Beginning WordPress and HTML Basics Hands-on Workshop Tips

July 7th, 2011
Posted by: Jen Price of @JenPrice77

This session focused on self-hosted  Computers filled the tables while Jennifer Stuart led us on a visual, hands-on walk-through to set up a WordPress blog.  We had 3 hours of amazing information.  If you are looking to switch to WordPress or start a blog using WordPress, you might find my top takeaways helpful!

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9 WordPress and HTML Tips for Beginners

1.  Installing WordPress ~ Find a host auto install script like Fantastico or SimpleScripts to get started.

2.  Initial Settings ~ Get your blog set up by going through and entering your settings.  I love that you can customize your permalink.  Permalinks are the URL’s for individual posts.  Under Settings, Permalinks, you can choose what you want your permalinks to look like.

3.  Photos ~ If you love photos on your site, you must check out the Auto Image Resizer and WP plugins.  These will make uploading your photos and making them the right size extremely easy!

4.  Linking Back ~ Sometimes the need arises to link back to a previous post you’ve written.  WordPress makes it incredibly easy to do this.  Simply highlight the text, click on Insert/Edit Link, and type in the post you want to link to in the search box.  After it finds it, click on it and voila!

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5.  Templates ~ Everyone wants their blog to look good.  There’s lots of free ones on the WordPress site.  When looking for templates to use, make sure it’s from a reputable source.  You want to beware of spam coding that’s embedded and can’t be taken out.  Some sites to look for templates…Templatic, Woo Themes, and Studio Press.

6.  Backup ~ Always backup your template and install the WordPress updates.  Great backup plugins are WP-DB-Backup, Snapshot Backup, and BackupBuddy.

7.  Word ~ Do you write your posts in Word?  You can easily import your post in Word right into the post body on WordPress.  Click on the Paste From Word clipboard and paste your text into the box.  WordPress will eliminate any weird extras from Word.

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8.  Fonts ~ Fonts are so fun!  They’re a great way to customize your blog.  Check out Typekit, Google WebFonts, and Font Squirrel for font options.

9.  WordPress Resources ~ Check out WordPress TV for great visual tutorials when you get stumped.

I love the versatility that I saw while browsing through setting up a WordPress blog.  There are so many options that make it easy to customize your blog!  Click here to go to Jennifer’s site and see links that are extremely helpful for WordPress.

Wife, mother, lover of people, photographer, knitter, blogger and world traveler, Jen Price has traveled to dozens of countries, not merely as a tourist, but rolling her sleeves up and going well off the beaten path so that she might get to know the people, learn the culture, and find the heart of the place. In 2005, Jen co-founded Ten Thousand Homes, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and homes to thousands of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. She and her family lived in southern Africa for three years before returning to the USA last year. Jen continues to travel internationally, camera in tow, with more passion than ever to tell the stories of beautiful people the world sometimes forgets. You can check out her stories and photos on her blog, I Believe In Love.

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