Sunday February 11, 2018

Develop a decent Design and Media skillset

The world of blogging is vast and foreign. Makes the learning process daunting yet exciting. I took some notes and here are the main elements identified as areas of focus:

  1. WordPress Environment and Website Development
  2. Website Management
  3. Design and Media
  4. Content Creation
  5. Social Media Engagement

Design and Media

So, to take on element 3 above, I have signed up for a class at Udemy: Ultimate Photoshop Training: From Beginner to Pro. I also spent time watching videos about Adobe Spark.

My current level of expertise in Creative Suite: zero.

My goal is to develop a solid mental map (a.k.a., foundational knowledge) of the full Creative Suite, but I’ll start with:

  1. A deep dive in the Photoshop pool, which will take me some time before being capable of producing shareable content
  2. A not so deep, but fast immersion in Adobe Spark, which is a simpler and more streamlined tool that I can immediately put to use to produce media. In the meantime:
    • I can explore the more powerful applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator
    • Slowly develop my own workflow for media processing; design an elegant system to manage images, videos, Google Cloud, Adobe Cloud, Adobe Bridge, Facebook, Instagram, etc.

WordPress Development

For element 1, I finished reading the two books I listed a couple of weeks ago. Now, I’m enrolled in WordPress Developer for Beginners by wpmudev. I just learned though that I’m not a beginner, but a pre-beginner. Being very comfortable with HTML, CSS, and PHP is a prerequisite for the class. Oh boy, this doesn’t end…

[update: Feb 17, 2018]
Here we go, I joined wpmudev because 1) it looks like an awesome place for resources and community, and 2) they offer “Your Bachelor of WordPress”, a series of classes to become a WordPress Developer.

I took one or two lessons and, when I had just started the lesson on PHP, I suspected that I first need to have a thorough understanding of HTML and CSS because of a warning message on the site:

“Note: For this course, it’s important that you already have a thorough understanding of HTML and CSS as both of these languages are essential building blocks when working with WordPress.”

So I paused right there and then, and jumped to Khan Academy for their Intro to HTML/CSS: Making Webpages. Although to achieve thorough status, I’m eyeing codeacademy’s Build Websites from Scratch, a 10-week intensive program that costs $199 and requires “at least 10 hours a week” of dedication to stay on course.

Daunting.

Am I going off target? I’m not sure. I created a simple log to keep me honest: here it is.