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How to Personalize Your WordPress Blog

After you install the WordPress software and log in, you can put a personal stamp on your blog by giving it a title and description, setting your contact e-mail address, and identifying yourself as the [more…]

How to Manage Comments on Your WordPress Blog

What would your WordPress blog be if it didn’t include discussions and allow comments from your readers? But because what appears on your blog reflects on you, WordPress offers you options to control who [more…]

Using the WordPress Custom Fields Interface

With WordPress themes, templates, and template tags, Custom Fields auto-formatted data allows for flexibility in defining your blog posts. The Custom Fields module appears on the Write Post and Write Page [more…]

How to Create Page Views Using WordPress Templates

A static WordPress page contains content that doesn’t appear on your blog page, but rather as a separate page within your site. You can have numerous static pages on your WordPress site, and each page [more…]

How to Create Sidebar Templates on Your WordPress Website

You can create separate sidebar templates for different pages of your WordPress site by using a simple include statement in your code. When you write an include statement, you’re telling WordPress that [more…]

How to Create Content Types for Your WordPress Website

A new feature in WordPress (new as of version 3.0) is a feature called custom post types. This feature allows you, the site owner, to create different content types for your WordPress site that give you [more…]

How to Optimize Your WordPress Blog for Search Engines

You want people to find your WordPress blog, otherwise you wouldn’t be taking the time to write it. WordPress is equipped to create an environment that’s friendly to search engines, giving them easy navigation [more…]

Five Free WordPress Plugins to Try

WordPress makes it easy to extend functionality through the use of plugins. Jump into the world of plugins by trying one (or all) of these free popular plugins in the WordPress Plugin Directory designed [more…]

Advanced Configuration for the WordPress WP Super Cache Plugin

The popular WordPress plugin — WP Super Cache — requires advanced configuration. That is, this isn’t a “set it and forget it” type of plugin. To use this WordPress plugin, you need to perform additional [more…]

Installing and Configuring the Stats Plugin

The Stats plugin provides fairly comprehensive statistics about your website traffic, such as the number of visits, where your visitors are coming from and what content they are viewing on [more…]

Setting Up a Test Site to Test Your Plugins

Because WordPress changes so often, it is useful to create a test site on which you can install and run the WordPress software and plugins to test them before applying them to your live website. If you [more…]

Where to Find Technical Support for WordPress Plugins

Everyone who uses plugins on their WordPress website or blog has had this happen at some point: They find the perfect plugin but have no idea how to use it. What can you do when you can’t figure out how [more…]

User Roles and Capabilities on WordPress

Before you start adding new users to your WordPress website or blog, you need to understand the differences among the user roles because each user role is assigned a different level of access and grouping [more…]

How to Add New Users to Your WordPress Blog or Website

When users register on your WordPress blog or website, you get an e-mail notification (sent to the e-mail address you set on the General Settings page), so you always know when new users register, and [more…]

How to Change User Accounts on Your WordPress Blog

After users register and settle into their accounts on your WordPress website or blog, you, as the site administrator, have the ability to edit their user information. You may never have to edit your WordPress [more…]

Great Plugins for Managing a Multi-Author WordPress Site

You may love running a multi-author site, but even on WordPress it has its challenges. WordPress tools can help you manage your multi-author site and make your site more interactive by adding features [more…]

Deciding Whether to Allow Comments on Your WordPress Site

Do you want to allow others to leave comments on your WordPress site? Many blog users say that a blog without comments isn’t a blog at all (because the point of having a blog is to foster communication [more…]

How to Organize Links on Your WordPress Blog

The WordPress Dashboard lets you organize your links by creating link categories in the Dashboard and then assigning links to the appropriate categories. These categories let you share links with other [more…]

WordPress Custom Fields Data Display

Adding Custom Fields to your WordPress template files facilitates proper data display on your WordPress blog. To get the data to display properly, you must open the template files and dig into the code [more…]

How to Use WordPress Categories to Organize Your Content

In WordPress, a category is what you determine to be the main topic of a blog post. By using categories on your WordPress blog, you can file your blog posts into topics by subject. To improve your readers’ [more…]

How to Format Your WordPress Blog Post

When you write your blog post, WordPress provides a Visual Editing mode, as indicated by the Visual tab that appears above the text. Visual Editing mode provides WYSIWYG [more…]

How to Customize Your WordPress Workspace for Writing

To write a post for your WordPress blog, you open the Add New Post page. There you have options that let you arrange the WordPress workspace and create a custom environment that suits your writing needs [more…]

Creating a Static Front Page for Your WordPress Website

Creating a front page for your WordPress website is a three-step process: Create a static page, designate that static page as the front page of your site, and tweak the page to look like a website, rather [more…]

WordPress Plugins for Podcasters

If you have a WordPress website, there are several WordPress plugins that can help you create podcasts. When you podcast, you provide regular episodes of an audio show that your visitors can download to [more…]

How to Manage Your WordPress Media Files

The WordPress Media Library provides a convenient and easy way to track and organize the media files in your Uploads folder. After all, if you’ve been running your WordPress blog for any length of time [more…]

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