for any philosophy.

    Thank you!

  8. lhques
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you leejosepho for your detailed reply.

    EULAs and some commercial entity having primary control over shivering denizens.

    EULA's are treason in my opinion, I do like that part of wp. To give something to the world is a great thing.

    However to waste anothers time is also treason in my opinion. So I only wish that wp was not so Occultic. Meaning hiding things from view (that's is the real or 1st definition of the word occult: to hide from view or keep secret). I should not have to spend 3 days trying to get a font size change in any software. I can create a 3D model of my computer, keyboard & mouse and change the font size on the keyboard in less time it took me to change the text size on my main page.

    The "tinymce advanced plugin" should be there on start up or at least a quick reference to it. Software could easily be created so that a right clip gives you the option of changing text the old way while showing the global change concept. Although DreamWeaver has had the CSS global option of changing pages so it is not that new.

    HTML I do know fairly well will have to study up on CSS or go with a more user friendly software that will do the css for me

    I am going to try 1 more site using wp (unless I find something else for free that is quicker) for my new web site.

    Thank you all and God Bless!

  9. leejosepho
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I only wish that wp was not so Occultic. Meaning hiding things from view (that's is the real or 1st definition of the word occult: to hide from view or keep secret). I should not have to spend 3 days trying to get a font size change in any software.

    I do think it would be great if some things like that were more accessible in common ways, but WordPress is more about data handling and manipulation than things such as font management...and that factor helps provide challenges and rewards for coders and developers who actually do need the rest of us as much as we need them.

  10. catacaustic
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I should not have to spend 3 days trying to get a font size change in any software.

    The argument for this is that font styles, sizes, etc are controlled by your theme. To edit this you need to edit your theme's files (by creating a child theme) so that it can reflect what you want it to look like. You do have control over the font size in each post, but that's per-post, not a site-wide setting. You can even edit the themes template and CSS files form your admin area, so you don't need to learn FTP, although I would highly recommend that you do.

    WordPress is not supposed to be a word processor, or spreadsheet or some other desktop software. It's a blogging and CMS system. You will find it very hard to find a blogging/CMS system that gives you more control. If you want an example, try working with Drupal, one of the other most wel-known CMS systems, and changing the same sort of things. It's done in exactly the same way. This is because you are working on a website, not on a document. There's big differences.

    What it comes down to is your own personal level of experience. I'm 100% sure that you didn't start up MS Word for the first time and create a full print-ready book, you didn't start Dreamweaver with no prior knowledge and product a complete perfectly built website, and the same goes for WordPress. It's a different system, and things are done in different ways, so you need to be able to handle the fact that yes there is a learning curve.

    As far as "hiding" things, I think that's a bit strong. There's plenty of information that's available about how to manage and update themes - the hard part is knowing what you need to look for and that comes from experience (getting back to that point again). The forums are a very good place to ask questions about things like changing font size. If there's something that you want to know you're encouraged to open your own thread and ask your questions. People will try to help where they can. I did notice that you asked about changing font size, but you asked why there wasn't an option ot right-click and change font size. That's something that doesn't work with the current WYSIWYG editors that are available, but if you hightlight the text in the editor window you can change font size and colour with the menus above the editor area. It's unfortunate that no one responded to you there but I think that there was a lot of people that were worried that you'd take their answers the wrong way when they said "doesn't work like that". I hope that you can see a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel and that you'll stick with this.

  11. jasonmartin55
    Blocked
    Posted 1 year ago #

    If you add the right plugin, it can help changing the font easier as already mentioned, but maybe not clearly enough for the other user:

    Heres a plugin (same one given above): http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tinymce-advanced/

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