WordPress Tips #5 – 7

Continuing the blogsnewsreviews.com ridiculously simple WordPress advice

WordPress Tip #5

When you are writing Posts (or Pages) pay attention to the two tabs in the upper right corner of the workspace, namely, “Visual” and “HTML.”  What you can do to your text is quite different depending on which one is clicked.  Don’t be afraid to examine code.  It’s not rocket science, although it takes some getting used to.  For the Page version of this article, I started breaking up the Tips using a little piece of code: <!–nextpage–>  You just paste it in while the HTML tab is on, and it makes a new page.

WordPress Tip #6

As powerful as WordPress is, not all instructions and explanation are as clear as others.  Some “help” files seem to start out easy enough, and the tone is always friendly, but I get confused, especially by articles that embed references to very elementary articles while explaining something rather complicated.  An article I found quite helpful is Administration Panels. When you find instructions that are making sense, save them and re-read them. I got enough guidance from my web hosting company to get my WordPress site up and running.  BlueHost supports one-click installation of WordPress.  I have been so impressed with their kind and patient customer support (by people based in Utah) that I decided to become an affiliate. If you have gained some confidence that even an amateur can eventually figure out WordPress, I hope you will click through here if you decide to host a site.  It’s a pretty cheap hobby and some people say you can eventually make some money.

WordPress Tip #7 Find inspiration.

When I decided to start a blog, I found a couple of tremendously helpful sites, offering solid guidance on how to “monetize” you site.  One of these is Problogger, who offers solid information and does not blow sunshine up your skirt about getting rich quick on the Internet.

Shows, rather than tells, how quality content can make a difference.  Very inspirational.

WordPress Tip#2: Header

Changing the header in Wordpress is simple, and easy to forget how you did it

WordPress Tip #2: Header

It turns out that the left Dashboard menu item labeled “Appearance” holds some of the most important tools in WordPress.  In fact, if you don’t change the appearance of your blog, it’s pretty much going to remain a generic Theme.

Change the picture on your Header with the following steps.  Click on Header, then Browse.  This let’s you look through your home computer files to find a new photo.  Don’t worry what photo you use, but if it’s a photo of you, it probably should be wearing clothes. You will the have an opportunity to select a portion of the photo to paste into the Header.   Go ahead and try it.  If you are using Theme Twenty Ten, you now will want to find a horizon-type shot that includes a section that is looong and not too tall.  Bonus Tip:  Remember how you changed your Header: Dashboard->Appearance->Header.  I forgot how I did it and had a devil of a time changing it.

WordPress Tips for the Bewildered

WordPress Tips for the Bewildered

I’m starting this page because I just started to use WordPress and once you learn something “obvious,” it becomes more difficult to explain. Most of my math teachers had this problem. “See? See?,” they asked, pointing at an equation. Well, no, I didn’t. That was why I was in a math class rather than joyfully outside, playing with a stick. And because what was complicated for me had become obvious to them, they could no longer see through my eyes.

So I am setting out to spell out my most simpleminded, most obvious, most idiotically simple discoveries in the use of WordPress. My purpose is not to impress you with my knowledge, but to take advantage of my ignorance.

Once you have installed WordPress from your WebHost (I use Blue Host (which supports WordPress with one click installation) and have been extremely happy with them — I’m not saying they like idiots, but their support staff have been very patient and always there for me, 24/7). For those of you following along, I am using the default WordPress Theme “Twenty Ten,” but it shouldn’t be too critical which Theme you pick.