By Richard Linden, Founder of WebVisable SEO, Online Marketing & Web Solutions – March 31, 2014
Whenever I do a workshop on WordPress, or any WordPress training, I see the little flashes, the light bulbs that turn on when someone finally “gets it.” And it isn’t always something earth-shattering. Often it’s that tiny problem that’s been bugging you forever. You know—the one that when you solve it, life becomes a little easier.
Here 24 WordPress training tips and shortcuts that might eliminate some of those bumpy spots in the road:
- When you do a return in a post or page, you always get a double space. If you want it single, simply press <shift> <return> on your keyboard.
- Creating a powerful password for your admin login is the first step in making your site more secure. The second is to change that password monthly.
- To get your readers to click through to your full post, stop it at exactly the spot where they will be most curious to read the next sentence. Every post has such a spot (or it should). To take advantage, stop the post there and insert the “read more” tag.
- If you have unused plugins or themes installed, and have not activated, delete them. This greatly beefs up site security.
- If you are looking for a WordPress developer to create your site, your first question should be: “Do you know php?” If they claim to be a developer (not a designer), but their answer is no, run!
- Don’t use a widget because it’s cool and shiny. Use it because it is useful to your reader.
- Whether it’s your WordPress blog or website, make sure that people are able to contact you. Don’t hide your contact info in size two font in the footer of the page. Make a separate, highly visible contact page.
- Remember, it’s WordPress. Capital W, capital P, no space between. If you land on a site and they call themselves aWordPress expert, but spell the name wrong, beware.
- When inserting a photo into your post or page, don’t forget the alt (alternate) tag. This is what Google looks for when it’s indexing images on the web and the big G doesn’t like a site with alt tags missing.
- If you have chosen to block search engines in your privacy setting during the construction of your blog or website, remember to turn it back on when you go live. Because that little sucker blocks them good.
- Keeping your plugins up-to-date is just as important as keeping your WordPress version up-to-date.
- Do you want to change your homepage to a static page rather than your blog? Can’t figure out what to do? Create a page for your homepage and one for your blog. Then go to settings >reading and change the settings on the “front page displays.”
- If you are self-hosted, back up your database and all your files regularly. Hear that? Back up, back up!
- Think about the theme you choose for your blog or website. Does it meet all your needs? Does it allow your site to grow as your business grows? Because if you decide to switch themes down the road, chances are it’s not a simple one-click process.
- If you fly off the handle or rant in a blog post, remember, the moment you hit that publish button, it appears on the web and to your RSS subscribers. If you are angry when you write a post, it’s always best to save it as a draft and revisit it later for one last look.
- Use a photo to provoke emotions in your blog post. Not only will you attract more readers, but they will remember your content longer.
- If you have only one row of tools when you are creating a page or post, simply click on the far right button, “show kitchen sink,” and you will get a whole second row of tools.
- If you are still using the default “admin” for your user name, it’s time to get rid of it. Create a new one, then delete the old one, assigning all posts and pages to your new user name. Otherwise you are giving hackers 50% of your login info.
- If you cannot find an option on your edit post or page window, check the tab “screen options” in the upper right corner. That feature may be hidden.
- To expand your editor window, grab the lower right, ridged corner and drag it.
- Be careful when you underline text. Readers still have a habit of thinking any underlined text is a link.
- Remember to turn off your comments on static pages. No one wants to comment on your about or contact page.
- Remove or replace the default blog tagline under your general settings. Otherwise, people will see that generic message that says, “Just Another WordPress Site.”
- And lastly, don’t be taken in by over-promises. Like most worthwhile things, WordPress has a learning curve.
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