Month: February 2018

Spring is Springing!

Spring is Springing!

Hello! As I opened my eyes on this Monday morning, I felt a sense of refreshment. Was it my freshly cleaned sheets? Was it the smell of someone’s perfume in the air? Was from having slept in 15 extra minutes? All of these things added […]

Forever Mine

Forever Mine

Hello! As Valentines day has quickly come and gone, the feelings of love remain present thanks to this playlist. Forever Mine is a playlist composed of love songs shared to the world by Michelle Obama as a gift to our former president, Barack Obama. This […]

Problems I’ve Come Across

Problems I’ve Come Across

Hello!

Here is a list of different things I have struggled with and the solutions I have found on different projects I am working on.

WordPress:

  • Organizing blog posts under their own menu:

    • To get a blog post to show up under a categorized menu, you first have to create a category. This can be done within your dashboard under “Categories.” If you click on “add new” you can create a new category. For example, my categories include: College, Entertainment, Tech Bar, and Travel.
    • Once you have created a post for a designated category, on the right hand of the post editing screen, your newly created categories should have check boxes next to them. Check the box of the category where you want your post to show up. Click publish, then look for your post on your website to make sure it worked.
  • Uploading media:

    • The images on your website are important because it is what your audience is going to see initially. To upload an image or any other forms of media, once in a new post, click the “Add Media” button at the top left corner.
    • Sometimes, WordPress won’t let you crop an image if it has been taken portrait style so it can be helpful to crop and edit the image on your device before uploading it up to your site.
  • Themes:

    • Picking a theme was one of the hardest parts about starting a blog because it is responsible for the entire way your blog looks and operates. It is important to try out different themes and pick one that you are most comfortable working with. The cool thing about WordPress is that your content will be moved and accommodated to the theme of your choice. In choosing a theme, remember to consider whether or not your site will be filled with photos, written posts, or other content. There are themes that will accommodate different site styles.
  • Subdomains

    • Subdomains are super cool to have if you’re looking to publish different content to your website but want to keep it all organized. Click here to be redirected to an article written by the pros here in ITS to learn how to create a subdomain.
    • After creating a subdomain, it is important to know what you intend to do next. For me, I wanted to create another WordPress site. To do this, you must reinstall WordPress by going into your cPanel under “Applications,” click on “WordPress” and install that application to your subdomain site. After this has been installed, you have a new subdomain attached to your original domain!
    • Check out the subdomain I have been working on for my English305 class here!

Google:

WeVideo:

  • Adding multiple images to a video:

    • You can add multiple forms of media (e.g. Four photos at once over a video) by clicking on the plus button at the left corner of the editing screen. It is important to give that new section a label so you can effectively organize what content you are putting into your video. From there, you can add pictures and videos to create a cool overlapping effect.
  • Lowering audio volume:

    • When the music is too loud on your video, it can take away from your voice and become distracting to your audience. It is important to keep your music volume at a level where it is heard but your voice is still the main audio. To lower music volume, click on the tiny circle on the blue bar at the top of the music content and drag it down to the percent at which you want the song to be played. Play around and test it out to find the percentage of volume that you desire.
    • Fun fact: you can make your music crescendo (get louder) and decrescendo (get softer) by clicking on another point on the blue bar. This will create another small circle that you can drag to the percent of volume you prefer. It is effective to have the music fade away at the end of your video to create a smoother ending as it fades to a black screen.
  • Transitions:

    • Transitions are tricky because instead of being embedded into a video where you put it, it will take up space on an image, resulting in the time the image is shown as being shorter. It is important to play around with transitions (some are longer than others) and the amount of time an image is shown.

Feel free to leave a comment if there is something else you would like to know about any of these platforms!

Warm n’ Fuzzies

Warm n’ Fuzzies

Hello! Some may understand how nasty the weather can get in northern Wisconsin during the winters. To put it into perspective, yesterday it rained ice. The miserable weather and the brisk temperatures can make it difficult to be productive and even happy at times. Music […]

Small Table In I.T.S.

Small Table In I.T.S.

Hello! Many people become confused when I tell them that I work at the Tech Bar. The name “Tech Bar” does not really describe what I do other than I work with certain forms of technology and websites.   *Quick disclaimer, I am really not […]

Plants on Plants on Plants

Plants on Plants on Plants

Hello!

Winters can get long and dreary here in northern Wisconsin. Lately, I have been missing fresh air and natural colors. In order to fix my slump, I had decided to visit our on campus greenhouse. Here are some of the super neat plants I saw on my trip up!

The greenhouse is a great opportunity for students at Saint Norbert College to learn more about plants from different environments. The plants pictured above all come from warmer, dryer environments. The other section of the greenhouse are plants from a warmer, wetter environment. Those are plants that are more tropical and are less common here in Wisconsin.

The warm temperature of the greenhouse, the sick view of Lambeau Field, and seeing the beautiful greenery all made walking up to the top floor of the science building worth it.

About Me

About Me

Hello and Welcome!   My name is Erica Kalberer. I am from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and currently studying English and Media Communications at Saint Norbert College. At school, I work at a place called the Tech Bar where we offer help on tools such as Google, […]


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