Changing the Font Color of Your WordPress Blog

Altering the font color of your blog is one of the fastest ways to customize it.  Depending on your chosen theme, this can be very simple. Changing the Font Color of Your WordPress Blog I use Elegant Themes due to the variety of themes at a reasonable price and the uniformity of the user interface.  This example holds true for Elegant Themes themes, but your theme is likely to be slightly different. With any theme you install, including the WordPress default, there is a default font color.  Often times the theme developer selects something that looks good and gives the theme a unified flavor, as did this blog’s theme which is from Elegant Themes.  However, colors selected by others may look really good but may not be precisely what you want for your blog.  If you have a good theme, changing the color should be no problem at all. In my several different blogs I use different themes from Elegant Themes because they all have the same interface, which makes it very simple to customize the sites.  If your theme does not have an option like I describe below you will need to edit the CSS file to alter your font color, which is how I personally did it before discovering the right way to do it.  However, if your theme requires you to jump through the hoops of editing your CSS file get a new one.  The default WordPress theme does not have theme options to change the font color, so you’re stuck editing the CSS if you use the default theme. First, as shown in the image...

Using Permalinks in WordPress

WordPress uses ugly URLs by default as your post addresses.  Using permalinks greatly improves access and searchability of your posts. Why to Use Permalinks in WordPress WordPress is setup to use your page and post ID when referring to a particular post or page.  This post could be BeginningWordpress.com/?p=99 as an example.  If you look at the actual page address, it is actually BeginningWordpress.com/using-permalinks-in-wordpress/.  The main benefit of using permalinks is that they help search engines understand what your post or page is about.  Permalinks use the title of your page as part of their web address making them easier to find and categorize. How to Implement Permalinks in WordPress Turning permalinks on is quick and painless.  To do so, simply: 1.  Select the “Settings” option from the WordPress menu at the left of the screen as circled in the image to the right.  Remember that your menu may differ from mine depending on what plugins you have installed. 2.  Select the “Permalinks” option in the submenu that opens as shown in the image to the left.  Again, remember that your menu may differ from mine depending on which plugins you have installed. 3.  Select the format you wish your permalinks to have from the options, as shown in the image below (click any of the images to enlarge them). The first option is the WordPress default.  The URL is simply your blog site and the page or post number.  Simple, but it gives no useful information. The next two options enable you to put a time stamp into your URL.  I don’t like this option as it adds...

Scheduling a Blog Post Using WordPress

Sometimes when blogging you have several great ideas at once, and other times you have none.  By scheduling your posts you can smooth out your production and insure a steady flow of interesting posts for your readers. How to Schedule a Post Using WordPress There are days when you can sit and write five posts, and then there are sometimes weeks where you cannot think of anything worthwhile to write.  By scheduling posts you can write all you want when your muse inspires you and set them up to post at a later date. Step 1: Write Your Post Clearly you need to begin by writing a post. Step 2:  Alter Publishing Method Look at the menu items on the right side of the post editing page.  Yours may not look exactly the same as mine because of various plugins that you or I may have. One of the sections of menu options is labeled “Publish”.  Within that section there is an option with a little calendar symbol that says “Publish immediately Edit“. Click the “Edit” link on your menu page (not on this page – the  “Edit“s on this page are not actually links to anything). Step 3:  Select Publication Date and Time When you click on the “Edit” link, a new box opens up allowing you to set the date and time to publish your post.  Simply select the Month from the dropdown list, the date and the year, and set the time if you would like. Click the “OK” button. Step 4:  Schedule The last thing that you need to do is be sure to click...

Using Widgets

Widgets are a great feature of WordPress that enable you to quickly add functionality to all of your pages.  With their drag and drop simplicity, you can often accomplish in just a few minutes a change that will enhance your whole site.  The best part?  You don’t need to write a single line of code. What is a WordPress Widget? A WordPress Widget is a small plug-in piece of code that enables you simply implement certain things into your webpage.  Want to add a bit of text to every page of your site?  Put it into a widget.  Want to include a search function on your site?  Use a widget.  Want to give users quick access to your archives?  Use a widget. Now while widgets are small bits of code, you do not need to know any code to use them.  You just find one that does what you want and then use the WordPress Widgets option under the Appearance menu item to get to a drag and drop interface.  Drag, drop, and then customize if you want to.  Done. Where Does One Obtain WordPress Widgets? WordPress comes with a number of widgets included by default, but you can obtain more on the internet.  You can download them through the Plugins interface and some themes, such as the ones from Elegant Themes, come with some included. If you have never searched for a plugin before, you can check out my previous article on how to install WordPress plugins.  If you can get WordPress installed at a host like HostGator, you are more than capable of searching for a plugin...

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