WordPress Update Services

WordPress Update Services are tools which are used to let other people know you’ve updated your blog.

WordPress automatically updates popular Update Services when you have updated your blog by sending pings each time you create or update a post.

Listed below are Ping Services WordPress uses:

http://rpc.pingomatic.com
http://rpc.twingly.com
http://api.feedster.com/ping
http://api.moreover.com/RPC2
http://api.moreover.com/ping
http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2
http://www.blogshares.com/rpc.php
http://www.blogsnow.com/ping
http://www.blogstreet.com/xrbin/xmlrpc.cgi
http://bulkfeeds.net/rpc
http://www.newsisfree.com/xmlrpctest.php
http://ping.blo.gs/
http://ping.feedburner.com
http://ping.syndic8.com/xmlrpc.php
http://ping.weblogalot.com/rpc.php
http://rpc.blogrolling.com/pinger/
http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping
http://rpc.weblogs.com/RPC2
http://www.feedsubmitter.com
http://blo.gs/ping.php
http://www.pingerati.net
http://www.pingmyblog.com
http://geourl.org/ping
http://ipings.com
http://www.weblogalot.com/ping

Update service URL’s are listed under “Update Services” under Settings-> Writing Settings

WordPress Discussion Settings

How to setup WordPress Discussion Settings or Comments.

Default article settings WordPress will send out a pings to a site or article you have linked to in your post automatically.

Trackbacks allows you to communicate to another blog or blog owner using your WordPress

Pingbacks are sent automatically when you link to someone’s site or they link to you.


Other comment settings

I dont allow comments on my websites as a rule.

My settings are: Comment author must fill out name and email.

Users must be registered and logged in to comment.

set to 0 days

Email me whenever

A comment is held for moderation

Before a comment appears

Comment must be manually approved.

Comment author must have a previously approved comment

 

I hate spam so hold a comment in the queue if it contains or more links. (A common characteristic of comment spam is a large number of hyperlinks.)

Below are avatar settings

Avatar Display
Avatar Display

Maximum Rating
Maximum Rating




Default Avatar
Default Avatar

For users without a custom avatar of their own, you can either display a generic logo or a generated one based on their email address.

WordPress Reading Settings

WordPress Reading Settings Control your frontpage Settings

Front Page Display Setting choose what content appears on your website’s front page. Choose to have your latest blog posts or a static page. Created in the Pages tab (black bar left hand sidebar) of your site.

Your front page is set to display your latest blog posts by default, this can change it to a static front page. Using a static front page is handy if you want to use your front page as a landing page.

Blog pages show at most – Controls the number of Posts to display on your blog page. If frontpage display is set to display Your Latest Posts this value is controlled here also.

Syndication feeds show the most recent – These feeds show the most recent items and lets you set how many blog posts will be sent out at via RSS feed (mine is located at http://pinguisweb.com/feed/). Add /feed/ to your wordpress domain name to get your feed address.

For each article in a feed, show – choose whether to show all post content or the first 55 words, you can select Full text or Summary. Full text means that the entire contents of a post are included in the feed. Summary means that only the first 55 words are included in the feed, along with the option to continue reading the rest of the post. Best change to Summary because of pagespeed and bandwidth factors.

Search Engine Visibility – If you want to setup your website before indexig check the Discourage search engines from indexing this site box to ask search engines not to index this site. When the option is checked, this changes robots.txt to send back noindex(Disallow) commands to search engines.

Writing Settings WordPress

How to change the Writing Settings WordPress

WordPress has a lot of Default Setting already set to help you get started quickly. Reading Settings is no different but can be tweeked to get the results that push you up from amateur status.

It not going to change the world but may improve your blog rating that bit.

 

Writing Settings in WordPress

Convert emoticons like and to graphics on display – i would tick YES
WordPress should correct invalidly nested XHTML automatically – i would tick YES

Default Post Category for this one i would select a popular search term related to my business. These categories are set in All Posts and Category. Enter your category information there and come back and select it from the list.

Default Post Format I always leave it to standard the choices are Standard, Aside, Chat, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, Status, Video or Audio. Again depends on you type of blog or customers.

WordPress General Settings

How to set your General Website Settings in WordPress

One of the first pages to visit in the WordPress back-end is your Settings Screen. Down the left hand side bar under settings, you can set control of the most basic configuration settings for your site, your site’s title and location, who can register an account at your site, and how dates and times are used and displayed.

Below is an example of the setting used in Ireland. We will explain…

Changing Website Title and Tagline are pretty simple.

Changing the Email Address associated with the Administrator is next input box.

Timezone should be set to Dublin as Cork is not there and Kerry has none(Yet).

Date Format is a personal choice but i recommend Date/Month/Year as its standard in Ireland..

Time Format again is a personal choice i would keep it at default Hour/Minute/ in 12-hour clock.

Select Week Starts On Day and the Default WordPress Site Language

Hit Save Changes…

 

Change Your WordPress Timezone

Learn How To Change Your WordPress Default Timezone

If you are scheduling, selling online, message publication, and many calendar features with WordPress may not work until you have set the default timezone set.

When signing in to your new website, you will see a warning bar telling you to check your timezone in WordPress. Do not ignore or Dismiss this.

WordPress settings, help text says ‘Choose a city in the same timezone as you”.

 

To change your WordPress TimezoneGo to your WordPress dashboard on the left hand sidebar. Click on the Settings, then click General.

Select a city nearest you. There is not too many Cities in Kerry, Dublin is our option here.

On the Settings > General page, find the section labeled Timezone. Select a city in the same timezone as you.  Go to Europe and scroll down until Dublin is listed.


Save your changes.

Be sure to click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the Settings > General screen.

Change Default Permalinks Structure

Permalinks, How to Change Default Permalinks Structure

Permalinks are the part of the web address. Ideally that should be your page or post name and point to specific posts and pages on your site. When used optimally they are great for search engines.

  • Allowing your readers to get an understanding of what your post or page topic.
  • Search engines discover the post or page topic solely from the URL Title and Description.
  • They are unique for each piece of content you create.

The permalink structure can be setup in WordPress using the Settings > Permalinks(as above). The default WordPress is set to use the database identification number of each page or post as the permalink. This is not good for search engine results and pages structure and does not even hint of what your page is about.

Change the default permalink structure of WordPress a.s.a.p. There are several options to choose from, but the most common two choices are the structure that shows the date followed by the post name or simply the post name alone. This choice is usually made with the content in mind. If your website is about news, a the permalink containing the date followed by the name is the usual permalink structure.

Create Row and Columns Visual Composer

How to Create Row and Columns Visual Composer

 

Webpage design can be segmented into content with various rows(sections) and columns to make it visually appealing and user friendly. Creating columns in a page of a webpage skill that involves various techniques. In this tutorial we will use Visual Composer: First login to your Website, then go to Pages and Add New.

Give your page a title and click either on Backend Eitor or Frontend Editor, then click Add Element button just above the visual editor and below the title.

 


Select Row from the popup window.

 


Hover over your choices, select 1/3 1/3 1/3 which will allow 3 columns. Visually you will see your row split into 3 columns.

At this stage you will see now the 3 gray boxes with a + buttons at the middle of each. This button allows you add content to the columns. Either text, single picture or post etc. Choose your page element.

 





 


For this WordPress Tutorial click on the + button and choose Text Block. Your Page elements will be populated with sample text.

 

 


 



 

 


You can type your text, insert pictures etc. The same as the default visual editor in WordPress. The visual composer window inherits the standard visual wordpress editor properties and adds such options as inserting posts directly into the columns content blocks.

Save you content, remember to Publish and Update your Page.

Tip: Right click and Open link in New Tab to check you work live on your website.

View our example visual composer page used in this tutorial.

WordPress Themes Explained

WordPress Themes Explained

Basically a WordPress Theme is a set of files that work together to produce an interface with an underlying unifying design for a website.

These files are called template files. A Theme modifies the way the site is displayed, without modifying the underlying software. These files are keep separate from the themes files in folders or directories.

What does the WordPress Theme provide

All of the front end styles of your WordPress site.

  • the overall design or style of your page (header, main content area, sidebar, footer)
  • font styling
  • colors and overall layout
  • widget locations
  • page layouts (the templates)
  • styles for blog posts and blog archives
  • any additional styling effects

WordPress content is stored in a database. When a request is made, the request page is called and transported over the internet. The structure of that content is then formatted(shaped) by the theme and presented to the browser via php and css stylesheets.

 

Dealing with theme from WordPress

Dealing with theme from WordPress themes repository

After logging in on the left sidebar click on Appearance by default themes your installed themes are shown. Click Add New in the top left of the screen.


 

Click on your selected theme for more information.

You can click X to return to themes repository.

Click < to go to your previous theme or > to go to the next theme. This is great to see the theme in Live Preview, meaning you can see a predicated look at the theme. (Better to Activate the theme and check your website. You can always change back later). After you select you theme click Install. Next screen will ask you to Activate the theme.



How to Upload a theme

If you have purchased a theme or downloaded a free one. Go to Appearance >> Themes >> Add New  >> then Click Upload Theme.

Browse to the theme .zip file on you computer and click upload. The time varies depending on internet speed, so be patient

Upload Your Theme in a .zip file

Once the theme is activated and you are happy.


Delete all unused or unwanted theme

To delete a theme. Go to Appearance, click themes and again you will see all you installed themes. Click on the ones you don’t want. Notice Delete in the bottom right of the popup window.

I always delete unwanted themes and plugins. Keep your website size down. Lean and mean as they say in Kerry.