Blog Structure – Blog Writing Series (4)

Blogging - Spoke in genealogical wheel

Copyright Julie Goucher, May 2020

Today we are going to look at the structure of your Blog, akin to the checking out a holiday apartment – you open all the cupboards to see what is where or if this was a car, you would be under the bonnet (hood) looking at the bits!

So, what can you find under the WordPress hood?

There are a few provisions made by WordPress and what you use for your blog will depend on the physical structure you have decided upon. To help you, I am going to share what I  decided for my site. I should also point out, that adjustments can be made at any time.


The image shown here is a snapshot of my site. The individual segments are effectively “widgets” and located under the Facebook plug-in. WordPress provide the plug-in’s and widgets and they are drag and drop!

I have a search box – useful to readers and myself!. The Downloadable Documents and Links sections are similar.

The downloadable documents are those that are written by myself and uploaded to the site for readers to download if they wish. (These are uploaded into the section referred to as Media in the author control panel). Just looking at the items here, the material is in PDF format and a there is a spreadsheet all, in the form of the Research Log.

Having uploaded the items, you then extract the URL for the items, subsequently adding the URL into the Links section on the author control panel.

In the links area of the control panel, it is possible to split the links – if you look at the section below the links, marked One-Name Studies Pharos Courses, here you will find the links to those specific courses.

Just below this area you can see the Categories and Archives areas. I made the decision that I would have set categories and these are shown. The archives are listed in month order showing how many posts were published in that month.

Concluding today’s blog post – The top header image is important. It can be changed as often as you wish. You can upload your own image or use one provided by WordPress, either as a static image, or by using all the WordPress images in a randomised fashion. My own header was out of date, it must be easily more than 3 years since I changed it, which I have done today to match my Twitter header!

This is part of my Blog Writing Series. Next we are going to look at Blog posts and pages.

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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