What are Breadcrumbs in WordPress?

Breadcrumbs in WordPress I have been blogging for a few years now and have wondered the entire time,”What the heck are breadcrumbs?  Can they make my blogs better?”  Clearly they aren’t required for a WordPress blog, but can they make a WordPress blog better? What are Breadcrumbs? Simply put, breadcrumbs enable you to put a navigation aid at the top of your page.  When you see at the top of a webpage such as: Home –> Articles –> WordPress –> What are Breadcrumbs in WordPress you are seeing a trail of breadcrumbs. Beginning WordPress does not use breadcrumbs because the site navigation in so flat that they are not needed, but if your site has a complicated navigational structure they can be very useful to your readers. How to Implement Breadcrumbs in WordPress The simple answer is get yourself a plugin.  You could write some code into your site’s functions.php file (or find some online that somebody else has posted), put I am a fan of plugins because they are so easy for a non-technical person to implement.  A search on WordPress.org for “breadcrumbs” reveals 89 results!  That’s a lot of choices. You may already have a plugin that does breadcrumbs as sometimes this gets added in as extra functionality.  I personally use the Yoast SEO plugin (not an advertisement for the plugin, that’s just what I use), which has the functionality built in.  So if I wanted to implement them for this page I would literally go and click a check box, define the character(s) that separate layers of the navigation (such as the –> I put in...

Why use WordPress? Because it is Simple and Good!

What is WordPress? Per the WordPress.org website, “WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog.”  But what does that mean really? WordPress is a piece of software that handles all the hard parts of creating and maintaining a website for you.  In the old days, a person basically had to be a programmer to create web pages.  Every single thing that appeared on a website was manually coded in HTML (HyperText Markup Language), and woe unto you if you made a serious mistake, such as forgetting a semicolon.  Nowadays?  If you so desire you can concentrate on creating a great website and leave all the grunt-work to WordPress. Technically speaking, WordPress is a content management system using PHP and mySQL to manage all the bits and bobs that go into a website.  There are several others out there, but I believe that WordPress is the most widely adopted.  It allows a writer to create content, manage pictures and other media, and wrap it all up so that anybody with an internet connection can access it. Why Use WordPress? While there are several other similar platforms out there, there are a few advantages to using WordPress.  Since is has such a large user base, and is open source software, the entire user community can create extensions (themes, widgets and plugins, which I’ll get to later) vastly increasing the capabilities of the base software.  This website, at the time of writing this article, uses over a dozen plugins to automate some of the management or extending the capabilities of the base system. Easy to Install Having...

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...
Using the FileZilla FTP Client With HostGator

Using the FileZilla FTP Client With HostGator

WordPress is great.  99% of what you need to do you can do through the admin dashboard.  But what of the other 1%? Sometimes you will need to access the files on your host directly.  You may have some non-WordPress pages that you need to manipulate, or perhaps want to swap one photo for another without messing with WordPress.  So how do  you do that?  With an FTP client. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol.  It is the de facto standard on the internet for moving files from place A to place B.  You may have actually used it through your Windows Explorer without knowing it. There is a good, free FTP client called FileZilla.  FileZilla is donation supported, so if you use it and like it send them a few bucks as a thank you.  To install FileZilla, first go to its website FileZilla-Project.org. On the homepage, you will see two big grey buttons.  You want to select the first one, Download FileZilla Client.  Click it, and you are taken to a screen that allows you to select your operating system from between Windows, Mac OS and Linux.  Obviously you should pick the one appropriate for your situation. Download and install the program as you would any other program.  When it is set, launch the program. Now that you are in FileZilla, take a moment to look around.  You will need to enter the location with which you want to transfer files, and need to enter that information across the top of the screen.  You will need to enter your Host, Username, Password, and Port.  If you know...
How to Hide Your Site While You are Building It

How to Hide Your Site While You are Building It

So the question comes up every once in a while of how to hide a site while it is under construction.  After all, none of us really want to have people looking at our dirty laundry.  As is so often the case, there is a plugin for that. I wish I could remember where I picked this tip up so that I could give credit where it is due.  There is a plugin called WP Maintenance Mode.  If you need it, I have previously created a guide on how to install WordPress plugins. WP Maintenance Mode quite simply replaces your home screen for some period of time.  By default, it replaces it with this: The plugin allows you to set some variables to customize it for your purposes.  Want to change the message?  Go ahead.  Want to put a timer on it so that it automatically switches off?  Go ahead. This is everything good in a plugin.  It is simple and effective.  What more could you want? Looking to learn how to create your own WordPress blog? Then head over to my step by step instructions on how to do...

#1 backlink building software Powered by www.backlinkbeast.com