Changed the font color because you asked for it

Thanks for the feedback you are sending folks!  Seeing as I have had several people let me know thet the text was too hard to read I have changed the color to be easier on the eyes. I appreciate that you are taking the time to look around my site and welcome your feedback. Over the next week I will be adding instructions on how to add Google Analytics and webmaster tools to your site, so keep on visiting.   How you can change your style sheet’s color (if you are using Elegant Themes Studio Blue) As this site is all about how to do WordPress, I thought that I would share with you how I made the change.  Your theme has some CSS files that control the appearance of everything on the site.   A CSS file is a Cascading Style Sheet, or style sheet for short.  You can find them by navigating on your WordPress dashboard to Appearance –> Editor. Look at the list of files on the right side of the page.  Towards the bottom of the list are the style sheets.  My theme has different color options (I could make the site purple at the click of a button if I so chose), so I have about a half dozen CSS files listed, but I only need to alter the one that I am using (if I switch from green to purple at some point in the future I will lose the change of text color that I made since I am only going to edit the one CSS). Select the CSS that your theme is...

Website Traffic – Where Art Thou?

We create websites because we want to share with the world at large.  But what if nobody knows you exist?  Then you had better like self-affirmation. I have been keeping a log of what I have been doing to try to get the word out about this website of mine.  It is now February 1, 2012.  Since this site went live on January 16, 2012 I have had precisely ONE visitor.  However, that is about to change because of the work I have been doing for the past two weeks.  Specifically, this is what I have done: January 24 How To Do WordPress, the heart of the site completed. Requested that Google crawl my site Site submitted to the following directories: Directory World rDirectory Zeal DMOZ January 25 Signed up for FeedBurner Created a Twitter account Created a Facebook account (still some work to be done however) January 30 Used an SEO tool provided by my host, HostGator, which submitted this site to Google, Bing, Yahoo, and one other (that has slipped my mind) Added huge list of URIs to ping when this site is updated (thank you MaxBlogPress  for the list) February 1 You will have to read below what has happened  😉 In addition I have been active on several forums building up my reputation and including references to this site throughout the past two weeks.  Building quality backlinks is hard work and takes time, but they are valuable and do not depreciate quickly. But the one thing I have done that will give me the most juice is submitting an article to ezine Articles with a...

Noob Mistake With Domain Name Costs Several Hours

I have got several sites up and running since I started with WordPress last year, but I can still make mistakes.  Had I followed my own instructions, I would not have been scratching my head for a couple of days, and spent a few hours troubleshooting a WordPress installation. As is usual for me now, I registered my domain with NameCheap, and arranged for hosting through HostGator.  I then went to my control panel at HostGator and installed WordPress with Fantastico De Luxe and tried to log into my new WordPress website.  No dice.  I got an internal server error.  (You experienced people should already know what I did, or rather did not do.) Another symptom was also making itself evident as well.  I was not receiving any email to the account I had set up.  My test emails from another account were bouncing.  Email from HostGator was making it though.  Very mysterious, but also a very obvious clue when you know what is going on. So the mistake I made was in not moving the domain name to the host.  If you do not change the nameservers at your domain registrar, the internet does not know where your domain lives.  And if the internet does not know where you live, then when you type in a web address you cannot be found.  Same problem with email.  If nobody knows what town you live in it is unlikely that your mail ever arrives. So remember.  No matter how big of a rush you get into, you have to do things step by step to insure that things work properly. ...
Beginning WordPress – Plugins

Beginning WordPress – Plugins

Oh boy, this is a tough one.  I picked WordPress because there are a zillion of these plugins that do different things.  Back when I was a baby engineer, one of the grey-hairs shared a piece of wisdom with me.  Never build what you can buy.  Well, and I can’t program anymore anyway, so I’ve got no choice.  What plugins to install? Akismet: Comes with WordPress but you need to activate it.  Hmmm.  I click Activate and it’s not quite done.  It’s asking for my API key, which of course I have no idea what that is.  However, there is a tempting link to click labeled “Get your key”.  Okay, so I click and go to akismet.com.  At the bottom right corner there is a link labeled “Sign up for an Akismet API key”, so I click there. This is apparently not free software, but since I’m going to try to have a self-supporting site and I can afford $5 I’m in (it is free for personal use).  I almost wonder if I shouldn’t start a second site just to see the difference between with and without.  Once I gave them my card number they sent instructions to the email address I provided, and it’s a piece of cake to turn on. BulletProof Security: This protects the website against hacking attempts.  I somehow doubt that it’s bulletproof but hey, anything is better than nothing.  Wow, that was easy.  I just searched for it, clicked the name, clicked install now, clicked activate and it’s up.  So simple it’s scary.  Update:  Okay, so it wasn’t quite that easy.  You do need...

Adding Content

With the site all set up (or at least set up enough to get started), there are actually some pages to check out!  I added a sitemap (using a plugin, of course), a contact me page (using another plugin, of course), and most importantly, a page titled “How to do WordPress”.  I’ve posted the first tutorial under it, which concerns topic selection and keyword research. I hope it helps!   Looking to learn how to create your own WordPress blog? Then head over to my step by step instructions on how to do...

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