7 WordPress Tips & Tricks

7 WordPress Tips & Tricks

I thought it might be useful to list 7 of my best posts here so you don ‘t get lost while browsing my blog by jumping from a post to another.

Let ‘s start with the start:

  1. How to install wordpress “ Here I wrote a whole guide on how to install wordpress. To be honest, I didn ‘t like the famous 5 minutes installation guide  on wordpress.org so I wrote my own. The tutorial posted on this page explains how you can create a new blog from scratch using cpanel, ftp, etc. Of course, there are other ways, some of them even easier (maybe) like Fantastico. But your hosting company has to upgrade their software right after the release, so you depend on many factors. Anyway, it ‘s one of the many solutions, test it and rate it.
  2. How To Display A Static Page On Your Home Pageby default, wordpress shows the latest 10 posts on your main page. This can be good or bad, depending on your preferences. The good news is that you can change this setting from the admin. To find out more about this, just click on the link in the title of this paragraph.
  3. Top recommended WordPress Plugins “ A small personal wordpress plugins collection. I think you must have them (or at least some of them) installed on your blog to make your life easier. The post includes: All in one SEO pack, google xml sitemaps, social bookmarks and few more. Check them out.
  4. How to recover your admin password (if the password recovery feature doesn ‘t work) “ you may think this will never happen. But it does ¦ it did happen few times for me so I thought it would be great to let others know how I did it before they quit trying and get a new fresh wordpress installation losing all their data.
  5. Top 10 WordPress anti spam plugins “ Another collection of mine, this time to help me get rid of spammers. Yep, they attack blogs too (and attacked mine as well). The best seems to be akismet but there are few other options from which you can chose your destiny, so read the whole post before you make a decision (and maybe test them one by one).
  6. How to integrate Google Analytics with your blog “ A common problem for bloggers is to have their google analytics code installed on their blog so they can track traffic. This post explains exactly what you need to do to have it working.
  7. The best permalinks structure “ If you don ‘t know what permalinks are, then search this blog and you will find a post explaining that for sure. In the 7th post listed here I explained what ‘s the best way to have your URLs listed and why is that.

 

Getting started with videoblogging

Getting started with videoblogging

Many people are saying that videoblogging is the next generation of posting products and ideas on the internet. When you watch a video, you don ‘t need to stay near your pc to read all the post, but instead you can do your daily work and simply listen to it, or just stay relaxed and watch the video if it contains useful images (not just a person speaking in front of you).

The bad part is that videoblogs require a lot more disk space on your server and better bandwidth (and a streaming software as well) so it ‘s not that easy to move to it.

People like to see what they ‘re going to buy. Therefore, if you look at this from a business perspective, you get a lot of benefits because puting a presentation video on the internet is like having video advertising for free where you can display your products and services. Some people would like to see the proof that they ‘re getting their money ‘s worth before spending them.

On the web things are pretty much static right now unlike in television in which all are moving. If you something that ‘s moving you ‘ll get attention for sure, and if the video is good enough, people might buy your product even if they don ‘t need it. If you ‘re just starting a business, you don ‘t need to invest too much, you can just start at home. All you need is a camera (I ‘d say a good one, not just a webcam) a microphone, a video software, some lights and you ‘re good to go.   You need to invest in a good camera because the better the resolution is, the better the output is and you want to present your goods in an optimum way ¦

Light is very important so make sure you illuminate the whole area when capturing images. The brighter the area, the crisper the images will be.

Another very important aspect is your voice. You need sounds, especially your voice during the video.   The software can be any as long as it does the job. You simply need to be able to cut bad angles, tune the video for its best quality and export it in a format for the web.

As for the downsides, I already named few of them: diskspace and bandwidth for the server. On the client side, I ‘d say it might slow down a little the visitor ‘s computer but not that much but they can experience high load times if they ‘re on dial up or any kind of slow connection. Their connection speed must allow them to view a video real time for the best experience, so be careful with that.

Well, that ‘s about it. I ‘ll let you decide if you ‘re going to use videoblogging or not. Oh.. and by the way, you can merge text blogging with video blogging, meaning you can integrate videos in your current blog. That ‘s good news :)

Top 10 WordPress Anti Spam Plugins

Top 10 WordPress Anti Spam Plugins

As I was promissing few days ago here, I ‘ll name few tools that you can use to fight agains WordPress Spam.

Here we go:

  1. Akismet “ a very popular plugin which comes by default with wordpress. To use it, you need to signup for a wordpress acount and get an API key for your website.
  2. Defensio “ A wordpress plugin that helps you filter your comments and also provides rss feed for both accepted and Ëœspammed ‘ comments.
  3. Simple CAPTCHA “ Adds turing text to your comment area to eliminate automated comments
  4. Challenge “ Adds a challenge to your comments area, the regular stuff being additions and multiplications
  5. Referrer Bouncer “ You don ‘t need to do anything to use it. Just activate it.
  6. Email Immunizer “ Simply converts all your emails on your website to numeric references to prevent email colecting
  7. WPBayes “ Implements the spam filtering with the Naive Bayesian technique, which means it marks the comments as spam or not based on your previous decisions. To be honest, I didn ‘t use this one
  8. Spam Karma 2 “ This one assigns a karma score based on multiple factors like the age of the post, the email, if there ‘s a link inside, etc, etc.
  9. WP Spam Hitman “ It fights agains wordpress spam using a series of patterns. That ‘s all I know about it, please test it and let me know if it ‘s a good one.
  10. Did you pass Math “ Does the same thing as the one at point #4.

Well.. I think 10 tools are enough to keep you away from spam comments. Test them and use the one(s) you like the most.

Theme Chooser For WordPress

Theme Chooser For WordPress

One cool thing you can do with WordPress these days is let your visitors choose the theme they want to see on your website (of course, if you have many of them installed).

What is a Theme Chooser For WordPress?

It ‘s an addon for WordPress that makes it possible for your visitors to change the layout they want to see with just a click of a mouse. Yep, that ‘s possible and very easy to implement. First, you need to have multiple themes installed on your WordPress blog. Where to find them? It ‘s simple: google will give you all the answers you need. Just do a search for free wordpress theme  or other related terms, and you ‘ll find a dozen of free themes to add to your blog. The next step is to upload them. Once you have them on your computer, unzip and use your ftp client to upload them and last, activate them from your admin area.

The next step is to ˜install a WordPress theme chooser add-on ˜. By default, WordPress offers you the possibility to upload as many themes as you want, but use only one at a time. However, you can change that. How? With an addon. You have two options for this task.

The first one is theme preview . This one will allow your visitors to choose from a list of themes and preview them in the browser. Although there is a single theme activated as the main one and all the visitors will see it when they land on your blog for the first time, they will be able to switch to another one very easy. You don ‘t even need to install the themes. To install this plugin, just download it from the wordpress plugins website, unzip, upload to your server and activate it from the plugins  menu in the admin area, then access your blog with an URL in this format: www.yourblogdomainname.com/index.php?preview_theme=some_theme (of course, change some_theme  with your theme name). That ‘s it, test it and let me know if it works ¦ or not :)

The second option is Theme switcher . This plugin does the same as the first one. To install it, just upload it to your plugins folder and then activate it from your admin area then add your themes as they say on the instructions page (you can find it in the settings menu). They offer 2 formats: full list or dropdown.

To conclude, if you want to let your visitors view your blog the way they want, you have at least 2 possibilities to do that, so you can ‘t say it ‘s impossible, even if your tech skills keep you far away from beeing an expert in this area. The theme chooser for WordPress makes it possible.

 

How to Install WordPress

Ok ¦ now you know what a blog is and you ‘ve been thinking of starting your own. You also heard of the term Ëœwordpress ‘ but you don ‘t know exactly what is it all about. In just few words, wordpress is the most used blogging platform on the planet. It is a free open source platform that lets you create and publish your blog. You just install it on your website and you ‘re good to go.

There is really no difference between a blog and a regular website. It ‘s just that the blog means a specific type of website: a web log or a personal diary. That ‘s it.

WordPress will basically build your website. You can choose from various skins to make it personal. You can have widgets, banners and so on. You can organize your posts in categories, timeframes and the most recent ones appear by default on your home page. If you wish, you can change that setting to display a static page. WordPress also has a complete, well designed administration area where you can manage everything on your website: you can add new categories, create posts, add pictures, embed videos, music, add links and many, many more things, all in one single online administration area.

Installing it is really easy if you are familiar with uploading files through FTP to your website. If you don ‘t know what that is, then read this guide and you ‘ll find out. If it ‘s still too complicated, there are hosted versions also, which are free and don ‘t need to have a website. I recommend having your own name on the internet though ¦

I wrote a guide on how to install wordpress which you may download and read.

You can download it using the form in the upper right corner.

Get it now and start blogging :P

How To Post Articles With WordPress

Writing a post is a very important feature for wordpress ¦ actually I consider it the most important feature. I ‘ll make it really short now and explain in just few words Ëœhow you can make a post on your blog using wordpress ‘.

It ‘s very easy. Basically there are 3 main ways that you can use to post on your blog. I ‘ll start with the most used, which is the one in the administration area. I assume this post will be read only by people new with wordpress, if you already made a post you know how to do it, so what I ‘m doing now it ‘s kinda` useless.   Ok, so, here we go: let ‘s say you installed your blog or someone else did it for you and you want to make a post. You must have the admin info (user and password) to do that, so if you don ‘t have them you must ask for them. Having those ready, you need to go to Ëœyourblogurl.com/wp-login.php ‘. After you ‘re logged in, you will see your dashboard. That ‘s not important for now. You just need to click on the button named Write  (you can find it in the upper left corner if you ‘re using newer versions). Once you click on that button, you ‘re automatically taken to the post writing area (using the same write button, you can go and write a static page or a link, but Ëœpost ‘ is the default option).

Now, you ‘re in the writing area. Enter the title, then start writing your post. Make sure your title is search engine optimized (eg. contains a keyword you want to target, etc). When you ‘re done, scoll down and you will see the tags  area. There you must enter your tags(or keywords). That ‘s not a must, but it ‘s important for SEO purposes. If you scroll down even more, you ‘ll see the categories area where you can include your post in one or more categories. That ‘s about it. When you ‘re done, just hit save  to save it or publish  if you want other people to be able to see it. Please note that if you don ‘t publish it, it will still be saved, but it won ‘t be available for others.

That ‘s it, you wrote your first post using wordpress.

Earlier in this post I was saying about 3 ways to write a post on wordpress. The one above was the first one. The other two aren ‘t so much used, but they ‘re very useful. Another way to post to your wordpress blog is using the XML-RPC protocol. XML-RPC enables a background communication channel for to manage your blog. Don ‘t worry, it ‘s quite secure so you can use that too without being afraid of something.

It works like this. First, you have to enable it. You can do that by accessing the writing settings page ( Settings  > Writing ). If you go to that page, you ‘ll see this:

XML-RPC

 

Enable the WordPress, Movable Type, MetaWeblog and Blogger XML-RPC publishing protocols.

To have XMLRPC enabled, just check that checkbox and hit Save changes .

If you have this setting enabled, you can use external posting services to post remote, schedule posts, post multiple articles at once, buy content from PLR websites, etc (a lot of tasks, really). I ‘ll come back with more info related to XML-RPC in a later post.

The third way is Ëœemail publishing ‘. To be honest, I didn ‘t use that, but I assume it logs in to your email account, it grabs your email messages and posts them on your blog (based on some user/password of course as you could get a lot of spam emails going online as posts) “ I strongly recommend being carefully with this one :)

Hope it helps and hope you enjoyed this post. If you did, please share it with your friends.

Thanks,

Four Ways to Make Money Using WordPress

If you ‘re here, it means you are interesting in making money online using the best blogging platform man kind has ever seen and you either didn ‘t make any money online so far or you ‘re simply trying to improve your marketing skills.

Either way, you ‘ve just come to the right place: the WordPress How To Planet.

Our guest today is an ebook, an astonishing collection of ways you can cash-in your blog (if you have one), four simple ways that can make you forget your current life as you know it at the moment. In fact, they ‘re so simple you don ‘t ever think about them ¦ yet ¦ very POWERFUL.

It ‘s called the WordPress G4 and you can read more about it on its homepage at http://thewordpress-goldmine.com/.

I ‘m telling you, this is just brilliant and it won ‘t take you more than a couple minutes to implement, so I strongly believe it ‘ll be worth your time ;)

I mean ¦ you can keep on struggling with your current ¦ whatever you were doing, or you could check out this website and become a successful internet marketer. Now it ‘s your turn. Make your choice, I made mine and I don ‘t regret every single penny.

Have a good one ;)

How to transform your wordpress blog into a membership website

How to transform your wordpress blog into a membership website

Few days ago I was into creating a membership website on a wordpress platform. To be honest, I didn ‘t find anything to make me happy (I was looking for a (free) plugin, ovbiously :) ). All you can find is only crappy software that doesn ‘t do anything really special. The idea behind a membership website is not just to protect your content from the public and show it only to your registered users (while logged in), but it ‘s more about offering them options (I ‘m not going to name any, it depends mostly on your website profile).

However, I got the most from memberwing (google for it and you ‘ll find it, it ‘s the first result). This plugin is very easy to use, it has no options and that ‘s why it got my vote :) To use it, simply insert {+} or {++} or {+++} in your post, depending on the user level you want the content to be accessible for. For free, you go with {+}, for the premium you go with {+++} (for more info on that, read their website). Everything before that sign is free and available for the public, what ‘s after that sign is only viewable by the registered users. I didn ‘t test what will happen if you put the {+++} sign 3 times in a post :) I invite you to do that maybe you discover bugs and report them to the plugin owners.

That ‘s about it right now, if I ‘ll decide to build my own cool membership plugin in the future, I ‘ll let you know. If you want to be noticed when an update is out, simply read my blog and subscribe to my rss feed.

Cheers,