Beginning WordPress New Beginning

Beginning WordPress has been dormant for quite some time as I’ve been too busy to keep it up.  That’s one of the big problems with Blogging.  Real Life tends to get in the way. New Theme – Divi from Elegant Themes As part of the relaunch of the site, I’ve gone ahead and installed a new theme.  I still love Elegant Themes due to the variety of choices available, and the theme I’ve just installed, Divi, promises to be the best of the batch.  Filled with ways to customize it, I think this will be a fun theme to work with.  Now all I have to do is learn the darn thing… Coming Soon – Updated How-To Guide The how-to guide on this site is a bit dated.  For the most part all of the steps are the same to get started with WordPress, but the graphics are no longer current.  I’m going to try and get those straightened out in the next few weeks.  I still endorse the same companies that I’ve been doing business with since I started, namely NameCheap and HostGator.  I’ve been with them three years now and have not had any problems. While the site was a good, high-level guide it lacked both depth and breadth.  I’m going to try and rectify that with good, beginner-level articles that tackle one small thing at a time.  If the servings are bite-sized, then they should be more useful.  If we wanted to search through pages and pages of techno-speak, we’d buy a book, right? Enjoy and let me know what you think!...

Manually Updating WordPress Themes

Manually Updating WordPress Themes If you use a theme that is not from WordPress.org you will end up having to update that theme manually.  This includes basically every premium theme that you can get, including the excellent ones I get from ElegantThemes.  Luckily, this is a simple process that can be accomplished without any special technical skills. How to Automatically Update A Theme Part of the magic of WordPress is that it enables people with very little technical training to produce very professional websites by automating much of the work involved.  Automatic updates are a godsend as they enable webmasters to keep their site’s components up to date with a few clicks.  Having spent 20 years working with computers professionally, I must say that this is the largest labor saving innovation that I’ve seen and I love it. If you have a WordPress theme that can be automatically updated you would simply click the box indicated in the photo to the left by arrow #1, and then click the Update button indicated by arrow #2.  Bing, zam, boom.  Your theme gets updated lickedy split. If you do this with a theme that cannot be automatically updated, you will see a screen like the one pictured to the right.  Simply click the Return to Theme Page link circled in pink.  That will take you to the WordPress Themes page. The WordPress Themes page is the control center for managing your themes.  Through it you can install, delete, and switch your themes with a few clicks.  And indeed, through it you can manually update your WordPress theme. How to Manually Update...

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...

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