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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

    Desktop Blogging – The Easy Route

    Desktop Blog Publishing For the Wizards

    Desktop Blogging – The Easy Route

    So we all know about Blogging, and we all most certainly know the logistical problems it can be once you start running and promoting several blogs at the same time. But now we have the Social Media platforms to also deal with, you are all being pushed in so many directions all at the same time. How often do we hear it:

  • Update this, update that???
  • Keep that network engaged???
  • Dont forget this network???
  • Keep all your Clients and Customers engaged???
  • But above all else keep it SEO friendly???
  • Throughout all this, either your brain is doing cart wheels on Mars or you are on your way to Burn Out failure. STOP, TAKE A DEEP BREATHE
    We have some good news for you, keeping it short and sweet so that we can really get stuck right into as quickly as possible.

    So you have your WordPress Blog all configured with plugin’s working correctly, auto tags plugin’s, social media coding, etc etc, its all running fantastic, but it is taking you forever to log in and out of them all and trying to remember which one your working on or the article you are writing. If only there was a simple way to connect up to them all at the same time, directly from your Desktop or even Mobile devices, well the good news is: YOU CAN – it is just a question of finding the right software to suit you.

    Below we have detailed some of the more popular software packages available:

    Wordpres Bullet PointBlogJet
    Blogjet Desktop Blogging SoftwareA great little Microsoft Windows based Desktop Blogging Package.

    Functionality Includes: WYSIWYG Editor, Images, Flickr and YouTube Support, Spell Checker, Auto Replace, Full Unicode Support, Post Management and Searching, Word Counter and Blog Statistics, Drafts, Blog Autodiscovery, Integration with Feed Readers, File Attachments, Supports All Leading Blog Services, Pages, 20 High-Quality Smileys, Right Typography, Group Posting, Modern Interface and finally Categories and Tags.

    Supports: WordPress, TypePad, Movable Type, Blogger, MSN Live Spaces, Blogware, BlogHarbor, Squarespace, Drupal, Community Server, and other blog engines supporting MetaWeblog API, Blogger API, or Movable Type API.

    Platform: MS Windows

    Cost: Free Trail/€29.95

    Website | Download

    Wordpres Bullet PointDeepest Sender
    Deepsender Blogging Software Screen ShotDeepest Sender is a blogging client for Firefox. What does this mean? Well, it means that instead of having to go to the Update page on LiveJournal/WordPress/Blogger/whatever, or loading up a separate client program, all you have to do is hit Ctrl+\, or click the button in your toolbar, and you can start posting.

    Functionality Includes:Multiple accounts, WYSIWYG, Sidebars, Drag and drop, Music detection, Spellchecking, Crash recovery, Load and save drafts, Easily edit posts and a neat little trick Offline mode.

    Supports: LiveJournal, Blogger, WordPress, MSN Live Spaces, meta Weblog

    Platform: Browser Compatabilty

    Cost: Free
    Website | Download

    Wordpres Bullet PointWindows Live Writer
    A simple and easy method of, creating blog posts, and add photos, videos, and maps to tell your story. Writer works with many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, and TypePad.

    Supports:WordPress, Blogger, and TypePad

    Platform:Mirosoft Windows

    Website | Download

    Wordpres Bullet PointEcto
    ecto is designed to make blogging much easier and yet give the users as much power as possible to manage their weblogs.

    Functionality Includes:

    Supports:Blogger, Blojsom, Drupal, MovableType, Nucleus, SquareSpace, TypePad, WordPress, and more

    Platform:Windows and Mac

    Cost:Free Trial / $19.95
    Website | Download

    Wordpres Bullet PointBloGTK
    BloGTK is a weblog client that allows you to post to your weblog from GNOME without the need for a separate browser window.

    Functionality Includes:

    WordPress and WordPress.com, Movable Type/Open Melody
    b2evolution, Windows Live Spaces, Habari, LifeType, Expression Engine (autoconfiguration does not work), Serendipity


    Website | Download

    Wordpres Bullet PointDrivel Journal Editor
    Drivel is a GNOME client for working with online journals, also known as weblogs or simply “blogs”. It retains a simple and elegant design while providing many powerful features and functionality.

    Functionality Includes: LiveJournal, Blogger, MovableType, Advogato, and Atom journals including WordPress and Drupal

    Supports: LiveJournal, Blogger, MovableType, Advogato, WordPress, Drupal

    Platform: Linux

    Cost: Free
    Website | Download

    Gnome Blog Desktop Blogging SoftwareWordpres Bullet PointGnome Blog
    GNOME blog is a desktop blogging application for Linux and Unix. Easy and quick to use to help you writing your great blog posts.

    Functionality Includes:Simple to use interface, WYSIWYG styled text support, Panel popup allows entries can be written gradually over the course of a day, Spell checking, Drag and drop support for images

    Supports:Advogato.org, Movable Type, WordPress, LiveJournal.com, Pyblosxom, and any other blog using bloggerAPI or MetaWeblog

    Platform:Linux and Unix

    Website | Download

    Wordpres Bullet PointNewz Crawler
    NewzCrawler Desktop Blogging SoftwareNewzCrawler is a rss/atom reader, news aggregator, browser and blog client for Windows which provides access to news content from various sources:

    Functionality Includes:Read news, Compose messages, Browse, Keep informed, Synchronize, Email, Search, Organize, Download and Use MS Agent characters for speech synthesis.

    Supports:Blogger, Metaweblog, MovableType or LiveJournal API supporting website


    Website | Download

    Wordpres Bullet PointPerformancing ScribeFire
    Performancing ScribeFire Desktop Blogging SoftwareScribeFire is an extension for the Mozilla Firefox Web browser, Google Chrome Web browser, Opera Web Browser, and Apple Safari Web browser that allows you to easily post to all of your blogs.

    Functionality Includes:Using OAuth authorization for WordPress.com blogs, Using OAuth authorization for Blogger blogs, Added support for “Read more” in LiveJournal blog posts, Private posts in Posterous, Upload images by copy and paste (Chrome only)

    Supports:WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, TypePad, LiveJournal, Windows Live Spaces and more

    Platform:Browser Based Platform

    Website | Download

    Wordpres Bullet PointMarsEdit
    MarsEdit Desktop Blogging SoftwareBrowser-based interfaces are slow, clumsy, and require you to be connected to the internet just to use them. Browsers are perfect for reading web content, but not so great for creating it.

    Functionality Includes:Rich And HTML Text Editing, Media At Your Fingertips, Wildly Compatible, Easy File Uploads, Perfect Previews, Re-Blog It!, Your Editor Or Ours and Offline Freedom.

    Supports:WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Movable Type, LiveJournal, Drupal, and Vox and more.


    Website | Download

    Wordpres Bullet PointThingamaBlog
    ThingamaBlog Desktop Blogging SoftwareThingamablog is a cross-platform, standalone blogging application that makes authoring and publishing your weblogs almost effortless. Unlike most blogging solutions, Thingamablog does NOT require a third-party blogging host, a cgi/php enabled web host, or a MySQL database. In fact, all you need to setup, and manage, a blog with Thingamablog is FTP, SFTP, or network access to a web server.

    Functionality Includes:Set up a blog in minutes via an intuitive wizard, Maintain multiple blogs, Effortlessly manage thousands of entries, Dynamically update blog content, Write entries offline (Dialup users), Publish your blog with a single click, Publish remotely to your blog via email, Read news with an integrated feed reader, Make posts from your favorite feeds, Create a unique layout with customizable templates, Import entries from RSS/Atom feeds, Set up flexible archiving options, Organize your entries by category or date, Save entries as drafts, Define your own custom template tags, Syndicate your blog via an RSS or Atom feed, Ping services like weblogs.com, BlogRolling, and Blo.gs, And much more…

    Supports:LiveJournal, Blogger, MovableType, Advogato, WordPress, Drupal

    Platform:Windows, Mac OSx, Linux

    Website | Download