Customizing WordPress For The Commercial Real Estate Pro
The WordPress blogging platform is hugely popular in real estate (for instance, you’re reading a WP blog right now!) and professionals in commercial real estate are in a rush to learn the ins and outs of creating and styling WordPress blogs. This technical session at NAR’s 2010 Annual was led by Kelley Koehler of Housechick.com focussed on the styling part of the blog experience – also known as the dark and mysterious (not really) CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets.
CSS is that part of the WordPress blog that defines colors, text styles, fonts, and positions on the screen of various things. For example, here at CommercialSource.com’s blog, it’s in the CSS file (a simple text file called style.css) that we spell out such things as how much screen space our content takes up (measured in pixels). Make a change in a single line of text and we can change, say, the background color here at CommSource blog from white to some other color.
Session Q&A also touched on a common point of misunderstanding among the newly interested in WordPress. WordPress can be run and hosted for free at WordPress.com – but in order to have full control over every aspect of the site, hosting it in WordPress.com is not sufficient. Instead, the blog needs to be moved (migrated) to a hosting provider such as GoDaddy or 1&1 or Bluehost – for a small ongoing hosting fee. Don’t worry about that requirement whe getting started, though – it’s easy enough to start blogging for free at WordPress.com and to later move to a self-hosted solution when you need to without losing any of your content or work or investment.
The session handout for Kelley’s session can be downloaded here – and the entire session’s recording can be obtained from PlaybackNAR.