How to Create a Page – Video Tutorial

WP video tutorialThe first things you’ll want to create on a new WordPress site are your core pages. In this video tutorial, I show you how to create a page, including how to paste content from a word processor. And I’ll show you some time-saving shortcut keys for copy and paste that you’ll want to use everywhere. Plus, you’ll learn tips on creating titles and permalinks that will keep search engines and readers happy.

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MaAnna is a geek who can still speak in plain English and mashes up her background in both the techie and artsy worlds to teach non-geeks, authors, artists, and other creative folks the ways of WordPress.

 

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Video Tutorial – How to Preview and Install a Theme on WordPress 3.2

The beauty of WordPress is that you can install new themes without disturbing the core content of your site – in theory. But, in reality, changing themes could disrupt certain elements of your site. In this updated video, I tell you how to find and preview new themes before you install them. And tips for preparing your site before you change anything.

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MaAnna is a geek who can still speak in plain English and mashes up her background in both the techie and artsy worlds to teach non-geeks, authors, artists, and other creative folks the ways of WordPress.

 

Chat with MaAnna on Facebook | Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn

New WordPress iOS for iPhone and iPad Review and Tutorial

WordPress for iOSAs most of you know, I LOVE my iPad. I take it everywhere. But, it’s not very handy for updating my WordPress sites. That changed today, with the announcement of an updated WordPress iOS (Operating System) for iPhone and iPad. I got it immediately, and here’s my review and how to use it.

This is a long post, but I know you want to put this app through its paces, so I included everything you’ll want for an initial how-to. And, you’ll want to read it through to see the one feature it lacks that has caused me to temporarily uninstall it.

Get It

You can download the app from iTunes. You can read about on the WordPress.org iOS page and read the announcement on the WordPress.org blog.

Using It

Once you open it, you’re presented with three choices. They are:

  • Start a new blog at WordPress.com
  • Add blog hosted at WordPress.com
  • Add self-hosted WordPress blog

I chose the last option and was asked for the URL of my site, plus the Username and Password. Now, if you don’t already have security features setup on your device, this would be a good time to add them. You certainly don’t want folks to wipe out your site if your device gets lost or stolen.

The next message I received was that XML-RPC services were disabled on my site. Simply put, it means that I had not set up my site to be updated via a remote login.

You can enable this feature by going to your site and clicking the Settings > Writing link from your Dashboard. Scroll down to the Remote Publishing section and check the box to enable XML-RPC updates. Then click the Save Changes button. [Read more...]

Get Distraction – Free Writing on WordPress Now

You don’t have to wait for WordPress 3.2 to come out in late June to enjoy distraction-free writing with a big text editor. You can enjoy it now, plus create your own pre-publish checklist too. And, the four tricks I show you in this video work great for smaller laptop screens too.

Plus, I’ll show you the modules that WordPress left out of your text editor page that you need to add back and start using for better SEO.

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Customize Your WordPress Navigation Menus

Custom navigation menus give you the ability to highlight pages to your site visitors and improve your SEO. They also allow you to keep certain pages out of your navigation menu. And, if your theme supports them, you can also easily customize your category menu.

In this video tutorial, I show you two ways to customize the order in which links appear in the main navigation menu of your site. I’ll also show you how to make child pages. Plus, you’ll see how to make custom menus based on blog post categories.

New WordPress Video Tutorial Using Static Page as Home

One of the things that confuses new site owners the most is how to make a blog post when they are using a static page as the front page of their site. This short video tutorial guides you step-by-step through creating the necessary pages and shows you how to use them.

And, I’m delighted to say that it features a site from one of my WordPress Training clients. Be sure to stop by The Book Doula and let Dr. Liz know you saw her!

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