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May 25, 2008 / Ben Chun

Mnemonics

Good teaching is good teaching. Lately I’ve been teaching the adults a couple days a week, as we prepare to launch the new school web site. I find it a lot more difficult and tiring to teach adults (at least, my colleagues) than to teach students. But regardless of the audience, there are techniques that I try to use to make things easier. Mnemonics are one of the tactics that I like, because it gives people something to immediately focus on and the learning takes place along the way… hopefully.

One of the key things to understand about WordPress is the distinction between posts and pages. It’s not immediately obvious to people who haven’t done much with web sites or web content management systems before. So I came up with a mnemonic: a post has a time associated with it, like a postmark. This is because posts are meant to contain information that has a timeliness or whose relevance changes over time, as opposed to pages that contain static information. People seem to get this, and it reduces a bit of the initial confusion over what goes where and why.

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