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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

    Six Of The Latest Twitter Tricks For 2013

    6 New Twitter Trick For 2013

    Six Of The Latest Twitter Tricks For 2013

    Before we have a quick look at some of the newer tricks surfacing on Twitter, just have to take a moment and do my normal 5 minute waffle, but this time I am not going to say anything, in fact I want you to say something.
    Can you simply say “Twitter Tricks” 6 times quickly in a row.
    😉 Hope that has given you a little morning smile over that fresh brew your having. Don’t worry if you can’t say it, nor can I, in fact I only managed it three times before my tongue got all twisted up. So now we have had a little fun lets get down to some serious stuff:

    Six new Twitter Tricks to start implementing as soon as you can, as we all know a planned routine is a good routine so lets start the year as we mean to go on.

    Twitter Light Bulb MomentTake Out The Garbage, Remove The Clutter

    Maximise Your Re-tweeting PotentialWe all know that with Twitter you only have 140 characters to say what you want to say and get your point across. But if your focus is to maximise those 140 characters and use them all – “Perhaps Your Doing It Wrong” – By using all the character spaces yourself, your followers are then unable to Retweet or share your content. Excessive clutter leaves your follows with only two options, don’t Retweet or edit your original tweet. In all honesty neither option is considered acceptable by your followers or your potential clients.

    A little rule of thumb we use and fid pretty useful is to simply do the following: work out the number of characters it would take to Retweet one of your own BLANK Tweets, “RT @MMW: “, including all the characters and spaces this is 9 characters including all the spaces and the colon etc, this therefore means our Twitter rule is of 140 characters has now been reduced down to 131 characters or less. Simple but effective method of increasing possible Retweets.

    Twitter Light Bulb MomentSchedule Your Tweets Into Your Diary
    Twitter Deck Auto Scheduling
    Whilst this is by no means a new Trick to add to your Twitter deck, it still has to be the most important and fundamental. No matter how often we speak to Twitter users, we always hear the same thing, How can we plan “Twitter In Advance”. Whilst everybody seems to be aware of their target audience or customers expectation, getting the Tweeters to see that you need to know your industry inside out, what is happening, what are the latest trends, what are the latest buzz words. By knowing your industry inside out, you can plan in advance because you know more than your customer or client who is awaiting the latest Tweet from you. With this information, you are already tooled up with everything you need to plan your advanced Twitter marketing campaign. Now add into the mix a simple software program such as Hootsweet or Twitterdeck, you now have the complete package, your very own “Twitter Diary”.

    Twitter Light Bulb MomentUnderstanding Twitter Action And Terminology

    We have all seen it and perhaps even do it, you have used the @reply action when we actually wanted to use the @mention tags.
    So lets break the terms and actions down:
    @reply When you want to respond to another users tweet, almost in the same way as you would reply to an e-mail or a text message, only on twitter your response needs the @twitterhandle at the beginning of the message followed by your reply.
    @mention However is slightly different in the fact you can place the @twitterhandle anywhere within the body of your response. This will then simply become a tweet with the user names Twitter handle highlighted.
    By default Twitter will pick up any Tweet that has the @twitterhandle at the beginning and treat it as a reply, therefore they will only be seen by the person that you have replied to and their followers.

    Twitter Light Bulb MomentShorten Your URLs
    Bit.ly Twitter Link Shortening Softwre
    Once again we come back to the 140 (or less rule if you have taken on board the Take Out The Garbage) characters rule, with regard this time to how you add your links. A standard URL can be pretty long, almost to the point perhaps of taking the entire character space of the full Tweet. So it is time for a little common sense, specially if you are planning ahead using software such as Hootsuite or Tweetdeck, you don’t have the constraints of timing or urgency holding you back. There are several software packages that are normally free to register for that simply convert your standard URL in to an shortened version. Software such as bitly or Goo.gl.
    Now that you have created a short version of your link, lets not forget to at least tell your followers what the link about and include a good short description so that your followers will know what to expect once they click the link.

    Twitter Light Bulb MomentMaximize Your Twitter Search
    A highly under used system of searching is the Twitter search tool. Detailed below we have briefly outlined the methods used to get the best results from the Twitter search.

  • How many people can honestly say they have never Googled themselves, so why not Twitter yourself and see what results you find. If you can Twitter yourself, why not go one step further and Twitter search website or blog URL and find out it others are mentioning your page.
  • Just like any other search engine, you can Twitter search for anything. Why not search for activities local to you, perhaps anything in your district. If you search “your city, town” with an activity word afterwards, perhaps “cinema”. Twitter search will return results showing all current tweets concerning cinema” that have happened in “your city, your town”, with the keyword club in them.
  • Find people or subjects that you may enjoy following by searching for keywords that interested you.
  • If you do not want tweets with links add ? -filter:links at the end of your search query.
  • Need more options, use the Advanced Twitter search. Somewhat of a hidden function, click here.
  • Any time you get excellent results click the “Save this search” button to save that search. These searches can then be found under “Saved Searches” on the right-hand part of your profile on the old Twitter interface or under the “Searches” tab next to your timeline on the new Twitter interface.

  • Twitter Light Bulb MomentCreate and use lists
    Having methods of organizing yourself is no different online than it is in the office. Therefore Twitter lists are an excellent system of filtering through the people you follow. allowing to basically like their tweets through a filing system of your own. You may perhaps have a list for Hobbies, or Work or perhaps even further broken down into Sport and then Clubs. Each list will contain the people you have connected up with and placed within the list. To create a list, click the Lists link and then Create a list. After creating a list visit the persons profile page you wish to add and click the list icon, as shown in the picture to the right. Our Social Media masters and The British Masters list’s are example’s of public lists that we created.

    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 🙂