Hank Pellissier Questions about WordPress template

My analysis of the American Enterprise Institute Homepage

American Enterprise Institute uses a customized template.
It has two two top menu locations.
The plugins they use are


wordpress popular posts

The two tops rows of boxed pictures are called featured posts.
When you click read more on the text they link to a
STANDARD POST LAYOUT ( Content on left/ Sidebar on right )
Any WP content on the right sidebar are called WIDGETS

Below these image are the Blog posts. All WordPress posts are
organized by categories. Andrew Biggs posts

If women are underpaid by 23%, then federal employees are overpaid by 78%
are under the categories Economics, Labor Studies


Some questions my WordPress students ask me all the time .

Question : I want big wide photos that go across my homepage. I want to do the same with the sliders. How do I make it work. I always get tiny pics on my homepage. What am I doing wrong.

Answer For slide photos minimum pixel dimension width is 1200 pixels wide for photos. For featured image in posts, you can use 960 pixels wide. Most photos that you buy from a stock photo agency will be 1200 x 800 pixels or higher resolution ( which cost more ). To make the wide images work, you used a slider plugin like Revolution Slider. Usually when you buy a premium WordPress template, the slider plugin is included.


Adding featured image to posts in WordPress

featured image posts

Question :

How do I get to see those cool thumbnail photos that show up on posts. Where on the post layout do I install the pictures.

Answer  :

When you add a post, first marked its category location ( go to right side of your post window ).
Then below the tags, click on featured image. Then upload the photo from your computer and then click it
as featured image and you are done.





How to make comments show up on WordPress Posts

Screen Options in Posts

Question:  How do I set up my WordPress blog to show comments .

Answer: This is super easy. Usually when you add a new post be sure to go top of your screen and click screen options and click on discussion to allow people to post comments.

What you need to know about WordPress websites.

They have 3 components.

  • WordPress Core. Latest software is 4.3
  • WordPress Themes ( template )  Premium one are available on  themeforest.net
  • Plugins – Most paid templates have the most popular plugins like Contact Form, Sliders, Akismet, etc.

Some ideas where to get a good Magazine WordPress Theme. Go here

Now for some of my suggestions for a WordPress theme that will have news and education on Artificial Intelligence plus comments.  Here are some ideas.

Ruxen Responsive Magazine Theme

Hickory Magazine Theme



WordPress tips to enhance the look of your website:

Stock photos and graphics. We are a very visually stimulated society so exciting photos and illustrations
( graphics ) that will explain the ideas to people who are new to your topics. Usually stock photography, its a lot cheaper to buy a one month membership first, download all the pics that you need and stop your membership the second month.

Try adding keywords like aritficial intelligence, human brain and you get this results. Click here

Istock Photo

Big Stock Photos