Making Your first WordPress Post, finally you are ready to start blogging ….Yippeeee! But there are a couple of pointers you can use to make your first WordPress Post all that much easier. I know that when I first started blogging I had absolutely no idea there was a post feature called the kitchen sink? It didn’t make sense that I could some things but not other stuff? I could see some things done in other people’s blog but yet somehow could not do them in my own blog and it was really bugging me to think I was not getting the best out of my time and efforts, plus there were presentation elements I was wishing to add and improve on? At the time there were not as many WordPress Tutorial style videos on the internet and from memory I did not have much bandwidth to play with, so it was a little daunting.
Although these days we seem to get more bandwidth for our miney and the information on how to use a WordPress Blog has increased ten fold so there truly is a goldmine of information out there! The purpose of this video is just to show you how to get started with your first post and how to make a few things happen that you may not have realised you could actually do. Things like the “read more” icon which allows you to shorten your post and add the option for “continue reading” for the visitor. It’s a simple thing but until you know it’s there, it can be a mystery and you may wonder just how to implement into your blog. When doing your first WordPress Post also adding colors and knowing how to make your text and font bold is another handy piece of information we can all use. The thing is these are all there, it’s just sometimes you don’t know until you get a nudge in the right direction. So I am hoping you consider this post to be a “nudge in the right direction” and that it gets you on your way to completing your very first WordPress post with many more to follow!
You Should justify WordPress Posts. The presentation of our blog is the first thing noticed when a visitor first arrives and it may be what is the deciding factor if the site is returned to or not, an ugly site is not appealing and may lose visitors down the track, you can however improve the look of your work by making sure the posts are justified and even looking in their appearance. If you justify WordPress posts this approach makes for a much nice and more symmetrical look and feel to the website overall. It is not hard to do and yet adds so much more to your blogs look. This video tutorial will show you how you can be making your posts look better and enticing to returning visitors.
Justify WordPress Posts and Look Professional
As mentioned once you know how you will start to notice if people are doing it on other sites you visit and you will find yourself comparing the look and feel of these websites. Do they justify WordPress Posts? Do they look more professional? Are they easier the read, is the overall feel to the blog or website a better design? You can align your text to the left and to the right, even to the center! For me, other than in one example in this video I will always use the justify method to improve the look of my work and words. I think you will agree as well once you have made the easy changes to your posts. Also we will touch on the ‘More” option which allows you to hide some of your text by adding a “Continue Reading’ button. In long text based posts this can be a very handy option to save space and loading time on your WordPress Blog. The over all look and feel of your site is much cleaner when you justify your WordPress Posts
Knowing about Installing WordPress Themes is very important! In this WordPress Tutorial Video we look further into installing WordPress Themes, put a new theme into your blog site. Now once again sorry to say I am a bit croaky, it seems I have some irritating flu that scratches the back of my throat just when I decide to make video WordPress lesson. But we get through it and will learn something along the way. I also muddle up the file management in this video and you will see that even people that do this regularly can take a wrong turn. I did consider doing the vid again but it then occurred to me that it may not be such a bad thing to show that we all make mistakes. Not that these are really mistakes, it’s more a case of turning left instead of turning right. Basically I went about managing the them file the wrong way but in the end we still get the job done and all is good. I figure some folk may do the exact same thing so I have decided to leave it as is because it might just help someone. Installing WordPress Themes really is good fun once you have learned just how easy it is!
Installing WordPress Themes Is Easy
I do remember when I first started out with computers that I was told “Computers are tools and the rest is file management” This does really ring true when you think about all the things you do on a computer. WordPress is no different and all we are doing is managing our files in one way or another. So keeping that in mind we will install a new theme from the existing themes that come preloaded with every blog. We will also search for and install a new theme from the WordPress theme search option. Then we will find a theme from an external website and download the file/theme. We will compress the theme folder into a zip file and then install it onto our blog. The great thing about learning all this is that you can completely change the entire look of your blog with minimal effort, yet the results are very exciting and it really is great fun to find and install the theme that suits your blog the most. So let’s get to it and learn about installing WordPress Themes.
How to add a WordPress Page to your blog? This WordPress Video Tutorial is about how to make a page on your blog, and yes again I will say that when you have done it once or twice you are basically an expert. That is the joy of this blogging platform, the addition of a page or pages can enhance your blog and demonstrate you are focused on particular areas that deserve their own special page and content area. It’s like having a mini blog inside a blog! You can dedicate the content to specific categories, I have written a few ebooks and use the pages as advertising for my ebook, so for me the addition of pages means I have a chance to showcase my writing endeavours and have what is basically a virtual business card on my site. Now I do think that a page should not go on for too long, so sometimes I prefer to do a Sub-Page and add extra content that way. I can offer extra information to my readers when I learn how to add a WordPress Page to my blog, so can you!
Add a WordPress Page and Expand Your Site
I also think it is another avenue for the search engines to index my site! To add a WordPress Page to your site is dead easy and this video will show you it only takes seconds to have a extra content section on your blog. You will also see that the Sub-Page is not hard to implement either, you basically just choose a parent and add via that method. The tutorial show you how the pages appear in the menu’s up top and in the sidebar. We will also see how to change the parent page to another and how to trash the page. So have a look at the video and then try to follow the steps and in no time at all you find that you are adding content to more sections of your blog. Enjoy the lesson and have a go after watching it! When you learn how to add a WordPress page you are adding extra feature to your WordPress Blog
Updating WordPress Plugins is essential for the security and better running of your blog. Learn about updating WordPress Plugins. In this WordPress Tutorial Video we will look at how to update a Plugin, Plugins are the little ‘Pockets of Software” that you can add on to your site for further functionality and features. There are many many different plugins, some are paid for and some are free. In fact most are free but the developer normally has a paypal link you can donate to if you desire to? I have donated a couple of times before and if you use a plugin on multiple site it is definitely worth some thought as it takes these people time and effort to give you something for free!
Updating WordPress Plugins is Better Security
Now another thing to think about is that by keeping all our plugins up to date we are keeping the hackers at bay, some hackers become aware of the flaws in an old plugin and they exploit the weakness then get into your site and destroy your hard work (remember to back up regularly) So if we keep plugins up to date there is less chance of our site being corrupted by not so nice folk. Also these updates are normally done to improve the performance of a plugin so that is another good reason to do it. Plus it really is not too hard as this WordPress Plugin Update video will show you, so let’s get to it. Please do excuse the cough at the 1.50 mark. The most import security aspect of your WordPress Blog is the management of the WordPress Plugins, you need to be vigilant when it comes to the security of your site. You will generally receive notification emails when a Plugin needs to be updated and as this WordPress Video shows you there are also reminders when you logon!
Learn how to make a WordPress Sticky Post. In this WordPress Tutorial Video we will learn how to make a sticky post, which means we can make a post stay at the top of the page and be the first post read by visitors. It’s a handy thing to do if you wish to make a welcome post and explain to visitors what your WordPress Site is about. It is also handy to know how to make a Front page static, which means when visitors come the first thing they see each time is the same page. So you can either have your latest posts or a static Front page. If using the posts option you can make the welcome post a “Sticky Post” This will always be up the top of your WordPress and every post after that will become second and the welcome post will always be up top. A WordPress Sticky post is a very hand introduction and knowledge base for your blog’s readers!
A WordPress Sticky Post Stays First
The video will also show you how to drag a widget into the sidebar, of course you can drag widgets out of the sidebar as well. The great thing about the WordPress Blogging Platform is that it is very user friendly and easy to work with. You can customise many different elements of your blog to suit your needs. I mention in this video that perhaps a Restaurant may wish to display their menu on the Front page and I then show you how to do that, your posts will also be seen except via the post category links in the sidebar. The ability to easily manage your content is what appeals to so many users of WordPress and once you have a few goes there is no doubt you will agree that it is not only effective but also fun! Make A WordPress Sticky Post and add to your Blog’s overall appeal to new readers!
Stop WordPress Spam Comments and have a happier Blogsite! Many people believe if they leave a link on your WordPress site they will gain traction from the search engines like Google and Bing. So because of that they will spend part of the day “Spamming” other folks blog sites. Much to the annoyance of the blog owner who is hoping for honest feedback and even questions that they are able to answer on certain relating to their WordPress Blog. They really don’t care about new pharmacy pills and other junk links that are left with each unrelated comment. You see that’s how you also know the comment is spam, because it normally does not mention the subject of your blog? Many go like this “I found your blog and appreciate the content in it and will bookmark it to comeback again” They never mention the topic of your blog and the link they leave has nothing to do with your site?? Yep it’s Spam!! So what do we do about it? Well there is a plugin called Askimet and it comes preinstalled when you first start your blog, you will find it in the plugins section of the dashboard just under Appearance, you click activate and then signup for your own Askimet Api Key. Once there select the personal blog option (There is no charge for this option) Insert the id key supplied and you have gone a long way to stopping the spam. But there also other ways which is short WordPress Video Tutorial will show you, block Internet Provider Addresses (I.P Address) and also block the option to leave comments and trackbacks. Now you may wish to experiment a little with this, because if you are getting lot’s of genuine comments it may be better to manually delete the spam comments and just block the I.P Address. Stop WordPress Spam Comments and save time and energy when you Stop WordPress Spam at the beginning.
Stop WordPress Spam Now
Also I do not allow tracbacks either (This means you have allowed your WordPress blog to in linked to another website/blog) What you need to consider is that if the site that you have allowed a trackback (Also Known as pingback) has been up to no good (Blackhat Activities) You will be associated with the offending site’s bad practices and possibly penalised? By the search engines, which means it will be harder for people to find your blog in their search results. So of course we want all the exposure we can get and need to avoid bad links to our WordPress blog! I will use two screens to show the methods, one screen for the general settings and one for the blog post settings. So have a look and then follow the steps, worth noting when I did my first blog I eventually discovered there were over 5,000 spam comments and porn link comments left on my site, at that time I did not know how to delete them? It would have been better to just stop them in the beginning I think. In case you are wondering if you are trying to leave/get links for your WordPress Blog, I suggest finding sites related to your topics and even contacted the owner of the site to see if they wish to swap links. One that’s worth knowing is sometimes after you have swapped links, your link suddenly disappears a week or so later?? The other site owner is trying to gain authority by having you just linking to them and not returning the link. It’s worth checking you links every now and then! If you stop WordPress Spam comments your readers will appreciate the cleaner content of the site and there is less work for you to do!
Change WordPress Video size to suit your blogs template size. We recently learned how to insert a video into a WordPress Blog, but sometimes the standard sizes do not suit the shape and layout of the post, some themes have a different width so it is handy to know how to change WordPress Video size. So in this WordPress Tutorial Video we will have a quick look at how to make your blog post videos the size you think may suit your suit better. The bigger the video the longer the site will take to load (This may put some people off using your site/blog) In fact you may notice I only Place three posts on the front page of this WordPress Site because I don’t want it to take too long to load when you first visit, you can adjust how many videos/posts in the general settings part of the dashboard.
Change WordPress Video Size For a Better Fit
So let’s get to and have a look at how to change the size of a video in your blog post. We will make it too large and then change it back to the size that I normally use in each video. WordPress is so simple that once you have done before you are basically an expert! If you can Change WordPress Video Size on your posts you have more control over your blog and can customise the look and overall feel to the site, it can also help if your blog site is slow to load. It may mean you need to Change WordPress Video Size to make for a faster loading site? You can also Change WordPress Video Size on your pages? Perhaps you would like to make them larger to add to the feel of the page?
Insert Video into your blog for extra information! In this post we will have a quick look at how to insert a YouTube video into your WordPress posts. You might be surprised at how easy it is to do. Basically nearly all videos on YouTube are able to be embedded into other websites/WordPress. Most video owners are quite flattered to think that someone will use their video and they leave the embedding option ‘Open’ So other folk can use their videos, pretty cool eh! In fact most of the videos on this site are third party videos and it is a great study resource for this site. It is now even easier to insert videos, it used to be that you would cut and paste a long line of Html code into your WordPress post but those days are gone and it is the iframe short code that has become the standard.
The iframe is a short code within the Html code (Hyper Text Mark Up Language) Mark up language is a term used in the print industry. Kinda means editing. The whole process has been streamlined to just copying one short line of code and then embedding it into your post. It only takes a moment and you then have video content in your blog. So have a look at the video and then try it for your self, do it once and be an expert! It is good etiquette to give credit to the author of the video, you will notice all the videos on this site have done this in respect to the author. We are in a video based world and the need to Insert Video Into Your WordPress Blog Site is essential to remain contemporary in today’s video based word!
Find out how to Install WordPress BlogsLearn how to install a WordPress Blog. This is a WordPress Video designed to show you how to change NameServers at your Domain Name registrar (In this case it’s Godaddy,Com) but it is basically the same for each Domain Registrar. You change your name servers to those that the Web Hosting Company have provided you with, Example for Ventraip.Net.Au I do the change to ns1.ventraip.net.au and ns2.ventraip.net.au and then the Domain is pointing to the Hosting Company. I then login into my cpanel (Control Panel) Once there I add on the Domain Name and once alerted it is there I then go to the section allowing me to upload my Domain to the WordPress Blog Section, I select the Site Address/ Domain Name. You will notice I delete the ‘Blog’ reference. Then I decide on a Password and User/Admin Name. There are many YouTube Videos on how to Install WordPress Blogs
When happy all is in order I am ready to install my WordPress Site. A few seconds later it is done and I can logon and off and start to do some customizing to my needs and likes. I change themes, arrange the widgets and do some plugins and then … you guessed it! I can get to work and start sharing whatever I think the world needs to know. Including posts of Videos (Like this one) Plus also photos. And as I always say “Once you have done it once with WordPress you are pretty much an expert!” So I do hope this WordPress Tutorial Video helps you on your website journey. Knowing how to Install WordPress is very important and is the thing needed to get you started when you are on your own hosting environment. All cpanels have a easy to follow guide on How To Install WordPress Blogs. Do not be scared to try a WordPress Installation!