Just about every element of this class was a “Learn Something New” experience for me. From the moment “Week Zero” launched, I questioned whether I had the technological literacy to successfully navigate this class in 3 weeks. With week 1 approaching fast, I ultimately decided to purchase my WordPress subscription and dive head first into the launch videos. I was up and running at the start of week 1. I bookmarked my website, the slack feed, and the EDU522 Boot Camp website, so that at the very least the resources I needed would be at my fingertips.
My “Learn Something New” project wasn’t about the entire class, but specifically learning how to bring my website vision to life. On the first day of class I dipped my toes into designing my page. I added a photo, background color, and changed the font. Then, on the second day of class we launched Elementor, which brought our design capabilities to a whole new level. Despite the tutorial videos, and web support, having these (what felt like) limitless options created a hurdle for me. I felt nervous to play in the design sandbox, mostly because I was afraid that I would mess with too many things, and not be able to back myself out.
I basically stayed clear of Elementor, until we were asked to sketch out our ideal homepage design. I believe the feedback I received after uploading my design was something to the effect of “it’s a complicated design, but we’ll get you there”. That’s when I decided to take Elementor head on.
A key feature to Elementor that I learned about quickly was the “undo” area, that also keeps a history from the time you start editing, until you hit update. That was helpful when I went too far, except that on a few occasions I hit “update” instead of “undo”. There are also a ton of tutorial videos that are easily searchable. I bookmarked a few that I used, and thought others might be interested in. Still I’ve experienced hurdles that have been frustrating. The biggest is how my home screen displays across devices. For that I have pretty much come to the conclusion that I can’t use my header image If I want my site to be mobile and tablet visually appealing.
Nearing the end of this class, my website isn’t complete, but that was not my learning subjective for this project. What I wanted was to learn how to use Elementor to bring my vision to life, and that I feel I accomplished. I also really enjoyed exploring the various features. Actually, I had fun, and I tapped into a creative side I didn’t know existed. This was a great project for me because I could learn by doing. I plan to continue to play with my web page beyond the conclusion of EDU522.