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  For the most part all of the steps are the same to get started with WordPress, but the graphics are no longer current.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!...

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...

Changing Your Webpage’s Logo – Elegant Themes’ The Source

  I like to think that when we build blogs we like to show a bit of ourselves to the world.  It is hard to do that if we sport somebody else’s logo, even if we like and use their products.  I like and use Elegant Themes for my blogs because I get a lot of choices for a reasonable price, but that does not mean that I want the stock logos on my sites.  So how does one go about changing a logo? I am currently helping to put together a hobby site named Spotting Round* and have chosen The Source theme for the site.  This is what the header looks like out of the box: It is a nice logo, and it certainly is more professional that what I will replace it with, but it is not mine and it is not my site name, so it has to go.  First thing I did was create my logo using word art in Microsoft Word.  Word art is just a way to create fancy lettering and is a stock part of the MS product.  My logo is below.  As you can see, it is not bad, but it really is not a professional job.  Who cares!  This is not my profession!  So take a moment and create your logo, because we will need it in a few minutes. Here is the logo I created – I sweated over it for all of two minutes.  Note that my logo is not the same size as “thesource” above.  This will cause an issue in a moment. So lets go change...

Watch Out for This When Manually Updating Your Theme

I am of the mindset to always upgrade my theme and plugins when a new version is available.  I rationalize this by believing that if everything is of the most recent version the pieces are most likely to work together seamlessly.  In so doing, I tripped myself up. I use Google Analytics to track this website.  To do so involves pasting a snippet of code into the header of each page that enables Google to peek under the hood if you will.  In updating the site I reinstalled my header file and therefore deleted the Google code.  For the past few days my site traffic looks to have flatlined, while I know that this is not so. Another side effect is that I had changed the font color from the stock grey to a darker color to make this blog easier to read.  Alas this change got lost as well.  Luckily I remember that I wrote up how to change this so all I have to do is go through my article archive and follow the instructions. So remember: if you update your theme you may lose modifications that you made to your site.  Probably not terminal to the health of your site, but definitely a bit...

Who do I Trust to Teach me WordPress? Why Me, of Course!

So I have been absent from this blog for some time due to (insert list of excuses here).  Life gets in the way of our interests sometimes, and the important thing is that we get back to doing what we enjoy when we are able.  So I am back, though will certainly not be posting as often as I used to. I wanted to create a new site to blog about a hobby of mine, and could not for the life of me remember how I went about setting this or the other half dozen or so sites I created in the winter up.  So what did I do?  I went to my own How To Do WordPress instructions.  And you know what?  They are damn good with a bunch of good screenshots to help navigate the process.  Setting these things up is really easier than I remember.  Now if I can just keep finding the time to post new...

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