WordPress.com inctoduced a new site logo feature just recently with the goal of standardizing the way themes present logo upload.
When you change a new theme, you lose a logo. Although developers have a their ways of incorporating logo upload, it is not portable across themes.
The new site logo feature lets you display the site’s title, and tagline along with the logo which will appear on any of WordPress.com’s supported themes. Future themes will comes with a site logo feature and WordPress developers are working to support previously released themes.
So whats’s your reason to start a blog?
People create blogs for many reasons. Some people start a blog to teach others about a topic while others start blogging simply to have fun. Everyone has their own reason.
How to start a blog?
There are many free blogging platforms are available to set up a blog and begin writing within minutes. But if you are using hosted blogging platforms like blogger, tumbler, Facebook etc., you need to #create blog under their terms and conditions. A self hosted blog will give you complete control over how your blog site looks and works.
Do you know that #wordpress is the most popular blogging platform that powers more than 60 million websites worldwide?
WordPress is the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world. WordPress has many features like custom design templates, plugin, automatic spam protection and a strong community to get support. It is very flexible and user-friendly. You can start a #wordpress blog on your own host extremely cheaply and get on the way within 20 minutes.
So how do you install it in less than 5 minutes and start blogging?
In order to start a wordpress blog website, you need a domain name and a web hosting account. Bluehost is one of the best and most reliable WordPress web hosting providers.
You will receive a welcome email with control panel login details. Login to your newly created Hosting Account.
Step 2: Log into hosting control Panel
Log into your newly created Hosting Account. Once you are logged in, just scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and you will see WordPress available for installation right from the control panel. Click on the icon.
Step 3: Click on Install
Then, you’ll be redirected to a page, where you can see more details about WordPress. Click on Install button on top of the page.
Step 4: Type in blog settings
Type in your WordPress blog settings. Fill the fields such as the site or the folder of your site to which it will be installed, site name/title, the admin username and password. If you wish the WordPress blog to be the main page of your website, make sure the ‘In Directory’ field is empty. When you are done, click ‘Install’. And you’re basically almost done.
Step 5: Visit default WordPress page
Installation will take less than 1 min. Your new blog is ready to use and you can see the default WordPress page.
Go to site home to see default WordPress page.
Step 6:Log into Admin
Down the left-hand side of the Dashboard and on every page you will see your main admin navigation menu. This is where you’ll find all the options to update and configure your site. Pass mouse over each item, then you can see the various choices for that particular menu option.
Dashboard – This will display some brief summary about your site.
Posts – This is where you can create a new Blog Post. You can also update your Categories and Post Tags.
Media – This is where all your uploaded images/files are stored. You can browse /edit / update the files.
Pages – This is where you create and maintain all your Pages.
Comments – You can manage all your Comments within this section,
Appearance – This menu is where you control how your site looks.
Plugins – You can add or delete plugins within here as well as activate or deactivate them.
Users – This screen lists all the existing users for your site.
Tools – This section gives you access to various convenient tools.
After log into your site admin, click ‘Posts’ then click ‘Add New’.
Then you’ll be directed to the writing screen. Enter your post title in the upper field, enter your post body content in the main post editing box below it, select a category, add tags and when you are ready, click ‘Preview’ to see how it looks when readers read your post. Click ‘Publish’ to let the world see your post.
How to create category
Click ‘Posts’ >> ‘Categories’. Then you’ll be directed to category page. Here you can see existing categories and option to add new category. How to add photos, videos and music to your posts
Click on the text where you want to add the content and click on the Add Media button in the top left part of the editor. Click on the Select files button in the insert Media pop-up screen. Once you upload the file, fill the attachment settings of the image. Then click the Insert into post button and you will see the image added to your editor window.
You Can change the look and feel of your blog by visiting Appearance>>themes link. Here, you will see your current theme and all other themes you have currently installed in your server. You can preview and activate any theme from this list.To add another one, simply click on the Install Themes tab.There are lots of free and paid WordPress themes available. On this page you can either search for a free theme from the WordPress.org theme directory or you can upload a theme from your local hard drive.
If you are upload a theme follow these steps: click on the Upload link at the top of the page >> click the Choose File button >> select the archive of your theme from your local computer >>Press the Install Now button >> click the Activate link on the next page you will be redirected to.
If you are searching for a free theme follow these steps: Browse through the results >> choose a theme for your site >> click on the Install Now link under it >> click the Activate link on the next page you will be redirected to.
Many plugins are available to add additional functionality to your Blog. Plugins improve the performance of a website, the search engine optimization, and the overall user experience. For eg. comment spam filter, display related posts, t, add contact form add more SEO features, add eCommerce features, etc. For example comment spam filter, or related posts, they are all plugins.
Google XML Sitemaps – To generate a special XML sitemap which will help search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo and Ask.com to better index your blog.
WordPress Related Posts – To display related posts in the footer of your content and increase your readers’ engagement with your posts
Digg Digg – To display all social sharing buttons nicely on your blog.
Other WordPress settings: Simply navigate to the sidebar on the left.
Dashboard is the first screen you see when you log into the administration area of your blog. The Dashboard is the information Central. The Dashboard Screen provides an overview of what’s happening with your blog. It shows the number of posts, pages, Categories, and Tags, a list of the recent comments, links to start writing Posts or Pages and provide access to updating WordPress, plugins, and themes. Posts – When you click on it you can see all posts from your blog. Here you will get options to edit and delete the existing posts. Under the post menu category you have several links: “Edit”, “Add new”, “Post tags” and “Categories”. Media – is the images, video, and files, you upload and use in your blog. Page – is another tool to add static content to a WordPress site. Comments – you can manage user’s comments here. Appearance – Customize the Look of your Blog
WordPressis highly customizable. You Can change the look and feel of your blog by visiting themes link. There are lots of free and paid WordPress themes are available. Under Appearance you will see another section called Widgets. Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. For example, if you want to show latest posts, categories and tag cloud, just drag and drop the respective boxes to the sidebar where you want them to appear.
Users : You can add/manage new and existing users here. Settings : Here you can change general configuration of your WordPress blog.
Now that you are familiar with the basic features and functions of WordPress, you can start writing content.
Keywords in SEO are the individual words or phrases that users enter into search engines like Google, or Bing to find what they are looking for. SEO keywords are usually one word, two words, and can even be a phrase.
Different business and products have their own set of keywords that are relevant to what they are offering to their audience. Keywords are a crucial part in SEO, so it is important to be aware of the keywords you are using to your business.
Keywords aim for search engine popularity. There are various ways to rank for a specific keyword, and deliver a more targeted traffic.
When I began using WordPress for my blogs, I find that WordPress’ visual editor or the WYSIWYG editor to be easy to use, that the text editor itself. However, in my years of using the Visual editor it’s starting to slow me down.
If you want to increase your productivity, these lesser known tricks can help you master WordPress Visual Editor and be more productive.
For instance, did you know that there you can use keyboard shortcuts the same as when using a word processing software? And did you know that there is a distraction-free writing mode in WordPress?
Search Engine Optimization or SEO is the practice of working to improve the position of your website in search engine results. Your goal is to let people discover your website first when looking for a specific item or asking questions related to your blog or business.
SEO is an ongoing process and it requires constant attention. It isn’t something that your website doesn’t have, it’s just that there are several factors that determine whether a website is possible to get on high search engine rankings or not.
This post will give you a quick overview of SEO, helps you familiarize with the concept of SEO, and what you can do to improve your SEO in your WordPress site.
Themes determine how content is displayed on your WordPress Powered website. They are simply HTML pages with specific PHP embedded code. A theme can be as simple as index.php page, or it might contain additional files linked to Posts, Pages, Archives & a number of included images (Leary, 2010).
WordPress is designed to let you switch themes without changing the underlying content. For the novice user, it is very easy to install a theme right from your site dashboard. WordPress Content Management System uses its powerful graphical interface to help you through the steps of installing a theme.
How to install a WordPress Theme?
In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps of installing and activating a Theme on your WordPress Powered blog.
We can install a wordpress theme using any of following 3 methods:
Method 1:Locating Themes interface on your WordPress Site dashboard and then Installing a theme from WordPress Official Theme Directory. This step is ideal if you want to make use of free wordpress themes created by loyal wordpress developers and it is 100% free. This step would the fastest way for you to get started and is very easy to follow.
Method 2: Installing a downloaded theme from your local drive using Upload feature. This step is ideal if you downloaded a theme as a zip file from a popular theme provider.
Method 3: Installing a downloaded theme traditional way (FTP Upload). This is the least preferred method, but will be useful, if you don’t have a theme zip file or if Upload feature in method 2 does not work due to server getting timed out. This step involves using a FTP client to upload your theme to your server.
A strong and reliable web host can make sure your wordpress blog is available 24/7. BlueHost is a Good one and makes a great choice.
Method 1: Installing a theme from WordPress Official Theme Directory
Free and Beautiful WordPress themes can be located right from your WordPress DashBoard. Let us get started with Locating Themes menu on your WordPress dashboard. Follow steps below. Steps:
Login to your wordpress site, and locate Dashboard. From your sidebar on left side, Click on Appearance.
Click on Appearance>>Themes. A list appears with all your current installed Themes, if you have any. To add or install a new theme, simply click on add new link. Basically, what we will do here is, search the WordPress Theme Directory for available Themes, select one , install and then Activate the Theme.
Installing a theme from WordPress Official web directory
Search and install a Theme from WP Official Theme Directory. This feature lets you search for themes in the WP directory and display them for you to install. The listing is huge with Featured, Popular, Latest themes so you would want to specify type of theme that suits your site for example, if your site is sporty, magazine etc, type “sporty” in the search text box. If you know the theme’s name, type that directly and search.
Redefine your search by accessing the *feature filter. It lets you put more advanced search criteria on your themes to choose the theme with the best matching criteria. It does so by enabling a search criteria of: Colours, Layout, Features and Subject
Once you have selected a theme, Click install theme, then wait until the installation is complete. Then continue to Activate your Theme. Note:It will be a good practice to always preview themes before activating them. In case your site is already customized with widgets, plugins, headers, posts or pages, test the theme on your data by previewing it. Some themes may override your settings when activated.
Method 2: Installing a downloaded theme from your local drive using Upload feature
You can follow this method if you downloaded a theme as a zip file. Many premium theme providers create beautiful themes and let you download the theme as a zip file. Please follow steps below if this is the case.
Login to your wordpress site, and locate Dashboard. On the drop down menu, Click on Appearance.
Then click on Themes. You will now see Themes page. Click on Add New link
Click on “Upload Themes” . This feature allows you to upload your downloaded theme with .zip extension. After you click upload theme, a window is displayed for uploading the theme.
Click on the “browse” button and select the theme from your computer.
Once you have located your zipped theme, click install now. Wait until installation is complete, Preview your theme and then Activate it. Optional step: Go on to customize the theme, if you would like.
Once you activated your theme, the blog will now reflect the theme design. This completes method 2.
If you looking for elegant and advanced themes, then Elegant themes would be a great place to find best ones.
Method 3: Installing a downloaded theme traditional way (FTP Upload)
There are times when you just don’t have a theme zip file or Upload feature in DashBoard does not work due to server getting timed out. Or sometimes, if you happen to your wordpress blog in a windows hosting plan, you might have issues. In these cases, this method will become handy.
Basically, a FTP client lets you move files to your website Host. FTP Clients connect to the hosts by use of internet protocols (File Transfer Protocol) specifically for that purpose. Personally, i use “FileZilla FTP Client” and it works for me. FTP is insecure in that it transmits your password in plain text. The good news is that FileZilla supports FTP and SFTP and you can use these secure versions of FTP to transfer your files.
Run and install the software after the download is complete.
At the top, there is Host, Username, Password and Port.
Host is your internet company that hosts your blog or website. Some popular Hosting companies are BlueHost, Hostgator, Blue Host and Arvixe . Many Hosts can let you type your domain name instead of the host’s domain.
Username & Password. These are login details you use to communicate with the Host via FTP Client. Note: You can set your username and password after logging in to your host control panel.
I’ll use 1and1 FTP Account through the process, which is easy and strikingly similar in almost all the hosts mentioned above.
Setting up FTP Password and Username at 1and1 Host:
Login to your host control panel. Scroll down until you see Hosting
You will see your username, destination directory and description of the FTP account here. For security reasons, the password will not be displayed in the Control Panel. If you do not remember your password, it will have to be reset by following the next steps.
Optional: If you have forgotten your password, you will have to reset it. To do so, click the edit button next to the account in question.
Click ok to save your settings. Please take note of the password change as the current password will not be available via the Control Panel in the future.
Steps: Extracting & Uploading Themes via FTP:
The next step will be locating your downloaded Themes. Mostly the Themes are zipped therefore you’ll have to extract them in a separate folder.
Launch FileZilla, type your domain name in the Host textbox i.e. myblog.com, username and password you created above. Many Hosts enable port 3306 for FTP connections. Type the port although you can still leave this blank. Click “Quick Connect”.
After a successful connection, FileZilla opens in 2 split screens, Local & Remote Sites.
Local Site displays data from your local machine.
Remote Site displays data from your Host web space directory. You simply drag files across to the Remote Site folder of your choice and drop, and then wait until transfer is complete. You do so and vice versa to your local machine. You can as well delete files.
On the right, i.e. Remote Site, locate the directory where your WordPress blog is stored from the main directory. Click and open it.
WordPress has its files arranged in a special directory listing as:
wp-admin/., wp-content/, wp-includes/.
The folders to locate Themes and Plugins are wp-content/themes and wp-content/plugins respectively. Browse through to Themes folder and click to open. Now you’ll have all your themes in their folders.
Remember that folder you extracted your Themes in your local machine? Yes, now find it through your “local site” in FileZilla. Once you locate it, open to list all folders with the themes. All you need to do is drag a folder at a time, to the Remote site your themes folder, and drop. Do this for all the other folders, and you should have your themes ready for customization.
Now, i need you to login to your WordPress blog. Go to dashboard, under Appearance, you will see all your Themes in place. Click on each as you like, and preview all of them.
Note: If you had your blog customised already, automatic theme updates will overwrite your theme customizations, i.e. Header texts, Widgets etc. If you will always update your themes manually, go to Site Manager, Put Off “automatic theme updates”.
So there you go…If you are a beginner and want to get started fast, we recommend Method 1. Dont forget to leave your comments below. Ciao!
For elegant and advanced themes, Elegant themes would be a great place to find best ones.
If you have a YouTube post and a WordPress blog, isn’t it too tedious and time consuming to create another post, right after you uploaded a YouTube video? What if you can automatically create a WordPress post as soon as you upload a Video on your YouTube Channel?
In this post, we’ll show you how to do that using IFFT (If This Then That). IFFT is a powerful service that helps you automate certain tasks that are based on your specific criteria. Like in this case, if a new video is posted in YouTube then create a WordPress post.
WordPress 4.0 Beta was released yesterday. This is a major release that comes with really cool features and improvements. Please note that WordPress 4.0 is still in beta, some of the features here might not make it to the final release.
You can test WordPress 4.0 beta on your PC, Mac, or in a staging environment by using WordPress Beta Tester plugin.
Media Grid View
Plenty of post-editor improvements like the editor will now stick to the top, and it will resize itself as you write.
Improvements in theme customizer. The widgets are moved in their own panel.
Plugin install experience. Featured plugins are changed to show plugins in a nice grid.
Unless you really have to, WordPress site migration is your last resort. This process is not easy. In fact, without additional tools to migrate your site to another URL, this is probably one of the most technical jobs an adminstrator can perform.
Thankfully there are some great and free plugins that will do WordPress site migration for you. All-in-One WP Migration for example, is one of those plugins that made migration task a breeze. With this, or similar plugins around, you generally don’t need to do manual site migrations unless you really have to.
But it’s still good to know a thing or two about it.
Oftentimes, people who want to start their own blog ask the same old question: WordPress or Blogger? Aren’t we all over this already?
It is obvious that you choose WordPress over Blogger as it has plenty of customization options, enhanced security, and because of plugins. All of which aren’t available in Blogger.
If this isn’t enough, WPBeginner covers the pros and cons of WordPress and blogger. Take note that this only discusses the difference between WordPress and Blogger is a self-hosted platform. One advantage of Blogger is it’s self hosting as you’ll only pay for a domain name.
If you are looking for a way to bring in site traffic, then you should consider guest posting. Guest posting is a great way to gain exposure for your website. If you do it right, you can substantially increase your relevant and targeted traffic. Your visitors can turn into potential customers and clients if nourished properly.
Guest posting involves writing an article or blog post to the same theme or topic of your website or target website. At first glance, writing an article for others to gain benefit from seems like a waste of time because most of the credits go to the publisher, however, if you blog needs attention, Guest Posting is just what you’ll need.
SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a strategy wherein we use keywords, links, etc so that our site will get noticed by searched engines, and put us on top of search engine results. SEO, at first, sounds complex and difficult to understand. With so many myths and theories out there, it’s no surprise that thinking just of the word SEO lures away most WordPress bloggers.
Like all strategies, it all comes down to the basics. Three are a few principles that are simple and easy to understand. Understanding the basics will let you understand the whole concept of SEO.
People often mistake #wordpress as only a blogging platform like Blogger and Tumblr, however, WordPress is not just a blogging platform. WordPress is not just a blogging platform. It is a #content management system that can help you create a simple blog or a website depending on your needs.
WordPress is a flexible platform and can easily adapt to just about anything. This is also the reason #why wordpress has gained so much popularity. Did you know that 22.5% of the websites all over the world is powered by WordPress?
Due to its robust features, WordPress has been used by top brands like Sony, Disney, The New York Times, eBay, and more.
#wordpress is a free and open source software; it costs nothing to use and is built collaboratively by volunteers across the world. Most of the time people have some concerns in using free software especially for businesses. Usually if it’s free, people doubt and they might be thinking: “There is a catch, right?”
But no. WordPress is really free. Free to download, install, and you are also free to modify the software itself to better meet your business’ needs. However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t pay money to your site to keep it running. There are also associated costs in running a WordPress site, or any website for that matter.
Here’s a complete explanation on what WordPress really means for your business: <a title="Open-Source, the #gpl, and your Business” href=”http://wpbusinesstips.com/2014/06/open-source-gpl-business/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>http://wpbusinesstips.com/2014/06/open-source-gpl-business/
If you have spend much time around #wordpress, then there is a good high probability that you have come across the term “WP_Query before. However, if you are totally new to the concept, then let us guide you through it.
WP_Query is a #php class that has certain properties but it contains a lot of powerful behavior. Some of the things you need to understand about WP_Query is that by default, when you just say new WP_Query, you don’t get much use from it. Rather, you get most of the value from WP_Query from understanding how to initialize it correctly.
#wordpress is one of the most popular CMS in the world that has taken interest not only to blog owners, but companies and enterprises themeselves. As a veteran in the platform, it is easy to forget that there are new users of WordPress everyday. As someone who writes about WordPress for a living, it is frustrating to see errors and mistakes that most newbies are writing about, like the style of the writing and how each content make sense, worthy for anyone to get a good grasp on.
This list a a cheatsheet for newcomers and veterans of WordPress to quickly address some of the most common mistakes we make when writing about WordPress.
If you want to get noticed on the web, create a high quality dynamic content. it is the best way to keep users coming to your blog. However, if you’ve just launched your website and want to gain traction, writing a high quality and dynamic content can be a daunting task.
There are a number of ways other than creating a high quality content. You can also use social media, write blog posts regularly, comment or reply to comments, advertise, etc.
In this post, we’ll show you the 5 effective ways to market your blog and gain the traction you need for an excellent head start.
Landing pages are used by marketers to help capture leads or as a click-through so that traffic is funneled to another page. These are also used to sell a product directly to your visitors without the need to browse for a certain product or service.
Landing pages are usually separate from the website they are hosted. They rarely us the same design as the website that sits on the root of the domain and there are hardly any navigation menu that links the landing page to the site and vice versa.
Have you noticed that sometimes incorrect post thumbnails are showing up when you share articles in Facebook? Many WordPress users have been complaining about this, and sadly, this issue has not yet been fixed.
Why is Facebook not picking up the thumbnail image? There are many reasons that Facebook prevents from correctly guessing the right thumbnail image. One common issue is having multiple images set in the og:image tag where the features image is smaller than the rest of the image.
Other issues are caching plugins, CDN issue, missing open graph meta tag, etc. It is hard to guess what is causing the issue as there are no specific error messages displayed in the debugging tool.