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I use Pinboard to bookmark interesting websites related to ENGL 4814, but I will add the most important resources to this page as the semester progresses. If you’d like me to add a link to this page, just let me know.

Quick links

Virginia Tech Resources

Web Development Software

FTP Clients

Markup Validators and Related Tools




Public domain and/or Creative Commons images:

Background images:

Personal Page Examples


Responsive Web Design

Website Copiers


Bootstrap Tools

WordPress Basics

The best way to get started with WordPress is to set up a site and start experimenting with it. When you get stuck, these sites can be helpful starting points for solving problems and finding answers to common questions:

Given WordPress’s incredibly large community of users and developers, chances are pretty good that any problem you encounter has been solved — and written about! — by another WordPress user. As a result, a simple Google/Bing/Yahoo search using plain language (e.g., “How do I hide the search bar in the header of my WordPress site?”) will often be the most effective way to find an answer to your question.

WordPress Themes

All WordPress themes can be customized, but some are much easier to modify than others. If you are new to web design and looking for a theme that can be customized in the WordPress dashboard, the following themes have fairly robust WYSIWYG editors:

WordPress Plugins

Plugins add functionality to your WordPress site. You’ll find an endless supply of plugins on the WordPress site, but you might want to start with a few of the following plugins:

Additional WordPress Resources

Usability Testing

Sample Usability Reports