Q. What plugins have you deployed and why? How have you deployed and configured them with discussed examples and screenshots?
Akismet Anti-Spam: Used by millions, Akismet is quite possibly the best way in the world to protect your blog from spam. Your site is fully configured and being protected, even while you sleep.
I have installed the free version of Akismet which is a plugin which prevents robots from commenting on your blog posts. By stopping spam comments the plugin allows you to focus your energy on moderating comments made by real users.
Q. What steps did you need to take to implement Google Analytics into your site?
To setup Google Analytics I needed to link my site to the Google Analytics Page (https://analytics.google.com/) so that data can be retrieved about the sites audience and how they use the site. Once the site was linked I added a script allowing each page to be tracked into the WordPress theme. The script was copied from the Google Analytics Page. This allowed me to view the analytics on the Google site but if I wanted to view data straight from the WP dashboard I needed to install a plugin.
Q. What is the function of Categories and Tags within WordPress and how have you utilised these?
Both categories and tags are known as taxonomies (a scheme of classification – dictionary.com), they exist to sort your content into groups and therefore improve the usability of your site. Users can easily browse through your content by topic, finding the correct content by viewing the listed categories and tags. A users experience can be vastly improved by these well-constructed navigational elements (categories and tags).
The function of a WordPress template is to control how your WordPress site will be displayed on the Web. Templates are a coded building block, it is this structure that is the container for data drawn from your MySQL database. A WordPress theme is made up of many WordPress template parts and your style sheets. WordPress templates can be included into each other and you can have as many or as few templates included in a theme as you like.
Q. How do you understand the WordPress Loop and how would you use it to display a list of blog posts?
The WordPress loop, is PHP code that displays WordPress posts and pages. The Loop is defined by Codex (WordPress.org) as “the main process of WordPress”. The loop information is used to determine which data is collected from the database and how it is displayed on the web page or post.