When you write a post/content on your blog, in you post writing page you will see the fields for entering title and body content. If you take a look at the WordPress post writing page you’ll notice a section below the post content text area is titled Custom Fields.
What if I don’t see Custom Fields section in post writing page?
There’s a chance you won’t see this feature. If not, look to the top right of your window and click Screen Options.
From there make sure the Custom Fields option is selected.
Once selected you should see it at the bottom of your screen like I have above.
Custom fields allow you to add little bits of data to posts. The custom fields section contains two input fields labelled Name and Value. The key identifies the specific field and the value is the information that will be displayed.
For examples if you are writing a post about a tourist place you can add Custom field like “Today’s Weather”, and then add the value “Sunny”.
This extra information is known as meta-data. Now this information related to your post can be displayed anywhere within your WordPress theme.
Make your Theme ready with Custom Fields
Custom fields don’t display by default unless your theme has been customized to do so. In order to get these values to display we need to add a small amount of PHP to our WordPress loop function inside our theme’s code. Let’s do that now.
To start you’ll need a code editor and access to your theme directory which is located at wp-content/themes/themename.
Open single.php file inside a code editor. Find where your main WordPress Loop starts.
Add this code inside the WordPress loop to display all custom fields associated with that post.
“the_meta” function will display all fields associated with that post.If you have 10 different fields that you want to display at 10 different locations, then we will have to use “get_post_meta” function.
So, what do you do if you see an update message (“#wordpress xx.x is available! Please update now”) in your WordPress Admin Screens? Never ignore that message. There are enormous variety of Scams and other malicious activities circulating around the internet. When wordpress notice a new malicious activity, they add updates to defend against them. WordPress constantly add new features, improvements and release ‘updates’ at regular intervals. Well, not just the WordPress core, but also plugins and themes providers also release ‘updates’ at regular intervals.
Check current site for updates
To check your website for WordPress Core, plugin, or theme updates, log into your wordpress admin and click Dashboard>>Updates.
You can see list of updates there.
Note: If a WordPress Plugin update is available, it also will be shown on the Plugin’s menu title, and on the Plugin List Page. If a WordPress theme update is available, it also will be shown on the theme List Page(Appearance>>Themes). You should always update WordPress Releases, Plugins and Themes to the latest version to make sure your website is also up-to-date with new features and security updates.
Version 3.7 onwards WordPress introduced automatic updates for minor releases (For example, it will automatically update itself from WordPress 3.7 to 3.7.1.). But this Auto update is not enabled for major releases like 3.7 to 3.8.
Update/upgrade your WordPress core, themes and plugins easily
Sure, updating can be a pain, but now you are able to update/upgrade your WordPress and plugins to a newer version easily and users never even realize that WordPress has updated. If your site is hosted with a managed WordPress hosting, the host usually takes care of automatic updates. For other users, you can enable automatic updates in 2 different ways.
There are times you like content elements on a blog post (perhaps a table design, some styling, or some layout which remains consistent) and you want to create another post with same configuration including all its widgets, template settings ect. Well, an easy way to do this, without having to know how to format anything, is by duplicating the post and making changes.
You can easily create a #duplicate post by using a plugin called duplicate post.
Duplicate Post plug-in Settings
The plugin comes with a number of settings. Avoid this step if you want to use default settings.Go to Settings >> Duplicate Post. There you can decide whether you’d like to do things like copy the original date, the original status (draft, published, pending), the original excerpt, the original attachments, children of the original page, and taxonomies and more.
There are two ways to duplicate a post or a page. Method 1:
Go to Posts > All Posts (or Pages > All Pages). Mouse over the title of the post(page) you want to duplicate. You will see two new links there – Clone or New Draft.
Clicking “Clone” will copy the post/page without opening it. Clicking “New Draft” will copy the post/page and also open it in the editor for you. Method 2:
Open the post you can to duplicate in edit mode.
On the post writing screen, you can click the link that says, “Copy to a new draft.” This will open a duplicate of the post or page in a new edit screen.
Including images in an article is the best way to illustrate your ideas. Adding Images make your content interesting and make readers more engaging. WordPress makes it really easy to add images to your posts. In this article we will discuss how to insert images into WordPress posts (or) pages.
Create a New Post/(Page), or Open an existing Post/(Page)
To create new Post, from your wordpress Dashboard go to Posts>>Add New (To create new page, go to Pages>>Add New ).
Note: If you want to add image to an existing post, open your post. Go to Posts>>All Posts>>click on the post’s title to view the edit page.
Click the Add Media button
Now you are in the post-write screen. Place your cursor where you want the image to appear and click the ‘Add Media’ button.
Now you will see insert media screen. To insert image, you have following 3 options.
Insert Your Image
Upload From Computer
First let us see how to upload images that are already saved on your computer. Click on upload files>> Click on the ‘Select Files’ button.
Find image file from your PC and click on Open button. Wait for WordPress to upload and crunch the image. Click on the blue Insert into post button to add the image to your post.
Note: After uploading an image from your PC, You will see a number of options(attachment details and attachment display settings) on the right hand side. You can either use the default setting displayed there >> Click on the blue Insert into post button or see how to use these settings .
Insert from Media Library – If you already have uploaded images and have a Media Library in your blog, select from any images in the media library by clicking on it, click on the blue Insert into post button to add the image to your post.
Note: After selecting an image from media library, you will see a number of options(attachment details and attachment display settings) on the right hand side. You can either use the default setting displayed there >> Click on the blue Insert into post button or see how to use these settings.
Insert from URL
Different settings for uploaded image – after uploading an image from your PC (or selecting an image from media library), You will see attachment details and display settings on the right hand side of the media up loader interface. Attachment details:
Attachment Details section displays:
A small thumbnail of the image
A links that allow you to Edit Image
A links that allow you to Delete image from your site.
Enter the title of this media.
Enter a caption that will be displayed below the image.
Enter the Alt text for the image to describe the media.
A description for this particular media.
Attachment Display settings
The Alignment setting controls where your image will be displayed and how it interacts with content on the page.
Link To You can create different types of image links here.
Media File: This is default option.This will automatically link to full-size version of the file.
Attachment Page: Links your inserted image to its WordPress media attachment page.
Custom URL: Allows you to set a custom link URL for your inserted image
None: This setting will remove the link completely.
Image size – The Size settings determine the size of the image you are adding to your site.
How to edit Image Attributes in an existing WordPress Post
You can always edit different image attributes such as the alignment of an image or alt/title/caption/description text of an image that already inserted in a post. Open the post in the post-write screen(follow step 1 on this page). Make sure that visual editor tab is selected. Click on the image you want to edit. You can see two icons over the image. The left icon (pencil Image) allows you to edit the image properties and the right icon (X Image) will delete the image from your content.
Click the edit image icon to edit the image properties. A pop-up window will appear and you can edit the various image properties there. The Edit Original button allows you to do some simple manipulations such as Crop, Rotate, Scale, and Flip Images. The Replace button allows you to replace the image entirely.
After making changes, click the Update button to save your changes. If you do not want to make any changes, click the small ‘x’ in the top-right of the pop-up window to close the pop-up.
Initially I collected and compiled my data in a Google drive spreadsheet. Once data was ready, I wanted to present the data in a wordpress post, in a way that reader should be able to sort the data by any column(ascending or descending). So I was in search of a good plugin that can help me do so.
There are couple of good plugins for fancy table display in wordpress posts. But I chose Easy Table Plugin, based on its features as well as user ratings and reviews in wordpress.org site.
At the end of this article, we’ll also have a quick look at Posts Table Pro. This plugin is an interesting alternative to Easy Tables because instead of entering data to your WordPress tables manually, it automatically creates tables listing content already stored on your website.
Easy Table Plugin
Idea behind this plugin is to generate table data using CSV(Comma Seperated Values) format. With simple additions, you table data is ready for display in your wordpress page or post or even inside a widget. Good thing is this is very simple to use and you don’t need advanced skills to use it.
Let me illustrate this with a simple table example here. Now, if you mouse over any column, a sort icon appears. You can click this icon to sort that column in ascending or descending order. So simple.
So let us see how to install this plugin and then how to use it.
Install Easy Table Plugin.
Log into your wordpress admin.
Go to Plugins >> Add New.
In the search box enter ‘Easy Table’ and search.
Select ‘Easy Table’ from search results and click on the link ‘Install Now’.
Go to Plugins >> Installed Plugins. Find Easy Table and activate the plugin.
How to use Easy Table. A full example :
Generate table data using CSV(Comma Separated Values) format.
Table data in CSV format means text that is separated with a comma. You can create a CSV using a text editor such as Notepad, Microsoft Excel and Google Docs. Here we are using Google docs for demo purpose.
Open Google Drive >>Click on Create >> Spreadsheet.
Enter data and and click File, Download as, and then select CSV (current sheet).
Open CSV in Notepad.
Step 2: Embedd CSV data between <table> and </table> tags
Create a new post and embed table data. Actually you can embed csv data in 2 ways.
Method 1: Copy and paste CSV from notepad.
Look at the table data here. The entire table data is embedded between<table> and </table>. First row is reserved for table titles(Note: you can also create table with no heading using table parameter.). And you see that next 2 rows in the example are data rows. So simple.
Method 2: Upload CSV file and insert the file path
Look at the table data here. Save and upload the CSV(Comma Separated Values) . Insert the location of your file between<table> and </table>( See fig above).
You can add additional parameter to this <table> tag and use cell attribute to control other features of table.
Table with initial sort order on load
You can control sort order on load in 2 ways. Add sort=”desc” or sort=”asc” to <table> tag. Method 1: Using table parameter Table with initial sort order using table parameter. See the table example below. First column is sorted descending on load.
Method 2: Using cell attribute
Table with first column descending, second column ascending
For example, the following table on load sort first column descending and then sort second column ascending.
Disable sort for any column
Look at the table below. Sort for third column is disabled here.
You can do this 2 ways. Method 1: Add a table parameter ‘sort=,,false’.
Method 2: Add a cell attr ‘sort=false’.
Set index to table
For example see following table with auto index, start from number 2
In addition to setting auto index to a table, you can give a title to that column and you can set width of that column.
For example see following code shows how to add table parameter to create a table with specific width, style etc.
Following code shows how to use attribute in some cells.
Posts Table Pro
Alternative table plugin – Create instant WordPress tables with Posts Table Pro
As you can see, Easy Tables is a neat plugin that lets you display static data in a table on your WordPress site. Before we finish, I’ll tell you about another WordPress table plugin that lets you create instant tables without having to enter data manually.
Posts Table Pro works by generating tables of information already stored on your WordPress website. It’s a great alternative to Easy Tables if you want tables that will automatically update with the latest data. Here are some examples of websites that would benefit from this type of WordPress table plugin:
Index of blog posts or articles – It doesn’t take long for a WordPress blog to become so big that it’s hard for visitors to find your older posts. No one wants to scroll through multiple pages of posts! Use Posts Table Pro to create a blog post index or article directory, which will automatically update when you add a new post.
Document library or knowledge base – If you want to create a WordPress document library then you can create a ‘Documents’ post type and use Posts Table Pro to list your documents in a table view. Your visitors can either download the document directly from the table, or click through to a single page for each document. You can categorize documents and add filters to help customers find the documents they need.
List of events or e-commerce products – Amazingly, Posts Table Pro can list any WordPress post type in a table. This opens the door to many other possible use cases. For example, if you’re using a WordPress events plugin or e-commerce plugin then you can list your events or products in a table layout too.
The dynamic table plugin is easy to set up and comes with lots of options. There’s a detailed plugin knowledge base to help you configure your WordPress tables in any way you like.
So we have seen how to use “Easy Table” plugin to create a nice sortable table. Have you created sortable tables using other plugins? Share your experience below.
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.
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.
Why a free Blog or Self Hosted Blog? Well, that depends on your pocket. A free WordPress hosted blog is easy to setup and get it online in no time. You don’t have to pay anything for this kind of a blog. All you need to do is follow these simple steps.
Steps: Free Hosted Blog Installation
Choose a cool Domain name. It could be something like “myblog.wordpress.com”. You should be careful about this name since it’s the first impression to your readers. It should be: interesting, short and easy to remember
In WordPress, enter the domain name you’ve created on the Blog Address field, enter the other details and select “Create Blog”.
Log in, choose your Theme and start posting. On your first use of WordPress, there are limited default free themes you can choose from like “Twenty Thirteen”. Make tweaks here and there, like dragging widgets on sidebars, using plugins, editing posts reading, discussion viewing. Remove the sample post, and then write your first blog post!
Steps: Self Hosted Blog
The site you’ve just created is freely hosted on WordPress servers. Note that free hosted sites tend to be rigid, i.e. you can’t make some changes as you would like to. By doing some stuff you may end up violating Terms and Conditions of WordPress resulting in your blog being suspended or deleted. If you are not interested in your blog being called “myblog.wordpress.com”, you can buy a domain. This would be a unique name on the internet and could be your chosen name, “myblog.com” or “myblog.net”. If you don’t have a domain, order one at 1and1 at an offer of $0.99 for 12-months plus Hosting! Hostgator has an offer as well.
After registering your domain name, log in to 1and1 control panel. Customer ID refers to your newly created domain, “myblog.com” or the long all-digit code. I will assume 1and1 as your blog Host to guide you through the installation.
Installing WordPress on 1and1.com Host
WordPress can be installed in 2 Modes at 1and1 Host namely: Free and Safe modes.
Safe Mode Installation: This installation is ideal for users looking for a Web hosting solution geared towards security and convenience, as well as less experienced users working within open-source applications. While customization is possible within this mode, it does not offer as much freedom as Free Mode. This mode also offers simple installation that can be completed within just a few clicks through a guided installation wizard.
Free Mode Installation:This installation is best for experienced users working on specific, fully-customized projects. It is fully customizable, offering complete freedom and control to code specific plugins in order to make websites fully unique. The installation is the same as installing directly into a user’s own web space. However, performing maintenance must be conducted by the user – they are responsible for all security updates to applications. The ability for developers to adapt applications with outside, self-made plugins, themes or code is all possible with this installation method. (Blog.1and1.com, 2014)
1and1 Host Control Panel
After successful login, you are directed to a 3 main-column Menu as follows: Domains, My Data & Enhance your 1and1 package. Follow the steps below.
Under Domains, another menu Hosting is displayed. Select WordPress on the 1and1 App Centre list. Click install WordPress.
On “website name”, Fill in your preferred website name.
Under Administrator login, choose a user name, Password and installation type from Safe & Free modes, accept terms & conditions then click install.
On choose your domain; you can select a sub-domain if you wish not to install WordPress in the main domain. If you created a sub-domain, i.e. “blog.myblog.com” select your sub-domain and click on “Assign domain”.
Note: Creating a sub-domain may take time i.e. 24 hours awaiting approval. The same may apply to your site as a result of database creations and your settings being saved.
After successful installation, login using your installation details (The username and password you created earlier). You just need to type your domain name in the address bar: www.myblog.com/wp-login.php. Replace “myblog” with your real domain name. You should login successfully to WordPress control panel, simply the “Dashboard”
The WordPress Dashboard Menu
Lets you customize your site as you wish. Note: Free Mode gives you total control over your created blog i.e. you have authority to choose from new themes, plugins, updating themes and plugins and security upgrades, – all done manually. On Dashboard menu or simply Home, a long list of options are available to use during blog customization. They include:
Appearance: Here you can select between themes and activate them. Other options on appearance are: Widgets, Menus, Header and Theme settings.
Posts: Here you can see all Posts including the Sample Post. Delete this post and create a new post. The Post editor lets you create and Edit posts using the editor, preview and to publish posts.
Media: You can add pictures from local uploads to your posts
Pages: Here you can create pages as you like. Pages can be; About Page, Contact Page etc.
Comments: Here you can view the comments posted by users on your posts or pages. You can choose to Approve or Disapprove, Reply and edit comments or move them to Spam folder altogether
Plugins: Plugins are bits of software that can be uploaded to extend and expand the functionality of your WordPress site (iThemes, 2013). To use a plugin, you must activate it, and use it through a widget – Widgets are incorporated by code on core WordPress, Theme or Plugin. If a widget is provided by a plugin or theme, then it will only work as long as that plugin or theme is active. When you deactivate the plugin or theme, all its widgets will disappear.
Users: As the Administrator, you may give someone privileges as a writer to your blog. You do so here by creating a new user with roles like: Contributor, Subscriber, Author, Editor or Administrator. You can edit your profile here as well as Deleting users.
Tools: If you had a blog before and you would wish to transfer posts to your newly created blog, you use the Import Tool and Export Tool to copy your site in another location or to your local storage.
Settings: You use settings to make changes that affect your blog in general. Changes can be made on: Discussion, Reading, Limit login attempts etc
Site manager: This option lets you put Off/On Major updates like adding features, improvements and awesomeness, Theme updates and Plugin updates. Note: Automatic theme updates will overwrite your theme customizations.
As a beginner,you have probably heard of various free and paid #wordpress themes available online. You may have tried out a few themes until you’ve found one that meets your needs. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install a WordPress theme.
This guide will cover the three different ways you can install a theme. However, before installing a WordPress theme, keep in mind that once you activated a new theme, it will change how your website looks and functions. If you are switching from an existing theme, then you need to do several checks first before changing to a new WordPress theme.
Here are the different ways to install a WordPress theme. Read More