Colonialism & Erasure

Walking around the streets of Toronto, it is difficult to see traces of its long Indigenous history. As a direct result of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing and naming place were replaced with European knowledge systems. While Indigenous place names convey local knowledge about physical landscapes and their histories as a means for navigation, colonial place names in Canada are instead used to emphasize European monarchs, religions, prominent families, and meaningful locations in Europe.

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Why Should I Care About Error 404 Pages?

“Error 404” occurs when a visitor tries to access a page that no longer exists. Despite best efforts to redirect and specify links to web pages on your site, your visitors can still encounter the dreaded error message. This means that your 404 page can either enhance or compromise a visitor’s experience on your domain, depending on how it is designed. Taking the time to design a user-friendly error page can make the difference between increasing and decreasing your website traffic.

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I came across an article that made me rethink Facebook as merely a platform for sharing and searching information. Published by Cornell University, The Many Faces of Facebook: Experiencing Social Media as Performance, Exhibition, and Personal Archive argues that people experience Facebook through performing and reflecting on their life experiences and identity. It was found that users curating their personal collection of data on Facebook correspond to three different “regions” or goals: “performance region for managing recent data and impression management, an exhibition region for longer term presentation of self-image, and a personal region for archiving meaningful facets of life.”

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Displaying your WordPress posts as excerpts rather than full text on your home and archive pages is valuable for improving load time, navigation, and web traffic. By using excerpts, you significantly decrease the home and archive pages load times, which allows users to quickly scroll through and select desired posts. As a result, this creates a more enjoyable experience for visitors, and entices readers to continue reading and stay on your site. Some WordPress themes offer excerpt functions that allow you to activate “read more” links from settings < reading < summary. However, these excerpts are auto-generated to display a default length of 55 words, which means that your preview sentences will be cut off with [...]. I have been looking for a way to display my post summaries on my home and archive pages with more flexibility to accommodate the structure of each post. Then, I came across an article by wpbeginner that explains how this can be done using one of the two built-in methods offered by WordPress.

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When creating blog content on WordPess, the constant process of stopping in order to highlight and edit your text, through the visual and text editors, can be a lengthy process. Markdown is a markup language that offers a quick and easy alternative to styling your WordPress posts, pages, and comments with plaintext formatting syntax. This means that you can add formats such as headers, lists, emphasis, blockquotes, links and images to a plain text using special characters such as brackets and asterisks. This offers bloggers a faster way to format their text without learning any complicated codes or shortcuts. If you would like to use code in your blog however, WordPress does support a variety of code languages. WordPress uses Markdown Extra, which supports features not available in standard Markdown, such as inline HTML, code blocks, and syntax highlighting. The changes and additions made by Markdown Extra also allows users to create definition lists, footnotes, and tables. These features can be particularly useful for bloggers who want an easy and efficient way to display or reference information. For instructions on how to render these features on WordPress, please review this quick Markdown reference and this Markdown syntax guide.

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Currently, I do not own a personal computer so I often used a computer which was available in the history department to complete the exercises for Crafting Digital History. When I did not have access to that computer, I would use my iPad to make changes to my remote GitHub notes. However, there were times when I forgot to pull these changes to my text editor once I was using the computer again. As a result, when I attempted to sync changes from local to remote I caused a merge conflict.  There is more than one way a merge conflict can occur, in my case, I created an edit conflict. This is the most common type of conflict, and it occurs whenever two branches change the same part of a repository, and then attempt to merge both changes together. As a result, Git does not know which change to use, and asks for you to “resolve the conflict” to clarify which change your want to keep.

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The end of the school year has arrived, and my journey with HIST3907o is officially over. I am sad to say goodbye, I have grown so much with this course and there are still so many things I hope to learn about digital history. I am grateful for all the assistance and guidance Dr. Shawn Graham has provided me with. Thanks to him, this course exposed me to an aspect of history which was previously little known to me. It opened me up to a world where history has so many possibilities. I have learned that technology has, and can, be used to conduct history and explore subjects which would not have existed without the Internet, and the tools which came with it. Now that I have a basic understanding of how to conduct digital history, I look forward to exploring subjects of my own, and hope to make use of the tools and concepts I have learned to manipulate big data for my own projects. My digital history journey does not end here, this is only the beginning for me.

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There are different ways of achieving this, but if you are looking to overlay text onto an image in your WordPress site one option is using an HTML code with inline CSS styles. To get started, copy the code listed here and paste it into your WordPress text editing window under the “text” tab. This will not work if you paste the code under the “visual” tab.

<div style="background-image:url(http://SAMPLE-
IMAGE.jpg);background-repeat:no-repeat;"><h1 style="text-align: 
left; color: white; line-height: 28px; padding: 200px 20px 4px 
40px; font-size: 48px;">SAMPLE HEADER</h1><p style="text-align: 
left; color: darkgrey; padding: 15px 20px 400px 40px; font- 
size: 20px;">SAMPLE TEXT</p></div>  
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What Is GitHub?

I started using GitHub for my Crafting Digital History course for the first time this year. At the time, I had never heard of GitHub, and I found its terminology and commands difficult to understand. However, once you download all the necessary software and begin using its commands, it is quite simple to use. It is also useful to learn, as social coding through GitHub has become increasing popular, and currently the site is home to more than 5 million open source projects.

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After creating an account on Reclaim Hosting, and installing WordPress to my domain, I could not find instructions on how to access the themes and editing features for my domain. In order to build my site, I needed to access my WordPress dashboard, yet I could not find any instructions on Reclaim Hosting as to how I could do this. Finally, I came across an article from InMotion hosting called How to Log in to your WordPress Dashboard. As I had hoped, accessing the dashboard is quite simple. InMotion provides directions on how to access your dashboard by creating a direct path in the URL, depending on how you installed WordPress. The instructions are below.

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