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Wordpress Tips and Tricks

Well, we have all been there, working away on our posts and perhaps even layout functions and thought “If Only I Could Get It To XYZ”. I for one can confirm that this is happening to me frequently. As I am from a raw coding background, the concept allowing a platform to do all the work for me, just is not normal to be honest and the transition has been a major learning curve. However, as we know we see the issues, we know that there must be so many more of you that also see them and simply wonder “now how do you do that”. So we have complied just a few quick tips to help you hopefully find some shortcuts to making your WordPress blog for you.

Wordpres Bullet PointPlan Ahead and Schedule Blog Posts for the Future
This has to be perhaps one of the most popular functions within WordPress. When creating your blog content, you want to be able to work ahead of the schedule, as blogger or site content writers, we like to product our posts ahead of time. Most of you will even have your diary in this manner. You may only post once a month, once a week or on a daily basis. WordPress knows that we all like to work ahead of time and plan what is being posted and when. By using the scheduling function, you can schedule posts to go live at a particular time of day or night, you won’t need to be at your computer (or even awake) when the post goes live. Check out below:

In the WordPress Posts Dashboard, go to the Edit screen for the actual post you wish to schedule in advance or create a new post.

WordPress Schedule Prompt

  • Towards the top right of your dashboard, you will notice the Publish settings, within there you will find the “Schedule For:” option.
  • Click on the blue “Edit” text adjacent to “Publish immediately” and simply set the month, date, year and time you want your post to be published and become live content. When you are setting the time, you will need to keep in mind that WordPress uses a 24 hour clock, there 2.30pm will actually become 14.30pm. Getting that wrong might be fundamental to your timing by 12 hours.
  • Once your time and date is set, Click the gray “OK” button.
  • What was the “Publish immediately” text will now change to “Schedule” with whatever date and time you have chosen displayed at the “Schedule For:” section.
  • Once you are happy with your settings, just, click the blue “Schedule” button (previously “Publish”). Your post has now been placed withing the Schedule database and will be launched at the time and date you set.

  • Wordpres Bullet PointSetting Your Post and Page URL’s
    We all know how great WordPress is a simply creating URL’s relevant to the title of your page/post title. However there are times when you just need to tweak that URL a little to suit your needs a little better.

  • From within the WordPress control panel, navigate your way to the Edit screen for the post or page you wish to edit.
  • Below the title, you will notice the button titled “Edit” button next to the post/page permalink.
  • The URL text within the box will become highlighted ready for you to alter to suit your needs. Before making your changes, you will notice that each word is separated by the – symbol, it is important that your changes reflect this rule and are also separated in the same way.
  • Finally click the “Ok” button. This will update the URL and display the new URL you have set, within the dashboard
  • In order for WordPress to actually see the changes and apply those changes to the page/post URL, you will actually need to confirm the change by clicking the “Publish” or “Update” button, within the Publish panel.
  • WordPress Permalink Edit Options

    Wordpres Bullet PointWordPress Text editor Shortcuts and Tips
    Now anybody who knows me, knows that a I am old school with my raw code preferences over text WYSIWYG editors, therefore I have had to ask my staff to compile this little list of hints and tricks for you.

    WordPress has a great little text editor built into it, most people stick with the “Visual” option rather then the “Text” viewer. This sections covers just that the “Visual” editor. At the end of this tip is going to be a clue that will also enable you to increase the power of the WordPress basic editor.
    Why not try out the tips below to help speed up your workflow and eliminate many common spelling mistakes and website design issues.

    Spell-checking In WordPress
    Perhaps one of most powerful, yet least used function within the WordPress editor has to simply be the spell check option.This is a simple step that many people miss. So many WordPress users think that it is all about the post and content, but before they publish they forget to do a spell check, yet it is so simple and only takes a few seconds to do. Once you have completed your post or page content, (regardless of if you spell check visually as you go along), just click the “ABC” button above your content. You will then be taken on a whistle stop tour of post/page picking out any words that WordPress is unable to recognize and suggestions will be made to correct the mistake/s.

    Remove Formatting from Copied Text
    Now we have all been there and we have all done this and found the following issue. Now personally I only copy and paste from MS Notepad, less chance of this happening. But should you find when you copy text from Microsoft Word or any other word processing package, that the text still just does not look quite right. Perhaps it is is slightly offline or the indents have been carried through in the paste function. Well don’t panic, WordPress even has a option to remove the hidden formatting.

  • Above your text will be the “Show/Hide Kitchen Sink” (not an easy button to spot), the button illustrates boxes or perhaps even tables with squares and rectangles. Click it to display the second row of buttons/options. If you still can not find it try pressing Ctrl+Shift+Z.
  • Select and highlight the text or section that does not appear correctly to you.
  • From the second set of options that appeared, just click on the “Remove Formatting” button. The button that resembles a white eraser that turns pink when you mouse over it.
  • WordPress Sink Button

  • Old Fashioned Carriage Return

    The ever illusive single line break in WordPress can be fun and games to work out, especially when you are using custom themes. You should note here that there is a difference between a single line break and a paragraph break. A single line break simply moves your cursor down to the next line, therefore keeping your paragraph in one piece. However the paragraph break creates a new paragraph with a gap between the new and previous paragraph. In order to create a single line break, instead of just pressing the return key, actually hold down the shift key ad then press return. To do that, just hold the Shift key and hit Return. That’s it. When you want to add a paragraph break, just press the return key. No more special codes or none breaking spaces to be inserted to move your text around.

  • Use WordPress Keyboard Shortcuts

    Shortcut keys are a fantastic way to save time, especially for those who are Cash rich, Time poor. We all know the basic Ctrl+c and Ctrl+V for our copy and paste functions. But what about all the rest, there are so many ways in which you could save time by simply learning these little keyboard shortcuts. For a basic list of the popular check out the WordPress image below or if you have a little more time check out the full WordPress post concerning this subject.

    Wordpress Defined Keyboard Shortcuts

    Image Credit To WordPress.com

    Wordpres Bullet PointMedia, Video and Other Media Embedding Made Easy
    No matter where we go on the web, we see this question so frequently and perhaps worse still, we see viewers being told they need a special plugin to embed their most basic media types. Well for those who have installed plugins to enable you to add your YouTube, Twitter, Flicker and other media, the simple fact is, most of the time you don’t actually need a plugin to do the embedding for you. WordPress actually already has the function built in for you.
    Using a simple YouTube video, we will quickly show you how to achieve your embedding without any special plugin’s.

  • Activate your cursor within the text window, where you want the YouTube video to appear, (you might want to ensure that you have a paragraph break above and below your embed location).
  • In a new browser tab, navigate to the YouTube video you want to embed. On this occasion we are going to use one of my hobby videos we made last week of Puppy Lea. Once you have the video on screen, simply copy the page URL into your clipboard. The URL is located at the top of the page in the address bar and will appear something like ours below:
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsQw_h8vtJs

  • Returning back to your WordPress dashboard. Simply paste the URL into your desired location, you should avoid trying to align or play around with the display within WordPress right now as it may cause issues with the embedded object. This is where the magic happens, although in your editor you will only see the URL that you have just added, when you actually view or preview the post, WordPress will have made some changes behind the scenes in order to make it functional content.
  • Click the “Preview” button in the top right within the Publish panel. When you view the preview page, you should now see that WordPress has embedded your video for you. In basic all WordPress has actually done is take your original URL within the post and added some short coding to it in the background. So what you see as:
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsQw_h8vtJs

    WordPress and Browsers now see as, (we have disabled this URL with extra spaces).

    [ youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsQw_h8vtJs ]

    The final result being, your video embedded as below.


    Wordpres Bullet PointMultiple Authors

    Most blogs will have multiple authors within their content. Therefore is it not only fair that the actual author get the recognition for their own content. By default on a standard WordPress setup, as a general rule see’s you are the only authorized author. If you have not set up the author as an authorized other author’s withing the “User” panel, you can quickly and easily modify the Post Author settings.

  • In order to change the Author settings you will need to be within the blog post/page Edit screen.
  • In the top right corner of the Edit screen you should see the “Screen Options” tab.
  • Click the “Screen Options” tab and a new set of options will appear along side it.
  • Add a tick to the Author check box.
  • Screen Options

  • Now within your post/page dashboard you will see a new panel has appeared, normally directly below your content editor
  • Change Author In WordPress

  • Using the drop down menu within “Author” panel, simply select the author that is appropriate for the post. Once you click the “Publish” or “Update” button on the post and it goes live within the blog, the Author will have been changed to your required Author.

  • As always we hope you enjoyed our tips and find some of them useful.
    Looking forward to your insights, feedback or questions in the comment section below

    3 Key Ways To Protect Your Privacy on Facebook…

    Control Your Privacy On Facebook To Suit You

    Facebook Privacy

    Over the years Facebook and its cavalier approach towards privacy and profit, seemingly a less community based concept has received some fierce opposition. It is highly agreed that they should seriously consider submitting and conversing their changes rather than forcing them upon their members.
    The biggest question this outrage brings to mind here, is perhaps simply why are people crying out when they agree/give permission to have their details in such a public domain. Somehow we all know the boss, the friend, the admirer are going to see those photos/details that you would prefer them not too.

    {Check out remove tags might help… }
    I for one, know that my daughter should have never seen this picture…

    Allan Nelson Falls Victim

    Not Me - 🙂

    Why are people so surprised??
    We all know through history that there is no way to 100% safeguard your Facebook information and photos!
    100% privacy can be ensured in information & photos is to simply not post them in the first place. However the good news is that whilst 99.9% of people may dislike the Facebook changes, Facebook do provide tools & settings that you can play round with in order to make your Facebook presence far more controlled & perhaps even restricting the other view your stuff.
    Here we have put together just 3 ways in which you can modify your Facebook privacy, please do feel free to add more on in the comments if you know of more settings. After all, spreading the word is teaching knowledge & knowledge is power to the end user.

    Tips & Tricks

    Editing Facebook Privacy Setting

    Editing Facebook Privacy Setting

    Changing Facebook Privacy Settings To Your Advantage

    Facebook Privacy Options

    1. If you want to use but don’t want the world to know:

    Select the “Privacy Settings” from the drop menu to the right of the Home menu on the top right of the Facebook screen. Within the next screen that appears, activate the Friends radio button in the middle of the screen. This now means that only friends you have added will see your content. It is worth pointing out at this point, nobody will be able add you as a friends as they won’t be able to find you, it is up to you to add them. At this point, you can now go even further & modify the various settings within the settings that you are creating, a good place to start might be, “How To Connect —- Edit Settings”.

    Editing & Creating Friends Lists On Facebook

    Friends List

    2. Want to be seen by some friends but not all:

    Well even that is possible now; all you need to do is “Work those friends’ lists”. In basic what we do here is to simply put certain friends in certain Categories/Lists that you create, i.e. Family, Work, Footie, and Pub. This way you will be sure that your friends down at the local football club won’t give you stick for saying something “nerdy” to your little sister or your girlfriend.
    In the next screen that comes up, click on the “create list”, in the new dialogue box, simply give this list a name, in our case we have used “Football team”. In the box below add the friends that you want in the list simply by typing out their name and their Facebook friends connection should appear in a drop down list as shown in this illustration. Click “Create” and repeat until you have the desired number of lists with the correct people in the those lists.

    Creating A New Private Friends List On Facebook

    Private Friends List

    Advanced Setting In Facebook Privacy Options

    Public Privacy Settings

    3. Remove tags full stop, only you see any tags that are posted:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, did somebody really just tag you in that picture!!! Opps a picture that your really not happy about. Most people don’t learn this lesson until it is too late and the tags have been made, so if you want more privacy, you really need to do this as soon as possible.
    This is easy to solve, it’s almost the same as number 1 above but aimed more at the public rather than just friends, simply open your “privacy settings” page again. Ensure that the “public options” is selected & then go into the “How to connect” & “Profile & Tagging” options pages.

    Child Protection Special Note

    Just making these very few changes will enable you to make full use of the privacy settings and protect your online privacy. A special note of these kind of settings might also need to be added to any the profile settings of any children’s Facebook pages. We all know that our children are not meant to be able to have a Facebook page, but latest figures show that over 78% of child members have faked their age details in order to access Facebook. As a parent it is our responsibility to protect all children.

    How to attract more guest bloggers…

    Content Is King... Social Networking With Guest Bloggers

    Content Is King

    How to attract guest bloggers…

    “Content is king”.

    We hear that a lot these days. In the age of Web 2.0 (or are we on 3.0 already?) – we know that content can attract better rankings in Google and better, more faithful readers. Readers who often turn into loyal customers.

    So let’s get writing, each and every day! But what if you have a busy work life and an even busier family life? You aren’t going to grow an extra hour or two overnight just because Google wants you to blog. But you still need to feed that content beast. What you really need – is help.
    Help can come from other writers. Help can come from that most helpful of Joint Venture partners: The Guest Blogger. It’s the ultimate content win-win. Your guest blogger gives you content and in return – you give him or her exposure. Match made in heaven!

    How To Attract More Guest Social Bloggers

    Guest Bloggers

    So now the ‘hard’ part. Finding them and convincing them to write for you. Luckily this hard part isn’t so hard after all. Here are a few ways I connect with and sign up guest bloggers.
    Google Them: The quickest way is to plug in something like “Your Industry” + Blog. Or “Your Industry” + expert. You’d be surprised how many great writers there are out there. Writers who are just dying for exposure on your site and they have to wordcount to prove it.
    Look Within: Got any regular commenters who’s writing is always entertaining, incisive or otherwise valuable? Reach out to them and see if they wouldn’t like having a “real” presence on your site.
    Follow the Leader: Your industry bigwigs might be more willing than you know to blog for you. A lot of times these huge names get huge by blanketing on the internet (and blogs like yours!) with their brand. So contact them and ask. You never know!
    Tweet It Out: Tweet that you’re looking for guest bloggers. RT the posts of bloggers or twitterers who’s style you admire. Once they start following you, PM them that you’d love to have their guest appearance on your site.
    Trade: Maybe there is more you can do for a guest blogger (esp a regular one) than just publish their blog posts. Maybe you can promise to frequently tweet about their blog and their events. Brainstorm cross-promotional webinars, newsletters. Get creative! You have more to offer than you think!
    Ever guest blogged yourself? Ever *found* a great guest blogger using an unusual resource?

    Share your stories below.